Sunday, 14 February 2010

Tomfoolery

T and I don't observe Valentine's Day. I like to think most days are a Valentine's Day for us, except for the flowers, card, chocolates, champagne, etc. (There may be other views.)

But we are agreed it's a piece of commercialised, sentimental, regimented, manipulative fakery. Expensive, too. It's a huge relief not to have to engage in the whole tomfoolery of it.

12 comments:

Peter Burnet said...

Uh huh. Be careful, Gaw. It's a dangerous time.

malty said...

Think of what you're missing Gaw, that special twenty quid Marks & Sparks din din, with a box of choc's of your choice

Sean said...

Your a pair of snooty fools Garth...get down the petrol station and put a smile on her face

Myself I went to Wilko and got her a fantastic pink laundry bag for a fiver and wrapped it with some theatre tickets inside.

I am dining out on it for the next month or so.

Nige said...

Isnt' it Sts Cyril and Methodius's day? That's what I always tell the missus (hem hem).

Gaw said...

Peter: This has all been cleared so what's to fear?

Malty: The Coop are doing British ducks half-price (about £6) so we're sorted. Great for crispy taters too.

Sean: But they'd come in cellophane. And I thought the point was to drink out on it.

Nige: Try buying a card for that one.

Gadjo Dilo said...

Ha, excellent "In the Doghouse" video from Mr Burnet there :-) "Quack and chips, Mr Gaw?

Sean said...

Garth, for me it me to raise a point of philosophical interest, but is not ritual a integral part of conservatism? cellophane or not :0)

Gaw said...

It's consumer driven. A parallel is Mothering Sunday turning into Mother's Day and spawning Father's Day. These are selling opportunities invented by companies rather than inherited, meaningful rituals. Bah humbug.

Peter Burnet said...

OK, Gaw, we'll give you a pass for Valentine's Day. We may even marvel silently if you pull off the same stunt on Mother's Day. But I warn you that if, come December, you tell us you aren't giving her anything because you think crass commercialism has destroyed the true meaning of Christmas, we'll be organizing an intervention.

malty said...

St Val's is an occasion that we chauvinists totally ignore, another female ploy chipping away at our dominant position in the pecking order. I shall have to go now, the ironings piling up.

Gaw said...

Gadjo: That one's new to me but it does look nicely bizarre.

Peter: I observe Mother's Day (myself and for my boys) on pain of two-pronged death. I draw the line after that and before Father's Day, etc. Love Crimbo as it's when we traditionally celebrate crass commercialism.

Malty: A sharp creaser, too - is there no end to your talents?

Gadjo Dilo said...

It is rather. Unfortunately I couldn't find a video clip of that particular sketch for you.