Thursday, February 11, 2010

On love and romance

I read a pilot yesterday called, "Women are crazy, Men are stupid". Longtime readers will know that my brother and I long ago came up with Rule #1, i.e. "All women are crazy, and there's nothing you can do about it, so accept it and move on and your life will be easier."

So I went into reading this pilot thinking that maybe it was written by a like-minded thinker.

I was wrong.

Basically, the theme of the pilot was that you can't have great love without romance, and most guys are terrible at romance. Their definition of romance was an unseen figure named Chris who did things like "Show up on a white stallion named Passion for a first date". The way the dopey guy gets back on good terms with his girlfriend is by staging an incredibly over-the-top gesture with a snow machine in Southern California to make snow angels.

It's the stupid Hollywood/Disney idea that you can't have love without grand insane gestures. Women claim they want these amazing ways for guys to express their love, but if people did half this stuff in real life they'd be stampeding to their lawyers to get restraining orders.

With Valentine's day coming up, I'd been thinking on gestures. And Writress doesn't want them. It's a day for us as a couple, not or me to surprise her with some overpriced and commercial idea. Instead, we planed what we're going to do together. We're going to have a picnic at our favorite spot in LA, where we had our first date. It's plenty romantic, and doesn't involve some overly-theatrical gesture that maxes out a credit card.

And as for flowers, I'm not buying her a dozen overpriced roses that will die in less than a week. I decided that I'm going to buy her an orchid, because she likes orchids, they're pretty, and it'll still be alive a week from now, and may even last until NEXT Valentine's day.

So girls, please don't take your cues from stupid magazine articles and romantic comedy endings. Your guy still loves you even if he doesn't hire a string quartet and throw rose-petals at your feet just because it's a Wednesday. If you're really in love, just having a chance to be together and enjoy one another's company should be enough.

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