Thursday, February 15, 2007

Valentine's Day, Part III: Other Celebrations

Single's Awareness Day

We have Dustin Barnes from Mississippi State University to thank for the creation of SAD, Single's Awareness Day. At the time of it's creation, Single's Awareness Day was on February 14th, but it has now it has been moved to February 15th in an attempt to get singles excited about something after Valentine's Day so they can look beyond the commercialism and pressure of Valentine's Day to something more positive. Of course the suggested Single's Awareness Day activities are mix and mingles, sending yourself flowers, and exchanging gifts with other singles, all of which can be doneon Valentine's Day to make your Valentine's Day a more happy one... but, you know, it's nice to know there are people being proactive in behalf of the 51% of women who are single... and for the single men too.

Call In Single Day

Call In Single Day is a Yahoo! Personals' promotion. In their press release about "Call In Single Day" they state that singles:

spend an average of one to three hours per day looking for love. When asked what they would do with more free time, one in four singles cited looking for or meeting potential dates as high on their priority list. Yahoo! Personals' National Call in Single Day encourages singles to make the most of that time this Valentine's Day by extending their lunch hour or taking a personal day to gain some self-insight, make better dating decisions and maximize the chances for love. (Press Release)
I always say, if you have the vacation time, use it. I personally think that looking for love just because it is Valentine's Day is kinda silly, but, who knows, it might work for you!

Quirky Alone Day

To fully understand Quirky Alone Day, one must first understand the Quirky Aloners. In their own words, Quirky Aloners are:
people who resist the tyranny of coupledom. Oddly enough, we quirkyalones also tend to be romantics. We resist the tyranny of coupledom because we would prefer to be open to the possibilities that life has to offer than be in an unsatisfying relationship. That is, to date for the sake of dating, or be in a relationship for the sake of being part of a couple.

Quirkyalone is not anti-love. It is pro-love. It is not anti-dating. It is anti-compulsory dating. It's an embrace of all kinds of love. Although we quirkyalones enjoy solitude, and sometimes even need and crave it, we are NOT loners. We typically have a strong network of friends. Most of us place a high premium on friendship. (
To see if you are one of the Quirky Aloners, you can take this quiz. I took the test and it stated:
Your score was 90. Very quirkyalone:
Relatives may give you quizzical looks, and so may friends, but you know in your heart of hearts that you are following your inner voice. Though you may not be romancing a single person, you are romancing the world. Celebrate your freedom on National Quirkyalone Day, February 14th!
I like that. I am romancing the world!

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