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Happy Al Capone Day!

Filed under: Bavarian Death Cake of Love,Criticism, Marginalia, and Notes,Deep Thoughts,Fun,Life, the Universe, and Everything,Personal,Red Herrings — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Rat which is in the wee hours or 1:46 am for you boring, normal people.
The moon is a First Quarter Moon

As a terminally single person, I think we should throw off the bonds of servitude to an empty, consumer holiday and rename St. Valentine’s Day.

You see, not only is this a day that greeting card companies crafted into a reason to waste money on cards, flowers and candy for someone who should love you without all that junk, but it was also a very important day in Chicago history. Today is the day when, in 1929, Al “Scarface” Capone gathered together seven of his closest friends and gunned them down. Yep, the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Old Al was clever, too. Not only did he get seven of his arch rival’s men together, but he dressed his hired guns up as police officers so that if they were spotted any witnesses would assume everything was under control because the police were already there! Yes, sir, that Al sure was an innovator.
So, as you shell out your hard-earned cash for disposable junk that will most likely go to waste, or waist, as the case may be, remember how they used to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day in the old days. For those of us who have been single more often than we’ve been involved on this “happy” holiday, it sort of feels about the same, doesn’t it?

Something else to keep in mind this year as you wallow in artificial romance, the saint for whom this day is named was a martyr. What does that mean to you and me? Well, it means that Saint Valentine was beaten almost to death and then beheaded on this day. Later he went on to perform miracles and all that to become a saint, but, today is the day we celebrate the fact that a hired mob worked him over pretty well with clubs and then chopped his head right off. Sort of sounds like how love feels for some of us about this time of year, doesn’t it?

Hey, all joking and dark humor aside, I hope everyone has a nice day today, whether they have someone to share it with or not.


  1. Happy belated Valentine’s Day. I’m glad to learn of your improving health. I’m sad to learn about the Barium enemas. Unfortunately, I know about those horrific exercises! Take good care. You are a good guy. As soon as you stop looking, you will find. Seriously. Bless you.

    Comment by Alison — 2/15/2008 @ 7:47 am

  2. I suspect what will ultimately make me happier is simply accepting that maybe I’m just not meant to be romantically linked to another person anymore. If it’s God’s will, then so be it, but, like so many things, I think I’m better off just not counting on it. Rather, I’d be better off just focusing on how I can be the best person I can be and let whatever happens after that, well, just happen.
    But, thank you for the warm sentiments. I do appreciate it.

    Comment by the Network Geek — 2/15/2008 @ 9:51 am

  3. Thankfully I spent Valentine’s Day in San Antonio at a conference and was quite busy all day long. Much better than wallowing in my loneliness as I *would* have done if I was home. I was still bitter and lonely but distracted. 😉

    Comment by laanba — 2/16/2008 @ 8:50 pm

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