Thursday, February 14, 2008

Singles Awareness Day

If you're single on this Valentine's Day, you're probably trying extra hard not to puke from all the sappy candy and jewelry commercials on TV. And while seeing all the love-love-love on the streets on Feb. 14th can be cloying and depressing, just hold how for 24 hours and you'll have your day: Singles Awareness Day (SAD), Feb. 15th.

Sometimes called the "anti-Valentine's Day," SAD is the day when you can revel in your singleness and celebrate with other like-minded, non-coupled people... unless of course you're SO single that you no longer have any friends and just sit around in your house watching TV, surfing the Web, and eating takeout, while your hair and fingernails grow as long as those of Howard Hughes.

Well, that's getting a bit too dark, the idea is to enjoy your singlehood. How about watching a nice, misanthropic movie? Someone at Ohio University has come up with a list of the "Top 5 Anti-Valentine Movies" ... these aren't really anti-Valentine in the sense of being about singleness or being un-coupled, but more about being antisocial. But I had to put this list here because it includes one of my favorite films, "Glengarry Glenn Ross," with an all-star cast of misanthropic salesmen. As the article says, "Every character is manipulative, mean and would cheat his mother for any amount of money, but you can’t tear your eyes away from this movie because the dialogue is so sharp." Kevin Spacey, Jack Lemmon, Ed Harris, Al Pacino, Alan Arkin, Jonathan Price, and even a cameo by Alec Baldwin. Put... the chocolates ... DOWN!

So watch a nice, miserable movie, and have a happy Singles Awareness Day!

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