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    Doing Valentine’s day your own special way

    Valentines Day really, are we going to keep hating on the holiday still? I mean, that was cool when we were  14 years old going through angst of not having puppy love in our lives. Besides, even if we don’t have someone to spend Valentines Day with, who doesn’t enjoy chocolate and candy and bright, girlish colors?

    Yeah, it might be considered to be this bought out, corporate holiday, but if you are in college and you are still hating on Valentines day, there are other things I feel you should be considering in your life. Like, how Valentine’s day is about love!

    Who do you love right now?  Is it your girlfriend? Boyfriend? Parents? Sister? Is it your professor who gave you a break on last week’s paper deadline or the coffee girl who always puts the right amount of mocha pumps into your venti-triple-shot latte even if you don’t have to ask.

    Spreading the love is what life is all about. Throwing a compliment is all it takes to brighten someone’s day. This goes for every day. I don’t know about you guys, but I am excited this year for Valentines day. I’m excited because the labeling of Feb. 14th gives me a reason to make an ordinary day a funny or interesting one. It gives the opportunity to make a memory that I couldn’t otherwise get away with on any other day. It gives me the opportunity to be silly and be outgoing and work up the nerve to ask someone on gasp a coffee date. Maybe that’s just my single little self getting carried away with what someone like me outside of a relationship could do to make the day special for myself (and others, too).

    That’s not to say you can’t have fun if you are in a relationship. Most of us see couples — well, at least those that take part in them— treat Valentines’ Day like an exclusive (meaning, no third wheels at Valentines Day dinner!) chore. Some approach it with stress and loathing, as if it is forcing them to do anything but enjoy spending time with that one other person.

    For one, here are a few unconventional ideas for Valentines Day 2012:

    Have your boyfriend (or anyone, for that matter) seductively feed you chocolate out of a Darth Vader Valentine’s Box (available at Target) while doing an interpretive saber dance to “I’m  Qualified to Satisfy You” by Barry White!

    Buy three boxes of the elementary-school SpongeBob—themed valentines, fill them out with Chinese fortunes,  throw on a pink tutu and skip around campus showering your favorite (or least favorite people) with Valentines (All while having “Loves Theme” by Barry White playing on your shoulder boom-box)!

    Buy some washable pink and red paint, strip down to your underwear, douse you and whomever you love (friends or significant other) with paint and make an avant-garde Valentine’s mural a to the song “Never ever gonna get enough” by Barry White (The mural itself with the intertwining paint as a symbolic “an ode to intimacy”).

    Spray mistletoe pink and wave it over people for a kiss, telling them it is the new healthy-alternative to a box a chocolate!

    If you tend to be socially inept, but still want to get in the mood (you know, the ultimate Valentine’s mood)…just download the “Best of Barry White” and blast it all day: in your car, in your headphones, over the loudspeaker in Stop & Shop.Yes, Tuesday is the day to do it!

    So ,my friends, as you see, there is no reason to create an anti-Valentine’s day any longer. All it takes is a little creativity to make the holiday your own. I know I will definitely be doing, hmm,  four or five of these. What are you going to do for the people you love? If anything, give them a positive attitude, because that’s what love is all about!

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