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v-day another way

My Dad used to say, "You can never praise a kid too much." Absolutely. Tell me how great I am, and then tell me again. One more time please. I won’t tire. It was a beautiful hour in elementary school to head home on v-day with 45 little valentines each folded and scribbled with silly boy and girl handwriting. Especially reading a valentine from someone you were crushing on, swearing that inside that "Hang in there, Valentine" card depicting a cartoon kitten dangling from a tree, was in fact, a true testament of love.

There’s not much that scrambles my eggs about Valentine’s Day. My other single friends and I are quite certain it’s a big capitalist creation anyhow. Gawd. But, it’s cute enough. Sure, in a chalky yellow, pink, or pastel green candied heart beat I could drum up a massive social discourse about it and the system or regime that encourages spending, and that here even Love itself is commodified, but that story sounds bleaker than I’d like to be right now. Celebrating Love is a good idea. Let’s focus on that.

This Valentine’s Day, I had me a fine date. My supremely lovely friend Canary held my arm for the duration of the evening. She even wore a stunning red and white dress. But guess what? We got in a big fight.

PILLOW FIGHT 5000! Yes, five thousand pillow-toting fools, single and hitched alike, all converged in Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco. As the clock struck 6pm, the beating began.

A few noted thoughts:

1) Flirting takes on a whole new meaning when it involves a pillow.
2) There are many ways to take a swing at another. A soft pat on the head, a steel train railroad bash, a tinkerbell kiss on the nose, a running gallop bumper car shove, it’s all fair game.
3) Feathers are best when they remain outside the lungs.
4) Snow in San Francisco is possible!
5) High school girls are great targets.
6) Decide who in your vicinity is the largest threat and scream out that everyone should, "Get that guy!!!"
7) However tired you are, do not lay down and sleep on your pillow during a 5000 person pillow fight. This should be self-explanatory, but you’d be surprised.
8) The founders of this event are wise and gracious. Placing an open-invitation, city-wide, outdoor Pillow Fight annually on Valentine’s Day finally removes the exclusivity of the day, giving the celebratiion of Love back to all people. Together.






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