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Songs for Valentine’s Day … sorta :-)

13 Feb

There’s all kinds of love out there. I’m dedicating this to my little cuddly-kitty, Baxter. He only loves me because I feed him and give him belly rubs, but as I was told recently by a friend, lots of guys operate in the same way. For many Valentine’s Day isn’t just about showing the people you love how deep that love is, it’s also about facing the truth about your feelings – good or bad.

For the recent inhabitants of Splitsville:

For those of us who really want to get even with our exes:

For the deeply miserable but stuck

For those of us separated by time or space from the ones we love:

For those of us who have moved on and are loving the freedom

For those of us about to take the big risk (don’t but if you must):

For those of us who are too in love with ourselves for a relationship:

Finally, for those of us filled with self-pity:

Valentines’ Day Film Marathon – Cupid Goes Boom!

14 Feb

On Valentines’ Day, for some inexplicable reason, I, Nibby,  like to watch violent films where bad guys get riddled with bullets, buildings and vehicles and other disposable things get blown to bits, and the good guys really aren’t that good to begin with. So for 2010, here are the films I will be watching. Don’t worry about my butt getting numb on the couch. I have strategically placed my elliptical trainer in front of the TV.

1. The Departed (2006)

From the DVD cover: Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) grew up in crime. That makes him the perfect mole, the man on the inside of the mob run by Frand Costello (Jack Nicholson). Meanwhile, SIU officer Collin Sullivan (Matt Damon) has everyone’s trust. No one suspects that he’s Costello’s mole. How these covert lives cross, double-cross and collide is at the ferocious core of the widely acclaimed The Departed.

Nibby’s Opinion: DiCaprio and Damon are at their best. The first time I saw this film, I almost vomited from the tension. Yeah. Even knowing how it ends hasn’t dampened the gut-wrenching much so it’s perfect for Valentines’ Day since I already have lots of Pepto-bismal handy.

2. Kill Bill, Vol I (2003)

From the DVD cover: Kill Bill Volume 1 stars Uma Thurman (Pulp Fiction), Lucy Liu (Charlie’s Angels, Chicago) and Vivica A Fox (Two Can Play That Game) in an astonishing, action-packed thriller about brutal betrayal and an epic vendetta!

Nibby’s Opinion: Watching Uma Thurman (The Bride) slice and dice her way to finding that back-stabbing bastard Bill is one of the most purely cathartic experiences I have ever had. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

3. Taken (2008)

From the DVD cover: When his estranged teenage daughter (Maggie Grace) is kidnapped in Paris, a former spy (Liam Neeson) sets out to find her at any cost. Relying on his special skills, he tracks down the ruthless gang that abducted her and launches a one-man war to bring them to justice and rescue his daughter.

Nibby’s Opinion: Here’s a spoiler that’s not really a spoiler: Liam Neeson kills every Albanian in France and doesn’t apologize for it. There is nothing politically correct about this film. NOTHING. Nothing is sacred. NOTHING. Neeson’s character isn’t someone you would want in your home or even in your neighborhood, but if you’re in a tight spot and he gives a rat’s ass about you (which is the most important part), he’s the guy you want in your corner. So as far as I am concerned he’s dating material.

4. Shoot ‘Em Up (2007)

From the DVD cover: When the man known only as Smith (Clive Owen), a gorgeous streetwalker (Monica Belucci) and a maniacal hitman (Paul Giamatti) get swept up in a deadly game of cat-and-mous, it sets off an explosion of armed thugs, flying bullets and nonstop action so big it’ll blow you away!

Nibby’s Opinion: This film is utterly ridiculous, but ridiculously fun. It never takes itself seriously and the characters deliberately satisfy every action film cliche. The sight of Paul Giamatti now makes me incredibly uncomfortable, but not as bad as the sight of Phillip Seymour Hoffman after a viewing of Cold Mountain. Also, in the middle of the flying bullets and diaper changes is a love story. Awwww.

5. V for Vendetta (2005)

From the DVD cover: Natalie Portman stars as Evey, a working-class girl who must determine if her hero has become the very menace he’s fighting against. Hugo Weaving plays V – a bold, charismatic freedom fighter driven to exact revenge on those who disfigured him. And Stephen Rea portrays the detective leading a desperate quest to capture V before he ignites a revolution.

Nibby’s Opinion: By the time Valentines’ Day draws to an end, I usually really really really need to see shit get blown up and this film will not disappoint me. Plus, I could listen to Hugo Weaving read the phone book.

It’s coming … dia del saber de soltero

6 Feb

Not that I'm bitter or anything ...

February 14th is a Sunday this year. It would be a perfectly normal and wonderful Sunday if people in relationships didn’t feel obligated to book out my favorite restaurant, buy out the tickets at my favorite movie theater, leave the shelves of my favorite fudge shop bare, rent out the latest DVD releases, or eviscerate the farmer’s market of all the cut flowers. These acts are all completely uncoordinated but since they all coincide on one particularly frosty February day, it can feel like the universe is giving me the middle finger.

I’m a romantic. I like seeing other people in love and I’ve got no problem walking around people on sidewalks who insist on staring into each other’s eyes, while holding hands and taking 4 steps per minute. I don’t mind it 364 days of the year. People couple up all the time and get schmoopy, silly and giddy. It’s awesome. It’s just that on February 14th, the schmoopiness, silliness and giddiness reaches record levels while my tolerance for them seems to reach record lows.

... even for the unloved.

So someone like me that wants to treat this day like any other day of the year and doesn’t make plans in advance is just shit of out luck if I want to venture outside of my house and do my normal activities, like walking down the street or going to the Lebanese place for a donair. The simple truth is that if you want to enjoy Valentines’ Day as a single you’ve got to act like you’re not single. You have to be pro-active and make plans (with your similarly afflicted friends), even if those plans are to do nothing at all. Even being left completely to your own devices is difficult on VD, as evidenced by last year’s 2am orgasmic wake-up call courtesy of my neighbors.  Make earplugs part of your plans. I’m not sure why the obligatory VD shag has to be louder than normal, but I digress.

Simply winging it will just lead to exasperation and frustration, which if unchecked can lead to you calling your mother and crying over the phone, not that I’ve ever done that. Jerry Razon at UrbanDictionary.com said it best:

Singles Awareness Day is also abbreviated “SAD” which can be found quite fitting to many people, ironic to the people in relationships, and quite clever to those who don’t give a shit either way.

When I was a kid, my parents always did stuff with us for Valentines’ Day, so I’ve never really had a negative feeling about the holiday as you would expect someone who is chronically single. I continue the tradition to this day as I always send my mother (and my grandmother when she was alive) something for Valentines’ Day. As my Dad would say, there are all different kinds of love and all of them need to be celebrated. So this year, I plan to show some love to all my sweethearts and I’ve got loads of them – too many to name.

Awww yeah!

Last year, I made special plans to get me through the festival of loneliness, but they got derailed, ironically, by a man who ended up leaving me high and dry for Valentines’ Day. This year, I will be more vigilant. I am not going to fall for anyone between now and the 14th. NO WAY. My plans are set. I don’t care if he looks like Alexander Skarsgard.

Not my Valentine. Pity.

Well, … no, no, no … no! I shall not be tempted. February 14th is going to be my day!

This guy needs a handjob

So, while I continue to search for a decent man who won’t mind mowing my lawn, I’d rather be on my own than caught in a bad romance. Speaking of which …

Alex never said she was fat.

Singles Awareness Day: It’s just around the corner

31 Jan

There’s probably no other single day of the year on which you are more painfully aware of your single status than on February 14th – Single Awareness Day to some, Valentine’s Day (VD) to others. Thanks to Hallmark, Carlton and American Greetings, you probably became aware of the impending festival of loneliness the second the Christmas and New Year’s decorations came down.

Every store you enter is currently covered in red and pink heart-shaped crap you didn’t even know you wanted. Perfume bottles. Assorted chocolate boxes. Plush toys. Earrings. Leather chaps with heart-shaped ass … holes. Heart-shaped ass-less chaps just doesn’t get the point across. Marshmallow-scented soap. Cat-treats. Nipple rings. All heart-shaped. All pink. All fluffy.

You probably even had “Get a boyfriend by Valentine’s Day” as a top item on your list of New Year’s resolutions. Well, for those of you who are staring failure in the face when it comes to that resolution, don’t despair. Put down the razor blade. Step away from the HäagenDazs. I have just the remedy.

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