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As V-Day Approaches, I am not giving flowers, and probably will not get a card. BUT it really does not bother me. I am not a fan of V-Day, not because of some movie based reason of love lost or any other B.S. Yea I have that, but not the reason. Just as Christmas, Birthdays, etc…if you care for someone (friends, family, significant others) treat them the same everyday. Show through actions that you care not flowers, or chocolate on 1 day of the year. I saw a saying…”You are not special on JUST one day in February.”

Like I said I don’t dig this day, and it makes me miss someone. Not a “girlfriend” or even a “hook up.” Valentines Day (and a few other days) make me miss my Grandma more than most days, not in a sick “that’s not right” kinda way. I am not even talking about a generous act of giving on B-days, V-Day, Easter, or even Halloween.

My Grandma always got me something on these days, and I don’t miss the physical gifts…I mean at the time it was “OH God, what has she mailed me now?” There were many cards that she thought were funny and pissed me off, and there were many pairs of boxers and sox. All with hearts or other novelty things of the day-yes I wore boxers with eggs/bunnies, and even little fat kids in diapers with weapons. It is not the gifts I miss, it was her intentions and her remembering. Hell, up until she died she always sent me something in the mail. I have enough sox, don’t like to wear boxers…but I do miss her, and her wiliness and eagerness to acknowledge me. Grandma Happy V-Day and I miss you!!!

That makes me wonder, she is not around, but I still remember those “little gestures.” I wonder if any of the small everyday things I have done (and continue to do) for others has made an impact on any ones life?

Along those lines, I don’t do many things for thanks, but I actually had some neighboors thank me for some of the small things I have been doing around here. Last Sunday I came out to a bag on my deck. I thought maybe it was a bag of “poo” from an admirer, but it was a gift from my neighboor who I pushed into her garauge when she could not get in. It was a 6 pack-not the beer I drink, but it was a very nice gesture. Kinda cool when someone shows appreciation. So even if you don’t have anyone this weekend…just do something for someone, not for anything in return, but just because.

THOUGHTS/SAYINGS for Sunday:
(when do you know when to give up on someone?) After you’ve done all you can.. Just STAND- Ephesians 6:13
Sometimes it is not the moments, but who you are with
Never allow a person tell you NO who doesn’t have the power to say YES
Fellas:::Don’t only buy ur lady flowers on occasions or when u mess up.. Women LOVE little surprises & acts of kindness!!
Don’t fool urself,,, The cruelest lies are often the one’s that are told by those who are silent
To hate someone you had to truly love them at some point – (Ihatequotes)
Make everyone happy that you possibly can,, even if it means leaving them alone -(Classic)
A great relationship is a partnership, if ur unwilling to carry his\her baggage, ur better off single – Maestro
The same thing Im looking for is looking for me…. it or we’ll meet up soon (power thought)
Once in a while right in the middle of an ordinary life,, love can sneak up & give u a fairytale… dont give up!
If u really want a gr8 relationship,, the key is to understand what ur mate is feeling but NOT saying (the truest question the male species regarding women)
Those who fight 4 love over & over & get hurt,, r betta off then those who give up & neva know what could of happen
Be careful:::.Love is like a fire:: whether it will warm u or burn you,, sumtimes u can never tell
dont keep ACCEPTING bad relationships & EXPECTING it 2 turn out good..
To love some1 is nothing, to be loved by some1 is Something, but 2 b loved by some1 u love is EVERYTHING! – Jada Pinkett Smith
People CAN NOT love you if they Hate themselves
Love is an untamed force, when we try to imprison it, it enslaves us – (P Coelho)
if a woman can have pms,, men should be able to have espn…
When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace
Don’t fool yourself:: encouragement given without love is not encouragement
the only perfect relationships are the 1’s that know,, there are no perfect relationships.. real tlk
If ur love is crazzy,, madness,,,, yea its probably love 🙂
no 1 can be born for u,, no 1 can die 4 u,,, NEVER chase relationships,, its cool to chill alone sometimes
scripture says love ur neighbor AS YOU LOVE YOURSELF
Its far more important to BE the right person than it is to MARRY the right person -(Ziglar)
u can have friendship & u can have love.. but when theyre 2gether.. its called gr8 love (luv stories) -kinda fighting for this right now
You can hurt with your words but you can also hurt with your silence.
They say you cant buy love,, but I see most ppl paying heavily 4 it… Dont give up!
Don’t grieve to long when u lose something,, everything comes back 2 u in a different form -(Rumi)
It takes real courage to jus let go & fall….. in love… true story!
Dont fool ya self… .To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven
True love you want ur partners happiness, false love u want ur partner
If ur single & Valentines day seems depressing… ur close 2 ur breakthru! Gr8 desire is the 1st step!

MY TOP V-DAY SONGS OF ALL TIME
1.) Mudshovel-Stained
tie 1.) Let’s get Drunk and Screw-Jimmy Buffett
2.) Love Bites-Def Leppard
tie 2.) Every Rose Has its Thorn – Poison
3.) Love Stinks-J. Geils Band
4.) All out of Love-Air Supply
5.) Faithfully-Journey
tie 5.) All The Way-Francis Albert Sinatra
6.)(There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me – R. B. Greaves
7.) End of the Road – Boyz II Men
tie 7.) Don’t Dream It’s Over – Crowded House
8.) Love Hurts-Nazareth
9.) Heart of the Matter, The – Don Henley
tie 9.) Last Worthless Evening-Don Henley
10.) You Give Love a Bad Name – Bon Jovi
Tie 10.) You’ll Think of Me-Keith Urban
11.) How Do You Like Me Now?! – Toby Keith
12.) 2 outa 3 ain’t Bad-Meatloaf
13.) I Miss You – Klymaxx
tie 13.) Blame It On The Rain – Milli Vanilli
14.) I’m Not in Love – 10 CC
15.) Against all odds-Phil Collins
tie 15.) Love is a Battle Field-Pat Benetar
16.) Love on the Rocks – Neil Diamond
17.) Come Monday-Jimmy Buffett
18.) Memories – from “Cats”
19.) Miss You Like Crazy – Natalie Cole
20.) One Last Cry – Brian McKnight
21.) Lips of an Angels-Hinder (not the horrible Country version)
22.) Tell Me I Was Dreaming – Travis Tritt
23.) When You Come Back to Me Again – Garth Brooks
24.) You Were Meant For Me – Jewel
tie 24.) Hold On to the Nights – Richard Marx
25.) One Week – Barenaked Ladies
26.) Ordinary World – Duran Duran
27.) Return Of The Mack – Mark Morrison (AMEN!)
28.) I Love You Always Forever – Donna Lewis
tie 28.) Missing You – John Waite
29.) I Believe – Blessed Union Of Souls
30.) DESERADO-Eagles (My Theme song. . .”your prison
is walkin this world all alone”)
31.) All By Myself – Eric Carmen
32.) Don’t Go Breaking My Heart – Elton John and Kiki Dee
33.) True Love-Elton John and Kiki Dee (follow up to above)
34.) How Can You Mend A Broken Heart – Bee Gees
35.) If I Can’t Have You – Yvonne Elliman
36.) Love the one your with-Grahm Nash
37.) I Like Dreamin’ – Kenny Nolan
38.) Hate Me-Blue October
39.) Three Times A Lady – Commodores
40.) Drive-Cars
41.) I Don’t Care Anymore – Phil Collins /Genesis
42.) When I Need You – Leo Sayer
43.) Into the Night-Benie Margoles
44.) Without You – Nilsson
45.) You Don’t Bring Me Flowers – Barbra Streisand | Neil Diamond
46.) You’re So Vain – Carly Simon
tie 46.) I hate myself (for loving you)-Joan Jett
47.) Always on My Mind – Willie Nelson
48.) Broken Wings – Mister Mister
49.) Careless Whispers – George Michael & Wham!
50.) Don’t You Want Me – Human League
tie 50.) Blue Monday-Artist?
51.) Do You Really Want To Hurt Me – Culture Club
52.) Harden My Heart – Quarterflash
53.) Hard to Say I’m Sorry – Chicago
54.) Hello – Lionel Richie
55.) I Can Dream About You – Dan Hartman
56.) I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues – Elton John
57.) I Want To Know What Love Is – Foreigner
58.) One More Night – Phil Collins
59.) Tainted Love – Soft Cell
60.) The Rose – Bette Midler
61.) What’s Love Got To Do With It – Tina Turner
62.) With or Without You – U2
63.) I will Remember You-Sara McGlaphlin
64.) Missing You-John Wait
65.) Seprate Lives-Phil Collins
66.) Valentine-Jim Brickman
67.) Don’t Dream it’s over-Cutting Crew
68.) Broken Wings-Mr. Mr.
69.) Bravest Thing (I ever did)-Bare Naked Ladies
70.) (Don’t You) Forget about me-Orchestra Maneuvers in the Dark
71.) Evil Woman-ELO
73.) If you Don’t Know me By Now-Simply Red
74.) I used to love her (but I had to Kill her)-Guns N Roses
75.) Tears in Heaven-Eric Clapton
76.) Say Goodnight (Not Good Bye)-Artist?
77.) Manana-Jimmy Buffett
78.) Paradise by the Dashboard Light-Meatloaf
79.) Pussy Controll-Prince
80.) To Make You Feel My Love-Garth Brooks
81.) November Rain-Guns n Roses
82.) Long December-Counting Crows
83.) She Hates Me-Puddle of Mudd
84.) All By Myself-Eric Carman
85.) Since You’re Gone-Cars
86.) I am a Rock-Simon and Garfunkle
87.) Against All Odds-Phil Collins
88.) Last Kiss-J Wilson (or Pearl Jam)
89.) If Your’re Gone-Matchbox 20
tie 89.) 3 AM-Matchbox 20
90.) Fade to Black-Metallica
91.) Muskrat Love-Captain and Tenille
92.) You’re Beautiful-James Blunt
93.) Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)-Montley Crue
94.) Wild Thing-SAM KINISON
95.) Boys Don’t Cry-The Cure
96.) Babe I’m Gonna Leave You-Led Zepplin
97.) A.D.I.D.A.S-KoRn
98.) It’s Been Awhile-Stained
99.) You Got it Bad-Usher
tie 99.) I wanna F U-Akon
100.) It Wasn’t Me-Shaggy 🙂
Honorable mention…”Cupid Shuffle”-DJ Cupid

MEANING OF FLOWERS
Buzz in Full Bloom
By Erik Gunther

Roses are an easy way to express your love this Valentine’s Day. The multi-hued and fragrant flower symbolizes a variety of romantic feelings and is the preferred bloom among searchers.
But we wanted to offer up a few search-inspired choices if you’re in the mood to roam outside the rose bush. We dug up the top 20 flower searches along with their traditional meanings.
We’re curious about what you’ll be sending to your sweetheart. And if it’s not too much to ask, can you please help us attach meanings to the three mysterious blooms sprouting in our top 20…
1. Rose (Love)
2. Orchid (A Belle)
3. Iris (My Compliments)
4. Calla Lily (?)
5. Sunflower (Pure thoughts)
6. Amaryllis (Splendid beauty)
7. Tulip (Declaration of love)
8. Carnation (Pride and beauty)
9. Hydrangea (Heartfelt)
10. Bird of Paradise (Joyfulness)
11. Chrysanthemum (Fidelity)
12. Daffodil (Chivalry)
13. Tiger Lily (I dare you to love me)
14. Anthurium (Hospitality)
15. Peony (Bashful)
16. Lilac (Youthful innocence)
17. Gerbera Daisy (?)
18. Anemone (Anticipation)
19. Aster (Patience)
20. Stargazer Lily (?)

DRINKS/DINNERS FOR V-DAY:
Drinks to put you in the Mood
By Brittany Kress

Chocolate is a well-known aphrodisiac, and alcohol certainly helps in that department. So what if you combined the two? Would that make a chocolate cocktail the ultimate mood-enhancer for Valentine’s Day?
Bartenders across the city must think so. While many dessert-inspired drinks are on the menu year-round, plenty of places have crafted special Valentine’s Day drinks with the elixir of love.
From what we’ve seen, these cocoa-y concoctions are almost exclusively served as martinis, which Chocolate Cafe owner Lisa Boyle attributes to the ever-popular “-tini” trend.
“I think there is now, in this day and age, a drinker who wants a drink that doesn’t taste like medicine,” said Boyle, a former bartender who dreamed up the cafe’s extensive selection of chocoholic drinks – including a chocolate cake martini and a Mexican chocolate martini.
“Not that I have anything against the pure gin martini, but that’s a serious drink,” she said.
If you’re not looking for anything serious this Valentine’s Day, ogle these offerings
Dirty Girl Scout martini
Keep this one away from the kiddies. Kahlua, vanilla vodka, green creme de menthe and a splash of cream convincingly plays (and looks) the part of a liquid Thin Mint

Muddy Russian
Chocolate milk gets grown up with the help of vanilla vodka and Kahlua. Served over ice in a rocks glass

Chocolate Snickers martini
Chocolate-and-caramel goodness is imitated using every related liquor possible: Three Olives Triple Shot Espresso vodka, Godiva chocolate liqueur, Frangelico, butterscotch schnapps and a splash of cream. It’s garnished with a square of the real thing.

Hot Chocolate Kiss martini
This “hot” martini is more about tongue-tempting spiciness than temperature. Stoli vanilla, Godiva chocolate liqueur, Baileys and cinnamon-y FireWater schnapps swirl in a glass that’s rimmed with chocolate sauce and topped with sugar and cayenne.

Chocolate Raspberry martini
Get fruity with Stoli vanilla, Baileys, Razzmatazz, chocolate liqueur and cranberry juice.

Decadent Chocolate martini
Liquid indulgence. Absolut vanilla combines with Godiva white and dark chocolate liqueur for a rich, chilled treat.

Meals to put you in the Mood
By G.A. Benton
Casanova is said to have gobbled up oysters like he did women. In fact, I’ve read that he sometimes had as many as 50 for breakfast – oysters, that is.
Anyway, can we then induce a relationship between certain foods and the power to seduce? My answer to that probing question is: well, why not? Because (and most scientific studies point to this) I believe the most potent sexual organ is that bulging mass that lies between your ears (I’m talking about the brain, silly).
So if you believe hard enough that eating particular aphrodisiacs will increase your chances of scoring, well maybe it will. Speaking of scoring, do you realize Valentine’s Day is just around the corner? Yeah, that’s gotten my attention, too.
But unless you’re dating someone like Tiger Woods (who apparently doesn’t need much to make his putter flutter), or you are like Tiger Woods yourself, love on demand (that sounds like an absorbing hotel TV channel, doesn’t it?) can sometimes be a tall order.
That’s why I’m going to suggest a few nice dishes and places that can help ease you into amore (and please roll your R’s excessively when you say/read that word).
Because from lapping up traditional aphrodisiacs to scooching up close to each other in a cozy, romantic restaurant to sensually sharing a plate of exciting chow, I really do think that food can help put you in the mood. Here’s to all of us who love to eat and eat to love.
Hot Wedded Bliss
With a handful of fanciful, red cupidy hearts dancing all around it, the sign outside of Lola’s trattoria in Gahanna looks like an oversized Valentine’s card. The metaphor seems perfect.
Lola and Giuseppe (he goes by Joe) are an old married couple whose familiar, teasing sense of humor toward each other and evident affection for each other could only be the result of lives long entwined together in marriage. Consider their wedded union an encouraging example of an enduring relationship for wary – or prospective – lovers.
Speaking of matrimony, say “I do” to Lola and Joe’s Wedding Soup. In fact, I recommend you share a steaming hot bowl of it.
And as you and your date two-spoon your way through the silky, soothing and delicious homemade chicken broth, let the soup’s warm coupling of meatballs and chicken, pasta and greens, and veggies and cheese be a sign that not only can opposites attract, they can stay together harmoniously for as long as they exist (or until dinner do them part).

Spice up your Night
If you think the Kama Sutra is hot stuff, you should try out the Chicken 65. No, it’s not a tricky nighttime position, but rather a fiery appetizer dish from the incomparable Bayleaf India Bistro.
Occupying a single large room out in the Polaris area, Bayleaf’s colorful, stylish and sleek modern look announces it’s not like most other Indian restaurants. That doesn’t mean you can’t get all your classic favorites (Bayleaf does a fantastic job with those), it just means here you can score a spicy style of delicacies you can’t find elsewhere.
Bayleaf’s big menu is broken up into come-on subtitles like “Saucy Suggestions,” “Old Flames” and “Trendy Starters” (the starters include lots of unusually delicious Indo-Chinese dishes). It’s under the latter category where you’ll find the wild and uninhibited Chicken 65.
Its name is a bit of a mystery (the number of ingredients? The year it became famous in Mumbai?) but its arousing effect is a sure thing: this stuff is smokin’ hot.
Luridly red, glistening, bite-sized pieces of easy-to-love fried chicken are enrobed in a hard-to-tame, complex sauce exploding with garlic, ginger, chilis and the aroma of curry leaves.
As you and your date bond in the heat and excitement of Chicken 65, try to hold back and not gobble up your portion too fast – you’ll want to finish this blazing snack at exactly the same time. In the shared afterglow, reach for a cold beer or two (Bayleaf is a money-saving BYOB!), take a deep breath or two, and then head home for round two.

Hyde and Seek
The bar/lounge area in the Hyde Park Steakhouse on the Cap is the very embodiment of Valentine’s Day. I mean, it could have been designed by a team of scholars with PhDs in matchmaking.
It’s swanky, curvy, dimly lit, and drenched in rich red tones from carpet to overhead fabric. What’s more, this sexy-looking upscale palace is equipped with plush couches, a fireplace and wide, secluded semi-circular “love booths” that’ll enable you to easily huddle up next to your cuddly date.
And I haven’t even gotten to the coddling, opulent and pampering food yet. Actually I won’t rush that, because I suggest you start off with flowers for your paramour. Forgot ’em? No problem. Opt for Hyde’s Elderflower Martinis – they’re fruity and sweet, but pack in a little love bite of citrus and hooch on the back end.
Next up, it has to be oysters, Casanova’s favorite. They really do the bivalves right here – super-fresh, glimmering half shells come embedded in a sea of sparkling, crushed ice cradling all the expected accents and accoutrements.
After those luscious slurps of ocean-kissed delights, it’s time for your affair of the heart – the Hearts of Romaine Caesar Salad, that is. It’s tossed in a rich and creamy dressing and is accessorized with wonderfully crunchy, garlicky croutons.
Now, I think it’s time you play Hyde, the beefsteak. I suppose Hyde’s famous Steak Woody would be a good choice here – it’s named after the high-scoring OSU coach and comes tricked out with a bunch of bacony add-ons – but, frankly, I’d opt for something less filling that won’t weigh you down later on.
So I’m going to recommend you go with the Twin Filets – two beautiful three-and-a-half-ounce slabs of seared and juicy love draped in a silky bearnaise sauce.
Sharing those modest but mighty mouthwatering pieces of meat could send you straight to bed, but they won’t put you to sleep

Get a ‘Shroom
“Laurie and I began our love affair while sipping a glass of wine,” are the frank and adult words that greet you on Vino Vino’s website. Issuing from the place’s good-life-living owners, this romantic brand of epicurean-oriented, conversational prose constantly peppers Vino Vino’s menu.
So it comes as no surprise in this smart wine bar/restaurant to see flights of Bacchus juice get winking titles like “Women on Top” (wines made by female producers) and “My Latin Lovers” (South America quaffs).
And it’s equally unsurprising that Vino Vino’s seductively lit, burgundy and gilt-tinged two cozy rooms have become a hangout for a high-timing set who revel in small bites of pretty food and big gulps of friendly wines.
My advice is to ask for a table in the less-rowdy back room, where the grape-fueled chatter is usually lower-pitched and you can better take in the place’s Brazilian and Latin-leaning mood music.
My further advice is to share a platter of Vino Vino’s ridiculously delicious Wild Mushrooms, which, as the menu notes, are “bathed” in sauce. They’re earthy, creamy, a little bit tipsy on sweet Marsala wine and they have a perfectly controlled backbone of spice.
The fungi are teamed with two crisply fried polenta cakes that are oozing the soothing essence of toasty corn. Providing an occasional, unexpected and concentrated brightness are snippets of sun-dried tomatoes.
Watch as your date, caught up in the fever of the flavors, greedily licks up every last bit of velvety sauce from fork and plate. Listen to your partner moan in sensual delight over these creamed, satiny sauced ‘shrooms. Order another glass of wine and consider your upcoming options.

Happy Ending
She likes ooey and gooey chocolate richness. He prefers something fruiter, with more restraint. Well, Valentine’s Day is not the time to choose sides, it’s the time to join forces. So head to a place where you can indulge in both, where two shared yin-and-yang desserts will convert his and hers into ours.
With its beautiful block of warm Chocolate Bread Pudding and its Tart Cherry Crostada, Z Cucina is a great place to do just that. Plus, Z’s suave setting – big windows onto Grandview Avenue, jazzy tunes and cream-colored sheets playing off giant overhead pillows – is ideal for a relaxed double dose of sweetness.
And, oh that bread pudding. It’s like a giant brownie that’s both stout and crusty, soft and giving. More rich than sweet, it’s a tower of texturally shifting tufts of compressed bread drenched in dark chocolate. The impressive hunk rests atop a shimmering pool of brightening vanilla creme anglaise drizzled with house-made caramel. Whoa.
And whoa again to that cherry crostada. Sort of a round little light and airy Italian-style cheesecake made with ricotta and mascarpone cheeses, it has a chocolate wheel jutting out that thematically links it to the bread pudding.
The path to the crostada’s soft, creamy and perfectly sweetened heart – which is stained Valentine red by luscious concentrated cherries – is through a tall and stiff pie-like crust that must be pleasantly, if assiduously, forked through.
Consider that a deliciously metaphorical illustration of becoming someone’s special Valentine.
MORE FOOD OPTIONS:
DINNER OPTIONS ON V-DAY:
Epicures, 7601 E. Main St. in Reynoldsburg, is putting together a special Valentine’s dinner for two on Saturday. The menu includes warm baby brie wrapped in puff pastry and served with port wine syrup, lobster and crayfish bisque with creme fraiche, baked Atlantic salmon with an herbed parmesan crust, beef tenderloin with lump crab, and espresso tiramisu with warm caramel. The evening starts at 6 p.m. with a meet-the-chef cocktail reception. The cost is $130 per couple. Call 614-863-5603 or go to http://www.Epicures-inc.com for reservations and a complete menu.
The Refectory, 1092 Bethel Rd., has a special Valentine menu Saturday and Sunday. The five-course menu includes Ohio pheasant terrine, duet of roasted bison loin and veal tenderloin, lobster mousseline, roasted goat cheese with shallot and beet vinaigrette, and chocolate lava cake with creme Anglaise and caramel sauce. The cost is $85 per person. Seating begins at 4 p.m. For reservations and a complete menu, call 614- 451-9774 or go to http://www.therefectoryrestaurant.com.
Luce Enoteca, 3499 Market St. in Powell, has a special Valentine menu Friday through Sunday. The menu includes lobster bisque for $6; antipasto di mare with snow crab claws and New Zealand mussels for $14; and a $27 surf and turf with filet mignon, lobster meat and champagne-basil bearnaise, parsnip potato puree, asparagus and a chocolate port reduction. Call 740-881-4600 or go to http://www.luce-enoteca.com for reservations and a complete menu.
The North Market is hosting a children’s Valentine-theme cooking class at the Dispatch kitchen on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Participants will make individual pizzas, sugar cookies, vegetables and ranch dip, and chocolate-covered strawberries. The cost is $35 per child. Call 614- 463-9664 to reserve a space.

V-DAY HISTORY
The History of Saint Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day started in the time of the Roman Empire. In ancient Rome, February 14th was a holiday to Honor Juno. Juno was the Queen of the Roman Gods and Goddesses. The Romans also knew her as the Goddess of women and marriage. The following day, February 15th, began the Feast of Lupercalia.
The lives of young boys and girls were strictly separate. However, one of the customs of the young people was name drawing. On the eve of the festival of Lupercalia the names of Roman girls were written on slips of paper and placed into jars. Each young man would draw a girl’s name from the jar and would then be partners for the duration of the festival with the girl whom he chose. Sometimes the pairing of the children lasted an entire year, and often, they would fall in love and would later marry.
Under the rule of Emperor Claudius II Rome was involved in many bloody and unpopular campaigns. Claudius the Cruel was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military leagues. He believed that the reason was that roman men did not want to leave their loves or families. As a result, Claudius cancelled all marriages and engagements in Rome. The good Saint Valentine was a priest at Rome in the days of Claudius II. He and Saint Marius aided the Christian martyrs and secretly married couples, and for this kind deed Saint Valentine was apprehended and dragged before the Prefect of Rome, who condemned him to be beaten to death with clubs and to have his head cut off. He suffered martyrdom on the 14th day of February, about the year 270. At that time it was the custom in Rome, a very ancient custom, indeed, to celebrate in the month of February the Lupercalia, feasts in honour of a heathen god. On these occasions, amidst a variety of pagan ceremonies, the names of young women were placed in a box, from which they were drawn by the men as chance directed.
The pastors of the early Christian Church in Rome endeavoured to do away with the pagan element in these feasts by substituting the names of saints for those of maidens. And as the Lupercalia began about the middle of February, the pastors appear to have chosen Saint Valentine’s Day for the celebration of this new feaSt. So it seems that the custom of young men choosing maidens for valentines, or saints as patrons for the coming year, arose in this way.

St. Valentine’s Story
Let me introduce myself. My name is Valentine. I lived in Rome during the third century. That was long, long ago! At that time, Rome was ruled by an emperor named Claudius. I didn’t like Emperor Claudius, and I wasn’t the only one! A lot of people shared my feelings.
Claudius wanted to have a big army. He expected men to volunteer to join. Many men just did not want to fight in wars. They did not want to leave their wives and families. As you might have guessed, not many men signed up. This made Claudius furious. So what happened? He had a crazy idea. He thought that if men were not married, they would not mind joining the army. So Claudius decided not to allow any more marriages. Young people thought his new law was cruel. I thought it was preposterous! I certainly wasn’t going to support that law!
Did I mention that I was a priest? One of my favorite activities was to marry couples. Even after Emperor Claudius passed his law, I kept on performing marriage ceremonies — secretly, of course. It was really quite exciting. Imagine a small candlelit room with only the bride and groom and myself. We would whisper the words of the ceremony, listening all the while for the steps of soldiers.
One night, we did hear footsteps. It was scary! Thank goodness the couple I was marrying escaped in time. I was caught. (Not quite as light on my feet as I used to be, I guess.) I was thrown in jail and told that my punishment was death.
I tried to stay cheerful. And do you know what? Wonderful things happened. Many young people came to the jail to visit me. They threw flowers and notes up to my window. They wanted me to know that they, too, believed in love.
One of these young people was the daughter of the prison guard. Her father allowed her to visit me in the cell. Sometimes we would sit and talk for hours. She helped me to keep my spirits up. She agreed that I did the right thing by ignoring the Emperor and going ahead with the secret marriages. On the day I was to die, I left my friend a little note thanking her for her friendship and loyalty. I signed it, “Love from your Valentine.”
I believe that note started the custom of exchanging love messages on Valentine’s Day. It was written on the day I died, February 14, 269 A.D. Now, every year on this day, people remember. But most importantly, they think about love and friendship. And when they think of Emperor Claudius, they remember how he tried to stand in the way of love, and they laugh — because they know that love can’t be beaten!
V-DAY Singles ad
This ad actually ran in The Atlanta Journal:
SINGLE BLACK FEMALE seeks male companionship, race unimportant. I’m a very good-looking girl who LOVES to play, take long walks in the woods, hunting, camping, fishing trips, and cozy winter nights by the
fire. I really like a man with a pickup truck. A candlelight dinner will have me eating out of your hand. I’ll be at the front door when you get home from work, wearing only what nature gave me.
Rub me the right way and watch me respond. Kiss me and I’m yours. Call (404) 875-6420and ask for Daisy.
Over 15,000 men found themselves talking to the Atlanta Humane Society about an 8-week old black Labrador retriever puppy.
V-DAY INFO
How to say ‘I love you’ in 25 languages….
English
I Love You
Spanish
Te Amo
French
Je T’aime
German
lch Liebe Dich
Japanese
Ai Shite Imasu
Italian
Ti Amo
Chinese
Wo Ai Ni
Swedish
Jag Alskar
North Carolina,South Carolina,Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Texas, Georgia, Tennessee, Idaho, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Louisiana, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, parts of Florida
Nice Ass, Get in the truck
SINGLES STORY
A man enters his favorite restaurant and while sitting at his regular table, he notices a gorgeous woman sitting at a nearby table all alone.
He calls the waiter over and asks for their most expensive bottle of Merlot to be sent over to her, knowing that, if she accepts it, she is his.
The waiter gets the bottle and quickly sends it over to the woman, saying this is from the gentleman over there.
She looks at the wine and sends a note to the man.
The note reads: “For me to accept this bottle, you need to have a Mercedes in your garage, a million dollars in the bank, and seven inches in your
pants.”
The man, after reading the note, chuckles, and sends a note of his own back to her, and it read: “Just so you know, I happen to have a Ferrari
Testarosa, a BMW 850 and a Mercedes 600 SL, in my garage, and I have twenty five million dollars in the bank. But, not even for a woman as beautiful as you, would I cut three inches off. JUST SEND THE BOTTLE BACK”

QUOTES:
Do what you will, always walk where you like, your steps do as you please, I’ll back you up.

POLITICS: Hey Al Gore (you got an Oscar for your Global Warming Documentary that you marketed on the internet you created, now come over and shovel my driveway!)
Margaret Wente
The great global warming collapse
As the science scandals keep coming, the air has gone out of the climate-change movement!
In 2007, the most comprehensive report to date on global warming, issued by the respected United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, made a shocking claim: The Himalayan glaciers could melt away as soon as 2035.
These glaciers provide the headwaters for Asia’s nine largest rivers and lifelines for the more than one billion people who live downstream. Melting ice and snow would create mass flooding, followed by mass drought. The glacier story was reported around the world. Last December, a spokesman for the World Wildlife Fund, an environmental pressure group, warned, “The deal reached at Copenhagen will have huge ramifications for the lives of hundreds of millions of people who are already highly vulnerable due to widespread poverty.” To dramatize their country’s plight, Nepal’s top politicians strapped on oxygen tanks and held a cabinet meeting on Mount Everest.
But the claim was rubbish, and the world’s top glaciologists knew it. It was based not on rigorously peer-reviewed science but on an anecdotal report by the WWF itself. When its background came to light on the eve of Copenhagen, Rajendra Pachauri, the head of the IPCC, shrugged it off. But now, even leading scientists and environmental groups admit the IPCC is facing a crisis of credibility that makes the Climategate affair look like small change.
“The global warming movement as we have known it is dead,” the brilliant analyst Walter Russell Mead says in his blog on The American Interest. It was done in by a combination of bad science and bad politics.
The impetus for the Copenhagen conference was that the science makes it imperative for us to act. But even if that were true – and even if we knew what to do – a global deal was never in the cards. As Mr. Mead writes, “The global warming movement proposed a complex set of international agreements involving vast transfers of funds, intrusive regulations in national economies, and substantial changes to the domestic political economies of most countries on the planet.” Copenhagen was never going to produce a breakthrough. It was a dead end.
And now, the science scandals just keep on coming. First there was the vast cache of e-mails leaked from the University of East Anglia, home of a crucial research unit responsible for collecting temperature data. Although not fatal to the science, they revealed a snakepit of scheming to keep contradictory research from being published, make imperfect data look better, and withhold information from unfriendly third parties. If science is supposed to be open and transparent, these guys acted as if they had a lot to hide.
Despite widespread efforts to play down the Climategate e-mails, they were very damaging. An investigation by the British newspaper The Guardian – among the most aggressive advocates for action on climate change – has found that a series of measurements from Chinese weather stations were seriously flawed, and that documents relating to them could not be produced.
Meantime, the IPCC – the body widely regarded, until now, as the ultimate authority on climate science – is looking worse and worse. After it was forced to retract its claim about melting glaciers, Mr. Pachauri dismissed the error as a one-off. But other IPCC claims have turned out to be just as groundless.
For example, it warned that large tracts of the Amazon rain forest might be wiped out by global warming because they are extremely susceptible to even modest decreases in rainfall. The sole source for that claim, reports The Sunday Times of London, was a magazine article written by a pair of climate activists, one of whom worked for the WWF. One scientist contacted by the Times, a specialist in tropical forest ecology, called the article “a mess.”
Worse still, the Times has discovered that Mr. Pachauri’s own Energy and Resources Unit, based in New Delhi, has collected millions in grants to study the effects of glacial melting – all on the strength of that bogus glacier claim, which happens to have been endorsed by the same scientist who now runs the unit that got the money. Even so, the IPCC chief is hanging tough. He insists the attacks on him are being orchestrated by companies facing lower profits.
Until now, anyone who questioned the credibility of the IPCC was labelled as a climate skeptic, or worse. But many climate scientists now sense a sinking ship, and they’re bailing out. Among them is Andrew Weaver, a climatologist at the University of Victoria who acknowledges that the climate body has crossed the line into advocacy. Even Britain’s Greenpeace has called for Mr. Pachauri’s resignation. India says it will establish its own body to monitor the effects of global warming because it “cannot rely” on the IPCC.
None of this is to say that global warming isn’t real, or that human activity doesn’t play a role, or that the IPCC is entirely wrong, or that measures to curb greenhouse-gas emissions aren’t valid. But the strategy pursued by activists (including scientists who have crossed the line into advocacy) has turned out to be fatally flawed.
By exaggerating the certainties, papering over the gaps, demonizing the skeptics and peddling tales of imminent catastrophe, they’ve discredited the entire climate-change movement. The political damage will be severe. As Mr. Mead succinctly puts it: “Skeptics up, Obama down, cap-and-trade dead.” That also goes for Canada, whose climate policies are inevitably tied to those of the United States.
“I don’t think it’s healthy to dismiss proper skepticism,” says John Beddington, the chief scientific adviser to the British government. He is a staunch believer in man-made climate change, but he also points out the complexity of climate science. “Science grows and improves in the light of criticism. There is a fundamental uncertainty about climate change prediction that can’t be changed.” In his view, it’s time to stop circling the wagons and throw open the doors. How much the public will keep caring is another matter.

YOU DA MAN:
Tim, Tebow/Focus on the Family
IDIOT:
Guy across street spent an hour trying to get his snow blower working. I shoveled my drive and 2 neighboors before he could get his started. There is being lazy…then there is being stubborn, this guy was both!
PASSING:
Captain Phil Harris (Discovery “Deadliest Catch”)
(CNN) — Capt. Phil Harris of the Discovery Channel show “The Deadliest Catch” died Tuesday of complications from a stroke suffered late last month. He was 53.
Harris, the tattooed and gruff captain of the Cornelia Marie, was a fan favorite in the reality show about crab fishing off Alaska.
“Discovery mourns the loss of dear friend and colleague Captain Phil Harris. He was more than someone on our television screen. Phil was a devoted father and loyal friend to all who knew him,” a statement from the network said. “We will miss his straightforward honesty, wicked sense of humor and enormous heart.”
Harris suffered a massive stroke on January 29 while his crew offloaded crab at St. Paul Island, Alaska.
“It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our dad — Captain Phil Harris,” said a statement from his sons, Jake and Josh Harris. “Dad has always been a fighter and continued to be until the end.”

ARE YOU KIDDING ME:
White Stripes Protests At Air Force Reserve Super Bowl Ad
The White Stripes plans “strong action” against the Air Force Reserve over its Super Bowl commercial, which the duo claims is an unauthorized re-recording of its song “Fell in Love With a Girl.”
On its official Web site, the White Stripes posted a video of its song alongside a link to the Air Force Reserve commercial.
“We believe our song was re-recorded and used without permission of the White Stripes, our publishers, label or management,” said the statement, attributed to Third Man Records, the White Stripes and their management. “The White Stripes take strong insult and objection to the Air Force Reserve’s presenting this advertisement with the implication that we licensed one of our songs to encourage recruitment during a war that we do not support.”
The White Stripes did not specify which conflict it did not support. President Obama has increased the U.S. military’s troop commitment to Afghanistan while announcing that combat troops will leave Iraq by Aug. 31.
The White Stripes statement continued: “The White Stripes support this nation’s military, at home and during times when our country needs and depends on them. We simply don’t want to be a cog in the wheel of the current conflict, and hope for a safe and speedy return home for our troops.
“We have not licensed this song to the Air Force Reserve and we plan to take strong action to stop the ad containing this music.”
The Air Force Reserve has not yet responded to requests for comment. The 30-second commercial on its Web site did not work when Billboard attempted to access the video in order to compare the two recordings.
A statement alongside the video explained: “The spot features the high-octane thrills of action sports at its best. This is sure to capture the interest of even the most enthusiastic sports fan.”

FUNNIES:
Ford’s New Slogan should be, “Ford because Toyota trying to kill you”

Here’s what’s happening in CENTRAL OHIO this Valentine’s Day weekend!
FRIDAY:
Join me at Frog Bear Wild Boar Bar BEFORE OUR Jackets take the ice (and continue a HUGE win streak). I get you ready with hot music, and ice cold Budweiser. What better way to start your weekend?
Snow Shoe Crabs return to Captain Jack’s
90’s soul rockers, Cracker play The Basement (next to THE LC, Lifestyle Communities Pavilion)

SATURDAY:
Left of Center plays Captain Jack’s
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic play THE LC, Lifestyle Communities Pavilion. For more info http://www.promowestlive.com

SUNDAY:
Grammy winner, Marc Cohn with Special Guest Kristina Train, play the Historic Midland Theatre. For more info http://www.midlandtheatre.org
The Village People at The Palace Theater is Cancelled

FUNNIES:

ALL WEEKEND:
Billy Gardell plays The Funny Bone at Easton Town Center all weekend

MORE TO DO:
SATURDAY:
World’s Toughest Rodeo rides into Nationwide Arena, for more info http://www.nationwidearena.com. Join me at The Pre-party at Frog Bear Wild Boar Bar

Winter Safari Tours at The Wilds. Reservations needed http://www.thewilds.org

ALL WEEKEND:
Warm up with summer thoughts at The Columbus Sports, Vacation & Boat Show at The Ohio Expo Center. For more info http://www.columbusboatshow.com

IN THEATERS:
A movie with something for everyone, ‘Valentines Day’ “PG-13.” No matter what your outlook on February 14th is, this movie has a cast member for you (and there is a lot of ’em) Starring; .Jessica Alba, Kathy Bates, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Eric Dane, Patrick Dempsey, Hector Elizondo, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Topher Grace, Anne Hathaway, Ashton Kutcher, Queen Latifah, Taylor Lautner, George Lopez, Shirley MacLaine, Emma Roberts, Julia Roberts, and Taylor Swift.

If “love bites” check out ‘The Wolfman’ staring Benicio Del Toro, and Anthony Hopkins, rated “R.” The same story line about a man “bitten by the beast,” the special effects make up for a dry story line.
For the male Tweens, ‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief’ special effects and Greek Mythology merge in this thriller for the kids (not gonna lie-I kinda liked it also). “Lighting” is rated “PG.”

DVD:

Just in time for a Cold V-Day Inside…
An all-star cast headed by Vince Vaughn finds love and laughter in ‘Couples Retreat,’ rated “PG-13.”
WARNING CHICK FLICK! ‘The Time Travelers Wife,’ rated “PG-13.”

ON THE MUSIC SHELVES:
Gary Allan shows his writing skills with Get Off on the Pain
NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO THIS WEEKEND, remember this, no matter if with someone or not…treat ’em all the way you want to be treated EVERYDAY, not just one day in February!
COMING SOON:
Great Guinness Toast 2010 at Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant Columbus
Friday, February 19, 2010
4022 Townsfair Way – Easton Town Center
Join us at Fado on Friday, February 19, 2010 for The Great Guinness Toast. Night of Great Music, Craic, and of course Guinness. The Party starts early with DJ Matt Sexton, John Andrews, Homeland at 6:30pm and The MENUS @ 9:30, along with 99.7 The Rock and Ronni Hunter.

Downplay, Showcase Concert with Matt Sexton
also schedule to appear; Introspect, Ardor, Of Human, Noise Auction, Click to Play, Sever
SATURDAY 2-20-10 8:30pm at Newport Music Hall
This is basically the most important show Downplay has ever had. Thanks in part to the people who came and made noise at our BoMA show for an Epic Records scout, we are now playing for the Vice President of Epic Records, Mike Flynn!
Also in attendance will be 3 people from Atlantic Records under Pete Gambarg and one from Island/Def Jam, sent by Steve Ferrera. Google these people if you need proof. These are the people with the power to sign the band to big contracts.
All we need from you is to tell EVERYONE you know, come in droves, and make some noise. We will do our part by giving you the best Downplay show that you have ever seen!
We know you have probably come out to other similar showcases for us in the past, and we reeeally appreciate it, but those showcases all led to this final show that could mean the future of the band on a national level.
ALL AGES
Preorder for Only $5. Tickets are $10 at the door. Downplay goes on at 11PM SHARP. Preordered tickets will be at the Newport ticket booth on the day of the show.
PREORDER TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE:
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=11151659
OR GET THEN FROM ME
sosaudio@yahoo.com
Live more than 25 miles outside of Columbus? Email downplayrock@gmail.com to find out how to get FREE TICKETS!
w /
Ardor
Introspect
State Your Cause
Bourbon Kings
Click to Play
Noise Auction
Sever
DJ Matt Sexton will be playing between sets!

UPDATE:
Capitol Records is attending the show as well again.

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