A tidal wave of jewelry commercials is usually a good sign that Valentines Day is approaching. Well, that wave was spotted, and it reminded me of a Valentines Day story I hadn’t thought of in a while. I asked the Chief Geek if I could share, so here goes.
I’ve never been a fan of Valentines Day, for all the classic Hallmark Holiday reasons. Accordingly, a few years ago I began to complain about it to my friend over some lunch. I stated my argument for why I loathed participation in the Day, and my friend agreed to some degree. However, his ultimate response was along the llines of “Either way, you have to get her some flowers or jewelry or something, or else you’re in biiiiig trouble with the girlfriend.”
To this, I responded with “Even if I agreed to partake, it wouldn’t be about buying red roses and candy, it would be about showing her I care. What you rely on roses for, I could accomplish with…I don’t know…batteries. I could give batteries and make it work”.
Well, the gauntlet was thrown down, and the bet was on. $50 that I wouldn’t give her batteries for Valentines Day. Luckily, I had a girlfriend with a sense of humor, so this would be my approach.
On Valentines Day, I arrived at my girlfriends house. She opened the door, and at first didn’t recognize me. I was dressed in plad pants jacked up to my stomach, a tucked in pink shirt, knee high socks, thick black glasses (with tape) and had my hair matted down on my forehead. The kicker – was the closepin on my nose.
I was a full blown nerd with a box in my hand. She immediately laughed and asked “what the heck are you doing?” I responded in a nasally voice – “I’m here to win your heart lass, and I have a gift for you”. I handed her a heart shaped candy box and she opened it while laughing. In the box, in place of all the candy I removed (and ate), was an array of different batteries. Accompanying those batteries, was a “battery identification” card telling her what each battery was for – like in a box of candy. For example, one set of batteries was identified as “Batteries for your discman, so you can listen to Tiny Dancer (favorite song) whenever you want” – and so on. Along with these personalize battery notes, was a message “I took out the marshmellow battery, cuz I know you don’t like those” (doesn’t like the marshmellow candies).
Well, not only did I accomplish the laughing aspect, she actually loved all the messages and couldn’t have been happier. When she asked why I did it, I told her about my conversation with Jay – and the bet. I was careful to reinforce the fact that it wasn’t about the $50, it was to prove we don’t need flowers and candy to enjoj Valentines Day…because what we have is special.
So it all worked out on that day. My friend Jay was shocked, she was happy – I had pulled it off and made a special day of it. About a year later, turns out the specialness didn’t last…but such is life.
Still leaves me wondering, dressing up like a Geek that day and having so much fun, did that have anything to do with me becoming a SkyGeek? Never know.
So that’s my Valentines Day Geek story – SkyGeek story now. If any of you out there in SkyGeek land think you have what it takes to pull off giving batteries on Valentines Day, here’ some links to pick up the batteries on the cheap. That, or if you just need batteries (cuz honestly, the stars have to allign just right to pull this type of thing off).