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Opening Arguments

Happy Scam Day

Happy Valentine's Day, the biggest money-making holiday scam going. No matter what you've heard, it is still third on the list of retail-sales days, just behind the "winter holidays" and Mother's Day,  according to Snopes.com. And, no, Halloween is not second on the list. It's sixth, after Easter and Father's Day.

The retailers get $13.7 billion out of us for Valentine's Day (2006 figures), and they keep trying to figure out new ways to get more. I saw somebody on one of the morning shows this week talking about "terrific ideas" for how singles could "treat themselves to something special" on Valentine's Day. We used to call that something else when I was in high school.

Posted in: Current Affairs


Larry Morris
Thu, 02/14/2008 - 10:59am

Leo, I'm surprised, ... we never talked about things like that when I was in High School, ...

Bob G.
Thu, 02/14/2008 - 11:08am

They also call it "Single's Awareness Day", just in case you want to be REALLY "politically-correct".

The wife likes it...I tolerate it (right up there with the "beg-a-thon" called Hallowe'en).

Ah, romance....yes, I knew it well.



Thu, 02/14/2008 - 11:31am

I'm trying to sell my wife with the idea that I value our love so much that I'd hate to taint it with crass commercialism. I'm not a very good salesman.

Thu, 02/14/2008 - 12:03pm

C'mon, by the time you're in high school it's not all that special. It's a chore.