1. What is the meaning of Valentine’s Day in your country/area? What happens on this day? Here's it's also known as Accordion Appreciation Day. Those who love the accordion celebrate by playing free concerts in bars and on street corners. The rest of us do a shot of schnapps whenever we hear "Lady of Spain." I'll probably be looped by noon. Oh, I'm sorry. I was possessed by the spirit of Bud there for a moment. There's a pandemic and it's both snowing and below freezing. NOTHING is happening around here today. (Except snacking and staying under the covers.)
2. Is Valentine’s Day more for men or women? Explain your answer. I'm not sure this is a gender specific holiday. I do think, though, that in every love relationship, one partner is more into Valentine's Day than the other.
3. Do you have any special plans for Valentine’s Day? What will you do? No plans. It's literally -3º as I write this, and I'm so grateful that I don't have to leave for anything today. Church is still on Zoom! Yea!
4. Which traditional gift would you rather receive: chocolates, flowers, or a card with a personal message? Oh, the card! Definitely.
5. Is Valentine’s Day only about romantic love? Or is it a good occasion to celebrate friendship as well? It's about love in all its forms. I don't understand prigs who would insist it's only for lovers. The bonds of friendship are always worthy of celebration, too!
6. Do you like romantic movies? What is your favorite romantic movie? I looove a good movie romance. The Way We Were is my favorite, though it makes me cry.
7. Have you ever received a Valentine’s Day card or gift from a secret admirer? How did it make you feel? Not technically a Valentine. But someone did send me a love note, postmarked London (!). One side was a photo of Paul McCartney. The other said, "What was I thinking? I'll leave Linda if you say the word. Love, Paul." The signature was a pretty good imitation of his autograph. No one ever took credit. Whoever did it had to find the card, copy Paul's handwriting and then hand it off to someone who was traveling to the UK and would be willing to stamp and mail it. Unless ...
8. Is Valentine’s Day the most romantic day of the year? If not, what day is? For me, when I had a boyfriend, anniversaries were more romantic.
9. What is the most romantic thing you have done for another person? No grand gestures from this gal, I'm afraid. I remember how moved a man was when I closed a handwritten letter with Christopher Robin's words to Pooh Bear: “You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." He'd never heard it before and it touched him, so that made me happy.
10. Valentine’s Day is promoted by companies whose only interest is making money. Discuss whether you agree or disagree. As a capitalist, I find this question offensive! Are you some kind of democratic socialist libtard? Take off your Bernie Sanders button and sit in the corner.
11. Describe your perfect Valentine’s Day date. I think it depends on the two people and their personal history.
12. How should a single person spend Valentine’s Day? What do you suggest? If there's a pandemic, and it's below freezing and snowing, that gal should stay home in her pajamas.
13. Do you enjoy playing cupid? Do you try to introduce people in the hope they will make a love match? Nope.
14. Some restaurants charge higher prices on Valentine’s Day. Are you willing to pay more to dine out on this day? The windchill today will be -20º. The coronavirus is still a very real and deadly threat. I'm not willing to do anything "out" today.
15. Is a romantic gesture more powerful on Valentine’s Day or on another day of the year? No. Love is love is love ...