All entries for Monday 14 February 2005
February 14, 2005
Well Valentine's day is here once more. And before you get the wrong idea, this isn't a post about the crapness of Valentine's day and how much I hate it because I'm a stick-in-the-mud. Not at all. In fact, I'm almost a complete polar opposite to that. I love Valentine's day. I think it's wonderful. I have a few complaints, like true love shouldn't be dictated by a calender – if you have someone that special then why do you need an excuse of a dead saint to go celebrate and treat your special someone to what they deserve. Also, it can get a bit over-commercialised and tacky (yes ok that's a vast understatement) but then again that's capitalism for you – it has to have it's downsides. I can cope with all that. At the heart of it, there's a lot of people who care about a lot of other people who tell each other how they feel and spend a lot of effort trying to make this day very special, and I think that's wonderful.
What I can't cope with is that, as ever, I will be spending Valentine's day alone this year. I think I've already made it clear that I have no problem with people expressing their love for each other, and they can be as public about that as they wish (within the realms of taste and decency). I'm trying to focus on my anniversary – I got my wonderful new car a year ago to the day and since then she's taken me over 16,000 miles and absorbed endless abuse from me without missing a beat, always there when I need her and always happy to spend time with me, cheering me up, relieving my anger, or sharing my sorrow. And tonight, I'll be spending a lot more time with her, wearing out yet another set of Pirelli P6000's as my poor car takes yet more punishment without so much as a whimper. She's not going to abandon me, let me down when I need her most or anything like that. So I'm truly grateful that I have such a wonderful companion. Trouble is, as great as my car is, she's no substitute for real companionship. Even if she is a whole lot more reliable.