update 1: the local malcontent commented that he thinks i'm "better than that", which is nice to hear. though i may be completely misunderstanding that thought (l.m. correct me if i am and i'll re-update), but i don't know that there's any basis for it in reality.
this year will be the 26th anniversary of the only valentine's day i ever had an actual valentine. and while i think i rank slightly above average on the romantic ideal spectrum, i barely had the social tools necessary to participate in that one, and it's been downhill on that front ever since.
so, i will give my kudos to all good romantic celebrations this week - from the sideline, as usual.
update 2: this potato seems to agree with that previous post :)