2/14/2013 12:40:00 PM Happy trails for Valentine's Day
As Feb. 14 approaches, the stores are filling with red and pink decorations: hearts, cupid, candy and more. The sickeningly sweet Valentine's holiday is almost here. Valentine's Day has always seemed silly to me. There shouldn't be only one day a year where you tell someone you love them or that you expect your significant other to spend too much on jewelry and flowers. Does that mean I won't be celebrating? Of course not. This year, I am celebrating things a little differently. In 2009, a boy I thought was cute told me I should watch Die Hard. I happily obliged. I did it to humor him, but soon enough, I was enthralled by the movie. Generally, my go-to movie genre had been the romantic comedy, chick flick variety. Ones where the heroine, no matter how awkward and dorky (like me!) always got the guy in the end. Suddenly, it was about fast-talking cops taking out bad guys and doing it with snark. Four years later, the boy, now my boyfriend, and I will be continuing the tradition by seeing not one but five Die Hard movies for Valentine's Day. The newest installment starring Bruce Willis comes out in theaters Feb. 14. Of course, I can't wait that long. In select theaters across the country, a movie marathon will be taking place Feb. 13. What's a girl to do but take a vacation day, grab some popcorn and settle in for the lovely sounds of gunfire and witty banter? That Wednesday, I am making the trek to Seattle for more than 12 hours of that special sort of John McClane charm. Of course, that doesn't mean my boyfriend and I will be skipping out on the romance entirely. We are coming back to Othello Feb. 14 and will take in some local deals. We are planning on hitting the movie theater and probably the bowling alley, getting the most out of what Othello has to offer for the special holiday. When it comes to Valentine's Day, that's the best way to do it. It's a day that's supposed to be set aside to tell the people who mean the most to you how you feel about them. It's not important to do so with expensive gifts. Save your money or spend it on an outing, something the two of you can do together. The best way to show someone you love them is to show them you want to be in their presence. Go out to dinner, catch a movie or play a round of bowling, have a good time. You can even rent a movie or two and stay in. I know one I would recommend. Yippee Ki-Yay.