(it's the last week of Peeves, Irritations and Observations month here at Random Acts... so I thought it best to end with some Holiday occurrences since that season is definitely upon us; have you enjoyed this months strip? let me know in the comments!)
I'm sure everyone has espoused or encountered this rant at least once in their lives, it just struck me as odd that within a few years of each other these 2 guys said essentially the same things. My economics professor delayed the start of class that day for at least 20 minutes while he ranted to us about the commercial nature of the "holiday" and how it meant absolutely nothing. (This was not the first such outburst, of course. The previous Fall--I had him for both Macro and Micro--he cancelled an 8am class because the majority of us had not yet voted in that days elections.) My co-worker, on the other hand, tried to plead his case with us ladies at the office about how it was so very unfair that his girlfriend (now his wife, so I guess they managed to come to an understanding) be put out because he didn't want to do anything for Valentine's day (citing the requisite commercialism, etc.).
Guys (because it's usually the guys), listen: it doesn't matter if YOU don't give two pins about a holiday's (anniversary's, birthday's etc.) validity, if SHE does, then you SHOULD do something to commemorate it (or suffer the consequences). Despite how commercial a holiday might be or how lacking in sentiment it has become, these days that are set aside for the appreciation of one thing or another are a chance to really shine in your gal's eyes.
Life is busy and it's phenomenal if you remember to tell or show how much you care about someone every day. But for the vast majority of humanity the day-to-day, rat race of existence takes precedence over some of the niceties of romance and appreciation. Valentine's Day, for example, is the day to remember what you see in him or her and why you spend your available time with that person. Take the opportunity and make the most of it! (and no, coming home with flowers from the corner store after you've ranted to your partner about how meaningless it all is is NOT going to instantly redeem you... so don't get put out then when she doesn't fall on you in glee with a thousand kisses for begrudgingly doing the bare minimum)
Bottom line: if you love someone, you probably love making them happy, right? Well, if celebrating every little holiday, anniversary and birthday in the book makes your partner happy, why WOULDN'T you want to do it?