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Just another day to celebrate being single

Dana’s Daze

February 14, 2010
Dana Sulonen
Now that I’ve been writing this column for more than four years, I’ve found myself nearly duplicating column topics. However, in my four-plus years and hundreds (Really? Hundreds?) of columns, I can’t believe this is the first time I’m ever going to write about this subject. But apparently it is, so I better make it good. Me, the bubbly, energetic, semi-bitter, forever-single column writer of Warren, Ohio, has never written the “Guide to Valentine’s Day for Singles.” Well, that changes now. To open, I don’t like to call it Valentine’s Day. I prefer “Singles Awareness Day.” For the past nine years, I have spent Valentine’s Day alone, dateless and pretty much hating every couple that walks past me. But this year it’s going to be different. This year, the couples are going to be jealous of us single folks. First — this goes for all my Facebook friends — the profile picture theme this week has been to change your picture to “one of you and your honey and tell us how long you’ve been together.” Well, I say to all us single folk, post a picture of yourself that just screams fun, single and loving it. Also, stay away from Facebook today. If you’re really depressed about spending Valentine’s Day alone, you really don’t to read status updates and wall posts saying things like, “I love Person soooo much! So lucky to be together! I love you.” Post your anti-couple day status early in the morning and don’t check back in until Feb. 15. Now, how do you overcome a day full of couples? Power in numbers, people. For us single ladies, who are usually more affected by this day than our male counterparts, it does no good to sit at home all day, order a pizza, eat a pint of ice cream and have a movie marathon that includes “The Way We Were,” “The Notebook” and “An Affair to Remember.” That’s just suicidal. However, if you don’t feel like battling the cold, snow or the couple running amok, have a girls night. You can still get the pizza from Sunrise, some ice cream from Handel’s and whatever beverages quench your thirst. Believe me, a party is no party without some yummy food. If you want to do a movie night, that’s fine, but instead of waiting to see if Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr are going to meet at the top of the Empire State building, rent movies that have nothing to do with couples. Have a Mel Brooks marathon. Nothing makes you forget that you’re single more than a night filled with “Monty Python,” “Blazing Saddles” and “Robin Hood: Men in Tights.” And finally, this is for the ladies and the fellas. If you don’t want to stay cooped up in the house and you do want to venture out, that’s great. Just remember, there is power in numbers. Don’t just go out with one friend. If it’s just you and one other person, you’re going to be sitting there thinking that this was the only date you could get on Single’s Awareness Day. Get a group together and go sing some karaoke (I believe on Sundays you can catch a show at High Pointe in Niles), go bowling, do something in a big group that keeps you active. The more you’re doing, the less you’re thinking about what day it is. I hope this helps some of my fellow singles out there to survive our most dreaded day of the year. Just remember, my single friends, it’s not the end of the world. It’s just another day. And when you’re spending the night having a blast with your friends, there is at least one couple out there fighting about what restaurant to go to. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. I personally can’t wait until its over. I liked Facebook so much better when it was “celebrity look-alike” week. And to add to the I’m sure majority of people who are anti-Valentine’s Day, I’ve created a Facebook group called, “It's Not Valentine’s Day, It's Singles Awareness Day.”?Join in on the fun, and let’s see how many fans I can get by my next column.


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