Now I know - valentine's day is all hyped up, commercialised (as it entices people to pay out for anything from chocolates to flowers or a romantic meal to a hotel room for one night). I find it rather distasteful that some in relationships look to utilise the main focal points of a year, from birthdays to anniversaries, christmas to valentines, to shower their partners in gifts etc, forgetting to remember that love is not something you can "buy". My current gf has an understanding that I won't celebrate v-day, and she seems to have accepted it (maybe she did it just to please me, but I wouldn't know without asking her - I'd presume not, because we've been through a fair bit since we took up the "relationship reins" ). I knew a lad when I was back in primary school (age 4-11 for those who don't know what I mean), and his birthday was Feb 14th. 3 years ago next month I bumped into him for the first time since then, and then 3 months after that (sorta June/July 2011 time), I found out that he'd taken his own life. Forget valentine's day - I'd rather remember and celebrate his life even though I didn't really know him that well personally. Plus there's another 361 days (if you exclude my partners birthday, christmas, and the day we first decided upon getting together being what we'd call the anniversary of our relationship starting), in which we can share our love for each other in ways we both appreciate. Rest in peace Chris - you'll never be forgotten.