Friday, February 10, 2006

Men are from Mars, and They Hate Valentine's Day

An independent survey by social dating website TeamDating.com, polled 500 married men and 500 single men ages 25-40 years old and found they think alike.
Apparently, St. Valentine's Day puts them off.
Whether married for years, or still looking for Mrs. Right, men seemed to agree that the expectations of the day are too high.
The survey, conducted in Los Angeles and Orange County, CA found ninety-one percent of married men said it was their least favorite say due to the expectations of topping what they did the previous year.

*or that they have to do anything at all*

The survey also found:
• 97% said that they plan what they are going to do the weekend before
• 94% said that any money spent on this day is a waste of money
• 72% said they plan on giving a gift certificate
• 4% of the men said they feel that the Holiday isn't even intended for men

As far as the bachelors, ninety-nine percent said they felt it was just another day.

Of the single men surveyed:
• 97% said it was their least favorite Holiday of the year
• 99% said to them it’s just another day
• 86% said they will go out and try too find single girls that are out as well
• 89% could not remember what they did the year before
• 93% didn’t even know that it fell on February 14th every year

"The overall disdain for the Holiday seems to be caused by the over expectations that women have placed on the meaning of what is done that day, or better yet, what is not done that day," explained Teamdating.com Chief Dating Officer Ray Doustdar, an expert in relationships and the online dating market.
"Men feel that no matter what they do, it won't be enough. Some try and take a creative approach with something out of the ordinary, but most fall back on the old reliable such as flowers and candy," he said.
"If you are going to get flowers, get them from a different florist so they are not a carbon copy of what you gave for their birthday or another recent event", Doustdar, said.
*I have no comment*

but...
Maybe enlisted men make better Valentines

New Yorkers send world's largest digital Valentine to troops

NEW YORK CITY (Army News Service 2006) Operation Love Our Troops, billed as a "Guinness Book of World Records" attempt to create the largest digital Valentine for America's troops, took center stage this week in Times Square.
The campaign received more than 10,000 messages from around the world since it was launched Jan. 4.
"It's a joint effort between Soldiers' Angels, a nonprofit military support group, and Library of Life.org, a digital scrapbooking Web site whose pages include numerous tributes to fallen service members.

*handsome Brig. Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, Chief, Public Affairs, U.S. Army*

Organizers said they hoped their presence in Times Square would give a significant boost to the number of signatures by Feb. 14.
"This will be the largest digital Valentine's Day card ever sent to the troops," said Amanda Hale, vice president of communications for Library of Life.org.
"They already have over 13,000 signatures and expect to eventually have 20-25,000 in total when the card will be sent."
In addition to grabbing the attention of passersby, the campaign was featured on the CBS Early Show, ABC's Good Morning America and the NBC Today Show.

*handsome older brother of Vincent, Brig. Gen. Leo Brooks, Jr.*

Operation Love Our Troops set up camp on Military Island, home to the Armed Forces Recruiting Station and site of the iconic Life magazine photograph of a sailor planting a movie-star kiss on a nurse on the day World War II ended.

Volunteers from Soldiers' Angels and Library of Life were on hand to help people add their messages of support to the troops.

"I have a step dad in the Air National Guard who is deployed, so this means a lot to me," said Michelle New, a Soldiers' Angels volunteer from Cookstown, N.J.

Among those sending their messages of support was New York-based actor Hecter Ubarry, who will appear in the upcoming Bruce Willis feature "16 Blocks" in March.
"My nephew's in the Navy Reserve and he's deployed to Iraq, and my godson is in the Navy and he's also headed to the gulf," said Ubarry. "I worry about them. I hope the whole thing over there is resolved soon. I don't want to see any more of our troops killed."

Angela Spivey, an office worker in Midtown Manhattan, took some time during her lunch break to sign the Valentine.

"I just wanted to say hello and remind the troops that people are thinking of them," Spivey said.
"I think it's sweet that they're doing this for the troops."

Sgt. 1st Class Eric Reinhardt and Caroline Bernabei of Army Public Affairs, New York submitted this report.

Give your love, support and Valentines to the ones who protect our country.
*who can tell i just wanted to show the generals' photos? happy v-day*
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