Be My
Semiotic Valentine!

There are few things in life that delight as much as Valentine’s Day.

We can freely express our love for beloveds, animals and all people of the earth.

Today is ours to ponder why hatred and avarice are more common during the year than flowers and hearts.

Today, however, isn’t for wondering where we went wrong.

Today is for celebrating where we are together.

Hug someone.

Kiss everyone.

Celebrate the love inside.

Here are some Semiotic Hearts from me to you and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do in presenting them to you.


What is Your Favorite
Valentine’s Day Memory?

27 Comments

  1. Happy Valentine’s Day to you too!
    My favorite Valentine’s Day memory was actually when my friends and I decided that waiting at a restaurant for two hours for dinner did not sound like too much fun! So, we all decided to have a party instead. We strung the whole house with red and pink and white Christmas lights and everyone brought a bottle of wine or champagne. We played cheesy Barry White-type stuff all night long and had a great time! Even the people who were single at the time had a great night.
    What’s your favorite memory David?

  2. Thanks, Emily!
    I love your story. It sounds like great fun!
    I guess my favorite memory was when Janna and I first moved to Washington, D.C. and we were both living in a cramped, cold, bedroom in a rundown house on Capitol Hill near the Eastern Market Metro.
    Janna bought me a giant inflatable red heart. It was thick plastic and six feet tall. It took her six hours to blow up. It was truly a gift from the heart and mind… and lungs… and diaphragm…

  3. Emily —
    Yeah, I loved that big inflatable heart. I wish I still had it! We were moving around a lot back then and it was lost in the shuffle of milk crates and the concrete blocks.
    We were working on something in the kitchen that day and Janna would disappear for 10 minutes at a time and then return blushing and breathless. I had no idea what she was doing when he disappeared — but I soon found out she was blowing up that giant heart in stages!
    Chocolate does seem to be dearer to women than men. If we “share” a piece of chocolate cake my “share” is 1/3 not half! If I protest and say I like chocolate too, I am roundly told off, “But you’re not addicted like I am.”

  4. Well, Emily, I guess she had enough of sharing because last weekend she told me, “We’re not sharing. You can have your own.”
    I told her I can’t take all that chocolate and that I just wanted a “bite or two” and she said, “I’ll eat all of mine and whatever you don’t finish of yours.”
    It was a brief conversation.
    😀

  5. It is pretty miserable here today, Dave, but we’ve been lucky so far. This is the first snow that’s lasted more than 12 hours. We have about 2 inches on the ground now. Not bad at all if it were snow. But since it’s ice…
    We’re luckier than Oswego, though. They’re at the 12 FOOT mark now — so far — with more to come!

  6. Our newspaper guy gave my wife and I a Valentine today by helping us to push our car out of the driveway after it got stuck in snow. 🙂
    We had a blizzard yesterday. And, today, Lake Shore Drive in Chicago was closed for some time because of drifting snow. Luckily I had to drive north and west yesterday, so avoided the heaviest snow while driving. And, today the drive up the re-opened LSD was nice and quiet because people were avoiding it.
    We’ve been having so much fun with the snow, we’ve decided to send it along to the East Coast. Enjoy your winter weather Valentine from the Midwest. 🙂

  7. Beautiful pictures!
    My favourite valentines memory has to be the year we were poor and we had a pact not to waste money on cards or presents.
    Late afternoon I was led upstairs to the bathroom where I was greeted by a lovely hot bath which smelt heavenly – surrounded by candles.

  8. You’re right about the weather, Dave. I lived in NE most of my life and the snow and winters there were brutal! I don’t ever want that kind of snow back in my life again.
    We’re lucky that as we migrated East we lived near the water and in urban cores where the warm buildings help push away the really snappy cold air and lousy weather.
    NY is a huge state. People think of NY and they think of Manhattan, but NY stretches far and wide and something like 6 New Jerseys can fit into one NY.
    😀
    Congrats on your uncle’s birthday! I have a cousin who was born in Valentine’s Day. Her sister was born on the 13th — always a day late and a dollar shy — it’s a curse, I tell you!

  9. Thanks for the warm wishes David!
    I remember getting a card from one of my very good friends on Valentines Day at high school that said –
    “You are smart, articulate, witty, funny, and intelligent and bla..bla..bla….”
    In the second page it said – “you are a traffic jam of all good qualities!”
    The picture was awesome – it was a pencil sketch of a heart where the outlines were drawn as freeways and all of them were packed with cars!!!

  10. Chris!
    I missed your comment!
    Yikes! Thanks for all the snow! I love your Valentine this morning — now that’s a big indicator of compassion coming from your newspaper guy!
    If this icy stuff is what you’ve had — ugh! It stings and it’s ugly!

  11. Chris!
    I missed your comment!
    Yikes! Thanks for all the snow! I love your Valentine this morning — now that’s a big indicator of compassion coming from your newspaper guy!
    If this icy stuff is what you’ve had — ugh! It stings and it’s ugly!

  12. Wow David!
    What a gorgeous face lift on the Valentine’s Day!
    I think I still have the card somewhere…but I am not sure. It was pretty hep with a touch of nonchalance…it didn’t say Happy Valentine’s Day or something…only had a smiling face…very cool!
    Now I know I am in Fargo, it is so cold here that it’s not even snowing…. 🙁

  13. Wow David!
    What a gorgeous face lift on the Valentine’s Day!
    I think I still have the card somewhere…but I am not sure. It was pretty hep with a touch of nonchalance…it didn’t say Happy Valentine’s Day or something…only had a smiling face…very cool!
    Now I know I am in Fargo, it is so cold here that it’s not even snowing…. 🙁

  14. Hi Katha!
    I was playing around with a new theme and you caught me. I’m not sure if I like the look or not — the text seemed sort of small. Should I put it back up and leave it for awhile? It did feel more “Urbany” to me than what we’re using now.
    If you find the card, scan it for us so we can see it, too! The fact that you saved it says a lot about its intrinsic value!
    Fargo. I hope you saw the movie before you moved there. It’s a warning on many levels!
    :mrgreen:

  15. Yes, the fonts are smaller and probably we are missing some features/links at the top…but it has a very vibrant look!
    “Urbany” ? – sure. Chic, too.
    Will surely share the card if I can find it!
    Yea…I watched the movie… 🙁

  16. Hi Katha!
    One thing I like about the new theme is the BIGGER COMMENTS BOX! It’s much easier to compose a longer comment with Freshy than with Cutline.
    Our links at the top are still there! Click on Guest Authors to see! The Nav Bar has a glassier look now. That, I like a lot… instead of plain text.
    I hope you find the card!
    Ahhh! Forewarned — and yet you tempted the cold and the murders anyway — :mrgreen:

  17. Hi David,
    I like the new layout!
    We get two local newspapers. The guy who helped us out works for the Post-Tribune and has been our carrier for at least 6 years or so. I’ve never seen our other carrier — he gets here way too early in the morning.
    The P-T carriers is a school teacher who delivers papers in the early morning hours to supplement his income and seems like an over all good guy when I see him dropping off the paper before the sun has risen.
    We’ll have to give him a nice tip the next time we get our paper bill. 🙂

  18. Hi David,
    I like the new layout!
    We get two local newspapers. The guy who helped us out works for the Post-Tribune and has been our carrier for at least 6 years or so. I’ve never seen our other carrier — he gets here way too early in the morning.
    The P-T carriers is a school teacher who delivers papers in the early morning hours to supplement his income and seems like an over all good guy when I see him dropping off the paper before the sun has risen.
    We’ll have to give him a nice tip the next time we get our paper bill. 🙂