Thursday, February 14, 2008
Cupid's Cashing In!
"Puppy Love" - A fun little valentine's day illustration.
Cupid is quite the capitalist. Not that I mind, really. Arrows aren't free, I realize that. But today I was caught off guard by his guerrilla tactics. Here's how it all shook down...
Every month I take my Sweetie Lauren out for "Date Night". This month I decided to have date night on Valentine's day. Makes sense right? So I had a nice gift for her and I made reservations at a restaurant that she really likes. The place is a little pricey but so what. It's date night and Valentine's day besides.
So Lauren gets home from work and I tell her about the dinner reservations and also the romantic movie that I'm going to take her to. She's excited and I'm feeling great because I've planned a fun evening for us that we'll both love.
We get to the restaurant and the place is all decorated for Valentine's day, nice touches. As we're ordering drinks our server tells us that the meal comes with 2 glasses of champagne. Cool. My brain did a quick hesitant calculation that it might be some scheme to charge us more for the meal but then I let it go. After all, there hadn't been any signs or indication that this was an added cost for a Valentine's day promotion. I enjoyed the optimistic yet ultimately naive idea that the restaurant was going the extra mile and doing something nice for it's customers. So we ate and laughed and had a great time. As we were finishing up, our server asked us what dessert we would like (because it was included) and that's when I knew the trap had been sprung. The dessert was rich and delicious.
The bill was equally decadent. They jacked up the price for all of us lovebirds.
Now listen, I'm not a cheapskate. I like to take my girl out and we have a great time! But I don't appreciate the sucker punch. Very uncool. I had to cancel the movie part of the date (dinner bled me dry, man). But we made up for it by going home, watching "Sixteen Candles" on cable, eating Valentine's chocolate and then I drew her a bath with some new bubble bath.
Ultimately the money was inconsequential. I was just really disappointed that I couldn't deliver the fun date that I had planned. I look forward to our "Date Nights" because they're so much fun and I get to treat Lauren to a night out, guilt free. It really bummed me out and made me sad.
So, Cupid, well done. You've mastered commerce and financed your operation for a little while longer. Hopefully this little score will buy you enough arrows to fire off a few for free next year.
P.s. Yesterday I was listening to a radio interview with a famous romance novelist and he shocked his interviewer by admitting that he and his wife are completely opposed to Valentine's day and don't celebrate it. His reason was about what you'd expect. He feels that the commercialization of something so beautiful and rare as true love cheapens the experience, reduces it to a wad of cash and someone else's words on a card.
I didn't think much of it at the time. But I thought a lot about it today.
And that's my truth.
Posted by Nathanael Lark at 9:56 PM