Ok, I'm gonna be Mr. Cynical Guy for a moment. Valentine's Day is nothing more than a marketing ploy. Buy flowers! Buy candy! Go to a restaurant! But, it is designed to be a very sweet day and a guy that's in a relationship should do something special for his significant other. And ladies, do the same. Love, kisses and hugs should abound on February 14.

But as a man who has been happily single for a while now, what should I do to celebrate the day?

Hmmm... well, there are a few ways to look at this. Should I head to a bar and converse with a single woman whose feeling down on this day of love? I might need to turn down the nerd in me.

Should I see a movie? Black Panther will be out on the 16th. I'm all about the Marvel movies. Maybe see the new Jumanji movie that's been out for a while. Ladies love Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Maybe there will be a single lady that could somehow mistake me for him. (I believe that is the most ridiculous thing I've ever written.)


Now, don't get me wrong, I have really enjoyed being single. My apartment is basically a giant man cave. All those posters and collectibles I had to hide or never got to put up because of the no-fun-having ex are proudly on display. I can watch ESPN all day. I can buy a four-pack of toilet paper and it last six months.

But I digress... what else could I do? Too bad coin-op arcades don't exist any more. I could easily drop three rolls of quarters playing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, NBA Jam or Donkey Kong.

Another option, there are a couple of ladies I have wanted to ask out, (if I wasn't such a blubbering mess when it comes to asking a girl out, I'd have already done it) but would it be a bit cliche to do it on Valentine's Day?

I think sticking with old reliable may be the best option...enjoy the comfort of my couch and some PlayStation. I wouldn't be alone, either. I'd be with someone who is always happy to see me, makes me laugh and gives me surprise kisses from time to time.

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Then there is always the shopping spree for clearance candy on the 15th.