If you haven’t made a reservation yet for Valentine’s Day, we have good news and bad news.Let’s start with the bad. You probably won’t get in to the restaurant you were ready to splurge at. You waited too long. Most joints will only have walk-in availability left, leaving you and your date on a 45-minute wait. The good news? There are better options than celebrating your love dining next to a hoard of strangers with a limited menu.
Despite its religious origin and commercial value, Valentine’s Day is not a recognized public holiday. This means most of us will still be plucking ourselves out of bed and heading to work on Thursday, February 14th. Some will clock out and rush to the convenient store in hopes they will grab what is left of the flowers and chocolates - or even run to a fine-dining reservation you made weeks ago, hoping it goes quickly. After all, work resumes in the morning.
To start, let me confess that I hail from The 'Burgh. While my beloved Steelers botched their season and won’t be going for a super 7th ring, I still bleed black and gold (after all, there’s always hockey.) The rest of our office is divided with a handful of Tampa Bay Buc buffs, some Jacksonville Jaguars fanatics, and of course, a few elated Pats fans sprinkled in. They are the ones walking around with sh!! eating grins (I’m lookin’ at you, Marvin.)
We all know Florida winters aren’t too much of a departure from Florida summers. Any given day December through March can easily be 85 and sunny. That being said, there are days when the temperature takes a tumble. This is actual footage of Floridians on the 40-degree day:
So, you decided to participate in a holiday cookie swap and you are feeling the pressure of the Christmas clock. You realize you only have a few days until the exchange and your heart drops faster than Hans Gruber off the Nakatomi Tower. (It’s a Christmas movie. End the debate!)
‘Twas the night before guests arrived, when all through the house, not a creature was silent, not even the spouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney in a hurry, in hope that they could pull it together with haste, not fury.