BETTER HATE THAN NEVER

It does not matter much what a man hates provided he hates something. –Samuel Butler

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Eight days from today, much of the civilized world will celebrate Valentine’s Day. Between now and then, the candy kiss and chocolate industry will make nothing short of a mint, selling sweet somethings to buyers to treat lovers….what some might call a vast capitalist conspiracy to take advantage of the lovesick. I* call it, “Bah! Humbug! A poor excuse for picking a man’s pocket every 14th of February!”

Therefore and mean-while, I’m proposing to you the need for a date — a day to counterbalance that upcoming day of over-commercialized romance and mushy love with a date which celebrates its opposite: hot-blooded, hard-boiled HATE. And what better way to inspire a hateful frame of mind than appropriate mood music:

*and Ebenezer Scrooge

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Still not feeling the hate? All right, ladies, repeat after me: I Hate You, Darling….

However, being the sensitive soul that I am, I’d rather you not hate me personally. So let’s broad-en the scope and close on this e-gal-itarian note:

Hold on. We can’t close without a name for this hate date. Down With Love Day? Cupid Sucks Day? Miss Ogamist Day? Better Hate Than Never Day? Wait a sec — now we’re back where we started.

This is the end.

 

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31 comments on “BETTER HATE THAN NEVER

  1. Rakkelle says:

    😂😂😂 You said “picking men’s pockets”. I’ll have you know that women purchase Valentine’s card, candy and even flowers for their men too.

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  2. Catherine Haustein says:

    I usually don’t like it but I want to send out cards this year if I can find appropriate or maybe inappropriate ones.

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  3. calmkate says:

    lol can’t endorse a hate day as it’s too strong a negative emotion … how about a friendship day like the Indian’s celebrate … and agree it’s purely a commercial exercise but that’s an idiot tax :mrgreen:

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    • mistermuse says:

      My ‘excuse’ for this post is that, like all my satirical posts (well, except for those dealing with Trump), it’s written in good fun. As for a Friendship day, my good friend, you’ll be happy to know there already is one — it’s the first Sunday in August in the US and a number of other countries. 🙂

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  4. Tamp down your inner Grinch and enjoy the holiday! Stuff yourself with chocolate and roll naked in the roses… Cupid would approve.

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    • mistermuse says:

      Well, I, for one, don’t need Valentine’s Day to stuff myself with chocolate — I need a Willpower Day (at least six days a week) to keep from stuffing myself with chocolate. As for rolling naked in the roses (ouch!), one look at me and Cupid would definitely NOT approve (though I’m sure, in your case, his reaction would be highly favorable). 🙂

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  5. scifihammy says:

    I think it’s called Anti-Valentine’s Day! 😀
    Nice post. 😀

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  6. Elizabeth says:

    Don’t forget Tina Turner’s wonderful “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” What’s love but a second hand emotion? Not explicitly hate, but the next best thing.

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  7. I’ve never been a fan of Valentine’s Day, even when I was a kid, so I was glad to read your thoughts on it. 😉 Plus, beautiful music besides. You think of everything!

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    • mistermuse says:

      Thank you for thinking I think of everything — now if I could only get my wife to come to the same opinion, I’d consider getting her something for Valentine’s Day (like my favorite candy, for instance).

      As for the music — the first song in particular — I was struck by the contrasting styles of Luciano Pavarotti and Celine Dion. He sang to the audience, hardly looked at her, and was ‘all business,’ while she never took her eyes off of him and emoted like ‘nobody’s business.’ Nonetheless, they both sang beautifully and I think the overall effect was quite captivating (but there I go, thinking again).

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  8. etiliyle says:

    ✨💕✨💕✨💕✨

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  9. pjlazos says:

    Ah, but love (and not necessarily romantic love) is the strongest force in the universe so why would I fight that?

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  10. My mistake. Luciano pavarotti does not show.

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    • mistermuse says:

      AOC, there are a number of clips of this performance, so if this one doesn’t take, you can Google Luciano Pavarotti Celine Dion I Love You Then I Hate You for others to choose from. It would be worth the effort because it’s a powerful emotional performance which gave me a new appreciation of Dion’s voice (of course, Pavarotti’s voice ‘speaks for itself’):

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  11. Got it. Thanks. Love Pavarotti, he is so opera I love Celine too, she is so modern classic. Unique combo.

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  12. Listening to Jane Walsh and Kathryn Grayson’s version, i cannot imagine how the song has remained a classic. My guess, it has to be because of the lyrics.

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    • mistermuse says:

      Actually, they are three different songs. The first is a 1997 adaptation by Celine Dion of an earlier song titled NEVER, NEVER, NEVER by Shirley Bassey. The other two were composed (both music and lyrics) by the great Cole Porter: I HATE YOU DARLING (1941) is from his musical “Let’s Face It” and I HATE MEN (1948) is from one of my favorite musicals, “Kiss Me Kate,” which was made in 1953 into a film starring Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel. Pardon me if I disagree, but I like both the music and lyrics of his songs — it doesn’t get much better than Cole Porter!

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  13. Mistermuse you’ve really hit on some memories here. Kiss Me Kate… I love it. Mistermuse, you are classic!

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