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Corporations broke my heart -- and my economy.

I need to be a little careful lest I start a strange trend among my photos.
But, in my defense, I like symbols in general, and it just happens to be close to Valentine's Day so hearts are in abundance.

  1. thetodd 88 months ago | reply

    this symbol does NOT bode well for the looming holiday, i'd say.
    on the other hand, makes it easier to share.

  2. CarbonNYC [in SF!] 88 months ago | reply

    That's a great observation!
    To share your heart (cookie) you have to break it. :)
    Not quite Hallmark material, but wonderful. :) Thanks!

  3. nettsu 88 months ago | reply

    here was i thinking you were bitter & twisted abotu valetines day in general...

  4. CarbonNYC [in SF!] 88 months ago | reply

    Actually, I think Valentine's Day is an absolute hoot. I mean, if you stay away from the buy-lots-of-gifts strategy and just have it be kooky and fun, I think there's a lot of place for creativity and enthusiasm with V Day. Even creative bitterness is welcome. :)

    That said, I keep seeing and hearing ads in the US like, "Haven't got all your gifts for Valentine's Day yet? Come to..." WTF? How many gifts am I supposed to be giving for Valentine's Day? Isn't it like more Thanksgiving -- "be grateful for the people in your life" -- rather than Christmas?

  5. calpyro 88 months ago | reply

    Because you asked....

    Source: www.history.com/minisites/valentine/viewPage?pageId=882

    The History of Valentine's Day
    Every February, across the country, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint and why do we celebrate this holiday? The history of Valentine's Day -- and its patron saint -- is shrouded in mystery. But we do know that February has long been a month of romance. St. Valentine's Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. So, who was Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with this ancient rite? Today, the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred.

    One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men -- his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

    Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where they were often beaten and tortured.

    According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first 'valentine' greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl -- who may have been his jailor's daughter -- who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed 'From your Valentine,' an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories certainly emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic, and, most importantly, romantic figure. It's no surprise that by the Middle Ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in England and France.

    While some believe that Valentine's Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine's death or burial -- which probably occurred around 270 A.D -- others claim that the Christian church may have decided to celebrate Valentine's feast day in the middle of February in an effort to 'christianize' celebrations of the pagan Lupercalia festival. In ancient Rome, February was the official beginning of spring and was considered a time for purification. Houses were ritually cleansed by sweeping them out and then sprinkling salt and a type of wheat called spelt throughout their interiors. Lupercalia, which began at the ides of February, February 15, was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.

    To begin the festival, members of the Luperci, an order of Roman priests, would gather at the sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa. The priests would then sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification.

    The boys then sliced the goat's hide into strips, dipped them in the sacrificial blood and took to the streets, gently slapping both women and fields of crops with the goathide strips. Far from being fearful, Roman women welcomed being touched with the hides because it was believed the strips would make them more fertile in the coming year. Later in the day, according to legend, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city's bachelors would then each choose a name out of the urn and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended in marriage. Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine's Day around 498 A.D. The Roman 'lottery' system for romantic pairing was deemed un-Christian and outlawed. Later, during the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds' mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of February -- Valentine's Day -- should be a day for romance. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written by Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. The greeting, which was written in 1415, is part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England. Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois.

    In Great Britain, Valentine's Day began to be popularly celebrated around the seventeenth century. By the middle of the eighteenth century, it was common for friends and lovers in all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes. By the end of the century, printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology. Ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one's feelings was discouraged. Cheaper postage rates also contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine's Day greetings. Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began to sell the first mass-produced valentines in America.

  6. CarbonNYC [in SF!] 88 months ago | reply

    Well, I guess I meant to ask, "Shouldn't it be more like Thanksgiving...than Christmas?" :)

    But thank you for the exposition. :) I don't see Starbucks mentioned, notably. :)

  7. improvnyc 87 months ago | reply

    And then there's the debate about the history of the heart symboland what it actually depicts...

  8. CarbonNYC [in SF!] 87 months ago | reply

    Wow that's fascinating. Favorite excerpt:

    [The classic heart shape] only vaguely resembles the human heart. Some people claim that it actually depicts the heart of a cow, a more readily available sight to most people in past centuries than an actual human heart...

    Happy Valentine's Day! Here's a cut-out of a cow heart to show how much I love you. :)

  9. archidave 87 months ago | reply

    did they sell it to you broken??? sue them!!! ;) I am sure i can put it back together adequately enough.

  10. CarbonNYC [in SF!] 87 months ago | reply

    They didn't sell it to me broken, but I'm pretty sure the woman behind the counter assured me it would solve all my life's problems, which it DIDN'T. So suing is probably the next step. :)

  11. archidave 87 months ago | reply

    I believe you need Fish and Chips to solve all life's problems, but i am not sure what the American equivalent would be to that. A hot dog does'nt quite have the same comfort factor. What about a hot English faggot ? brings warmth to my heart just ordering them in a pub :D

  12. nettsu 87 months ago | reply

    dave - you can get fish & chips in the US - not quite the same as Aussie or british fish & chips. But you can still get it... I think the American equivalent seems to be mexican... or considering Carbon is in NY probably a corned beef sandwhich & motza ball soup (i actually really miss american food - just not the portion sizes)

  13. nettsu 87 months ago | reply

    i can't stand liver
    so no :P

  14. CarbonNYC [in SF!] 87 months ago | reply

    Never had one of your English faggots. They don't look so appetizing. Looks can be deceiving.
    Mac and cheese is a pretty good American comfort-food option. And they sell it all over the city in NYC even in a restaurant devoted ONLY to Mac and Cheese. Or grilled cheese. I have so much left over, nettsu, I can ship you some leftovers. Sound good?
    He would. :)
    I know you've got one -- you're a liver-filled faggot if there ever was one. And you are what you eat, ergo...

  15. nettsu 87 months ago | reply

    i've never had mac & cheese
    i got distracted by mexican food (i love mexican food)

    and :P

  16. archidave 87 months ago | reply

    OH! i had to discover what mac and cheese was. Macaroni cheese! mmmmmm. a whoe retaurant devoted to it sounds liek heaven. when you said mac i immediately thought of a certain flovourless burger joint. I guess their brainwashing has worked on me too!!! Damn these mega-corporations

  17. Lctank 61 months ago | reply

    I would love to use your picture for one of my blog posts. Just wanted to clarify, you wish to use your name, David M. Goehring and link to the specific picture on Flickr?

    Thanks! Just love this shot.

  18. CarbonNYC [in SF!] 61 months ago | reply

    Yep, that's it! Glad you can employ this!

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