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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : February 11th 2009
INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, February 12, 2009 21 STREETVIEW Love can come at a cost Kati Ficsor Vanessa Anderson Sue Buchanan Brian Nimbalker Jess Frawley What does Valentine's Day mean to you? Is it a special day for lavish bouquets, romantic cards, expressions of love and candlelit dinners? Or just an excruciatingly overpriced, overemphasised and insignificant day? We posed these questions to people in Concord. Kati Ficsor, of Concord: It's certainly still got relevance for some people but I'm not really into it. I don't like the Christmas thing, the propaganda or the hype, and it's all just overpriced. Normally for Valentine's Day my husband just walks me down to the flower shop and says ''they're all for you'' and then we walk home -- it saves us time and money. I don't really celebrate it at all. Vanessa Anderson, of Concord: It reminds you to, sort of, acknowledge the ones you love. The commercial side I'm not too concerned about but the sentiment is important. The day itself is just a little reminder to think of others in your day-to- day life and to have a little bit of romance, love and attention in your life. I'm hoping my husband comes up with a plan for Valentine's Day. It reminds me of my youth because I met him when I was 15. Sue Buchanan, of Concord: Valentine's Day isn't really important to me any more. When you have been married for 35 years, I think you both already know that you are happily married and you don't need to have a Valentine's Day celebration to acknowledge that. Sometimes I buy a card but my husband usually tells me not to. Brian Nimbalker, of Perth: I hate it. I don't like the obligation to do something for Valentine's Day. I like to show my affection on other days, I don't want to be forced to do so on the one day. Usually I have to celebrate it because, otherwise, the girlfriend will get upset but I won't be doing anything for Valentine's Day this year as I'm single now. It was good timing. Jess Frawley, of Kogarah Bay: It's not a very exciting event for me, it's just another day. I just try to get it over and done with as fast as possible. I don't think it is important, it's just a way to make money and I think it's better to do things like sending gifts and showing those kinds of sentiments every day, not just on Valentine's Day. OPINION EXCLUSIVE FREE DVD EASTER RECIPES FROM THE CELEBRATED TV SERIES Only when you buy the March issue of Notebook: on sale now
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