February 14, 2009

The Weirdest Valentine's Day

The Eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them: there ought to be as many for love. --- Margaret Atwood

What happens when Valentine's Day follows Friday the 13th? 

For some, loss of love, the 4th basic fear identified by Napoleon Hill over 70 years ago. Others say that February 14 eliminated that fear. 

In some workshops you're asked to bond by revealing something no one else knows about you. Would you believe a mild-mannered actuary went to a heavy metal and hard rock concert for Valentine's Day?

Stone Deaf
Back in 1988, my Valentine was far away in Thunder Bay. So I spent the evening with Motorhead and Alice Cooper at the Ottawa Civic Centre, a pairing better suited to Halloween. 

Motorhead was so loud that I could barely tell what Lemmy was singing. In an ode to where they were, they changed the chorus of Stone Deaf in the USA to Stone Deaf in Ontario. After they finished, we were. Truth in advertising. They could have also changed the title to Tone Deaf in Ontario.

Alice Cooper
Headliner Alice Cooper played enough classics to please the crowd. To my disappointment, he skipped my two favourite albums from the days before iPods and CDs, From The Inside (perspectives from a lunatic asylum, like One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest) and Flush The Fashion (an atypical, catchy collection).

Twenty-one years later we're together ... visiting Pittsburgh. Which one's weirder? 

Happy Valentine's Day. 


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