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February 11, 2005

For Cheapskates on Valentine's Day

Don't want to blow $50.00 on a dozen red roses? Go to your local gas station and buy flowers there. That is soooo tacky.

Posted on February 11, 2005 at 09:13 AM | Permalink

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hey, don't knock it. a $1.50 miniature fake flower, complete with a really tacky miniature teddy bear holding a red heart made a great gift for my SO one year. she knows darn well we're too poor for me to blow any more than that on gifts, plus she's asthmatic - so live flowers aren't that great an idea anyway - and we'd just stopped by the gas station to fill up, so she wasn't expecting it.

that, and some attention and TLC, made a great valentine's that year. i've been trying to match it ever since.

Posted by: Nomen Nescio at Feb 11, 2005 2:40:43 PM

LOL! What's really awkward is when you're in a bar on a date or with your significant other, and those rose peddlers walk in and hover around you. Sometimes they strike up a conversation with the guy, and then it sort of puts him on the spot, like he's going to look like a jerk: I mean, the guy is right there with the roses, and he's not going to buy one for the gal? Said gal is cringing because she's being put in a position too.

Posted by: Clancy at Feb 11, 2005 3:26:31 PM

I haven't been in a bar in years, and I forgot about the rose peddlers. That's such a racket. I used to frequent bars in Fell's Point in Baltimore, and the rose peddlers were right there with the 500 year old guy who tap-danced for change. He was such a fixture in Fell's Point that the local paper had a big write-up about him when he died.

Nomen, I just think it's tacky beyond words to buy flowers from a gas station. Go to a flower shop, for God's sake. Get something unusual, like several stalks of liatris. Those things are really cool looking.

Then again, if my husband came home with a rose from a gas station that had a stuffed toy kitten attached to it, I'd probably happily accept it. Nah, forget that. If he came home from the gas station with a stuffed toy kitten and a fistful of Necco wafers, I'd be in Heaven. I love Necco wafers.

Posted by: Trish Wilson at Feb 11, 2005 3:52:14 PM

Nomen, does your SO like chocolate? I've seen gas stations that sell roses made of chocolate. That can keep the asthma at bay. I was tempted to buy one when I was hungry.

This thread is so funny that I think I'm going to buy my husband a rose from a gas station this year. :)

Posted by: Trish Wilson at Feb 11, 2005 3:56:36 PM

The worst gift I got was one of those awful gas-station teddy bears for Valentine's Day. Actually, it was two bears, hugging each other.

The red bear wore white pajamas with red hearts, and the white bear wore red pajamas with white hearts.

This was from a guy at work who was hitting on me. The worst part was that I was expecting him to bring me maple syrup from a trip up to Vermont for the company.

Posted by: zuzu at Feb 11, 2005 5:14:24 PM

Most of the young women where I work expect dinner out, not flowers.

I actually see flowers and chocolate as just a grab bag gift for someone you aren't really that interested in; but don't want to be mad at you for getting them nothing...

I think the real gift women are looking for in their boyfriends or husbands is time spent with them on these days. Time...Not running in and grabbing a quick box of chocolates and then dumping them off with her, so you can hang out and watch the game with your buddies...while she's home alone watching a Hallmark special about how great Valentine's Day is for everyone else...

Posted by: NYMOM at Feb 11, 2005 6:08:38 PM

Now Trish, don't knock it, I like the anti-consumerist angle of it. Flower shops are hella expensive, and they jack up the prices every VD just like liquor stores jack up the price of sparkling wine right before New Year's. Why not get flowers at a gas station or (in my neighborhood) in front of bodegas or fruit stands? Why spend $50 on something that's been cut and is dying anyway instead of under $10 on something just as beautiful? Frankly I'd appreciate inexpensive flowers more than flowers that cost a lot of money I'd rather my husband didn't waste.

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at Feb 13, 2005 4:49:16 PM