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So Valentine’s Day is upon us again..........Photo: college.nowyoutellmebooks.com

Pardon me if my lack of excitement isn’t palpable.

Believe me, I’m not trying to rain on the parade of any sentimental love birds out there. Regardless of whether it’s your birthday or otherwise, Valentine’s Day can be a really tricky “holiday” that represents several scenarios for different people. Think about it.

Is it:

A stupid Hallmark Holiday?

There are many who believe that Valentine’s Day is nothing but a gimmick pioneered by Hallmark, restaurants, florists, candy companies.

Frankly, I am in this category. Why does there have to be a special day to show somebody you care about them? Do you care about them anymore on this day than you do the other 364?
And just for the record, there are friends of mine who are girls that are in complete agreement with this, so it’s not just a guy thing.

A special day for someone special?

Personally, I think there’s a difference between women who are grateful for (but don’t necessarily look for) nice gestures on Valentine’s Day, and women who expect and need nice gestures on Valentine’s Day.

As far as the former is concerned, everyone at some point and time likes to feel appreciated. It’s just human nature.  But chances are if you like this particular person, you always do nice things for them anyway. Those are the kinds of people you WANT to do nice things for. So in this case, don’t be sappy or cheesy about the day, but still do something thoughtful (because let’s get real: the whole thing is pretty cheesy anyway). I’m not saying downplay it, but anything out of the ordinary will seem forced and pretentious. If anything, be thoughtful. If you’ve been with somebody long enough, you’ll know when NOT to overdo things.

On the other hand, the latter (in my experience) is mostly for insecure girls who view their self-worth by the gifts they get on this “holiday.” If you’re with somebody of this ilk, I have two thoughts. First: Good luck. If they are judging you by the number of gifts on Valentine’s Day, just wait until you’re married. Second: Run like hell.........and FAST!

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For some, Valentine’s Day is a day for those who don’t tell their significant other they love them enough and try to make up for it with a present. This is true. So much to the point where I can’t even go there comically.............

Either way, if you think a day like this will solve hidden and deeper problems in a relationship, then what you have is pretty superficial, or it’s only putting off the inevitable.

What if you’re casually dating somebody? How far do you go? (No, that’s not what I mean.)

This is really tricky, but it can be a great barometer for moving things forward, or ending things before they begin.  If you’re casually seeing someone, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with some roses. You don’t want to scare them off because you bought half the flower shop, but you at least want to make an effort and it’s also a nice gesture. Whether it’s a card, candy hearts, or a box of chocolates, I think every deserving woman should receive something nice on this day.  Again, being thoughtful can earn points. If they don’t appreciate it, then ditch them. Trust me: you really don’t want to be with them anyway.

So what is Valentine’s Day to you?

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As you might have seen during the Super Bowl, Former Philadelphia 76er Dikembe Mutombo is the latest to star in a GEICO commercial.  The former center is seen swatting everything from laundry to toll money to cereal. If only he was that intimidating against Shaq in the 2001 Finals.........
 
Nonetheless, it’s a pretty funny ad. Check it out!

 

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Join The Barkann Family Healing Hearts Foundation on Saturday, February 2nd for Bowling For Hearts at Lucky Strike Bowling Lanes!
 
All proceeds will benefit The Barkann Family Healing Hearts Foundation, which provides grants to local organizations and families throughout the Delaware Valley who are overcome by the financial burdens caused by family crisis, long term illness, or sudden loss of life.
 
Check out the details below!  
 
For information regarding events and tickets, please contact Melissa Staub at melissa@thebarkannfoundation.org
 
 

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For those of you who have never been to The Hair O' the Dog, this is the year for you to jump to the front of the line and join the party.

Get your tickets NOW on Philly2Philly!  http://hairothedog.ticketleap.com/t/p2p/ 

Here is the basic run down for the 2013 Hair O' the Dog:Hair O' the Dog 2013
Date & Time:

Saturday, January 19, 2013 from 9:00pm - 1:30am VIP begins at 8

Venue: Loews Hotel Philadelphia

Location: Center City, Philadelphia

Entertainment: Split Decision Band
World Famous DJ ENFERNO performing his LIVE REMIX PROJECT
DJ Eddie Tully
DJ Perry Angelozzi
DJ Royale

Visual Stimulation provided by: Jewelz Entertainment and Strolling Tables

Live Contemporary Pop Art by painters: Glenn Stevens and Perry Milou

THE OFFICIAL AFTER PARTY WILL BE HELD AT G LOUNGE

 

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Check out the events schedule this week at Chickie’s & Pete’s- the best sports bar in North America!

Friday December 28th (9am to 1pm)

-Rob Charry and former Eagle Hollis Thomas

Monday December 31st, 2012

-No broadcasts with WIP

Friday January 4th, 2013 (1pm to 6pm)

-Anthony Gargano and Glen Macnow return for regular Friday live
broadcasts thru end of August 2013.

 

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Wow! Who's ready for season 8 of Dexter? What started out (and turned out to be) an okay season ended with such gusto that it's hard to wait to September for more! The final episode left plenty of loose ends for the final season in the series and also turned into a bit of a nostalgic piece with lots of flashbacks of Doakes for Dexter.
 
LaGuerta continued to close in on Dexter, and even drug Deb into the mix when a mysterious surveillance DVD from the late Mike's wife arrived. It turned out he had asked for surveillance around the church where Travis was killed. The DVD showed Deb getting gas in a canister with a timestamp close to the time the fire started! Deb played it cool, but Dexter later went to LaGuerta's and saw she was requesting a warrant for their cell phone GPS info for the night of the fire.

Earlier in the episode, LaGuerta arrested Dexter for the murder of Estrada. At Miami Metro, the whole department was shocked and told LaGuerta she had gone too far. Dexter played the questioning, which Angel supervised. Then Masuka came in to end the questioning, telling LaGuerta the shirt with blood evidence she had was evidence from years ago that was missing from the evidence locker. Dexter set her up! A great twist, but she knew it and warned him to watch out. After it all, Angel asked LaGuerta to stop by his NYE/retirement party at his new club.

Meanwhile, Hannah got herself into a hospital - by having her old roomie from juvenile detention slip her something when visiting. When Hannah was being transported from jail to prison, she ended up in the hospital and escaped! What will she do next season?

At the party, Deb can't find Dexter, and Jamie and Quinn start something romantic!? LaGuerta is headed to show face when she gets a call from Estrada asking her to save him in the shipyard...Deb asks Miami dispatch for GPS on LaGuerta's car and heads that way, too. When Deb arrives, Estrada is dead, and Dexter asks Deb to leave. LaGuerta wakes up and starts yelling for Deb to kill Dexter, but Deb turns the gun towards LaGuerta and helps her brother out of this jam!!!! Deb the killer?

The season ends with Deb and Dex at Angel's bar watching the fireworks. So many questions. What a setup for the final season! Angel has to question this, right? Will Deb and Dex run away? Kill the whole department? How will Hannah be involved?



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Philly2Philly is honored to participate in selling copies “A Snowball’s Chance” on select dates at Chickie’s & Pete’s- the best sports bar in North America!

Check out their schedule this week of all their events. Philly2Philly will be selling the book at the events that are starred (*).

Wednesday

-South Philly hosts two tapings of the tv show, The Great Sports Debate.
(7pm to 10pm) *

-Drexel Hill....live WIP radio broadcast with Jody McDonald. (6pm to 10pm)

Thursday

-On the Roosevelt Blvd in the Northeast ...live WBCB broadcast with Merrill Reese and Harry Gamble plus current Eagles TE, Clay Harbor. (6pm)*

Friday

-Drexel Hill...live broadcast of 97.5 The Fanatic with Tony Bruno. (11am to 2pm)*

Sunday

-Eagles GAMEDAY crowd at all locations. South Philly opens at 11am.

 

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PHILLY2PHILLY.COM WRITERS DISPEL NATIONAL MEDIA MYTHS

A Snowball’s Chance Offers Closer Look

At Controversies Surrounding Philly Sports Fans

 
Philadelphia, PA (December 3, 2012) Philadelphia: The birthplace of our nation, the City of Brotherly Love, cheesesteaks, soft pretzels, Rocky…and snowballs?
 

The national media hardly utters a sentence about Philly’s tough but passionate sports fans without mentioning how Santa Claus was once booed and pelted with snowballs. In fact, it doesn’t seem that anybody outside the Tri-State area can put that story and others to rest, even though this happened over 40 years ago. No matter what transpires, it seems that the national perspective about our sports community is set in stone. It’s almost as if there’s some kind of secret handbook used to perpetuate these negative stereotypes about our fans.

 

In Philly2Philly’s brand new book: A Snowball’s Chance: Philly Fires Back Against the National Media, the guys at Philly2Philly.com are setting the record straight. Join us as we debate, discuss, and defend some of the most dubious moments in Philadelphia sports history.

  

 

 

 

You are all  invited to attend/cover the book’s official launch party, happening Monday, December 17th  at Chickie’s & Pete’s (Packer Avenue location.) A limited number of the books will be available on sale to the public starting at 9pm.
 

 

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