For the Love of Beer-in Single on Valentine's Day, Part II –

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As we edge closer and closer to Valentine’s Day, the rivalry between two distinct ideologies heats up. The lovers and the haters of this polarizing day gear up for a showdown, both convinced that they are right and their opponent is wrong.

In the blue corner, we have the Valentine’s Day cynics, claiming that V-Day is not about love at all, pointing, instead, to a melding of materialism, capitalism, and ick. 

They cringe at the sight of hearts, they avoid Hallmark like the plague, and they are bound and determined to do anything that day, other than participate.

In the red corner is the group that gets all googley-eyed at the mere mention of February 14th, making grand anticipatory proclamations: “My favorite holiday is almost here!”They are completely taken by the hearts and flowers and romance.

So, it was no surprise to me that, within the first hour of last week’s column becoming available for their reading pleasure, one of these love-day lovers (LDL’s) was up in arms!

“You’re supposed to want everyone to be happy and in love. Beheadings and massacres and seminal fluid? Oh my! You’ve pushed the envelope too far. What will people think?!”

I have two words for you overzealous LDL’s: Calm down.

If you pinky promise to do so, I’ll let you in on a little secret. I’m drinking the same Kool-Aid you are. While I may be a cynic by nature, Valentine’s Day ismy favorite holiday. For me, Valentine’s Day is just like my birthday, but better, and with even more candy!

Most of the people who know me, know that I love Skittles but I absolutely loathe the purple ones. They are disgusting. And, after I’ve polished off the rest of the bag, I try to force my purples onto unwitting bystanders.

Well, last year, my Valentine went so far as to contact Skittles and convince them to make me a special bag, with absolutely no purple ones in it! Best. Present. Ever.

On top of that, I got a bunch of flowers delivered to me at work. I was surprised with a romantic weekend getaway at a beautiful bed and breakfast. I got presents and chocolates and stuffed animals—you get the picture.

This year, I’m probably going to have hundreds of Valentines (all attendees of For the Love of Beer-ing Single)! Rest assured, LDL’s; I’m team Valentine’s Day.

And, while I know that it is the most magical day of the year, I am also acutely aware of the vantage point of most singles, with whom I surround myself on a continuous basis.

Besides, if I slather it on too thick (which I may have already done, while attempting to prove my point), I might scare away the V-day cynics— or myself. Or, even worse, someone might throw up on my shoes.

I’ll bet that you finger-pointing LDL’s feel pretty silly now, eh?

So, in the spirit of the day, let’s all just show a little love—for the lovers and the cynics. While we may never agree about the value of Valentine’s Day, we can all agree that our hearts are valuable, right?

Yes, I am referring to the organ that pumps blood to rest of your body, keeping you alive.

And, that brings me to my next topic. We are now days away from RVA’s first ever For the Love of Beer-ing Singleevent, at the downtown Capital Ale House. We’ll be supporting the American Heart Association through ticket sales, so get yours today.

Then, when you arrive, all you have to do is sign up for the mixer game I told you about last week, and have fun!

Thanks to our friends at Vogue Flowers, the first ladies to arrive at the event will be receiving beautiful flowers. Woo hoo!

Once you’ve arrived in the game room, there will be delicious snacks and you’ll be able to order your favorite brews, including Boulevard Wheat, Lost Rhino Face Plant, Foothills Torch Pilsner, and Yuengling.

Thanks to Loveland Distributing, you can also enter to win Yuengling’s 2 remaining courtside tickets to the Rams sold out playoff game!

And, It Takes 2 will be raffling off a trial membership. So, throw your name into the hat for an opportunity to be matched by a professional matchmaker!

 “All of this for only $5?! What’s the catch?”

There’s no catch. All I ask is that you purchase tickets to support the AHA—and compensate me directly with Doritos, birthday cake, and Nerf guns. Okay, that’s a quasi-catch.

But, wait! There’s more:

Get your ticket today, and you’ll only pay $10 more for Experience RVA’s Cupid Crawl!

“What? A pub crawl for only $15? Say it isn’t so!”

It is so. So, get your tickets today!  I look forward to meeting [most of] you on Friday!

Sophie Blystone is the PR Director for It Takes 2, voted Best Dating Service in Richmond for the past 5 years. She has been in a committed relationship with the RVA since 2000. Like her on Facebook , Follow her on Twitter, and get LinkedIn today. Send your dating questions to You might see your question answered next week!

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