Oh boy, it’s one of my favorite times of the year. That’s right, you guessed it, this Friday is Valentine’s Day. I love giving flowers and chocolate and stuffed animals and heart-felt letters. It’s a day of romance; love begins anew and love that has endured grows stronger. But there are quite a few components that make up a perfect (idealized) Valentine’s Day, and maybe I can help those hopeless romantics out there that are just like me.
Half of what makes Valentine’s Day is the other person. I know you’re thinking, “Well, duh, Chris, you’ve gotta have a valentine for Valentine’s Day.” I can tell you right now, no one likes rejection; it’s emotionally crippling. But what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
I still remember asking my eighth grade crush to be my valentine, only to find myself crushed under the shameful shadow of rejection. However, after some time, I got over it and realized that I was better off; I’m happy I gathered up enough courage to ask her because, heck, it ironically gave me confidence. It built character. Life is a series of ups and downs, and rejection, just like acceptance, is a normal part of it all. So don’t be shy—put yourself out there! Live a little and seize the day! In fact, if you’re afraid of confrontation, and all for curing cancer, Relay for Life is holding a fundraiser just for you!
The premise is that you can pay any amount you want for the Relay for Life-ians to deliver a Crush soda can to your crush, anonymously. Then, your crush has to match the amount you paid if he or she wants to find out who sent it. They will be offerring this service on the second floor of the Union. If your crush also happens to like you too, go for dinner!
Troy’s home to a plethora of fantastic restaurants, but not all of them are Valentine’s Day-worthy. Let me give you a run down of a few I like. LoPorto’s is a classy Italian restaurant in the middle of Downtown Troy. It’s a bit pricey, but I really like the atmosphere. The chicken marsala is all I could ever ask for in a dish: creamy, rich, and delicious. If you’re into kielbasa and pirogies, Muza’s is your place. I haven’t had authentic Polish food before, but their Polish feast dish, which includes kielbasa, pirogies, and stuffed cabbage, had me stuffed like a Thanksgiving turkey. Located on 15th street, near Congress, Muza’s can provide the right mood for an ideal Valentine’s Day. Almost all of RPI knows about Brown’s Brewing Co. For those that don’t, Brown’s is like Chili’s or Applebee’s but orders of magnitudes better in food, service, and establishment. They also serve their own brand of quality beers, but that’s for those you that are of age. When Friday swings by, if you’re in the mood for some Chinese, Plum Blossom is a quiet, sit down restaurant, though a bit difficult to get to without a car. I suggest the pu pu platter, if you’re looking for a tasty variety.
If you know me personally, you’ll also know that I love food. However, food is just one of the ingredients to an ideal romantic evening. Today’s Wednesday, which means that there’s still two whole days left before Friday. If you have Amazon Prime, you’re in luck! Order your chocolates or teddy bears or stuffed adorables now! If your gifts are eligible for Amazon Prime, they should come in by Friday, Saint Valentine willing. Unfortunately, something that’s not so easy to ship is flowers, and for that, you’ll have to go to a local flower shop for a bouquet or a rose.
But you’re in luck! There are a few flower shops in town. Flower’s World and Flowers by Pesha are both located in Downtown Troy and are popular with students and locals alike. Pawling Flowershop is also close by, but more accessible by car. I’ve ordered a corsage and boutonnière from Pawling and was pleased with how the flowers looked.
There you have it. All the parts to an ideal Valentine’s Day: the valentine, the food, the gifts, and the flowers! If you’ve got someone you’re crushing on, don’t be shy! Ask them; if there’s a time to do it, it’s surely Valentine’s Day.