Dayton, OH —

Completely unprompted, local husband Dave Watkins throws in his two cents about Valentine’s Day: “I’m sick of commercialism hijacking our traditions and shoving all this fake romance crap down our throats! I don’t need Hallmark strong-arming me into buying my wife some waxy chocolates or a bunch of flowers that are just gonna die in a day and a half. Valentine’s Day is nothing but a scam. Man, if I took all that money I’ve saved over the last 15 years of marriage by not buying all that overpriced Valentine’s Day junk, I could afford to take my wife on trip to Paris! I mean, I won’t, because I’d have to get the time off work and then we’d have to get passports and stuff. That’s not what either of us want. Ain’t that right, babe? Yeah, she don’t want no trip to Paris. Too much of a hassle. We’re romantic in our own way, and we don’t need a set day to show it.”

By CarolAnn Liebelt