All in a (Valentine’s) Day work

It’s Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day, giving you a unique opportunity to simultaneously atone and celebrate if you have a significant other, or just atone.

Among the gloomy Libs, “celebrating” Valentine’s Day with the Vagina Monologues was a “thing” for a while. Now the Vagina Monologues is canceled due to inclusivity issues, since apparently the play does not provide enough opportunity for “all races, sexualities and genders” to kvetch in public. I have sat through the play, and it was once too many.

If you are on Facebook, you’ll find lots of Valentine-related posts. This one popped up,

Men are threatened by intelligent women, study finds. The yet-to-be-released study reports that men ‘showed less attraction toward women who outsmarted them’

immediately followed by this,

Children inherit their intelligence from their mother not their father.

But never fear, brains or lack thereof, AI is there for you,

Tongue-tied this Valentine’s Day? Let artificial intelligence help.

You’ll even find romance on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, tying in Valentine’s and the Olympics,

Lovers? Spouses? Just Good Friends? On the Olympic Ice, It’s Getting Hard to Tell. Some couples say their relationship is a boon. Others have broken up to preserve their teamwork. Then there’s the guessing over Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.

This year I’ve only watched curling, and the article explains the curling couples‘ dilemma,

The Norwegian curling lovebirds say maintaining separation between their relationships is essential. In curling, Mr. Nedregotten plays the role of sweeper, using a broom to reduce friction on the ice in front of the stone pushed by Ms. Skalsien. In their Oslo apartment, Ms. Skalsien makes sure to reciprocate.

“He does all the sweeping on the ice,” she said, “so I have to do that at home.”

You can’t escape Valentine’s Day ads, try as you may, unless you are entirely unplugged from all media, but just to be on the safe side, don’t show up with a broom for Valentine’s Day gift.

Even if you are in a mixed-doubles curling team.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog