My heart goes out to all men today.
So much pressure is on them to get the right gift or arrange the right meal for Valentine's Day.
Women are usually better at planning and gift-giving than men. So here are some traditional and not-so-traditional ideas to help guys out.
Surprisingly, men will spend on average twice as much as women do on their sweethearts. But sadly, around 15percent of American women don't believe that and probably will send themselves flowers today instead.
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Maybe you have a romantic meal planned today, whether it is at home or at her favorite restaurant.
If you think eating out is easier, think again: If you haven't made your reservation by now, you're probably out of luck, because restaurants will be packed. Unfortunately, 64percent of men in the U.S. don't plan in advance for a romantic Valentine's Day.
Don't know whether it still has openings, but Max's Ally in Afton Village offers three dining options today, plus with its regular menu. It also has an option for postponing your celebration, in case you can't stand crowds or you waited too late to make your reservation: a dinner theater magic show Feb. 27.
"Our dinner is a three-course wine dinner featuring Hannibal the Illusionist," said general manager Sheri Julian. "We reserve one of our private rooms for the dinner theater. The dinners are prepared specially by our executive chef, Brendon Murphy. They are well attended and the guests love them."
For details on both events go to www.maxsally.com.
If you want something really different that won't break the bank, you can spend the day at Concord Mills mall. Colony Homes' grand opening starts at 9 a.m. today in Neighborhood 6. Even if you aren't shopping for a home, you can see WLNK's Matt and Ramona, who will be handing out prizes all day. And looking at homes with your sweetheart can be very romantic.
Here is another idea: Remember in the movie "Sleepless in Seattle" when the main characters met at the top of the Empire State Building on Valentine's Day? I'm sure many star-struck couples are taking or renewing their vows on the 80th floor at this moment. But if you are reading this, chances are you won't get to New York City in time. Maybe something to keep in mind for next year.
So fellows, whether you're making dinner or reservations, going to New York City or heading to the mall - or maybe you just plain forgot what today is - don't panic. It turns out that just a single red rose is the preferred gift for many women on this overpriced, overstressed, overindulgent holiday.
Now, don't you feel better? Happy Valentine's Day!