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    The Valentine's Day Dilemma

    Last night the little woman asked "Where are you taking me for Valentine's Day?" So much for my idea of staying home and just giving her a card. I suggested Golden Corral, thinking it would be a romantic choice on account of that chocolate fountain thing-y what they got. This did not appeal to her. I then suggested the Old Country Buffet, since they also got themselves a big spread. This was not a pleasing suggestion either. She grew up in California and I know she likes Breakfast Jacks, but we ain't got any of them Jacks in the Box 'round these parts. This leaves me without any idear what for to do. Any great suggestions from the Throbbin Brain?
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    Find the nicest place in town and take her there. Order stuffed mushrooms as an appetizer. Works every time.
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    I think you would be safer going to a non-chain restaurant for Valentines Day. Think romantic that doesn't cater to the masses.

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    Cardinal, ya came to the right place asking me all about this. I'm an expert, see, in the art of Romance on a budget. Admit it your first impulse was to take her to McDonalds and the reason you said 'no' was because there's that whole 'cheapskate' allegation it opens ya up to. So the key here is to take her some place that's got more CLASS than MickeyD's but still don't cost you a fortune. I personally recommend Wendy's *. Everyone knows their burgers cost more than McDonalds, but you use your secret weapon after she orders and lay down one a them buy one get one free coupons. See, that way you can both sit there enjoying a classy bacon double cheeseburger and it only cost you as much as one person!

    Another thing you can do is save up all those paper VFW 'buddy poppies' you get every year at Memorial Day (or if you're really in a clutch ya can always swing by a cemetary on yer way home from work) and after a few years you got enough for a whole bouquet and give her that! If she tries to give ya any grief about it, just say somethin' like "real flowers last only a few days, whereas my love for you - like these flowers here - lasts a lifetime!" Chicks will fall fer it every time!

    * some dames get funny about Wendy's too and insist on ya takin' 'em to one of them "sit down" restaurants where you can't get your food from either a buffet or the order counter. In these cases I recommend taking her to Culvers. You might have to do a little more searching to find their BOGO coupons but it'll be worth it when she gets the whole havin' them bring your food out to you experience.
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    Some of us might have been considering the romance-inducing aspects of an all-you-can-eat buffet

    I'm fretting Valentine's day for the first time in a number of years, SO DAMMIT DON'T MESS WITH ME!!!!! SERIOUS SUGGESTIONS NEEDED!!

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    A list of fancy and delicious restaurants doing Valentine's Day specials in the Cheese State Cardinal. I would go with something unusual to what you normally do, like a French restaurant.


    Hilldweller, here is a 508 list for you! There is a French listing there too!
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    What about White Castle?

    http://www.whitecastle.com/cravers/v...57626064652041

    Looks like they even put flowers out on the table. You don't get that at Wendy's.

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    Quote Originally posted by TerraSapient View post
    A list of fancy and delicious restaurants doing Valentine's Day specials in the Cheese State Cardinal. I would go with something unusual to what you normally do, like a French restaurant.


    Hilldweller, here is a 508 list for you! There is a French listing there too!
    I have a suggestion of places near the Cheese State. Tell her you made reservations at a special place in Chicago or Minneapolis! This list offers free dessert and other mommento plus chances to win big prizes!
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    Our biggest dilemma is always trying to due something different, but not go too over the top.
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    I'm taking the lucky lady on a romantic night of dumpster diving.

    Nah, getting flowers delivered to work and dinner at a nice restaurant with a bottle of wine. I'm taking the safe route. Trying to do something new and spontaneous presents too great a risk of failure for the potential rewards.
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    Quote Originally posted by btrage View post
    Our biggest dilemma is always trying to due something different, but not go too over the top.
    Take her to one of the Casinos. To not go over the top. Try the buffet! And bring a pack of your favorite smokes as that is the only place in the state you can still legally smoke!

    What can I say? I am a romantic.
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    So glad I don't have this problem
    nor
    do I have a solution.

    Single guy home alone on that day and not spending any money.
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    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
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    Quote Originally posted by DetroitPlanner View post
    Take her to one of the Casinos. To not go over the top. Try the buffet! And bring a pack of your favorite smokes as that is the only place in the state you can still legally smoke!

    What can I say? I am a romantic.
    I've never ate at any of the casino restaurants. Can you smoke in them too? Or is it just allowed in the gaming areas?

    Quote Originally posted by JNA View post
    So glad I don't have this problem
    nor
    do I have a solution.

    Single guy home alone on that day and not spending any money.
    You may be single, but nothing says you can't get out there and mix it up! Have some fun!
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    Please tell me, Cardinal, that you are only joking about the Golden Corral...............

    As for the rest of you suggesting Wendy's or casino restaurants or any sort of buffet: you MUST be clueless, er, kidding.

    Good thing I'll be away from home for Valentine's Day this year.

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    We are using a Groupon I bought for a restaurant we like (cheap but it’s ok!), and aren’t going out on the actual V day (don’t want to fight crowds), and we’ll probably have our son with us (babysitters are expensive)… I’m not helping out too much here, am I.

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    Quote Originally posted by Mud Princess View post
    Please tell me, Cardinal, that you are only joking about the Golden Corral...............

    As for the rest of you suggesting Wendy's or casino restaurants or any sort of buffet: you MUST be clueless, er, kidding.

    Good thing I'll be away from home for Valentine's Day this year.
    Kidding... er, yeah...

    Actually, I was thinking about a new Peruvian restaurant I read about. But I am going to have to review TerraSapient's list.
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    Head over to your nearest Interstate. That's what we'd be doing if we lived near an Interstate. Nothing screams romance and sophistication louder than a Cracker Barrel.

    EDIT: Killing two birds with one stone, you can purchase a present in the gift shop on the way out. Brilliant!!
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    Quote Originally posted by Richmond Jake View post
    Head over to your nearest Interstate. That's what we'd be doing if we lived near an Interstate. Nothing screams romance and sophistication louder than a Cracker Barrel.

    EDIT: Killing two birds with one stone, you can purchase a present in the gift shop on the way out. Brilliant!!
    You know I don't like Cracker Barrel. All those old people. and the food.

    Maybe you should take me over to the Steak n Shake in Tallahassee. Oh wait, they don't serve wine...

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    We will probably have dinner at home - eating with our 10 year old boy (the cat has better manners) - to remind us that romance sometimes has dark consequences.
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    Quote Originally posted by Cardinal View post
    Kidding... er, yeah...

    Actually, I was thinking about a new Peruvian restaurant I read about. But I am going to have to review TerraSapient's list.
    Peruvian would be nice. Get her a Valentine's day card with a llama on it to stay consistent with the theme.






    I saw an advertisement for an Edible Arrangement full of chocolate covered strawberries. *drool* Now I wish I hadn't told Hubby that I was ok with just exchanging cards.

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    Specialty valentines






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    Bah Humbug

    Just another day just like any other,

    Think of the time, money, & emotions I saved by not celebrating with flowers, candy or dinner.
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    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
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    I'm doing a planning/zoning training tonight :/ at least my bf will be there!

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    Early results

    From a brainstorm on FB

    "Adult Cab 'D' for you and me!"

    "Filing this APPEAL for your love!"

    "No VARIANCE here, be my valentine"

    "Zero line setback for you, baby!"

    "You can max my FAR anytime!"

    "Lot Coverage? Cover ME Honey!"


    (Sorry, I am blanking on your Cybubs handle!)

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    Quote Originally posted by JNA View post
    Bah Humbug

    Just another day just like any other,

    Think of the time, money, & emotions I saved by not celebrating with flowers, candy or dinner.
    Bah Humbug to you!!

    Happy Valentines Day everyone!
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