How Valentine’s Day Is Done Around Here

Some people claim that there’s a woman to blame,
but I know, it’s my own damn fault.

From “Margaritaville” by Jimmy Buffett

Or Maybe It’s The Blog’s Fault

While KD Lang Sings Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” At Opening Of 2010 Vancouver Olympics and Now Available – The Other Leonard Cohen Album (a two CD set of unreleased Leonard Cohen songs available for downloading) were, by far, the most frequently visited Heck Of A Guy posts yesterday,1 three other entries to this blog have also been particularly popular during the past week.

That these three specific posts have become especially desirable browser destinations with the approach of Valentine’s Day would seem indicative of certain blog (and blogger) characteristics.

Further, this phenomenon could, one supposes, explain why DrHGuy is posting about Valentine’s Day rather than indulging in holiday-appropriate lascivious activities with a sweetie seduced by roses, chocolates, and the finest fizzy wine available from the local Circle K mini mart.

Naw, that’s crazy talk.

The Heck Of A Guy Blog Popular Valentine’s Day Posts

1. This Is How A Love Story Began


This is the first chapter in a series of posts that tells the unlikely story of how Julie, my much-beloved, fiercely smart, extraordinarily sexy wife, and I fell in love and – two husbands, one wife, and two or three careers later – spent an outrageously wonderful 20 years together until she died in 1999 from cancer diagnosed the week of our wedding.2

2. Anti-Valentine’s Day – 1st Commercial Holiday Based On Opposition To A Commercial Holiday


Yep, my cynical take on a cynical response to Valentine’s Day has proven surprisingly popular throughout this pre-Valentine’s Day period.

3. More Of Giles Brindley

Las Vegas, 1983

More Of Giles Brindley is an introduction for and gateway to Giles Brindley – Extreme Show & Tell, a post which is the internet’s most comprehensive exposition on Professor Giles Brindley and Dr Brindley’s presentation at the 1983 Las Vegas meeting of the American Urological Association.

This was not your usual soporific PowerPoint lecture.

The central vignette of the post, which, remember, takes place in Las Vegas during an international medical society annual meeting, features (1) a farcical episode in which physicians and their spouses, dressed in formal attire, are beset with shock and awe by the sight of an exposed penis, (2) an important advance in basic physiology and the treatment of erectile dysfunction, and (3) a contribution to a major cultural shift.

Credit Due Department: The valentine atop this post is from Valentine’s Cards

  1. See KD Lang + Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” + 2010 Vancouver Olympics = 1181 Pageviews []
  2. Julie was also a prize-winning writer. This blog includes many other posts about her and the unlikely but true story of our romance (See Julie FAQ) as well as several of her short stories and other pieces. Most of Julie’s fully edited and buffed literary efforts are already available under the category, Julie’s Published. Julie’s Unpublished comprises a group of pieces I’ve found on her computer or in her office that range from workshop exercises to story fragments to projects set aside to finish at a later day to work that appears, at least to me, to be fully as polished and effective as her published stories. []

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