It’s that time of the year again for one of the biggest holidays of the year. And no, I’m not talking about Super Bowl Sunday, Daytona 500 or March Madness, but Valentine’s Day.
Most guys are clueless when it comes to what to do for Valentine’s Day, so here are a few suggestions to help you out:
Gift ideas: One of the things that will make your significant other feel special is a nice gift. Anybody can give flowers, candy or jewelry, so don’t do it. Be creative and really get her something special, like a good tool set, fishing rod and tackle box, a nice hunting rifle — basically anything you can get at a hardware store or sporting goods store. You can’t go wrong.
Movies: Watching a good movie on Valentine’s Day is a good idea. I wouldn’t recommend going to the movie theater, though; it would be better to just stay at home and watch a movie. But what should you watch? There are many options, but I would go with “The Dirty Dozen,” “Fight Club,” “Predator,” “Rambo,” “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” “The Godfather,” “True Grit,” “Terminator,” the original “Dawn of the Dead,” “The Exorcist,” “Dumb and Dumber,” or any of the “Friday the 13th” or “Nightmare on Elm Street” movies.
TV shows: You may not be in the mood for a movie and may want to watch a good TV show instead. There are really not a lot of good shows on, but there’s still a few that are worth watching with your sweetie, like “WWE Raw” or “Smackdown,” “Duck Dynasty,” and “1,000 Ways to Die.” “1,000 Ways to Die” on Spike-TV is a particularly good one. I always get choked up and emotional when I watch it. Also you can’t go wrong with anything on The Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel or RFD-TV. I especially like RFD-TV because they have classic re-runs of “Hee Haw.” That’s sure to get you and your sweetie in the Valentine’s Day spirit.
Things to do: Staying at home watching a movie or TV is ideal, but if your significant other really has a hankering to go out, where can you go and what can you do? If there’s a Monster Truck event going on, I think that would be your best option, but I would also suggest any kind of motorsports event, like NASCAR or Supercross motorcyle racing, a trip to the National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning or an excursion to Bass Pro Shops (which really goes without saying, who wouldn’t want to go to Bass Pro Shops?). You could also go to a local, live wrestling event like NWA Atlanta, which is based out of Locust Grove. You can take your relationship to another level when you see a Georgia street fight match or a good, old-fashioned cage match!
Where to eat/what to cook: No Valentine’s Day is complete without having a good dinner. I know it’s obvious, but your top two choices are Krystal or Waffle House. Trust me, nothing says “I love you” more than letting her get cheese on her Krystal burger or letting her get a large bowl of chili (with extra hot sauce, of course) at the Waffle House. If you’re not in the mood to go out to eat, you can have a nice home-cooked meal like biscuits and gravy or beans and cornbread. You get bonus points if you have a good mess of wild greens.
Music: Music is also an important part of Valentine’s Day and it can’t just be any run-of-the-mill music. I know the obvious, romantical choices would be Ethel Merman, Weird Al Yankovic or Mollie B’s Polka Party, but you also can’t go wrong with Metallica, AC/DC, Motley Crue, Ozzy Osbourne or Iron Maiden.
What it’s all about: The main thing about Valentine’s Day is making her feel special and loved. When it comes down to it, it really doesn’t matter what you do or get for her — just make her feel special. Probably the best way to make her feel special and useful around the house is to let her do all the dishes, laundry and house cleaning on Valentine’s Day. You can even offer to buy her a new broom and mop to show her how much you care. That will really mean a lot to her and her reaction will be priceless.
Anthony Rhoads is the assistant managing editor of The Griffin Daily News. He can be reached at email@example.com.