Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Scorned Lovers

I think I may have found the perfect Valentine's Day activity AND it was suggested on Fox "News". . . 

I know! I can't believe it either! 

However, in an appeal to your curiosity, I'm not going to tell you about it yet. 
 I can't imagine this guy is still single.
This is one lucky girl! 

"I’ve learned that you cannot make someone love you. All you can do is stalk them and hope they panic and give in." - Eco Phillips 

In Paris, the Pont de l’Archeveche, a bridge over the Seine, became an informal shine to amour. Symbolizing love as an everlasting bond of relationship devotion, couples write names or a note on a padlock, clip it to the bridge and throw the key into the river.

The Parisian authorities are not pleased with the "love locks", which numbered nearly 1 million and threatened the integrity of the bridge. They are replacing the panels wth lock-proof Plexiglass.

I am sure there is some cynical and sarcastic comment to make about the predicament but for now it escapes me. 

"A youth with his first cigar makes himself sick. A youth with his first girl makes everybody sick." - Mary Wilson

At various locations in the UK, people started embedding coins into the bark of "coin trees". Similar to making a wish while tossing coins in a fountain, at some point offering a bribe to the spirt of the trees was thought to be a good idea. 

There is a component specific to those seeking love. If a youth could drive a nail into a hawthorn with a single blow, he would be entitled to a kiss from his sweetheart. Evidently tree spirits prefer coins over nails, as would most of us.   

"A pair of powerful spectacles has sometimes sufficed to cure a person in love." - Friedrich Nietzsche

In Turkey, Hidrellez is an annual spring holiday. Saint Hizir, the prophet of spring, visits from heaven and grants the wishes. Romantic desires are written on tags or ribbons and tied to a Nahil tree. 

Annette Maunder, while dying from cancer, requested that her ashes be mixed with fireworks. Her husband works for an Essex-based fireworks company and spent £250 to fulfill his wife's wish. 

“She would have loved it. It’s a good way to send her off. Our 13 years of marriage was the best 13 years of my life." - Gary Maunder

"If loving someone is putting them in a straitjacket and kicking them down a flight of stairs, then yes, I have loved a few people." - Jarod Kintz

Algordanza, a Swiss based company, will take the ashes of a loved one and make them into a diamond. They require at least 1lb of the ashes and prices start at $3,000. 

So the best Valentine's Day activity? Take the annual free "Scorned Lovers" kickboxing class at The Gym in New York City.

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