Thursday, February 11, 2010

Cupid's Helper HNT

I think I might be the only male on the planet who actually likes Valentine's Day. Of course, being a life-long, card-carrying member of the Bachelor's Club might have a lot to do with that. I don't have to send cards, flowers or chocolate to anyone if I don't want to. Nor have to worry about the consequences by not doing so. Yet, I've been known to do such things, because deep down, I'm sort of a romantic.

Strangely, I've had so few special VDays, but there's only one that sticks out in my mind. I answered a 'help wanted' ad in the local paper to deliver flowers on Valentine's Day. I put on my reddest shirt (avoiding the urge to go the full Cupid route) and headed to the florist early that morning. For over 8 hours that day, my fellow delivery guys and I ran all over town, delivering roses to nervous, expectant ladies. Fill up my van, head to the downtown office buildings, deliver maybe a dozen orders, and go back to do the whole thing all over again.

Never in my life had I felt such love and contempt at the same time. The anticipation as I walked into an office area. The hopeful look in their eyes. The daggers in my back as I passed desk after desk, to deliver them to the back of the office. The leers and pure hate I felt walking back out of the office. Sometimes I'd have to go back to the same office with a different order. And the forgiving eyes, then the anticipation, daggers, and leers. Repeat. Rinse. Repeat.

It was a great day. My van smelled like roses for days. I'm curious what sort of reaction I would have gotten if I went the Cupid route. Fortunately, not that curious... Happy Valentine's Day to all!


Please Hear What I Am Not Saying

"Don't be fooled by me.
Don't be fooled by the face I wear
for I wear a mask, a thousand masks,
masks that I'm afraid to take off,
and none of them is me.

Pretending is an art that's second nature with me,
but don't be fooled,
for God's sake don't be fooled.
I give you the impression that I'm secure,
that all is sunny and unruffled with me, within as well
as without,
that confidence is my name and coolness my game,
that the water's calm and I'm in command
and that I need no one,
but don't believe me.

Who am I, you may wonder?
I am someone you know very well.
For I am every man you meet
and I am every woman you meet."

Charles C. Finn
September 1966


The mystery will be revealed late Thursday afternoon. Be sure to come back--it'll be a surprise!
I'll assume that you noticed that there might be double Mystery Guests this week (hint: mouse rollover). Our Guests are Barefoot Dreamer and Morning Glory, who's also doing a guest stint at her site! Be sure to stop by and say hi!

My mini-rant from last week regarding the lack of comments for "...the Other HNT" seemed to work some. Now keep it up! Your fellow HNTers appreciate it! Oh, yeah...NSFW!
THEME ALERT! - Don't forget that next week will be the Winter Olympic HNT theme! For those of you who worried about not having snow for pictures, I think that's been taken care of... If you still don't have snow, you could always opt for indoor skating, or medal ceremonies, or something along those lines. Looking forward to seeing what you all come up with! Canadians--I'm looking forward to some real national pride!!!
Ending with bullets...
  • I have no sympathy for those of you who are enduring the snow back east. In the similar fashion that no one had great sympathy for us here when we were deep in the frigid sub-zero temps. But after seeing the news tonight, I CAN say that I'm glad it's not happening here. In fact, I saw a robin the other day. Don't hate...
  • Congrats to the New Orleans Saints! Mardi Gras should be a good time this year!
  • Getting used to the new changes that Facebook made this week. Not a big fan, but it's not too bad. Still seems to be working a bit on the wonky side.
  • REALLY not a fan yet of Gmail's Buzz. Do we really need Twitter-like behavior there?? Or worse--connecting Twitter to Buzz??? Please, no. I'm going to give it a couple of days, but there's a nice link at the bottom of your Gmail page that says "turn off buzz". Probably going to do just that!
  • Had the most bizarre dream last night. Can't quite describe it, other than I was a game piece on a board that was a hybrid of Tetris and Words with Friends. Yes, the dementia rolls on unabated...

77 comments:

Southern Sage said...

MG is always Stellar!!

Mines up with a GUEST!!

Emmy said...

Beautiful MG!

And I love your pic this week too! :)

I am up!
~Emmy

Elle said...

I don't think I've ever had a very special V-day. I guess I never went out with guys who LIKE it, like you :P

I'm up. Fighting the winter blues by pretending to be in the jungle...

Vixen said...

Cute pic :)

I'm up!

sexpot38 said...

Happy Valentines Day! Great pic this week.

We're up.

Barefoot Dreamer said...

Guests all over the place :)

Guess what??? Someone is baaaaack, for today only - come over and give her a hug :)

the eternal list said...

love and contempt, ah, great post!

love that imaginative MG roll-through

olympic valentines...

i'm up

kiana said...

Happy Valentines and HHNT to all :)

I'm up.

Sweat Shop Sissy said...

hey we're up and looking forward to the greenest winter Olympics ever. Man it's warm here.
Have a great V-Day everyone

southerngirl said...

Loving Bush and the reason for the season....

Os - MG is lovely - how do you pick 'em...really???

xx

Osbasso said...

Autumn's up! Go check her out!

http://www.autumnmistspeaks.blogspot.com/

Osbasso said...

Be sure to check out Cute but Evil! She's recycling again, but she doesn't disappoint!

http://cutebutevilgirl.blogspot.com/

BTExpress said...

I'm getting with that big eastern snow storm, but I really don't mind at all. Lori has a couple of snow days and is staying with me. You know what that means? I'm getting lucky week days instead of just the weekend.

Osbasso said...

Jobthingy is waxing poetic and being mushy and stuff. Stop by to see her!

http://jobthingyhnt.blogspot.com/

Genevieve said...

What a great story! And wonderful pics of you and MG!

Yup, it's snowing ALOT here on the EC and very brrrrrr.

Happy HNT.

I'm up and ready for Valentine's Day. :)

Ms Scarlett said...

Love your pic - totally irresistible!! Lovely MG as always...

I'm up!

XO

Curvaceous Dee said...

You'd make the greatest Cupid, Os!

I'm up, and on the train :)

xx Dee

Margaret said...

Cute pic, Os.
And the MG is beautiful.

I am up.

peace...

Patience Ann said...

Up. Petrified of theme week. Terribly uncreative, I am.

Sexie Sadie~ said...

Happy V-day everyone!

I'm up!

xo~Sadie

Loverboy said...

Alabaster Legs is up this week and glistening :]

Loverboy said...
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Britni TheVadgeWig said...

I'm up!

Polt said...

I detest Valentine's Day, always have, even when I've been with someone. But since you like it Os, I'm gonna wish you a Happy Valentine's Day anyway.

And I'm up with one for last week and one for this week...which also happens to be my 200th HNT post!

HAPPY HNT!

Sugarmag said...

Happy Valentine's Day, Os!

I'm up, Happy HNT

vanimp said...

I got dared this week ... it's up for your amusement :D

13messages said...

Os, that's a great HNT you've got there. Made me smile.

I'm up. I didn't mean to write a mushy post for my HNT, but it ended up being just that.

The Covert Lover said...

Oh Os, you would make a GREAT Cupid! I think you should volunteer again this year and try it out. :)

Love your pic - and the MG's pics as well!

I'm up. :)

His Long Distance Pet said...

I chuckled a little bit when I read your post about the scary side of valentine's day. Women can be vicious. haha I'm a chocolate girl, if I do say so myself. *Sadly, I'm allergic to flowers. Go figure!

I'm up!

Petal said...

Adorable pic!

I'm up!

http://secretlifeofaslummymummy.blogspot.com/

Amy said...

Aw, well think how many people you *did* make happy with the flowers :) And really it's not your fault, they should be sending daggers at significant others - don't shoot the messenger!

I lurve the MG :)

And I'm up!

xxxx

Coy Pink said...

Just wanted to say (before I pass out from extreme sleepiness), I'm up!

http://www.coypink.com/2010/02/11/hnt-on-black/

An Artist Exposed said...

Here I am: http://anartistexposed.blogspot.com/2010/02/hnt-ice.html

Midwestern City Boy said...

I think that it would be fun to deliver flowers for Valentine's Day. There aren't that many (legal) jobs where people are happier after you have come and gone.

We are up at Married In Ohio with a snow themed post.

P.S. I do have sympathy for the people who are snowed in who live in cities with limited snow removal capability. Unlike around here where things return to normal in a day or so, they can't do anything about it but wait it out.

Hopelessly In Love said...

I'm with you on Google Buzz ... There's no "there" there...

Fooled Around And Fell in Love is ready for business!

not2shy said...

I'm up.

Love the roll over on the MG's pic :-)

Scintillectual said...

I'm up...very mushy love stuff for my honey for V-day. Beware!

http://scintillectual.com/?p=360

Sa said...

I wish you a Wonderful Valentine's day, dear Osbasso. Because you are a Wonderful Man.

Maggie said...

Aww, Cupid Os! :)

I'm up. And yes, actually, I will be wearing those heels to bed...

Hubman said...

I don't mind Valentine's Day either. Fortunately for me, Veronica isn't all that into the day.

MG looks great, I'll be back later!

I'm up and surviving the snow-pocalypse!

http://hubmanshangout.wordpress.com/2010/02/11/hnt-snow-pocalypse-2010-edition/

HyperSexualGirl said...

That you love ValDay shows you are a true romantic! I'm up.

IveyLane said...

Great story and fantastic MG! With me, you can always skip the chocolate, candy and hearts, but I LOVE the flowers! :)

I'm up!

Ivey

James said...

Delivering flowers would be fun.

Great pics of the MG.

I'm up.

Another Suburban Mom said...

I am up and getting warmed up for the Winter Olympics Theme

http://anothersuburbanmom.blogspot.com/2010/02/hnt-stretch-it-out-edition.html

viemoira said...

You're definitely not alone- my man love Valentine's and I detest it! :O
HHNT! Very creative MG!

Joanna Cake said...

Nice MG! And I love you as Cupid! I always wondered how those delivery guys with the flowers felt. I always tried so hard not to look anticipatory or disappointed. It's never a good idea to let the other women in the office see your weak point :)

This is the first Valentine's Day in a long time where I am expecting some romance. Ruf sent me a text promising the same for our day together on Sunday. I can't wait :)

HHNT and Im UP! x

Saucy Wildcat said...

I think you should bring that van to Georgia and deliver some flowers here! What a great memory. Thanks for sharing it. I've asked Hubby to forgo the flowers this year and save the money.

I didn't do a think for VDay, but I think the pics pretty hot just the same.

Happy day my friend. <3

Amorous Rocker said...

I'm up! Sort of, hehe.

Actually, you're not the only male alive who digs Valentine's Day. I honestly don't like the holiday at all and prefer not to celebrate it. I do however because my boyfriend enjoys doing so. Talk about role reversal there, lol.

Cute pic and lovely MG, as always.

I can't imagine delivering flowers on V-Day. That has to fucking suck, to put it bluntly, lol.

I'm going to pretend Buzz isn't there for now. =)

Happy Thursday!

Jobthingy said...

i havent figured out buzz nor do i care to and new facebook BLOWS.

i think you should have gone cupid.. *giggles* you should do it next year :P

and we want pics :P

HHNT and happy love day!

Dick said...

Your Valentine's Day volunteer gig sounds great! I'd think that was fun too.

We're up: Dick-n-Jane

Westcoast Weirdo said...

I'm up, Laddie! ;)

The Smoking Redhead said...

Awww, I love that photo of you.

Happy VD my sweet friend! ;)

MinorityReport said...

Happy Valentine's Day :)

I'm up.

Q said...

I hope you have a sweet Valentine's Day this year, bot not so sweet that you go into diabetic shock :)

Lovely MG, as usual.

My HNT is up!

Jade said...

I'm up at A Poly Life from Las Vegas!

http://apolylife.wordpress.com/2010/02/11/hnt-notes-from-las-vegas/

heelsnstocking said...

just started blogging and this is my 2nd HNT... not sure if im doing it right but loving it all the same!

PandaDementia said...

Dammit! I didn't realize snow was the theme for next week and I did it this week! Ah well. Mine are up (yes, there's more than one pic!). HHNT!
http://pandadementia.com/?p=441

Babs said...

Yes, miracles never cease- I'm UP and all that jazz. ;)

The Zaftig Chicks said...

The Zaftig Chicks have joined the fun and we're up - for the first time!

http://www.zaftigchicks.com

Essin' Em said...

Love the sexy pictures from both this week.

I'm up with three very sexeh ladies :)

-EE

ravenquince said...

I've posted mine, but I think I might have my holidays wrong. Cupid? Oh! I thought it was Easter! The bunny visited my blog.

http://ravenquince.wordpress.com/2010/02/11/laughing-furry/

Diana said...

Was not available last night. But I am up. Come on by for kisses.

Dangerous Lilly said...

I always forget to do this part because I'm not up as late as 11:30. Ah well.

I think being a flower delivery person for V-day could be all sorts of fun and awesome, but I see what you mean by the disappointed ladies.

Dangerous Lilly said...

Actually I keep forgetting about the change in comment style here, too, I should use the non-blogger kind. :) This one leads to me!

carolynn said...

New to HNT, but thought I would join in. My very first HNT is up.

Oasis said...

Love the Valentine Os!! I'm sending one back to you :)

http://cum2oasis.blogspot.com/2010/02/happy-hnt-will-you-be-my-valentine.html

Kyle said...

Um yeah, my HNT is totally sweet and romantic and appropriate to Valentine's Day

http://www.butchtastic.net/?p=2908

aww come on, don't you believe me? ;-)

Cute but Evil said...

Love your pic hun! So my Valentine is in the mail right? hahahaa

muah!

xxoo

Oh and I know you did it for me but i'm up ;)

Chickie said...

Reading about you delivering flowers made me laugh but you're right - I remember when I worked in an office and all the women held their breath when the flower delivery guy came in.

jesseebeth said...

Mine's up! :D http://jesseebeth.wordpress.com

Barefoot Dreamer said...

It was so fun of Morning Glory to play along with me. I had the idea for the concept of this photo but didn't want to use my own boobs.... so I picked the best boobs I could think of and was thrilled when she agreed. Thanks hun it was fun!

Moosekahl said...

Still Thursday here and I'm up...

Emerald Yomi said...

I can't really recall a 'special' VDay. But I'm not the most romantic person on the planet, neither is The Husband and he's probably more romantic than I am...oh well. :) I really enjoyed the poem (I hope that I've got that right?) that you posted, I can absolutely relate it and I've done a bit of a copy and paste so I can keep it for myself, if that's ok. :)
Anyway, I'm late (nothing new there) but I'm up.
Em.xx

nitebyrd said...

Happy (very late) HNT! Great picture.

BD and MG mystery guest spot is really unique and sexy!

kittykillkill said...

I think that was sweet of you to deliver flowers.

Stealth said...

You know I have my favorites, like Betsy....but this just moved up my list... I still love betsy though.

That's a badass pic OS. Really cool. You know I am all artsy fartsy so I am going to shaddup now.

Did I mention that is a cool pic?

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