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This Week on the Dormont-Brookline Patch: Neighborhood Options for Local Sweethearts on Valentine’s Day

I really need to get out of the habit of writing event or holiday – specific posts, but this week’s article on the Dormont-Brookline Patch focuses on neighborhood establishments that are offering a little something special for Valentine’s Day. If you live in the South Hills area and need a place to take your loved one on February 14th, definitely check out my article. It could be the difference between life AND death. Or, you know, it could just steer you to my favorite gyro restaurant in town, It’s Greek to Me on Brookline Boulevard. Either way…

As for my V-Day plans, I’ll be hanging with my partner and all will be swell. I don’t really go in for Valentine’s Day. It’s not a single-person bitterness thing, cause I’ve had plenty of relationships during the “holiday,” it’s just a sense of pointlessness that is too overpowering for me to enjoy the manufactured nature of the celebrations. Say what you will about the “commercialism” of Christmas, that time of year still seems to mean something more than what is given and received. That time of year has so much meaning to so many different people of the world, it seems ridiculous to dismiss it based off of American capitalist tendencies.

Whereas Valentine’s Day, although it is sweet that we have a day dedicated to the celebration of courtly love, is not even a traditional Christian holiday anymore. Why? Cause in 1969, the Roman Catholic Church presented the question: Who was St. Valentine, and why do we have a big ass holiday to honor him? And when they couldn’t come up with a good enough response (“…. he was… a martyr…?”), they decided that while it was all well and good that people were going to continue to celebrate the holiday, they would no longer honor it as an official church-sanctioned occasion. Good riddance, I say.

Still, I find the holiday a little unsettling in how it encourages people to save open expressions of love for a specific day of the year. Not that all who celebrate V-Day do that. As a matter of fact, most of the couples I know who do something special on February 14th are the kind of couples who are openly and expressively in love with one another. They don’t need the day to tell them to appreciate and celebrate their love, but they take it anyway, cause why the hell not?

But a holiday that at best is unnecessary and at worst a commercial waste of time, money, and intellect is not a holiday for me. Maybe I’m completely missing the full picture.

Anyone out there doing something special for Valentine’s Day?

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Neighborhood Quick Picks – Dormont

In June of 2009, I relocated to the leafy, transit-friendly borough of Dormont. Here is what I knew about Dormont upon moving to this friendly neighborhood:

– For the same price as a crappy one-bedroom in other parts of Pittsburgh proper, I could afford a fairly nice two bedroom apartment. Fairly nice meaning that, unlike my last place in Bloomfield, this place had working heat, solid insulation, and was not mice infested. (No offense to you, Bloomfield. I still miss many of your positive aspects, but your steeply rising residential prices is not one of them.)

– Like I mentioned before, transit friendly. Public transportation is far from perfect in this town, but the trolley is a pretty handy way of getting around. Even having to transfer from T to bus, my commute was just about the same as going to the South Side from Bloomfield on the 54C.

– Green, glorious green! There are parks aplenty in Pittsburgh, but for two solid years of living in the East End, I didn’t have anything resembling a yard. Oh, how I missed trees!

I had a lot more to learn about my new neighborhood, starting with essential information such as the closest post office, the location and hours of the local library, where the closest grocery store was, where the closest beer distributor was – you know, the essentials. And I had to learn the dining options. Continue reading