Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

11 Feb 2002, 11:59 a.m.

Moira Redmond points out a particular nuance of the institutionalised…

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2002 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

Moira Redmond points out a particular nuance of the institutionalised idiocy of St. Valentine's Day, namely, the effect on schoolkiddies (won't someone think of the children?):

And there will be conversations like this one in my house:

Boy: "I can't think of anything to say about Stephen."
Mother: "Tell me something about him."
Boy: "He's an idiot-head."
Older Sister (helpfully): "Well, could you write 'You are not an idiot-head' as the compliment?"
Boy: "It would be a lie."