Ray Hudson
Ray Hudson
Ray Hudson

If that special person sets your passions ablaze, you may end up with heart burn.

What a wonderful thought. We have made it to the halfway point of February, which probably means that we’re out of the woods on winter. We’re well on our way to spring and given the past winter – it couldn’t happen soon enough.

It’s a time when we focus on love. I love that winter is over… I hope! I love that flowers will be poking out of the ground.

But where did this celebration start and who is Saint Valentine anyway?

The celebration goes back to what is described as one of the most ancient of Roman holidays known as Lupercalia (celebrated on February 15) and concerns the founding of Rome and the legends of Romulus and Remus who, like of Mowgli of Jungle Book fame, were also raised by wolves. But that’s another myth. Suffice to say that about the time the Christians were getting started, a priest in Rome, named Valentine, ran afoul of Emperor, Claudius, lovingly nicknamed Claudius the Cruel, who believed married men were more interested in staying home with the Missus, instead of joining the army, so he banned marriage. Regardless, Valentine continued to perform marriages in defiance of the ban so Claudius, who had the disposition of a wolverine and wasn’t playing with a full senate, sentenced poor Valentine to be beaten to death with clubs and to have his head cut off.

Ultimately the good guys won. In 496 AD, Pope Gelasius put an end to the Feast of Lupercalia, declaring that February 14 be celebrated as St Valentine’s Day, and over the centuries, it became the date for exchanging love messages, poems and simple gifts such as chocolates, flowers, dinner, diamonds, Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes-Benz?

As you contemplate your swoon on February 14, consider the wisdom I’m about to dish out:

“I love being married. It’s so great to find one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.” Rita Rudner 

Before you marry a person, you should first make them use a computer with slow Internet service to see who they really are.- Will Ferrell

Women marry men hoping they will change. Men marry women hoping they will not. So each is inevitably disappointed.- Albert Einstein

The brain is the most outstanding organ. It works 24 hours a day, 365 days a year from birth until you fall in love.

“My wife was afraid of the dark… then she saw me naked and now she’s afraid of the light.”- Rodney Dangerfield

No man is truly married until he understands every word his wife is NOT saying.

Stop waiting for prince charming. Get up and find him. The poor idiot may be stuck in a tree or something.

But seriously fellows, it’s time to man up and give her a gift that is truly synonymous with love: Chocolate.

La Madeline au Truffe from Connecticut chocolatier Knipschildt is your answer, hailed as the most expensive chocolate in the world. Priced at $250 for just 1.9 ounces, La Madeline is a rare French Perigord (mushroom) truffle ensconced in a ganache made from Valrhona dark chocolate, truffle oil, vanilla and heavy cream before being dunked in more dark chocolate and cocoa powder. Because your mouth is now probably watering, remind yourself this chocolate is $2,600 per pound. Made to order, it will be presented “lying on a bed of sugar pearls”


Consider Imperial Majesty perfume by Clive Christian. As far as smells go, the perfume is probably swell. At an asking price of $215,000, you’re paying for more than a smell and a brand. Only a handful of Imperial Majesty bottles were created for men and women as part of a very limited edition. Each bottle is handmade with Baccarat crystal and is encrusted with diamonds. At this point, you probably wouldn’t be surprised to know Clive Christian was given the “world’s most expensive perfume” title by Guinness World Records.

What’s the difference between a $20 steak and a $55 steak? February 14th.

Don’t ya just love it?