Valentine’s Day and Other Snowstorms

darth vader valentine

“Let Love Be With You”

Apparently, the most unlikely people manage to fall in love…even Darth Vader, that star-trotting imperialist from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, etc. Nevertheless, Happy Valentine’s Day to all you romantically ambitious and/ or contemplative types out there. Insofar as I’m concerned…I’m married.

At present, my wife and I are attempting to disinter ourselves from the fourth (or is it fifth or sixth?) snowstorm of the season.  We’re waxing philosophical between shovelfuls of snow and ice, pondering the unanswerable; as follows:

Why is there something rather than nothing? Why does the universe, the laws which govern it, exist the way it does and not in some other way? Why does it exist at all? Or is everything that we perceive merely a will-o’-the-wisp of human expectancy: philosophy’s anthropic principle?

According to the latest weather report, we should expect 3-4 more inches of snow tonight. Isn’t it romantic? I presume Darth Vader would think so!

Photo: Cinémur

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The Heart of the ESB


Many people associate the Empire State Building observatory with meetings between lovers. Movies such as “An Affair to Remember” and “Sleepless in Seattle” have helped to cement the romantic associations of the famous skyscraper. To add to the Empire State Building’s [romantic allure], every year 14 lucky couples win the chance to get married on the 80th floor of the Empire State Building….For these reasons a history of the Empire State Building seemed a very appropriate Valentine’s Day issue of New York history. via-The history of New York’s most romantic Valentine’s Day spot – New York History |

The ESB is certainly no slouch when it comes to romance; indeed, its very prominence is suggestive of romanticism. For a building that rose from the depths of the Great Depression to such majestic heights, it did well for itself: rightly considered one of humankind’s greatest architectural achievements. A lot of love–from the creative to the covetous, the joyful to sorrowful, the requited to unrequited– went into such an endeavor; an appropriate paradigm for the love we feel this Valentine’s Day.