Geek Love

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and with it comes both the anxiety of having to plan a romantic and memorable night with that special someone and the dread of having to find something to do by yourself. The fact that Valentine’s Day is on a Friday makes things slightly more intense. Oh, who am I kidding? The entire weekend will be filled with enough hearts and love to make even the most romantic among us sick. But fear not! Here are a few ideas about what to do this Valentine’s Day that are good for couples and lone wolves who can’t be tied down by anything as frivolous as love.

See Robocop

Robocop 2014 Starring Joel Kinnaman
Robocop 2014 Starring Joel Kinnaman

Do yourself a favor and spare yourself the stereotypical Valentine’s Day movie garbage. Coming to theaters on February 12th, Robocop  has the makings of a fantastic (and bearable) date movie. There’s an action packed story line, shady politics, a hot guy worried about his kid, and, most importantly, robots. What more could you possibly ask for? So forgo the endless lines all leading to movies with the exact same plot line. Whether you’re on a date or flying solo, you’ll be glad you did.

Watch House of Cards

Netflix Original Series House of Cards Starring Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey in House of Cards. IMDB rating: 8.9

The wonderful world of twisted American politics returns this Valentine’s Day for its second season, and it is not to be missed. I don’t think I need to explain just how spectacular Netflix’s original series is, and the latest news indicates that it only gets better from here. If you haven’t watched the first season, I strongly suggest watching it and the second season’s teaser trailer. The release of the upcoming season is a perfect opportunity for those who would rather not deal with the insanity the outside world is sure to be full of this Valentine’s Day weekend. Curl up with some popcorn, snuggle in a blanket, and watch Frank Underwood turn politics into a blood sport.

Valentine eCards

Valentine-Someecards

For those of you with a slightly more humorous view of the day of love, I encourage you to delve into the wondrous world of ecards. They provide a constant source of entertainment for anyone with the patience to search them out online. The captions on these fun cards can range from hilarious to downright scandalous, and watching people’s reactions to them might be even more fun. Go find a few on Tumblr and Twitter and send the best ones to your friends. Trust me, reactions to these tend to be pretty priceless.

Bookstore Date

Spend Your Valentine's Day in a Cozy Bookstore
Some bookstores offer a very cozy atmosphere.

Okay, hear me out on this one. There are few things on earth more intimate than sharing the literature you love with someone else. If you want to make your Valentine’s Day special without spending a lot, this is the way to go. Take your significant other to your local bookstore or library and just read together for a few hours. Browse the shelves looking for your favorites and maybe discover some of theirs as well. You can learn so much about someone by watching them get passionate about what he or she reads. The entire experience will be adorable, plus you might just discover some new favorites for yourself.

Movie Marathon

Harry Potter Kiss Scene

Though this seems fairly self-explanatory, there are quite a few directions this could be taken in. Of course there are the obvious choices for movie marathons (Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Disney, etc.), but have you ever considered a marathon of all the films directed by Christopher Nolan or Martin Scorsese? What about the films Leonardo Dicaprio should’ve gotten an Oscar for (if you have enough time for all of them)? There are literally hundreds of different marathons for you to consider. Just pick one, cuddle up with some friends or a date and enjoy the Valentine’s Day bliss.