Valentines day really benefits the economy when you think about it. Everyone spends lots of money on haunted houses and candy on Halloween. They spend lots of money on food for Thanksgiving, and then they spend LOTS of money on Christmas gifts and food. After that, there is even New Year’s, just to make sure your wallet is empty.
No one spends money in January. Everyone is pinching pennies because they spent it all on the Holidays, then Valentines Day comes along. All of a sudden there is a holiday that you can’t justify spending no money. Girl’s feel the pressure early on. They make cute cards and think of thoughtful gifts. Most of the guys don’t quite catch on to that. For most of the guys, Valentines day means rushing out the day before, trying to scavenge something from what’s left of the Valentines day stuff. They all run to Bid Flowers or their favorite flower shop and try to get a leftover bouquet of roses. Bid Flowers prepared for this, so they have lots of flowers left that they can sell at very high prices the day before. This all results in a lot of extra money spent, just for one day. It really is a genius idea.
Growing up in another country, I never celebrated Halloween. People just didn’t believe in it. I never got to dress up and have parties or travel the neighborhood with my friends to collect as much candy as possible, then go their guest room sit on a soft and cool air mattress and all the candies. I never got to eat so much of that candy that I fell into a candy coma, and I never got to experience any California haunted houses.
I don’t think I really understood how cool California haunted houses actually were, or the exhilaration children get knocking on a stranger’s door and asking for candy. In fact, I don’t think I ever really thought about it. I just remember being annoyed by the few teenagers in my neighborhood that would try and trick or treat. We of course never had any treats to give out to these teens (who were never dressed up, hence part of my annoyance!) But, they always had a trick for us.
It wasn’t until I moved here that I got to experience Halloween the way it was meant to be celebrated. I even got to properly trick or treat for the first time, when I was 22. It was only then, that I really understood what part haunted houses play in Halloween and I think I like them!
I am currently reading the famous “Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type” book and learning more than I ever knew about my A positive blood type. There are certain illnesses and health concerns that are associated more with some blood types than others. For example, my blood type is closely linked with Celiac Disease, which I have.
The book has a list of vitamins and minerals that are beneficial for each blood type, as well as types of physical activity and exercise regimes that are best. While the book doesn’t say anything specific about bodybuilding supplements, it does discuss which blood types need more protein and which ones don’t. I figure whichever type needs rigorous physical exercise and more protein could better handle bodybuilding supplements than I can. But since it specifically tells me that most A positive people thrive better as vegetarians, huge amounts of protein probably wouldn’t do me much good. The book is interesting because it discusses what type of diet and lifestyle each blood type needs. They are largely generalizations, but from what I have read so far, almost every detail is exactly what I need or already do in my own life. It’s interesting to learn about it.