WHEN I WAS

BUT A MERE PUP

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‘Valentine’s Day’ in New Zealand, wasn’t. Sure, we’d heard vaguely about the Yanks and how they ‘hearts & flowers’ and stuff all over the place—quaint, as many American customs undoubtedly are*, but not us.

TIMES CHANGE

and from this morning’s New Zealand Herald, this—

Valentine’s Day is a multi-billion dollar global industry driven by obligatory buying.

The US spent more than $24 billion on the annual day of love last year, while spending in the UK is estimated to have been at around $1.9 billion.

In New Zealand, figures from Mastercard last year showed that Kiwi men expected to spend an average of $157 and women $103.

Research from AMP Capital Shopping Centres (AMPCSC) released this year suggests that higher spending among men might be because they feel greater pressure to impress their significant others.

—o tempora, o mores!

O poop …

But don’t knock it—it helps the wheels of commerce turn, and of course the gummint skims taxes off every chocolate, heart, and/or flower sold. Win-win all ’round, no?

Now … I dare say we should lay in a stock of bonfire wood for the fourth of July … and book a turkey for Thanksgiving, later. I’d Googleise the dates but even they are into it:

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—but you’d have to go there. I couldn’t copy/paste it as a functioning link. (Well worth the effort though, cute~!)

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Big G, bigger

“You pickin’ on my saints again, Dog? Tread carefully, Mutt!”

Brrrrr …

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*  And we’ve also imported Halloween. When I was a kid ‘punkins’ were for cattle food, or occasionally for dinner …

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