A Valentine’s Day message from Japan

Sounds like someone in Tokyo hasn’t had a date in a while (via the Washington Post):

On Saturday, a group whose full name literally translates as the Revolutionary Alliance of Men whom Women Find Unattractive, plans to march in Tokyo’s busy Shibuya district against the cynical evils of the romantic holiday. They will wield bullhorns and banners, and shout slogans against the “passion-based capitalism” that fuels the holiday in Japan and elsewhere, according to the Tokyo Reporter.

“The blood-soaked conspiracy of Valentine’s Day, driven by the oppressive chocolate capitalists, has arrived once again,” declared the group, known by its Japanese acronym Kakuhido, on its Web site.

Now, I’ve got to worry about chocolate capitalists? (Damn you, Godiva!)

Happy Valentine’s Day, I guess?

The Christmas Song

And the version by the guy who wrote it:

I remember reading a letter to the New York Times, where a guy said he was somewhere in New York City while a bunch of carolers were flittering around and they started singing “The Christmas Song.” Some old guy came up to them and asked if he could join in, and they said “sure.”. The older people in the crowd immediately recognized the guy as Mel Torme. The carolers, who were young, had no idea who it was. So he sings in that distinctive Mel Torme voice and then goes on his way. The letter writer walked up to one of the carolers and asked if he knew that the guy they were singing with was the guy who wrote the song. The caroler said no, but offered that he had a decent voice.