So you're single. Who cares? There's nothing wrong with taking a break from relationships and going solo for a while.
Except ... next Thursday is Valentine's Day. The streets are about to overflow with hearts and flowers and cherubs and ooey-gooey pink things. Couples everywhere will be flaunting their love for all to see.
And that can make a single guy or gal feel like committing a Valentine's Day massacre.
But that doesn't mean you have to spend Feb. 14 living like a recluse. Call all your single friends and head to one of these spots, where we're confident you won't see much V-Day love in the air.
Who you lookin' at, punk? Sure, plenty of couples might hit the State Fair on Valentine's Day. It's cute, right? But we bet none of them will swing by the Entertainment Hall for this unlikely concert by gutteral Gainesville ska-punks Less Than Jake. Although, hey, if you consider Best Wishes to Your Black Lung "your song," more power to you. Tickets are $10-$15. Dress code is mosh pit casual. floridastatefair.com.
Sweets for my damn self: Downtown Tampa's hipster haven, Cafe Hey, brings back its Anti-Valentine's Day cupcakes for those craving sweets without the emotional baggage. This year's flavors include Eat Dirt, a chocolate fudge brownie with sour gummy worms; and It's Not You, It's Me, a corn cake with banana fondant. The going rate is four cupcakes for $4 and 10 cupcakes for $12. Check the shop's Facebook page for a full listing of flavors. cafehey.com.
I'll make my own bag, thank you: No designer purse this year from that asshole? For $30, you can knit your own bag and show him. Arrive at Knit 'n Knibble, 4027 S Dale Mabry Highway, just before 6 p.m. on Valentine's Day and prepare to get your knit on. (The class fee doesn't include materials.) If you're not down with the Pinwheel Bag design or are looking for a pretty much boy free zone, you can sit in the shop's cafe to knit whatever you want. knitnknibble.com.
Valentine's Day movie go boom! While all those other lames rush out to see whatever movie Nicholas Sparks collaborated with Kleenex to release this time, you can watch things blow up for no reason during Bruce Willis's latest installment of crazy, A Good Day To Die Hard. Sure, you'll see couples in the lobby, but then you'll enter the theater and be free to watch the fireworks. See Page 48 for show times.
We'll take potent potables for $1,000: Gather some pals for some heavy British fare — $5 bangers and mash, plus $3 craft pints! — during Trivia Night at PJ Dolan's Irish Pub, 2836 E Bearrs Ave. in Tampa. Teams can win gift certificates for $50, $30 and $20 gift certificates. The best part? You won't have to spend that dough on anyone but yourself. pjdolans.com.