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Valentine's Day humiliations



Published: Sun, February 9, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



Valentine's Dayhumiliations

SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE

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My boyfriend and I had been dating for about a year when Valentine's Day came around. I didn't like dating one guy at a time, so I'd date other guys on and off. Well, on V-Day, my boyfriend had planned a fab date. We were at a nice restaurant and were having fun talking, when I blurted out another guy's name -- someone else I'd been seeing! I tried to cover it up by saying he was just some guy friend at school, but my boyfriend didn't believe me and stormed out. All I got after that was the bill.

Last names are important

In art class the day before V-Day, we decorated paper bags to hold the valentines we'd get from our friends (and crushes!). I really wanted one from an adorable guy, Kyle, who always gave them to girls he liked. To show him how much I liked him, I made a cute card with hearts and lips all over it. We put our bags on the windowsill at the end of class, and I looked for Kyle's -- I wanted to know exactly where to put my valentine. I found one that was sloppy and said Kyle all over it and figured it was his. I didn't want anyone to see me delivering my card, so I waited until everyone left school. Then I dropped the card in his bag and ran out. The next day, we all dumped out our valentines to see who'd given them to us, and sadly, I hadn't gotten one from Kyle. But then the other Kyle in my class (the pimply, not-as-cute one) came up and said he'd gotten my card and that he'd loved me for a long time!

A rose isn't always a rose

Last Valentine's Day, our school had a chocolate-rose sale. Anyone could purchase a rose and have it sent to someone special. I got one from Steven, my crush of two years. The card said, "LeAnn, I've liked you for so long, and it's about time I did something about it. I love you. Steven." Normally I'm shy, but I was so excited, I decided to be daring that day. After school I walked up to him, tapped him on the shoulder and gave him a big kiss. He looked at me and said, "What are you doing?" Not long after that, I found out my friends had send me the rose as a joke. It was so humiliating.

Rememberingthe Negro Leagues

Racial discrimination barred many talented black baseball players from pursuing careers in Major League Baseball until Jackie Robinson took the field as a Brooklyn Dodger in 1947. Instead, black players honed their skills playing ball in the Negro Leagues.

While they didn't enjoy the notoriety of the majors, the Negro Leagues nevertheless produced players who could hold their own against their white counterparts. Negro League legends such as Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson and Cool Papa Bell are just a few of the athletes who left their marks on the sport. To find out more about the rich history of the Negro Leagues, check out these sites:

Negro League Baseball Players Association (http://www.nlbpa.com): Comprised of former athletes who played in the Negro Leagues, the NLBPA is dedicated to preserving the history of the leagues. The site features a detailed timeline, player and team profiles and historical memorabilia.

Major League Baseball: Negro League Legacy (http://www.mlb.com): MLB's Negro League Legacy site is an excellent primer on the Negro Leagues. With audio and video clips of interviews with former Negro League players, photo galleries and an interactive quiz, the site has plenty of content to keep you engaged. In addition, the site boasts several well-written articles that provide perspective on the life and times of people who invested their lives in the sport of baseball.

XEric Goodwin writes about Web sites for Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service. You can send e-mail to egoodwin@krtinfo.com.

Notable quotes

& quot;I try to date, but I take it so seriously. I am bad at having a casual relationship, so I kind of don't. & quot; -- & quot;American Dreams & quot; star Will Estes, in People magazine.

& quot;Ever since I can remember I've always been about trying not to have what everyone else has. When I got into the band, I didn't have a lot of money. If I bought (stuff) at, whatever, Clothestime, I would tear it apart and make it my own. & quot; -- No Doubt's Gwen Stefani, in Newsweek.

& quot;There was a stuntman kneeling at my feet, putting me into this harness and lacing me up. It was so naughty and sexy. I enjoyed every minute of it. & quot; -- & quot;Chicago & quot; actress Christine Baranski, on filming a scene in which her character goes airborne, in Entertainment Weekly.




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