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COLUMN: Being single on Valentine's Day has its perks

<p>Valentine's day baloons on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, in Auburn, Ala.</p>

Valentine's day baloons on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, in Auburn, Ala.

Valentine's Day may seem like the day where your passion for your significant other shines brighter than the sun, but we all know what the best part of the holiday is, the cheap candy the day after. 

The message of Valentine's Day about showing your love for others is sweet. Even if you don't have a special someone to curl up next to at your local watering hole of choice this Friday, you can still enjoy the day, and with it falling on a Friday, the weekend as well.

Here are some things to look forward to as we approach the 14th.

If you're anything like me, you might think it's a good idea to go to the grocery store on the weekend to stock up for the following week. That's a big mistake as the roads are busy, and it always seems like no matter what time you go, everyone is at the store. 

People may go shopping for things like jewelry during Valentine's Day, but they are typically not stocking up on paper towels and rotisserie chicken. If you hate having to fight for a parking spot at one of Auburn's grocery stores, Friday sounds like the time to go. 

While going to the movies is a classic Valentine's Day date, not many couples are probably going to want to see the movies that were nominated or earned praise during the Oscars last weekend. 

"Parasite," a South Korean horror film, won numerous awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. Another film that garnered high praise was "1917," a film set in World War 1. Both of these films don't strike me as date night movies. 

Movie theaters have a tendency to be crowded, and sometimes you have to deal with people going on their phones or talking. These films seem to dive into subject matter that does not strike up feelings of romance, making it the perfect time for a movie buff that may be without a co-star to see these films.

Downtown Auburn is usually where everyone goes on the weekend to blow off some steam and let loose. This results in a problem with downtown being crowded most weekends, and grabbing some barbecue or a drink can have you feeling like Austin Wiley, where you have to box people out for space. 

Now while some of the downtown restaurants will be crowded on Valentine's Day as candlelight dinners take place, most people's ideal day does not consist of grabbing some late-night food or drink. So for those that do not like fighting through the sea of humanity that downtown Auburn usually has, this is the weekend for you. 

All jokes aside, don't fret if you don't have a special one for Valentine's Day. It's just one day out of 365. If going to the movies, grocery shopping or less crowded downtown extracurriculars don't fill up your weekend, you can always do what I'm planning on doing and head to CVS for some discount candy on Feb. 15. Maybe you can meet me there and we can do these activities together this time next year. 

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