I'd like to share some sound advice from someone who has learned the hard way. Don't buy discount roses at the last minute and try and pass them off as the real deal this Valentine's Day. Don't book a Valentine's dinner a week after the big day. Don't get a humorous card for that special lady. Make sure it's nice and sweet.
But, there is something you can do to stay out of the dog house and win the heart of the love of your life, but you'll need to think outside the box. Think tubas.
It's not your usual Valentine's Day musical fare, but that's the beauty of it.
Part of "winning" on Valentine's Day is making sure all of her friends and co-workers know that she got something really big. You don't get much bigger than tubas, and when they crank up nobody is thinking about anything but the tuba version of "My Girl."
"You get four good looking guys holding tubas, in red vests and bow ties that hand them some candy, and a card with a note from their sweetheart and I don't know of any woman who would turn that down," says Kevin Sanders, the Director of Tuba Studio at the University of Memphis.
Let's say you really want to make an impression, why not rent the tubas and then some? My brother-in-law Andrew did exactly
that a few years ago to make a big impression, renting a big hunk of the University of Memphis marching band to crank it up in a residential neighborhood right at supper time.
It was the kind of thing legends are made of. People in the neighborhood are still talking about that night when they were driven from their homes by a marching band playing the Tigers' fight song. Would it work for Valentine's Day? Who knows? How much trouble are you in now? Maybe, it couldn't hurt. Maybe a tuba quartet would be just the right mix. Whatever you do, do something and make it look like you planned ahead and went to a lot of trouble. That's all they really want. They just want to know you're thinking about them. Of course there is always diamonds. I'm saving that for "my last resort."