Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and I know you’re probably trying to think of something creative to give your honey. Locally there are many holiday specials, in fact too many for me to fit in this column, but below are a few fun ways to keep the sparks going.
If you are already married, why not renew your vows? Sign up for the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority’s annual free, non-denominational group wedding, civil union and vow-renewal ceremony at Boardwalk Hall — on Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) at 2pm; registration closes on Feb. 10. The Absecon Lighthouse also has an evening of romance and renewal on Valentine’s Day. To find out more, visit abseconlighthouse.org.
Of course, before you go through another wedding you may want to give yourselves a little pampering, so you have a few choices. Bellezza Salons, inside Bally’s and Caesars Atlantic City, are hosting Champagne & Roses — Couples Pedicure. Enjoy a delicious and fragrant treatment inspired by the fruit of the vine. This includes gently removing dead skin and then enveloping your feet in a rich butter cream that contains shea butter, grape seed oil and vitamins A, C, D and E for softer, silkier, smoother skin. You will receive a one-hour pedicure along with strawberry beverages, and sample product bags for his and her. Treat yourself and someone special to this wonderful Valentine’s gift. Check their Web site salonsbellezza.com.
Another great salon gift for the man or woman in your life is from ART IS... Salon in Brigantine, which is having a special from now until Valentine’s Day. If you purchase a $30 gift certificate you will receive a $10 Art Is... gift card for free. Visit artissalon.com.
OK, so you got all pampered, renewed your vows, but you have to stay in Atlantic City in order to get away from the monotony of being home. Of course, every hotel has their specials. Bally’s has a package called “Romance in the West,” which, for $145, includes overnight accommodations, a dinner for two, access to the spa and relaxation facilities, breakfast in bed and a late checkout. Visit ballysac.com.
Resorts Casino Hotel wins for the most unique package of them all. Starting with the “Proposal Package,” which entitles you to many hotel amenities including a diamond ring worth $7,500, a serenade by Blanche “The Singing Bartender” (see p.10) and transportation in a 1920s-style limo to name a few — all for a mere $10,000. Or maybe the “Going to the Boogie Chapel Wedding Package” tickles your fancy. This groovy ceremony at Boogie Nights will surely be a night to remember for your guests. With an open bar, celebrity impersonators, a hotel room, salon credits, champagne, cake, and so much more, you can’t go wrong for $25,000. As they say, “Get married or renew your vows under a disco ball — only at Resorts!”
Of course, there are plenty of other too-cool sounding packages at Resorts that are in the more modest price ranges, like the “Romance with a Groove” ($269 Fri. or Sat.), the “Thank You Daddy” ($499 Sun.-Thurs.; $549 Fri.-Sat.), and the funniest of them all, “The Mistress” ($269 Sun.-Thurs.; $319 Fri.-Sat.). Visit resortsac.com.
To share a few laughs with each other, head out to see Kozak the Magician, who will be performing at 6pm as he does every night at the Comedy Stop Café & Cabaret inside The Quarter at the Tropicana. Plus, there is even a dinner show package available. Go to comedystop.com.
But for those of you who prefer staying home and relaxing, the Atlantic Cape Community College’s Academy of the Culinary Arts shares with you romantic and affordable recipes that you can make at home for your sweetheart. Dishes include pan-seared scallops with spicy corn cakes, braised short ribs with noodles, and a chocolate ganache dessert. For a detailed recipe, check out atlantic.edu/aca.
I hope that you all have a loving, peaceful, and romantic Valentine’s Day!
When you were growing up, did your parents ever tell you not to listen to the bully because everything they were saying about you were all insecurities that they had about themselves?
It’s funny how in life as we get older, some things never change. That bully in the schoolyard will be the same bully in a business suit. Isn’t it ironic that there’s the old sticks-and-stones saying that we used to live by, but we know deep down that words really can harm us? Words do make a difference in a person’s life, and that’s why it is always best to think before you speak. Think about how your words can affect someone’s day and how it can affect their conscience in the future.
When you talk about someone and bring them down in front of others, not only are you portraying yourself as a coward, but subconsciously you are devaluing a person’s reputation and at the same time making yourself untrustworthy to those around you. And shame on those who take someone’s word for what they are saying without considering the source.
When I posed this scenario to my friends on Facebook, the responses were pretty much in sync with my thoughts. The cool thing was that the opinions posted were very strong and detailed. I’ve included a few below.
“I think people who need to put other people down constantly, have an even lower view of themselves,” says Briana Granieri. “They badmouth as an equalizer, to try and cut people down to their own level, when in reality they’re just licking the wounds of their own shoddy self-esteem. It’s sad, really.”
So true girl!
“It gets annoying after awhile,” says Todd Liebowitz. “I think if you say something or feel something about a person, you should either tell them to their face or just don’t say anything.”
“Someone who’s constantly badmouthing others is a very unhappy person,” says Winnie Anderson. “They tear down others as a way of building themselves up, but it doesn’t work. They only hurt themselves. If you’ve got a problem, be a grownup and tell the person, but if you’ve got problems with everyone then there’s something wrong with you.”
You tell ’em!
“Momma always said ‘If you can’t say anything nice then don’t say anything at all,’” says Barry Deem. “Some people need to listen to momma!”
Amen to that!
“Just about everyone sees through that kind of person and pretty much ‘ignores politely’ what he/she is saying,” says Joy Flury-Brown. “There’s a saying ‘What you think about is none of my business.’”
“People talk bad about others to make themselves feel better,” says Erica Brooke. “Or also if they’re bored, since they probably have got nothing going on themselves. It’s also often out of jealousy.”
“Anyone who doesn’t have enough going on in their own life that they have to badmouth others are not only insecure, but lonely inside and not really living,” says Ms. Newman.
Straight and to the point!
“Badmouthing is ignorance and jealousy rolled up in one loud, annoying ball,” says Ron Pisnoy. “Just dodge it.”
Good one, Dad!
As you can see, there are common themes of insecurity and jealousy embedded within all of the opinions, and through the fast response to the question I posed, I can see that this has happened to many of us. No one is perfect; we all talk about people here and there in one way or another. But when we go so far as to defame someone’s character or put someone down, it becomes personal and shows that you are not taken seriously, and in fact only hurting yourself. So whether you are being talked to or being talked about, just be yourself, because in the end your true colors will show and people will see the light.
Life is too short to worry about everyone else. Worry about yourself and be the best person that you can be!
Whitney is an on-air multimedia personality, and works behind the scenes helping businesses gain extra exposure, through her WIN Promotions video production services.