A Not So Romantic Valentine’s Day

As a Valentine’s Day present to my wife, Jeannette, I flew her to romantic Council Bluffs, Iowa, and bought her an entry into the High-Heeled Poker Tour event being played there over the weekend. These are women-only events, with the winner taking home the coveted “high-heel” necklace. Just so she understood that this truly was a Valentine’s gift to her (as opposed to a thinly veiled treat for myself), I did not even think about entering any of the other poker tournaments that were being played. Rather, I brought lots of work that I planned to do while watching her play. After she busted out, we would have a romantic dinner together before flying back to Chicago late that night.

It turned out to be the most productive weekend I have had in years, work-wise, although it was a little low on romance!

Jeannette played too well, eventually making it to the final table. In the end, her A-9 lost to pocket jacks and she finished fourth.

Meanwhile, I plugged away on my computer for ten hours.

Not only did we not get our romantic dinner, but I ended up flying back to Chicago alone since someone had to get the kids to school on Monday. Jeannette had to catch a flight the next day. (We seem to have a thing about poker tournaments and missed flights.)

Still, without a doubt, this was the best Valentine’s Day present I’ve ever given her.


"It turned out to be the most productive weekend I have had in years, work-wise...I plugged away on my computer for ten hours."

Wow! Ten whole hours!?! In just one weekend?!? That must be the most productive weekend any tenured professor has had in years. :)

Troy Camplin, Ph.D.

Each to their own, that's for sure. Mine was a bit more romantic: I had a barbershop quartet show up to my wife's work, delivering two songs and a rose. Not completely original, of course, but still, she loved it -- and everyone at her work is still talking about it (I both impressed all the women and ticked off all the men - including the women's husbands).


@7. Romance on 2/14 is seldom spontaneous. Chances are that's the reason behind the low conception rate: Unplanned pregnancies are fewer than the average because people are prepared.

Princess Leia

Sounds like a good time! :) You guys need to make it over to one of our co-ed hold'em tournaments. Memorial Day weekend should be the next one... Cheap buy-in and good company, too.


It's great you did something so nice for your wife. Hopefully this will have garnered some romance for future months! =)


Lol Mike ;)


I fail to see the relationship between this story and either economics or 'freakonomics'


So.... what's the point?

Martin Lowenthal

Great story. There are many womens only tournaments that are very competitive at http://www.nlop.com You should give ema try and see if you can win there. It is great practise as it is very competitive.


@1. His point was to tell us what he did for his wife for Valentine's Day and to point out that, although it was a much appreciated gift ("best...ever"), it was not very romantic.

I could be wrong, though.


Did she like this better than the bowling ball with "Steven" engraved in it?


The point is, it's his blog and he can write whatever he wants. That's the beauty of America.


@5. Word.


Don't feel bad about the lack of romance. Most folks aren't doing any better. If you look at census data with births, you'll find that November, which is 38 weeks after 2/14, has an really low birth rate. Maybe it's due to February's 2 day shorter month, but it doesn't seem like there's a lot of conception going on!


That reminds me when I flew through the net ( LOL ) http://www.spielcasinos-online.com/ and won $1000 I could hardly believe it. So The next day I went of shopping and spent almost the entire sum. I had calming massage, and had a few spurs put on my car. It rolls so smoothly now. Well that's all about it, my first big winning spent.

Cameron Sharpe

LOVE is TOO STRONG to control your feelings. You may have reasons to engage yourself into a relationship such as this - having a bf or gf older or younger than you are but the thing is, it's all about the commitment and the chemistry of handling a good relationship. These are natural reasons but there's always a deeper basis once you are in that relationship. Just a thought. Thanks for the blog :)