Dear Pen Pals... Valentine's Day edition

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Are there things you’ve always wondered about but have felt too uncomfortable to ask someone? Is there an issue you just don’t understand but would like to learn more about?

Megaphone has the answers you need.

Welcome to Pen Pals, a new feature that runs each month in our magazine.

Building on the open dialogue around drug use and addiction fostered by Megaphone’s new Speakers Bureau program, we’re launching a monthly “advice column” that aims to encourage respectful discussion about real life issues. We also want to increase interaction between the Megaphone team and our readers and customers.

So fire away! We have the awesome folks who are involved with Speakers Bureau, as well as some of our seasoned vendors, standing by to dole out their two cents’ worth.  (Take their advice at your own risk).

Oh, and a warning: Agree or disagree, rant or rave, but please be concise and respectful. No profanity. And while we are supportive of an honest exchange of ideas, racist, sexist, homophobic or other denigrating comments will not be printed.


Dear Pen Pals,

Q: There is so much pressure to come up with the perfect Valentine’s Day date and I am at a loss. Do you have any recommendations for the ideal Valentine’s date?

Also, for a single person, Valentine’s Day can be horrible. What do you think is the best thing for a single person to do on Feb. 14?

Take the person out for a nice dinner, with nice flowers, and if they have a sweet tooth, some chocolate in the shape of a heart. Also, does he or she like stuffed animals?

For a single person, they should try to find love in a place where they least expect it.

Stephen Scott (pictured above)

Vendor, Davie and Thurlow Streets

A: Take a lady friend out for dinner. I know a couple that would do dinner, other ladies like coffee.

Hand out Valentine’s Day cards to lady friends.

If I could afford it, I would give single ladies cards. Buy blank cards to wish them Happy Valentine’s Day. Single blank cards are cheap. Buy blank cards with beautiful scenery.

Bob Dennis (right)

Vendor, Cambie Village (19th Avenue and Cambie Street).



A: Take your love out to dinner with flowers and chocolates, soft music and dancing— slow dancing, swaying to the music.

The best thing for a single person to do would be go to a club or find a person who knows someone and go on a blind date.

Peter Thompson (right)

Vendor, 4th Avenue and Vine Street.

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