But if you're looking for smoochy, cuddly things to do down in the south bay (and really, who isn't?) we have some ideas for you. Of course, they're ideas from our bitter, black hearts but whatever - they're at least less cliche than a red rose and some overpriced dinner.

If you don't want to stay up too late on Tuesday, but still want to get that fluttery heart feeling, Kepler's is hosting Al Jacobs, reading love letters tomorrow Friday, February 10th at 8pm.

The program includes the correspondence of Napoleon to Josephine, Harry to Bess Truman, Robert to Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and postcards from Brokeback Mountain.

Brokeback Mountain. You can't get away from it. Don't even try.

If that's not enough lovey talk for you, the Poetry Center of San Jose hosts a poetry reading by Nils Peterson on the 14th.

Also on Valentine's Day itself, you can take your lover-nerd to the Computer History Museum (so tech-y, so romantic) for a panel discussion on "Social Computing: From Message Boards to Blogs & Beyond".