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Tend your love like Golden Gate Bridge

By Robert Krantz, Special to CNN
Ever since Tony Bennett crooned "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," the city by the bay has been associated with love.
Ever since Tony Bennett crooned "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," the city by the bay has been associated with love.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Many men are secretly hoping that Valentine's Day gets canceled
  • Renting "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre" to watch with loved one probably isn't a good idea
  • Don't forget to tweak, adjust and restore the beautiful love in your life, writer says
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Editor's note: Robert Krantz is the producer and star of the film "Do You Wanna Dance?" He also has written the novel "Falling in Love With Sophia."

(CNN) -- As procrastinators frantically check the internet trying to think of something to do on Valentine's Day, here are some ideas:

1. Hope that Valentine's Day gets canceled

Many men are secretly hoping that we treat Valentine's Day like the baseball All-Star game of 1945 and just cancel it "due to war." Millions of men would be beaming on the inside at the thought of not having to pick up flowers and candy and be on time for dinner.

On the outside, they would be practicing their best "forlorn" look so that when they saw their loved one they could dutifully say, "Boy, what a shame. I can't believe they canceled it. I guess we'll just have to sit on the couch as usual ... and watch another sporting event. Darn."

Something tells me that women will see through this one. So you probably want to avoid it.

2. Rent 'The St. Valentine's Day Massacre'?

To certain men, renting Roger Corman's 1967 gangster movie, "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre," would seem apropos for the day. They dream of sitting down for a romantic TV dinner, tossing a card and some roses they bought at the grocery store to their loved one, and once that is all finished, and the mood is completely set, they want to mosey on over to the couch and pop in "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre" DVD.

Talk about a romantic mood setter. Maybe not.

3. Buy the Golden Gate Bridge.

I'm not suggesting you go out and buy the real Golden Gate Bridge, but rather a cheap, plastic one that you can put on your loved one's desk.

In fact, while you are at the store, buy another one that you can put on your desk. Then, when you exchange your Valentine's Day kiss, promise each other that every time you look at those replicas, you'll think of each other.

Because, you see, I think that gate holds the key to keeping romance alive.

Ever since Tony Bennett crooned "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," San Francisco has been associated with love. And you enter the city from the north over the Golden Gate Bridge.

If you look down from the bridge, you'll notice something -- workers. Several crews maintain the bridge -- in some places, it may need a little paint; sometimes the bolts need tightening, or sometimes the tension on the wires needs to be released. Through wind, fog and rain, the workers make their way across the bridge.

It takes the same sort of near constant work to keep romance alive. Not just flowers on Valentine's Day. Don't forget to tweak, adjust and restore the love that is in your life.