TheFrisky is running a poll about romantic gestures that would win you over. One of them is “stand outside your window with a boom box.” And people are going for it! Which is interesting, because they’ve just described my worst fear. Romantic spectacle is a little different than public displays of affection, because I feel like PDAs just signify uncontrollable lust, and I can excuse that. But romantic spectacle seems like you want to run around screaming “I’m in a relationship!” And I feel like when people do stuff like hold up a boom-box, they turn your relationship into some bizarre, highly visible freak show. And then you’re just a carnie, aren’t you? THEY TURN YOU INTO A CARNIE.

Maybe not. I don’t know. Apparently some people love really public declarations of love and don’t regard singing, dancing proposals as the stuff of nightmares. If you’re one of those people, please describe the appeal, because I recently watched a man attempt to serenade a woman at a karaoke bar – where it was appropriate to do so – and I felt a little uncomfortable on the woman’s behalf. That said, I guess I do like it when people send flowers to my office but that seems… different. Maybe because flowers just sing “In Your Eyes” really quietly. There’s a fine line here, and I’m not sure when that line is crossed. How do you feel about spectacle?