Valentine's Day often inspires a lot of conflicting emotions--love, hate, anger, devotion, betrayal, lust, remorse, jealousy, pity, pride and, most importantly, the desire to beat the living snot out of complete strangers while suffering no real-life repercussions.
While you're on your own in dealing with most of those emotions, San Francisco has you covered on that last one.
Every year, a legion of thousands of the lovelorn and not-so-lovelorn bring their trusty pillows down to Justin Herman Plaza in front of the Ferry Building and, at the stroke of 6pm, start flailing away at everything in sight.
It's pretty much the perfect Valentine's Day event. It's free, it functions both as a date and a date-free alternative for the dateless and did we mention it's free?
Further proof this is the greatest Valentine's Day event of all time: it's become a spontaneous, self-perpetuating tradition that functions without any kind of official organization.
Basic Rules of the SF Valentines Pillow Fight
1. No Feather Pillows
2. No hitting below the belt - Not really!
Being that I live in Marin, I'll be grabbing my pillow and jumping on the 5:05 Ferry over to the city. The Pillow Fight is just across the street from the Ferry Building! Last Ferry ride home will be leaving at 9:35, so I'll be sure to on that!
If you'd like to join me on the ferry,here is the schedule. http://goldengateferry.org/schedules/Larkspur.php Or you can meet me at the front of the San Francisco Ferry Building @ 5:40 when my ferry arrives.
Once we had our fill of pillow fighting we can grab a quick bite to eat or grab a drink someplace close.
Looking forward to another great Valentine Pillow Fight!