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Valentine’s Day: Pagan Revelry, Clandestine Marriage, and 14th Century Poetry

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

What do you think of when you think of Valentine’s Day? Perhaps rushing off to the stationary store after work to choose the perfect card with which to express your feelings towards a loved one? Dinner reservations at a fancy restaurant? Roses, dark chocolates, and other gifts and confections? Whatever Valentine’s Day may look like to you, chances are that it is a far cry from the history surrounding this holiday – or at least we hope so. Here are a few interesting facts about this most romantic of holidays, from your friends here at Service King.

The fact of the matter is that there is no definitive history as to how Valentine’s Day came to be. There are a few different saints with variations of the name Valentine, for example. One of the most prevalent legends, and one certainly in keeping with the romantic nature of the holiday as we know it today, pertains to a priest serving during the 3rd century in Rome. Under the rule of Emperor Claudius II, who believed that young men made for better soldiers if unfettered by marriage, it was illegal for young men to marry. A true believer in love, Valentine would marry young couples in secret. Until, at least, he was found out, and met a very unpleasant end for his crimes.

Like many of our modern holidays, Valentine’s Day can also be traced back to pagan ritual. Lupercalia, as the pagan festival is known, was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, a god of agriculture. As is often the case with Roman celebrations, the details of this celebration are unfit to detail here. Suffice to say that, while there is certainly a touch of the amorous in the proceedings, the festival was a far cry from what we associate with Valentine’s Day today.

How, then, did our modern version of Valentine’s Day come to be? The answer may lie in, of all places, 14th century poetry; particularly, in the writings of Geoffrey Chaucer. Famed for his Canterbury Tales, Chaucer may well be the very first writer to associate Valentine’s Day with romantic love, in the manner of which we are familiar with it today. His The Parliament of Fowls details the dream-vision of a narrator consumed with the idea of romantic love and the natural order of finding a mate. Valentine’s Day is mentioned by name a number of times, as the narrator witnesses a parliament of eagles vying for the hand – or, perhaps more aptly, the wing – of a mate.

Whatever you may think of the holiday’s sordid and convoluted history, we here at Service King hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day with the special someone in your life.

Your Safety and Your Electrical System

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Of all the luxuries that we enjoy as homeowners in this day and age, few are quite as vital to our day to day lives as our electrical systems. Electricity is so ubiquitous that most homeowners probably cannot even imagine living without it. Even if you could, though, why would you want to? From powering your water heater and your coffee maker to illuminating your home, electricity really is a wonder energy source. However, it is not all about comfort and convenience. There are a few components in your electrical system which actually help to keep you safe, and that is what the professional electrical technicians at Service King want to focus on today. Remember, if you require any electrical services in Schaumburg, IL, just give us a call.

Two of the most important components in any electrical system are the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors integrated therein. It is of the utmost importance that both of these detectors are installed and serviced by a skilled, licensed, and experienced electrician. Only then can you be certain that your smoke detector is hard wired into your electrical system properly, that its batter backup is working properly, and that it is situated in an area conducive to its operation.

Equally as important to your safety is your carbon monoxide detector. For all of the reasons above, it is necessary that a qualified electrician handles your CO detector. Carbon monoxide, remember, is entirely odorless, tasteless, and colorless. It can also be deadly when exposure levels are high enough. Clearly, a dependable and effective carbon monoxide detector is necessary if you want to live in as safe an environment as possible.

Remember too that fire and carbon monoxide are not the only dangers to your safety and security. The world we live in is hardly perfect, but you can make your home safe than ever with a quality security system installed by the experts on our Service King team. We can also help to design an outdoor lighting system that can protect your comfort. To learn more about the options available, or if you have any other questions about our electrical service in Schaumburg, IL, give us a call today.

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Sunday, June 15th, 2014

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Welcome to Our New Website

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

iMarket Solutions has launched Service King a new custom website. To learn more about how iMarket Solutions can expand your presence on the web visit: www.imarketsolutions.com