By Michaela, 18
My first experience was with my boyfriend of almost 10 months and best friend for years. It happened under a full moon and a beautifully star-lit sky on an unusually cold night in June. While the moment was dripping with romance and could be the climax of a teen summer romance novel, it ended up being excruciating and a pivotal moment in my conversion from adolescence to adult.
Neither of us were ready to have sex, but we were in love and he was moving away at the end of summer. I thought since he was my first love, and pretty much my first everything else, I figured it would be perfect for him to be my first partner. I was hoping he would be my only, but as I was drugged in the hormones of being a teen in love, I didn’t see the reality that was screaming in my face like a train whistle.
He was moving. We were going to break up. He was going to change. We were going to change. And as beautiful the story might be from an outside perspective, the following aftermath tarnished the shining night that was me losing my virginity.
Almost immediately after the relationship was consummated, he stopped talking to me.
He could barely make eye contact. He wasn’t affectionate anymore. My first relationship came to a crashing halt. So, while this boy has my virginity and we no longer talk, I still don’t regret anything. I now know the reality that surrounds sex, such as: it hurts. A lot. It was a painful and embarrassing experience, as I had to stop him every few minutes to adjust to the pain that I was feeling instead of the pleasure I was expecting.
I have learned from my past relationship and am now in a better and healthier relationship that is going on six months. I have learned a few other things about sex: Condoms come in different sizes, it still hurts (but is getting significantly better) and the more you love someone, the better the sex is.
Despite getting an “A” in health, and despite strenuous research, I have discovered that the only way one can really understand the birds and the bees is to experience it first-hand. Each individual person has their own experiences that cannot be duplicated in any manner. Whether a person is 17 or 27, they should definitely wait until they are extremely sure that they are ready for sex, because even if they think they are, it is truly a life-altering action.
P.S. Don’t have sex in the back of a car. Just. Don’t. Trust me.
If the name “Hinkley” sounds familiar, that’s because it probably is. The town was immortalized in Steven Soderbergh’s 2000 Oscar-winning docudrama “Erin Brockovich,” in which Julia Roberts played a sassy LA lawyer/legal clerk who successfully sued California utility giant PG&E for poisoning the locals’ underground drinking water. Turned out that for years a local PG&E pumping substation had been dumping a highly carcinogenic anti-rust agent called Chromium-6, which had then seeped underground and mixed with the town’s water supply. Scores of people wasted away from cancer and other mysterious maladies as a result, while PG&E attempted to buy off the locals and suppress information about this from leaking out.
Typhoon Usagi weakened from a super typhoon – those with sustained winds of at least 241 kilometers (150 miles) per hour – and veered westward during the day, likely sparing southern Taiwan from the most destructive winds near its eye. At least two people were killed in the Philippines, and two others were missing. By Saturday evening, the storm had maximum sustained winds of 173 kph (108 mph) and gusts of up to 209 kph (131 mph), and was 150 kilometers (94 miles) southwest of Taiwan’s southernmost point, the Central Weather Bureau said.
But gusts exceeding 230 kph (144 mph) were recorded on the Taiwanese island of Lanyu, with dangerous winds buffeting the holiday resort of Kending on the Hengchun peninsula as the storm made its closest approach to the area.
The Hong Kong Observatory said late Saturday night that Usagi was about 530 kilometers (329 miles) east-southeast of the city. It said the storm’s maximum sustained winds would weaken to 165 kph (103 mph) as it approaches Hong Kong on Sunday afternoon before making landfall overnight. The observatory issued a No. 3 Standby Signal and warned that the storm posed a “severe threat” to the city.
Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonair said flights Saturday were unaffected except for one canceled flight, but both airlines said flights to and from Hong Kong International Airport would be canceled from 6 p.m. Sunday and resume Monday if conditions permit.
China’s National Meteorological Center announced a red alert, its highest level, as the storm maintained its track toward the manufacturing heartland of the Pearl River Delta. The observatory warned Usagi would impact coastal areas of Guangdong, Zhejiang and Fujian provinces.
In Taiwan, more than 3,000 people were evacuated from flood-prone areas and mountainous regions as the government deployed military personnel into potential disaster zones. The storm system dumped up to 520 millimeters (20 inches) of rain along the eastern and southern coasts in a 20-hour period, with officials warning that more than 1,000 millimeters (39 inches) could drop before the storm leaves Sunday.
Local officials closed mountain highways blocked by landslides and suspended train services connecting the east and west coasts as power outages and rising floodwaters affected thousands of homes.
Rivers swollen with fast-moving water and debris thrown down from steep and unstable mountain catchment areas threatened bridges on both sides of the island.
In the Philippines, a 50-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman drowned when a passenger boat capsized in rough waters off northeastern Aurora province, the Office of Civil Defense said Saturday. Two other people were missing, while the nine other passengers and crew were rescued from the boat, which capsized Friday.
The typhoon blew out of the country late Saturday after triggering landslides and floods, uprooting trees, and damaging houses, roads and bridges in parts of the northern and central Philippines.
Usagi has a massive diameter of 1,100 kilometers (680 miles), with its outer rain bands extending across Luzon, all of Taiwan and more than 100 kilometers (63 miles) into China’s interior, satellite images showed.
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