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Unlucky 13

14 February, 2009 (11:16) | Unlucky 13, Women

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I have never been in a relationship on Valentine’s Day. For years, I pined away after girls or dropped notes from “a secret admirer” on doorsteps, but it never led to anything. There were times when I was upset and sad, wondering while life was unfair; why jerks, douchebags and assholes always had all the luck while I didn’t. I’ve never found a good answer for that, but I have found more and more people who ask the exact same question.

For the past two weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day, I’ve posted 4 stories and 13 entries about my experiences with dating gone wrong or never started. I have plenty more stories like them, though I don’t think they’re as entertaining as the ones I chose to tell.

The true purpose of the Unlucky 13 are to remind us that though we may be on our own, we are not alone. Everyone has stories of crushes that didn’t work out, relationships that crumbled, and chances that were destined to fail from the moment they started.

So here I am, without a date on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2009; without a date for the 27th year in a row, and yet I have a smile on my face and a song in my heart (which happens to be Billy Idol’s Cradle of Love for some reason).

If you’re sitting home reading this on V-Day feeling sorry for yourself, my first suggestion is that you get outside and use V-Day as an excuse to do something nice for someone. It doesn’t matter if it’s a lavish ordeal or a simple compliment, or whether it’s for a friend you care about or a complete stranger.

If it’s too cold outside or you just don’t have the guts for that, you can always stay in and read through the Unlucky 13.

Remember, it could always be worse; you could have herpes.

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The Unlucky 13

Dealing with Rejection – Part I
Dealing with Rejection – Part II
Dealing with Rejection – Part III
Dealing with Rejection – Part IV
Foreign Exchange – Part I
Foreign Exchange – Part II
Foreign Exchange – Part III
Foreign Exchange – Part IV
Foreign Exchange – Part V
Celestial Rings – Part I
Celestial Rings – Part II
Just One Slowdance – Part I
Just One Slowdance – Part II

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  • Brenna

    Thank you for doing this, Ben. I’ve truly enjoyed reading these stories and didn’t even make a correlation with VD. At 24, this is my first year with a boyfriend and it’s truly strange to not be pissed off and bitter today. Not sure where I’m going with this, but I almost feel guilty for being happy today.

  • Brenna

    Thank you for doing this, Ben. I’ve truly enjoyed reading these stories and didn’t even make a correlation with VD. At 24, this is my first year with a boyfriend and it’s truly strange to not be pissed off and bitter today. Not sure where I’m going with this, but I almost feel guilty for being happy today.

  • Anonymous

    You shouldn’t feel guilty. People who have someone should feel grateful and happy everyday. And people who don’t shouldn’t feel jealous or upset that they don’t have someone. I’m not sure how to make that a reality, but hopefully there are at least some people who realize it.

  • You shouldn’t feel guilty. People who have someone should feel grateful and happy everyday. And people who don’t shouldn’t feel jealous or upset that they don’t have someone. I’m not sure how to make that a reality, but hopefully there are at least some people who realize it.

  • Yay for not having herpes! I had fun chatting last night. Happy Valentine’s Day, or VD day depending on your preference πŸ™‚

    Here’s the link to my blog, per your request:
    http://bubblegumandbibles.blogspot.com/

  • Yay for not having herpes! I had fun chatting last night. Happy Valentine’s Day, or VD day depending on your preference πŸ™‚

    Here’s the link to my blog, per your request:
    http://bubblegumandbibles.blogspot.com/

  • Anonymous

                    “The course of true love never did run smooth”
                    –(William Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

    You can console yourself knowing that your entire family tree — those very souls from whom you are descended — is filled with couples who met, fell in love, and consummated their relationships.

    This is consistent with the observation “If your biological parents never had any children, it’s very likely that you won’t either.”

    Hang in there. According to the U. S. Census, there are slightly over 30 million females between the ages of 20 and 35. Your 13 tales of woe are hardly a statistical (or poetic) representative sample.

                    “Lovers and madmen have such seething brains,
                    Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend
                    More than cool reason ever comprehends.
                    –(William Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

  • The Old Bear

                    “The course of true love never did run smooth”
                    –(William Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

    You can console yourself knowing that your entire family tree — those very souls from whom you are descended — is filled with couples who met, fell in love, and consummated their relationships.

    This is consistent with the observation “If your biological parents never had any children, it’s very likely that you won’t either.”

    Hang in there. According to the U. S. Census, there are slightly over 30 million females between the ages of 20 and 35. Your 13 tales of woe are hardly a statistical (or poetic) representative sample.

                    “Lovers and madmen have such seething brains,
                    Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend
                    More than cool reason ever comprehends.
                    –(William Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream)