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December 21, 2005 Wednesday

UP Mouintaineers Xmas Party

I got a text message saying there's a UPM xmas party at Henry's place in Filinvest I...bring booze. With P34 left for gas after getting a mini-long neck Matador brandy, I was off to Henry's. Hmmm...who's Henry?

I've always gotten the sense that UPM is batch-centric. During the application process, the batch solidifies into their own thing and largely remain so after the induction. The org becomes a network of mostly independent batches that plan and do their own activity. However, every once in a while, an occasion for gathering comes up. Elvis is one of them. Now, it's the Xmas party, although I don't think it's traditionally done.

Missing the Tigoks
After not being as active now with the UPM, it was refreshing seeing my batchmates again...and meeting older members who were just as welcoming. I wish though that our tigok batchmates (those who didn't make the application process) were there too. Our membership would have been immensely more difficult if not for the support of those who got tigok along the way - G, Anne, Tristan, etc. I can't imagine who else. We started at over 60 and so far, only 8 have been inducted. I hope to see them again on some open-climb sometime.

Top 3
At UPM, there's the top 3 tradition. The question always get popped. "Who's your top 3?" - people you have a school-crush on. I only have 2 - both very attractive, intelligent and engaging to converse with. I'm glad both of them were there. I'd been open about my top 2. I think they both know it. The wind (or grapevine) has an expeditious way of spreading such things around. Sometimes vanity takes over and I I on someone's top 3? Being involved with Mimsy somehow allows me this frivolity with childlike candor. Besides, I think it's healthy.

What makes a top 3? Well, aside from the above, I would think if I were to be stranded on an island with someone, I'd rather be with someone I can have a conversation with and not run out of things to talk about. That makes very good company. I'm lucky. I'm already with one.

Up Ahead
There's a lot lined up this coming year for UPM - it looks optimistic. More people have acquired mountain bikes and the mtb community is growing. I see a core that will keep a weekly ride for anyone to join. With a planned application period for students, there should be quite a bit of training climbs. For the others, there's always the fun climbs.

--- TheLoneRider

December 21, 2005

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