I should have known
at your age, in a string of days the year is gone
but in that space of time it takes so long
because we can't make up
for the time that we've lost
I must let those memories provide
How You've Grown, Natalie Merchant, 1992
Saturday, 28 April 2007, Lalai and I and many of our friends went to Angeles, Pampanga to attend the dedication of Paul's firstborn child. Paul was a fellow student assistant at the Instrumentation, Robotics, and Control Laboratory of the University of the Philippines, Diliman College of Engineering. This was ten-odd years ago. After UP, Paul joined Mozcom, Inc. and has been there since, only recently moving to Accenture a good year and a half after I myself left Mozcom.
This photo was taken after the happy event, on our way back to Manila.
|From Janessa Dedication|
(left to right) Arnold and Cris Castro, former colleagues at Mozcom; Mike Blancas, a fellow former SA at the IRC Lab who's also with Mozcom; myself, making a vain effort to slow my expansion by drinking Coke Light; Jambie Dumas, Lalai and my (current) neighbor and former colleague at Mozcom, now at HSBC; and Ken Atanacio, also with us at IRC Lab more than a decade ago.
The Natalie Merchant song I've quoted at the top of this entry seems particularly fitting, to me.
It's been more than a decade since those relatively carefree (and broke!) days at UP; I was asking the guys if back then, when we were just learning Linux and how to use the Internet, whether they could imagine attending the dedication of the child of one of us. I certainly didn't think so.
It's the end of an era.
I sure hope we'll all have another picture like this in ten and twenty years from now.. hopefully with each of us occupying the same approximate volume.