1/11/2015
Earthquakes in the time of the millennial

There was talk last night of the millennial demographic - but as I'm with people who do supply chain for a living, there was none of the bullshit about things being life-changing and mind-blowing.

"Millennials value the experience more," one of my colleagues pointed out, and while it's something that I've understood for a while, it only really clicked with me that night. Damn. So that's why those concert organizers always talk about some concert with some pretending-to-be-indie band as a once-in-a-lifetime, not-to-be-missed experience. And then it was followed by the realization, shared by everybody in the room, that I am, technically, arguably, part of that millennial demographic, something I've constantly rejected, because I think I'm much more practical than those frigging kids.

And then we wrapped up our activities for the day, went off for the usual bulalo group dinner in some restaurant in increasingly crowded Tagaytay, and the inevitable drinking session that follows - although videoke was accompanied by wine, not beer. I, however, went to my room to get nebulized, and went to sleep at midnight.

Somebody else's alarm woke me up at half past six today - the problem is that my own alarm did not wake me up - and, as I'm apparently one of those millennials who are more connected to the world than ever, I check Twitter. My girlfriend might be showing me one of her paintings, after all.

Earthquake!

Earthquake!

Was that an earthquake?

There were four of us in the room, and only one of us felt the earth move early this morning. He woke up, felt the whole thing, felt the aftershock, and wondered if he was dreaming. He checked and we were all asleep. It must be a dream. Only it isn't.

I wish I could experience an earthquake, I thought - not the terrible bits, not the buildings collapsing over you, not the dying in the presence of concrete and steel thing, just the shaking and slight panicking that follows. Not that it'd be fun, but there have been so many times when a quake happens and I was just too dense to feel it; coincidentally most of that happens when I'm in Tagaytay, hilly and by a volcano and much more susceptible besides. And then I thought, damn, I might be a millennial after all.

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