TYC Online Magazine author Yatot is this blog’s Top Commentator for January. For this distinction, he will receive the following mouth-watering prizes from this blogger:
* The right to collar me when I show my face in Metro Manila so I can be forced to treat him to any posh dining place of his choice. Granted of course that by that time I will have earned enough money for fare and night of proper depravities.
* The rare privilege and right to go under the hood of this blog to tweak this and that. After all, he had promised doing it sometime in December. I have yet to collect on his promise, waiting for the right moment to pounce on my hapless friend.
* The exclusive rights to a pair of Mangyan g-strings and a photo shoot paid for by yours truly so Yatot, who’s fond of anything cultural and indigenous to the Philippines, can properly chronicle his exploits in Mindoro.
Author’s Update, 05 February: Because I woke up on the right side of somebody else’s bed this morning, I’m adding a modest amount – P500 – to Yatot’s prize. It’s in the form of mobile airtime credits. Globe or Smart – it doesn’t matter, I have both. He can also get it through Smartmoney or Western Union if he so wishes. Please send me an email so I can send you your prize.
Like many of my online friends, I have yet to meet Yatot. I don’t have any ideas how he looks. All I can go by is his avatar. Has any of you seen Yatot in person or in cam? I haven’t – we only swap emails. He cools his heels around here, poking here and there for something to nourish his enormous appetite for fun and banter.
Because that is what he brings to the table. His sense of fun. And irreverence. He’s the gift of turning discussion into a delightful conversation between friends.
So it doesn’t matter I have yet to see his picture in his YTC About Page. Is Yatot (yatot: a local term of endearment for someone thin) actually thin? Or is he a man-mountain?
It doesn’t matter. Says Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood, “Wanting to meet an author because you like his work is like wanting to meet a duck because you like pate.”
These things so far have proven to be irrelevant. I treasure Yatot for his friendship and his mind. And his contribution to blogging.
My friend, take your place of honor as honorary barfly in the comment section of this blog. This time drinks are on the house.
Yatot edged out two worthy commentators by one point. Whew. Tied for second place are Jesse and Bingkee. Third place went to Ambo. I will have to say if Jesse is not so consumed by coming up with a perfect design for his blog he might have overtaken Yatot. The same can be said of Bingkee. But of course I unwittingly (or perhaps by design?) made it particularly unpleasant for her by unnecessarily littering the blog with polysyllabic hurdles. Peace Bingkee. Just pulling your leg.If you enjoyed this post, make sure you subscribe to my RSS feed!