Saturday, 6 September 2014

Friendship Report: The Rally & College

Dear Readers,

If you didn't notice, I didn't post a Friendship report last week because I was at Another Piggin' Rally which is a bike rally run by The Greedy Pigs M.C.C. I was there to help out more than anything else, but I still had a lot of fun and even made a few friends. I'm also posting this a little late because I've just started college and my mental schedule hasn't sorted itself out yet.

The bike rally was definitely a highlight for me and it did in fact teach me something. For those of you who aren't familiar with bike rally traditions, there is a little thing called a Rall Virgin which is just someone who has never been to a rally before, usually said people have something ridiculous happen to them, for example one person mentioned that she was stripped to her underwear and then thrown into the nearby brook. Usually something worse than that happens, and sometimes it's not that bad.

My mate Nathan knew I hadn't ever been to a bike rally before, and being the weirdly overprotective person that he is he gave me his spare cut-off (just a denim jacket with the sleeves cut off) and told me to cover it in patches and badges and also get a big patch on my back representing my favourite album. I didn't get the big patch, but I did get the Rush - 2112 album cover airbrushed onto the back of it, and I even loaded up the front with seven little badges.

Once I looked the part, I just had to hope that no one signaled me out as a rally virgin, I didn't fancy being dressed in women's clothing and set on fire (which was the impression I had of the rally virgin treatment). I never did get caught out, and It turned out that I fitted in quite well, the Greedy Pigs are all quite pleasant, and now all call me "Kitty." There was an especially nice biker who was probably a bit drunk, who started talking to me whilst I was washing my hands, he liked my Rush cut-off.

I was disappointed to see that the rally virgins only got wrapped in clingfilm, a few eggs broke into their hair and then covered in a friendly coating of flour. But I still enjoyed my time there nonetheless.

So what did I learn? For a start I learned that one should never fall asleep when next to a very drunk that you just got onto the bad side of. That didn't happen to my but he woke up the next morning and found out that half of the male population of that rally had used him as a urinal, and he then stood by the bonfire trying to dry out his clothes.

I also learned something a bit more appropriate to everyday life, you should never let fear get in the way of having a good time. As I said I was scared I'd end up getting set on fire just because I was a rally virgin, but that still didn't stop me from coming and enjoying myself in the end.

As the title suggests this isn't just about the rally, I also started college this week, which is why my schedule is a bit messed up. We all started off fairly quiet since none of us knew each other, but we quickly got to know everyone a little, and now most of us have nicknames (yes, mine is Kitty).

Going to college also reinforced what I learned at the rally (the second point). As a shy person I was quite scared to go out and meet new people (even though I had briefly met most of them beforehand) but I didn't chicken out and I still went, and now I'm enjoying my days at college, although I'm not enjoying the journey to and from college very much.

The message behind this is simply to try not to let fear get the better of you, I know many things in life are scary, I know this because I'm a complete and total coward (who wants to join the army), but you shouldn't let that stop you from doing something.

- George "Kitty" Booth

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