THE THINGS people do to get a promotion sometimes blow your mind, or maybe
your entire office if you don't watch out.
One guy who works at the spa at the Grand Hotel in Siem Reap decided he was overdue
for a move up the ladder of life. He marched into the Human Resources office and
demanded a higher position. Just to add a little emphasis, he pulled out a grenade
and plunked it down on a table.
Fearing his message might not be clear enough, he then went to the GM's office and
repeated the near-explosive performance, which sources say had Mr Madhavan scurrying
for cover under his desk.
Next time you meet the new Assistant Spa Supervisor be polite. He's a bit of a loose
cannon with the hardware to prove it.
** There's a new plan circulating in Siem Reap to help save the environment
and gouge foreigners' pockets. Bring in a fleet of electric cars and mandate that
all non-Khmers who visit the temples pay $30 a day to use one.
** Late night motorists beware. The section of Street 178 between Street 19
and Norodom Blvd has been dubbed "Muggers Gulch". Moto drivers have figured
it out. They won't go there and you shouldn't either.
** The place to be last Sunday night was at Le Royal for the US Embassy July
4th bash. A Who's Who of former battlefield enemies were on hand, kitted out in snappy
suits, clinking glasses and having a bit of a jolly.
Ambassador Quinn said: "There could not be any greater honor and privilege than
to preside over this celebration." Amen. Given the amount of blood spilled in
the last three years, and the number of guys in the room who'd been involved in the
carnage, it was easy to find a fair reason to pause.
The only grumble of the evening came from Ambassador Ali who wanted to know why the
Sampras-Agassi match wasn't being screened live.
** Don't get your hopes up that the US Congress might repeal the ban on aid
to Cambodian government entities. Several Hill staffers were in town this week, one
from Jesse Helms's team.
When told that the troops US Rep Dana Rohrbacher applauded at O'Smach in early 1998
for their determination "to defend democracy and resist Communism" included
a whole gaggle of Ta Mok's boys in new uniforms, the so-what response came quickly:
"Yea, but Hun Sen is Khmer Rouge."