One visitor to the US Consulate on Jan 15 was caught unawares when he was told
by a guard that the Consulate was closed.
"Closed? Why?," he asked.
"It's the King's birthday," replied the guard.
"Sorry? Whose birthday?" the guy asked, now more confused.
The traffic cops at the corner of Sihanouk and Monivong Boulevards have taken an
enlightened approach on how to deal with motorists caught without license plates.
For struggling moto dupe drivers who are short on cash to pay the 5,000 riel fine
for no tags, the cops are now requiring them to drop and do 15 push-ups.
The following comes from a speech US President-elect George Bush gave on Jan 11,
2000 in Washington, DC.
"I want it to be said that the Bush administration was a results-oriented administration,
because I believe the results of focusing our attention and energy on teaching children
to read and having an education system that's responsive to the child and to the
parents, as opposed to mired in a system that refuses to change, will make America
what we want it to be-a more literate country and a hopefuller country."
The management at the gun range, contrary to earlier reports, now say that there
are no cows available to use for target practice, and that there haven't been any
for a long time. However, business remains brisk and a fair share of the clientele
are young Japanese women who seem to get a kick out of letting off a full cartridge
from an AK-47.
The riverside is buzzing with rumors and folks are definitely NOT happy. Restauranters
and regular patrons are mulling over a variety of responses on how to deal with the
two gigantic electric billboards for Sharp and Suzuki. Plans afoot range from a global
boycott of the two company's products to more nefarious schemes which can't be printed
in a family-oriented newspaper.
A report from Poipet indicates that the ancient Immigration Office at the border-the
old cement structure that has been there for decades-has now been sold to make way
for yet another casino.
Grumbles are being heard from the Governor's office in Siem Reap. Officials are ticked
off that absolutely no funds are making their way from all the tourist traffic to
the Angkor Monuments to help clean up the city.
If anyone had any doubts, visitors who have seen King Sihanouk recently report that
His Majesty will definitely sign the Khmer Rouge Tribunal Law.