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The Gecko: 31 August, 2001

The Gecko: 31 August, 2001



After a seven-year courtship which initially took root in the bowels of the Phnom

Penh Post headquarters, the man who introduced the phrase "wanna meet my future

ex-wife" into the Cambonglish lexicon has now finally decided to take the plunge.

Yup, you got it. Nate Thayer is getting married.

Nate reports from his farm in Maryland that he wrote a love letter to his eternally

patient sweetheart Carol Bean several weeks ago, in which he popped the question

at the end. Carol sat on their porch reading the missive, wondering what was up until

she got to the last line.

With tears streaming, she gave the formerly, on-occasion, Ionesco-like Bald Soprano

a big hug and - believe it or not - said "Yes".

The wedding is planned for sometime next spring, on the farm, in whatever kind of

ceremony can be held, according to Nate, that doesn't involve lawyers or cops.

There is even talk of the possibility of Little Beans in the not-too-distant future.

Imagine that!


Speaking of lentils, former PPPost Managing Editor Matt Grainger reports from

Oxford, UK that his charming bride Kate Geary has one in the oven with an ETA early

next year. It is believed that starting mid-term Kate will take time off from chaining

herself to bridges and fences throughout Europe at demos.

Meanwhile, former PPPost Managing Editor Pete "Choo-Choo" Sainsbury

and former NDI Gurucrat Sophie Rich-ardson tied the knot at a ceremony in upstate

New York. One attendee reports that Sophie's sister offered an effusive toast as

follows: "Marriage is not about love, it's about power and domination!"

It remains unclear whether Sophie's sister has a past, present or future ex-husband

or... NOT.

A recent visitor to Phnom Penh said he was at Don Muang Airport and stopped at

the Telegraph Office to try to send a wire to Cambodia. "We have no code for

Cambodia," he was told. Try under "K" for "Kampuchea", he

replied. Nothing there either. The code was finally found under "D" for

"Democratic Kampuchea". Ouch!

The latest addition to the pub crawl circuit is a place called Bar Apocalypse

Now on Street 63 south of Sihanouk Blvd. If you swing by, don't be surprised if you

run into a Colonel Kurtz look-alike muttering about The Horror.

Thilo at Wilhelm Tell advises folks to dust off their lederhosen. Oktober Fest

II is coming soon. And Thilo promises worse hangovers than last year.


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