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Welcome back, No.1

Welcome back, No.1

The Editor,

I hadn't seen him around for some time. His absence had been noted even prior

to the "events" of July, but when that happened it only heightened my concern

for him. I looked for his name in the daily newspapers as one of those who left the

country or one who may have mysteriously disappeared, but his name was never mentioned.

He just happens to be one of the greatest resistance fighters of this century, and

if he did disappear into the marquis he was going to be missed by everyone except,

of course, by those in the archdiocese.

His presence was always felt at major events in the city as he stood high amongst

the crowd. Yes, his ego was inflated and this may have led to his always proclaiming

that he was "number one", but who could blame him? Up to this point in

history he had stopped more of the enemy than anyone else including those who were

advocating some kind of alternative or rhythm method.

In all the political, social and moral upheaval that seems to surround him, he always

maintains that benign smile. The more you were around it the more it grew on you

just as you, also, begin to appreciate that fine set of clothes he wears and admire

that wonderful psi rating he has been awarded. He is truly an admirable character

and he deserves all the accolades, honor and respect the community of man owes him.

It's a shame so many oppose him, but what can you expect from the righteous?

He did reappear as I hoped he would. I spotted him in somewhat of a smaller stature

than usual at the recently completed Water Festival. There was no mistaking that

smile nor the raised forefinger and even though he looked a little worn and somewhat

disheveled he stood proudly amongst the throngs as they gathered around him to honor

his fight against an insidious enemy. Welcome back Condom Man! You really are "number

one!".

- David Hagenson, Phnom Penh.

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