I arrive at work today and wedged between the keys of my computer keyboard is a picture of several Laotians begging for mercy before armed soldiers.
The picture is a “gift” from my assistant, who just yesterday asked me to kindly keep her in mind when drafting the department’s 2005 budget.
Hasn’t she heard of sending flowers or chocolates? She--this girl from a super bourgeois Parisian family who tells the other assistants that they are “nothing but assistants”--is supposed to be the Laotian, and I’m the armed soldier ready to shoot her head off? What kind of tactic is that to get someone to give you a raise?