Jill and Jonny

Jill and Jonny

Thursday, 17 May 2012

The watch-mender

Yesterday I took my watch to get repaired. A watch-mender in Cambodia is a guy who sits at the side of the market with a little stall containing all the tools of his trade. When this guy realized I spoke Khmer he was very excited - suddenly the speed of the watch repair slowed and he settled himself for a good old chat.

A conversation with a local starts normally off with a series of questions about your life as they try to find out as much as they can about you. Presumably this is so they can repeat the entire conversation to the next person who comes along. Well when this fellow found out that I used to work in a bank he almost fell off his chair with excitement as he declared that he too used to work in a bank. This was a bit implausible to me and I took this revelation of career history with a pinch of salt. The conversation then followed like this...

WM - 'Which department did you work in?'
JH - 'Credit Risk'
WM - 'Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha'
JH - 'Why are you laughing at me?'
WM - 'No one likes you! You're just a little bit better than Audit'

Maybe he was telling the truth about his career history after all.