Hello, My Public. I know it's been a while since I rapped at ya, but the waters ain't exactly been calm on Lake Charvey. Lol, actually things have been going great. Saigon is more fun than a barrel of monkeys, and work is good. It looks like VietnamWorks.com is about to cross the 3000 jobs threshold, a historic occasion. Business is booming.
Vietnam is abuzz because tomorrow, March 8, is "International Women's Day," also known as IWD. This is a global holiday. Who knew? I was intrigued so I Googled it and, lo and behold, found the internationalwomensday.com website. It's been happening nearly 100 years, since 1910.
The Vietnamese take all their Women's Days very seriously. So seriously, in fact, that there are two a year -- the IWD and an even more special Vietnam Women's Day. Already a few women in the office have dropped not-so-subtle hints that they expect something special from the boss tomorrow. I plan to oblige, and am having enough flowers delivered tomorrow morning so everyone gets one. Our office is about 70% women, so paying homage is not only a nice thing to do but it's also an exercise in self preservation.
I even composed a special speech for our job seeker newsletter to mark the occasion. In a burst of sentimentality, I titled it "Special Feelings from a Man's Heart."
To wit, "On behalf of men, I would like to thank this special day of the year for its giving us the chance to express our deep gratitude, respect and admiration to half of our world - the gentle women who are so charming, confident and successful - with all words and actions that have been brought up and kept in our sincere hearts - the ones of the happy men!"
Happy International Women's Day!