Anyone that has ever worked with me on my day job is fully aware that I have unique (for lack of a better term) relationship with my professional colleagues. It has a lot to do with the fact that I have a hard time taking myself seriously in a setting where people often take themselves “way” too seriously.  In the long run – my causal (again, for lack of a better term) attitude has probably hurt me professionally more than it has helped me BUT it has allowed for me to have “special” friendships with certain co-workers long after they have moved on to new jobs because our friendships are just that — friendships.

This professional relationship, or lack thereof, has also applied to the interns that I have worked with over the years. I have been able to meet, and work with, some of the brightest young people in Virginia.  One of those “former” interns is Ethan Carroll; who I affectionately call, “Cool E” – who doesn’t love the movie Slackers? Ethan (a recent UVA graduate at the time we met in 2009) and I spent a summer together working on housing policy. Over that time we did the normal boss/intern things – talked about soul music (mostly Otis Redding), played hoops, and even grabbed a drink or two – you do that with your boss all the time right – see my problem?

Anyway – after Ethan’s internship ended he headed to Cambodia as a Princeton-in Asia Fellow working for the World Faiths Development Dialogue. Did I forget to mention that Cool E is crazy smart? He spent that time mostly researching how faith organizations could be relevant in fighting human trafficking in Cambodia.  He also spent some time taking photos of his travels through Cambodia and on vacation in Thailand. I met up with Ethan (now a Duke Law Student) over the weekend at Captain Buzzy’s in Church Hill to visit and see some of his pictures. I thought this would be a great post for the blog so here it is — Ethan asked me to share this website for anyone interested: it is the Southeast Asia Investigations into Social and Humanitarian Activities – it is where he worked from July to January. All photos and captions provided by Cool E — Edited by The Cheats Movement in Adobe Lightroom. If you have any questions about Ethan’s work — hit me up at: TheCheatsMovement@gmail.com.

Riverside street in Kampong Cham

Bayon Temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Skulls in a memorial at the Killing Fields outside Phnom Penh

Not all dogs are Buddhist – On Vacation in Thailand

Sunrise at Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia





Cool E himself – Ethan Carrol.

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