Grapevine: Cherry on top

ONE OF the perks of a having a managerial position in a luxury hotel is that one gets to meet heads of state, movie stars, celebrated singers, sports champions, prize-winning academics, etc. While it’s great to add photos of such meetings to a Who’s Who album, it’s not always as smooth and seamless as it looks.

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January 23, 2014 15:53
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Harper and Peres meet on Tuesday, Jan. 21.. (photo credit: COURTESY OF THE PRESIDENT'S RESIDENCE)

ONE OF the perks of a having a managerial position in a luxury hotel is that one gets to meet heads of state, movie stars, celebrated singers, sports champions, prize-winning academics, etc. While it’s great to add photos of such meetings to a Who’s Who album, it’s not always as smooth and seamless as it looks.

Just over a month ago Chemi Gur, the general manager of the David Citadel Hotel, in all his sartorial splendor, was digging into and sweeping up snow and ice so that US Secretary of State John Kerry could exit the building. Fortunately, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrived on a beautifully sunny day, so Gur did not have to strain himself with physical labor.

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