Overheard at KLAS, Dec. 19, 2003, 9:30pm...
ATC: NABCD, after departure turn left heading 175 climb and maintain at or below 4,000, departure 125.9 and squawk XXXX.
Pilot: Any chance of a higher inital altitude?
ATC: We give you 4,000 in case of lost com.
Pilot: I know thats why I want higher.
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