Friday, November 28, 2008
Thailand: Land of Smiles
I am in Thailand this week, it is the Winter here now, so it is about 80 degrees F. Outside and the Humidity is only 48%.
Not too bad really.
As you may have heard the main Airports Don Muang and Suvarnabhumi are closed due to anti government protesters here. Little violence has occurred(however some people have been killed).
SSDD. Same Shit Different Day in Thailand.
There have been 10 Coups here since 1971. I was here during the last one in 2006.
The Kings Birthday is December 5th, so it will probably be settled via Coup or not before that. I hope. I have all next week here, and hope to get out on time, but you never know.
Most Thais think it is silly (that I talk to). Closing the airports has stranded 1000s of tourists and so far 1.5 million tourists are canceling trips. That is probably over a billion US dollars in lost tourism. It is likely to be 2-3 that.
The Thais in this worldwide economic crisis simply can not afford this.
Mostly I have been staying in our corporate apparment (NOT in Bangkok) cooking my own meals working late and watching the Discovery Channel.
I must be getting old, I seam to like cooking more for myself, and enjoy my own company. I went to Thanksgiving at a co-workers, friend on Thursday. The man is an insperation (from a culunary point). He is a fantastic cook and did 2 Turkeys up a storm. His gravy and stuffing were awesome as well. But I gotta tell you his Apple Pie as the best I had ever had. Made in Thailand, in this weather, he did a fantastic job.