Monday, August 27, 2007

Long Live the King

On Mondays, you'll find gobs of locals garbed in yellow polo shirts to show support for the King. In front of many buildings you'll see large portraits of the King or the Queen; on occasion, the pair posing together. Today I went to the Central department store right near the hotel. Actually I go to the Food Hall often for lunch; I dubbed it the "Whole Foods of Thailand."

When I was wandering the third floor, a crowd of people started to gather and security roped off the area. A sea of people passed by and everyone bowed their heads in respect. I had no idea what was going on but it turned out the Queen ("Lady King," one saleswoman explained) and her minions just passed by me. She was dressed in a parakeet yellow suit and was going to the International Watch Fair. My brush with royalty.

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