Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Happy Birthday, B.A.!
A very happy eightieth birthday [80!] to the King of Siam, Rama IX.
Okay, he's the King of Thailand, and he is known as King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he is a very, very cool dude. He was the king when I lived in Thailand -- at the time, a young, vibrant, energetic king. He's now an older, frail, vibrant king who just . . . . rocks. My sister hung with his wife one fine afternoon, singing tunes.
At every showing of every movie, attendees had to stand for the Thai National Anthem while his portrait was projected onto the screen. I feel I know him well, even though I don't.