Happy Birthday to the King

Today is King Bhumibol’s 84th birthday, he is the King of Thailand and from what i see loved by his subjects. I got a lesson on his history from a very proud Thai girl in the dive shop. Apparently he is well known for mixing with the masses and getting to know his people. His picture often depicts him holding a camera as he travels his land taking pictures of it’s people.

This King is King Rama the IX, descended from a long line of Kings most notably to the western world, King Rama the 4th who was the center character in the King and I. The story is loosely based on historical fact. The next King, King Rama the 5th is most loved by his people–his face is on all the money–as he is the King that freed the slaves.

King Bhumibol is a known yachtsman and boat designer. He has competed in many races and won some honors. He has also designed several yachts. We are all here to participate in his own Yacht Race, The King’s Cup. This is the largest boating event in SE Asia and has a long history.

You can read more about this; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhumibol_Adulyadej i have been fascinated with the last of the functioning monarchies in the world. I find they are really loved by their people. I have had long talks with my British friends on their royal family and find that although amongst themselves they may trash the royals, a Yankee would not do well bashing the Queen in a London pub.

i am a bit envious of countries with monarchies. At any given time about half of our country have no good things to say about whatever president we have. Wouldn’t it be nice if we had someone we all loved?