London has her Queen and Thailand has her King. And walking around any town in this county, you’ll never forget it, either. Pictures of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej are everywhere, from calendars to framed portraits to fifty foot high tributes to his Royal Majesty. And the people love him. Kind of odd for me to witness such adulation — I’m sort of anti-authoritarian when it comes down to it — but this King has presided over a very prosperous period for Thailand. Word on the street, though, is that the King’s son is quite the deliquent. Today just happens to be Adulyadej’s 80th birthday and many shops are closed in observance. I’m going to guess that many of those same shopowners are hoping for another 80 years of the same.