A friend's husband on a working visit to Bangkok was not able to come home. I think, given another occasion, another circumstance, my friend would not take too kindly to such sudden change in return-home plan. I imagine she'd fly to Bangkok on the next available flight just to be sure he's telling the truth.
But she's been keeping up with the news in Bangkok and had been so worried. In fact, it did occur to her that the situation in Bangkok might worsen.
Already , the besieged Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat has declared a state of emergency at Bangkok's two commercial airports amid rumours that the army was plotting a coup to end mass protests that have left thousands of travelers stranded for two straight days.
The army has staged 18 coups in Thailand's history, the most recent in 2006 when it toppled Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, Somchai's brother-in-law.
Man, don't we smell a coup?
*Coup or no coup, and circumstances aside, another friend remarked, with a mischievous wink: "Of all places to be holed up...Bangkok!"