I’m not sure what was going on along Ladprao Road this morning when I was coming in to the office but the traffic going in the opposite direction all the way up to the Ratchada junction was completely choc-a-bloc – truly a snake eating its own tail and I did not see it move the whole time I was going past. There had been a little rain earlier on but not enough to cause this level of delay. Perhaps there had been an accident – these are, alas, common enough for the Bangkok streets. Perhaps also it was the traffic police who had set up another roadblock to stop certain categories of vehicle (usually motor cycles as the unwillingness of riders and their passengers to wear the prescribed helmets makes them an easy target) near to Ramindra Road, which is a place they seem to like establishing roadblocks.
Well, I hope that whatever the problem is it has dissipated now since I am shortly to take the same route back, unless the taxi driver wants to go via the Sutthisan route. It is best, I have found, to let them choose their own preferred route because otherwise they are likely to spend the entire length of the journey moaning about the traffic and clicking their tongues and so forth.
Apparently the land at the end of our soi is going to be used for a church of some sort – it has been vacant since pretty much all the time I have been hanging around Ladprao. For one period it was used for a kind of informal bar and a few people have tried to establish noodle stalls there. Most commonly it represents an opportunity for motor cycle taxi riders and anyone else passing by to go to an open air toilet. Well, no doubt the Christians will find some way of cleaning all of this up. Presumably it will mean an increase in traffic when services are being held and perhaps even some tiresome Christer evangelists will come around to try to persuade us to change our personal beliefs or just swan around acting self-righteously.