Back then, you heard about signs of trouble from several quarters. One day it was an important intellectual such as Arturo Uslar Pietri warning about a coup, the next day it was a political operative saying the government needed to do this or that if it was to survive.
We all know how the story went.
The same thing happened in 2001. A strike here, mutterings about unhappiness in the barracks there. Trickle, trickle, trickle, and then the dam bursts.
That is how Venezuela has always operated. The unexpected … is never entirely unexpected.
Oh, well. February is just around the corner.