Saturday, January 26, 2008

Why should they have to cater to us?

US, as in English speakers.

Marketing Lithuania: How about name change?
Officials say they may seek something easier to pronounce in English

updated 2:20 p.m. ET, Fri., Jan. 25, 2008

VILNIUS - Lithuania is thinking about changing its name in English to something easier to pronounce in plans to boost its image, officials said on Friday.
The small southern Baltic state, in the shadow of neighbours Russia, Germany and Poland, wants to raise its profile to attract more investments and tourists. A commission led by the prime minister approved a marketing concept that says the country of 3.4 million people should promote itself as daring. A name change is also being considered.

"Lithuania's transcription in English is difficult to pronounce and remember for English speakers, but the name change is only an idea under consideration," said government spokesman Laurynas Bucalis, who led the group behind the recommendations.
Lithuania or Latvia?No ideas have been presented yet as to what the name should be in English. In Lithuanian, the country is called Lietuva.
Many people outside the Baltic region often get mixed up between Lithuania and Latvia or even have difficulty saying where the Baltic states, which include Estonia, are located.
All three regained independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991 and joined the European Union and NATO in 2004.
"Bravery marks our history — from being the last pagan nation in Europe to a nation which sparked the Soviet Union's downfall, and today's resolute steps," Bucalis said.

I don't think my art teacher from junior high would be too happy about this, and me either. :(

Friday, January 18, 2008


It's been a while! Just wanted to tell everyone I am still here....

I think this will be the year for charity. Not that I never donate to anything because whenever my friends have things they are doing like running in a leukemia race or Cass' (Erin) hunger thing she does every year (see her latest blog), I ALWAYS donate. I just love doing it. If everyone gave even $10 to a cause and skipped their Starbucks iced latte for a few days, charities would have so much more money. It's definitely possible. I think the world is going to hell, and it needs everyone possible to help with something.

My latest kick is ORANGUTAN ISLAND. I absolutely love this show and I plan on adopting an orangutan. There are so many causes out there from cancer to saving rainforests to Red Cross.... trying to donate to everything would make your head spin. But these cute little orphans in Borneo... well, they have just captured my heart. Each little orangutan has lost their parents and now there is a project where they all live together. The show documents their struggles, adjustments, sicknesses, friendships, etc. They each have their own personalities like humans and it's so incredible to watch. Here is what the website quotes about the adoption:

It costs over $2,000 a year to rescue, rehabilitate and release each orangutan, so your money is desperately needed to continue the work. Over 800 rescued orangutans are looked after by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation at centers like Nyaru Menteng.
By adopting an orangutan, you are helping to provide care not only for your orangutan, but for all the orangutan orphans that are looked after by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation. Each adoption offers real care to real orphaned orangutans. You can make a difference to an orangutan. You can give orangutans a future. With your help, we can give these orangutans a future.

And here is the adoption website: It's only $10 per month ($120 per year) and if someone wanted to help me adopt one (even $5), when I get the certificate, I could make a copy for them. :) I haven't decided which one I want to adopt yet, but I'll decide soon. Let me know if you want to help.