It does make one nostalgic for simpler times … you know, times before the multinational business machines swarmed into Central and Eastern Europe … times when Sarunas Marciulionis was selling tie dyes to folks who thought “pick and roll” was something you did on your buddy’s hemp farm in Humboldt.
(Cue Grumpy Old Man: Yeah, and we didn’t have any “em pee threes” or “downloading.” We had to listen to crappy third-generation recordings of bootleg Grateful Dead shows on cassette with all the pop and hiss and snagging-up tape reels – *and we liked it!*)
In any case, further reminder that we in fact live in 2010 went down this weekend with the Žalgiris Kaunas basketball team’s 11th (!) annual open lunch at their favorite capital-city McDonald’s. Hundreds of fans came to hang out with their team, meet the players, get free stuff, and witness the unrolling of an 80-meter long Žalgiris scarf. No, BiE has no idea why an 80-meter long scarf…
Video runs below, starring a Ronald McDonald who’s apparently been sampling a tad too much of the joint’s offerings. It’s all in Lithuanian, but hey, McDonald’s is the international language, eh?
Next year: Marcus Brown and Martynas Pocius launch the Lithuanian-language “H-O-R-S-E” ad campaign.