Two things you should know to help you plough your way to the end of this post:
1.Most Lithuanian names end in "as", "us" or "is". As examples, I cite well-known Lithuanian -Americans you are likely to recognize: Johnny Unitas, Dr. Wayne Fiscus, Karolis Bucinskis and beloved blogger Susan Yakavonis.
2. There is a well-known joke that goes like this:
- Question: What is the national bird of Lithuania?
- Answer: The crow.
When I say well-known, I mean well-known among Lithuanian Americans. And the joke is that the Lithuanian word for "what" is "Ka" and a crow's call is "caw" and so the joke is that Lithuanians are always seeking understanding or looking for news by saying "What? What?" Pretty funny, eh?
All this leads up to how fond I am of the big political excitement this week: the Iowa Caucus. I always get a warm fuzzy feeling during this time because hearing the word "caucus" over and over makes me think that the TV news commentators are making vague references to Lithuanians or perhaps asking what? what? over and over again, as if they were snoopy old babushkas looking to endlessly discuss the least little bit of gossip.
That is all. Return to your business.