It's really a little thing. A tiny, minute detail that doesn't matter to anyone else in Croatia.
But it's become an obsession for me.
We got back from the States a week after the innauguration. As soon as we drove out of the airport parking lot I saw a billboard advertising a new men's magazine ingeniuously titled 'The Men'. It had Barack Obama on the cover.
And it was amusing to me. 'Hmmm, a new Croatian magazine is featuring my new president', I thought, 'I wonder what they have to say?'
So, a few days later I asked if they had it at a local kiosk where I bought the newspaper. 'No', said the woman at the newspaper stand while wearing a confused look.
Then I made the trip from Osijek to Orahovica. I saw the billboard 5 more separate times, but still no magazine in the kiosk. Then we drove up to the northern part of Croatia for a church conference. 10 more billboards - still no magazines. And I don't even get an apologetic look at the stand. They don't know what in heaven's name I'm talking about. (Yes, I do know how to ask in Croatian, and they give my wife and friend the same look when they ask in fluent Croatian.)
Does McDonald's advertise it's new Triple Decker, Heart-attack-in-a-box Big Mac and not have it at the drive-through? Does Michael Jordan pose in his new Hanes on television for naught? How do you advertise and not have the product available - EVER?
Am I just a spoiled American?