Archive for the 'Travel' Category

Trademarks in a Global Village

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

Multinational companies fight hard to protect their trademarks. If your name is McDonald and you think you have every right to open up a restaurant with your name on it, think again.

But the big boys choose their battles. I have lived in a few very small overseas markets in recent years and I have observed many cases of flagrant appropriation of trademarked images and names. I considered devoting a whole blog to the subject, but I stopped myself after worrying about the possibility that these mom and pop places were being left alone as an oversight rather than a conscious decision.

I have decided to use this photograph for this post because it is from a country that I may never visit…


The Cost of Counterfeit Goods

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

I bought my daughter a pair of counterfeit Converse sneakers.

Nobody died. I do feel a bit guilty knowing that there was no name brand corporation ostensibly overseeing the labor conditions and the environmental impact related to the creation of these less than marvelous replicas. I have read about lots of instances where real brand name products are produced without much regard for these concerns.

Counterfeit medicines have killed people. Counterfeit auto parts could conceivably have killed people.

In the wake of all the recalls from China it’s important to note that there will NEVER be a recall on any counterfeit product that you buy, regardless of the risks it may pose.

There are reports that counterfeit goods fund terrorism.

I am presently living in a country that has a flourishing counterfeit market. I am going to be very diligent about a few things that might pose a risk to my family, such as toothpaste and makeup. I am not going to lie to you and say that I will never again buy a fake pair of shoes.

Carefully ‘Mothballing’ Your Car

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

With fuel costs breaking new records everyday, lots of people are considering curtailing their driving. For some people, this may involve putting a car into storage for months or longer. I was considering it and I realized that there are probably a few things that I should do to the car if I want it to stay in the condition that it is in. Here are a few links with helpful information:

Mothballing your car

AAA has advice that seems to cater to people with really nice cars.

After moving in 2005, we went carless for a whole year. It can be done. I consider my 1990 Skoda to be a time saving device. It is not a necessity and it is not a part of my identity.