After work I was asked to attend a meeting about future English Salon ideas. The person in charge wanted to have one a month, but she's having a hard time getting native speakers to lead the sessions. For one thing, most ALTs go out and *do* things on the weekends, so their schedules are full. Even for those who don't (like me), it's difficult to find someone willing to give up two hours on a Saturday to lead a chat session. It doesn't seem like much to ask, but it's hard work to keep small talk going for that long, especially with non-native speakers. I did it last month, so she didn't want to ask me a second time in a row, and the other two ALTs she asked had already booked their weekends solid for the rest of this month.
After I got home, I got a call from the post office. When I send money home, I use a postal money order, and I always write the "purpose" as "for deposit." That has worked ever since I first started doing it back in 1999. However, this phone call was about a money order I sent a month ago to ask for more details...specifically, how was it being deposited into whose account. Sheesh. They already know the names and addresses of the sender and recipient, not to mention that they photocopy my alien registration card for identification, so what the heck difference does it make?