At the League office one fellow came in asking for a form in English so that he could translate for his parents who are literate in Armenian. Okay, here you go, and thank you, sir.
Tuesday at Villa Parke a lot of Spanish was flying around. So much that if you listened really hard you could tons of regional variations. Buenas tardes, buenas, hola, hey, 'alo. Kids walking by carrying skateboards, parents walking by carrying kids, staff members greeting clients, ballerinas in tutus, guys with basketballs, seniors in all manner of dress. Activity and energy. They have about 18,000 drop-in client visits per month.
One visit for me was most memorable. In walked a woman who wanted help and spoke Chinese. I think it was Mandarin, but I'm not sure. What I am sure is that we had a really good time trying to figure out how to fill out her census form. She with only Chinese and me with only English. We pointed, we used tools from the census, we laughed and waved our arms alot. But in the end her form was filled and she will be counted in Census 2010.