(Lenore trundles into my office with an invoice and a mechanical pencil in her hand.)
Lenore: Um, excuse me, excuse me, mister?
L: I have dummy question for you. Actually it's uh, uh, well, I have to...do you know what this (reading from invoice) elle...gee...bee...tee...mix-er event was?
Me: Oh, yeah. On June 26th? That was the LGBT mixer at ACT.
L: At what? What?
Me: The American Conservatory Theatre.
(Lenore scribbles down notes on the invoice.)
L: Oh, okay. Do you have a guest list for it or do you know how many people went? You know, I have to put down all kinds of information.
Me: I'll just print out a list for you.
(I go to my computer to search for the guest list. Lenore scribbles more notes on the invoice.)
L: Oh, one more thing. What's elle-gee-bee-tee?
Me: That's stands for lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender.
L: (eyebrows raised) Oh, really? All that stands for elle-gee-bee-tee-aye-cee-tee?
Me: No, ACT is the American Conservatory Theatre, where the event was held. LGBT is lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender.
L: I see. And what were they all doing there? You know, at this thing?
Me: Well, it was a mixer for--
L: A wh-what?
Me: A mixer, a get-together for lesbians. (slowly) And gays. And bisexuals. And transgender people.
(Lenore scribbles some more notes on the invoice.)
L: And they all came?
Me: Yes. All of them.
L: I see. (scribbling) Do I have to write all that? All, lesbian and gays and--
Me: No. You can just write LGBT.
L: Will people know what that means?
Me: Yes, most people should.
L: Well, I didn't.
Me: But now you do.
L: Yes. And what kind of event, I mean, wha-what was it for?
Me: You could just say it was for donor cultivation.
L: Oh, it was to cultivate the elle-gee-bee-tees?
Me: No, not really. Just write that it was an alumni social, meet-and-greet.
L: Oh, okay. (reading as she writes) Elle-gee-bee-tee alumni meet-and-greet at aye-cee-tee.
Me: You got it?
L: Yep. I think I've got it!
Originally posted June 23, 2009