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Well, folks, today is the day I come back to you and tell you about how this one post has led to me putting my foot in my mouth... and doing it entirely in Dutch.
Like many awkward moments in which you suddenly realize you have no idea what you're talking about, this story starts with me thinking I knew what I was talking about. I received a phone call a few weeks back and decided I was going to power through with my Dutch rather than apologizing and switching to English. The caller was asking (I thought) if I would be willing to make a donation to a charity when they came around the neighborhood. I agreed and waited to see if anyone would come around for about a week, and then promptly forgot about it.
Last Thursday I received another call from the same organization, and I kept going with my Dutch. This time they were asking when they could make an appointment for (I assumed) picking up the donation. I made an appointment for Friday evening, thinking it was a strange way to do collections, but was happy I would at least have a warning about them coming.
As it turns out, I volunteered myself to do collections for Reumafonds, a charitable organization that supports the research and patients of rheumatoid arthritis. I figured this out when the appointment involved a large bag with all my supplies and a short discussion of what everything entailed. Now I've got myself a fancy collection bin and some light reading (in Dutch) and a map of my walking route.
In light of my complaining, I find the whole situation a bit karmic, but I'm going to follow through with it and have already done a couple streets for the collection. At least I accidentally volunteered for a good organization. So if you see me hoofing it around your street, feel free to call me on my hypocrisy, and please help out the good people at Reumafonds (though you may not understand what I'm saying when I try to pronounce it). Please know that in the Netherlands, you can make an online donation from the home page of the Reumafonds website.
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Have you ever found yourself accidentally volunteering or agreeing to something? Did you ever do it in a different language?