Late letter

I received this letter in the post today:

Date. 2004.10.28

Dear Sir / Madam,

I hope this letter finds you well.
We will hold the “2004 Japan Championship in Mahjong” in Osaka on Oct. 31.
Since the pamphlet was done, I send you it.

Thank you.

Best regards,
Kyoichiro Noguchi

I was quite touched that they had taken the trouble to write to me personally (my real name is actually ‘Sir/Madam’). However, the letter was written on 28th October, and I received it on 2nd November: a clear 3 days after the championship had begun. Close… but no Pung Mahjong! Next year, perhaps?

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 46 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Currently on sabbatical. I am a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, and I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir.