Late this morning, there was a knock on my door. I answered it, in my bathrobe, to find two nattily dressed black men on my doorstep; one probably in his 20s, the other probably in his 40s. (Notable that they were black because I don't see too many black people around here; my impression is that it's a mostly white and Latino neighborhood.)
I immediately figured they were probably Jehovah's Witnesses. But the younger one smiled and said, "Hi--we're members of a local French-speaking organization, and we're trying to find French speakers. Does anyone here speak French?"
I spent a moment trying to figure out what the scam was, because the idea seemed so unlikely--going door-to-door on Thanksgiving morning to find people who speak French? But finally I just said, "Nope, sorry, nobody here speaks French," and they smiled and thanked me and moved on.
And I might not have thought anything of it, except that a couple of hours later, there was another knock on my door. I answered it, still in my bathrobe, to find two nattily dressed young men on my doorstep, both probably in their 20s, one black and one, I think, white. I had a presentiment of what was coming; and indeed, one of them said that they were from a French-speaking organization and looking for French speakers.
I told them they were the second people today to come to my door about this, which startled them. Then I asked what it was all about. They said something vague about having self-actualization meetings (they didn't use that phrase, but that's the impression I got) at which the speakers spoke only in French, so they were looking for Francophones to join them. I explained that nobody in my house speaks French, and they moved on.
But now I'm curious. Is there some kind of French equivalent to Scientology or the Landmark Forum or something? TSOR hasn't turned anything up. But maybe it would if I searched in French.