On a visit to the East Coast, Suzuki Roshi arrived at the meeting place of the Cambridge Buddhist Society to find everyone scrubbing down the interior in anticipation of his visit.
They were surprised to see him, because he had written that he would arrive on the following day.
He tied back the sleeves of his robe and insisted on joining the preparations. When asked what was he doing, he said "I am preparing for the grand day of my arrival."
"To Shine One Corner of the World: Moments with Shunryu Suzuki: Stories of a Zen Teacher Told by His Students"