> My parents
> used to have a checkbook when I was a
> kid, myself I haven't seen one in 15
If you havn't used checks in 15 years, why do you care if this is only for american checks?
In Japan I paid all my bills at the convenience store, in the US I use checks. If I were in Europe I guess I would use whatever system was in place there. I do know that I wouldn't try to insult someone for using a different system, basically because no one cares.