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Making sense of the US Census

“Hey Beer! That doesn’t seem like a very comedy oriented title!”

Well, I’m only on my second cup of coffee – cut me some slack! Just kidding, actually. I’m on my third cup and it was just a little play on words for an honest to goodness serious topic (At least as serious as we ever tend to want to get around here).

Today, we’re going to talk a little about the U.S. Census boys and Girls. For those of you not familiar with it, it’s (in a nutshell…) something that happens every 10 years as the government tries to count how many people are living where.

That’s not what I really want to talk about today though. I want to talk about the radio ad that I keep hearing that is really bothering me.  You see, they have to run a lot of advertisements to convince people to fill them out and send them in. Apparently a lot of people are convinced the Evil Empire is out to do something with the data collected (Like it isn’t already mostly available publicly).

So we end up like the radio spot I keep hearing. And there’s one line in it that just really bugs me, “It’s just 10 questions and should take you about 10 minutes”.  (Those of you who get the longer form are excused from the upcoming rant.

I got the 10 question form, and if it took me FOUR minutes I would be shocked. Let’s review the questions shall we? I took these straight from the 2010 Census website.

  1. How many people were living or staying in this house, apartment, or mobile home on April 1, 2010?
    (I trust everyone should know this one. If you don’t, well….. yeah.)
  2. Were there any additional people staying here April 1, 2010 that you did not include in Question 1?
    (Just in case you were the person who didn’t know, apparently. Or you managed to find some extra people living at your home in between questions 1 and 2).
  3. Is this house, apartment, or mobile home: owned with mortgage, owned without mortgage, rented, occupied without rent?
    (Again, this should be something you already know. If you don’t know… ouch.)
  4. What is your telephone number?
    (The ONLY way this could be tricky is if you have no phone)
  5. Please provide information for each person living here. Start with a person here who owns or rents this house, apartment, or mobile home. If the owner or renter lives somewhere else, start with any adult living here. This will be Person 1. What is Person 1’s name?
    (We come to the longest question. If you have a lot of people this form may take you ten minutes. It asks for names. It may also take you 10 minutes if you have an Eastern European name made up of 22 letters including 19 consonants. Still, you DO know who’s living in your house, right? Please say yes.)
  6. What is Person 1’s sex?
    (“I don’t know” is not an option. There is a box for male, and a box for female. Pick one, only one. Again, this should not be a difficult question to answer).
  7. What is Person 1’s age and Date of Birth?
    (How old are you and what is your birthday. You really should know these anyways.)
  8. Is Person 1 of Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin?
    (If you are, you’re probably aware of it, otherwise the answer is no. It’s not complicated. Move along)
  9. What is Person 1’s race?
    (Despite vehement arguments to the contrary, this is not a NASCAR question. Talladega, Daytona, or Bristol are not valid answers. They included check boxes on this question, that was probably a good move.)
  10. Does Person 1 sometimes live or stay somewhere else?
    (They include check boxes again, if it applies you check it. Another easy one.)

Hey, look at that, we’re done! See? Easy.

So, if you get it, fill it out will you? It actually helps with a lot of stuff, and it is not hard to do. Besides, it’s a chance to show how smart you are by getting all the questions right for once!

Later Folks!

And we’re back… For the 12 days of Christmas.

Thanks to my partner in crime for filling in admirably (even if it was a bit late in the evening) last Friday. I loved his description of me being unavailable. Does this look unavailable?

That’s right, Margaritaville. Total tourist trap, but still fun. Skip the nachos though.

So what’s with this 12 days of Christmas crap you ask? Simple. 12 working days (ok, ok more like 11 and 3/4 or so as I write this) to go until Christmas Eve. Shopping is not an option for me on Christmas Eve, so anything that needs to get done need to get done in the next 12 working days.  You have been warned folks! Time is running out.

So, to get you in the mood I figured I’d break out a Christmas classic in honor of the 12 days left till Christmas.

What? You were expecting Santa Claus is Coming to Town? That was on last night, you should have watched it yourself!

That’s it for now folks!

Of writer’s block and holidays

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See that picture? That’s me right now when it comes to posts. The meter needs money and I’m staring at a brick wall.

Oh, I’ve got a lot of post ideas. And a bunch of half written posts. Partly it’s to remember the idea (I’ll often come up with something and think “Great idea” only to go “What the heck was that idea again” when I want to sit down and write it up), and the other is a combination of things that just didn’t “work” for any number of reasons. Eventually I expect a lot of these will get published.

So this is where I end up with most of them right now. Hopefulyl the Thanksgiving break (and the food!) will give me some ideas. Ideally it won’t entail me trying to lop off a fingertip again, either!

The good (?) news… Tomorrow’s Friday! See Ya then!

So it’s been a slow week…

The weekend looks like it might be gaining steam though, so that’s helpful.

So have we been working on anything? Yes and No. Yes we’ve been working on a few things, no we haven’t published it. Sometimes the ideas just don’t translate well when they get typed out. So we keep trying.

In the meantime, we’ll keep throwing stuff at the wall and seeing what sticks. Seriously, who came up with that analogy anyways? Do you really want the stuff that sticks? Do you even want the wall anymore after something like that? I’m thinking I’d be buying new drywall.

At the very least, I want to start doing more posts with pictures. That’s it for now, see you back here tomorrow For Five Thoughts.