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March 18, 2010


Hey, thanks for noticing my Oddly Enough blog. Please come back often and bring your friends,especially if any of those Sports Illustrated chicks turn up.

Bob Basler

Oh, it gets even better. I, too, chose not to fall for the easy ruse to get me to lie on a government form. Then I got a follow-up post card yesterday dated March 22, 2010 that said,

"If you have already provided your census information, please accept our sincere thanks....If you have not responded, please provide your information as soon as possible"

They must really want that $500.

I too was irritated by this poor communication effort, especially when I received the follow-up postcard suggesting that as of the third week of March I should already have filled out information about what happened on April 1. In fact, I called the general Census information number to note my confusion. A lot of other people must also be irritated by this, as the recorded information you get before going to a live person says if you anticipate living in your current home on April 1 to go ahead and fill out the form now. I don't know why they didn't send it out much closer to, or even after, April 1. People are much better at knowing what happened on April 1 when the date is April 4, for example! Babies can be born prematurely, people can die, transient and impecunious relatives can show up at your door unexpectedly, etc. And I'm in the middle of trying to buy the house I rent, with a closing date to be determined very soon, so I'm not actually positive whether on April 1 my home will qualify as owned or rented. Okay, so in most respects my life is actually fairly predictable, to the extent that any life is. The contradictory instructions and the potential imprecision of the count as a result just bug me. Glad to see I'm not the only one!

I checked the crystal ball... twice.

We are all going to be either dead or alive, living here or there, incarcerated or free, and possibly be pregnant or just delivered a brand new baby as of Midnight, March 31st, 2010.

Happy April Fools Census Bureau. I believe I'll be spending that 500 bucks elsewhere.

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