So the census forms have been mailed. Everyone went to their mailboxes and got their form and are ready to answer their 10 questions...NOT! Not all of us have been so lucky on our trip to the mailbox. I'm not sure where we went wrong. Whether it was the fact that we lived in three towns in 2009 or the fact that two of our addresses were P.O.Boxes....but no census form has showed up for us as of yet.
The different websites I visit assure me that someone will come to my house...at least a half dozen times...until they make contact with us. Now this is a comforting thought. Strangers driving...or worse yet...walking door to door down our long dirt road in North Idaho. Sounds like a recipe for trouble when you count all the 'NO TRESPASSING' signs on our road alone!
Maybe we should put up a sign saying "Census workers welcome here" or "we won't shoot you if you are a census worker". Hopefully they come to our house before stopping at the drug dealer's house across the road. We may never see them otherwise.
And hopefully they don't try to use a GPS device to find our address. We know where that leads people, after a slumber party for our daughter, and three different dads all ended up at someone's house about 3 miles away. Shoot, maybe I should look up our address that way and head over to that house. Maybe they have our census form. At least while I'm there I could introduce myself and let them know when we are having parties so they can hand out maps back to our house!
So I checked to see if I can pick up a form locally and fill it out. I popped onto the handy census 2010 site and this is what it said:Be Counted forms are census forms that are available at various community locations for use by people who either did not receive a form in the mail or whose information was not collected on any other form. Be Counted forms are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Russian. These forms can be picked up in various community locations and mailed back in the attached postage-paid envelope.
Well, darn it if that didn't clear it all up for me! Now I can just go to one of my 'various community locations' and pick one up! By the way, the post office is NOT one of those community locations. And since I didn't see one at the local Super 1 or the garden shop this week....I'm just not sure which location is the 'various' one! We don't have too many here in Rathdrum you know.
Typical government...they can't even make the census simple! One bright glimmer of hope in all this census and people counting....the government said that the census counters have been sworn to secrecy for life!! (they really did say that on the news the other day!) So feel free to tell them everything!
So next step? I think I'm just going to get some paint and change the number on the city's population sign myself. Add four to the current total. It might be easier than filling out a census form after all!