Friday, April 9, 2010

Census 2010

Yesterday, Mark Riley of WWRL (who played journalistic straight man to manic comedian Marc Maron in the late, lamented Morning Sedition, mentioned the fact that certain neighborhoods in NYC had abysmally low census returns. Well, my census form finally arrived in the mail today, eight days after the April 1 deadline. Being the sort of person who takes his civic duty seriously, I had already picked up a form at the local public library, and sent it in on the first. Funny, the Department of Commerce had sent me two letters informing me of the importance of filling out the form which they didn't send out on time.

On April 27, I start a four day training session, then will be employed as a census enumerator. I am looking forward to this gig, as I could use some extra cash, I'd love an insiders' view of the census-taking process, and I am eager to rekindle the feelings I had when I did field work (no joke) in investigations (mostly auto-accident cases, but the freaky ones, the ones in which the participants- unlike normal people- didn't cooperate with their carriers). It'll be good wearing out some shoe leather, and perambulating through neighborhoods both familiar and strange.


M. Bouffant said...

Good luck w/ that, "FED!"

I got a letter a wk. before the form, advising the form was on its way, & two post cards reminding me to send it the hell back after it arrived..

But I still haven't sent it in, just so guys like you can have some fun & make a buck or two.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Make that "WELL FED!" I don't anticipate any problems- I've worked on and off in one of the toughest neighborhoods in the South Bronx for fifteen years, y yo conozco el sabor. Plus, I'm not as wimpy as I look.

Johnny Pez said...

Did the census enumerator thing back in 2000. I found that the reason most of the people on my list hadn't sent back their forms was because the houses were vacant. When that happens, you have to be lucky enough to catch a neighbor who can tell you so.

I'm not doing it this year, because I'm already working too many hours a week as it is.