Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Census and the “American Community Survey”

Okay so I told you that while I was at work the census people came to my house and my wife gave them the census information for the 2010 census. This was a short form. Well, after I threw away the original census form I received an even bigger version from the American community survey, that I also threw away. Now the community survey people have got my home phone number, and they keep calling. My wife answered the other day and told them only that she had already answered their questions, then they tried to explain that “no that was for this other census and not the one I am calling about” at that point my wife said “I gave you enough information last time” and hung up. I was so proud of her. She is turning into a little non-cooperative.

I guess they didn't like her response so they called again and this time I picked up the phone. The lady asked me if they had the right address and I answered that the phone was registered to that address but I couldn't say if they had reached that address with their call. Then she asked if I was the head of the household. I told her I would not answer any question from the government. Then she asked if I had received the American Community Survey in the mail. I repeated that I would not answer any questions from the government. She kept asking if I had received this survey in the mail, I kept answering that I would not answer any question from the government. On her third attempt to get me to answer she really pissed me off because she said “I'll take that as a yes”, to which I quickly responded “I didn't say that”, but she hung up on me at that point.

I bought a new phone a few months ago and this new phone does not have a function to use the answering machine as a recording device to record phone calls like all of my previous phones had. That sucks for calls like this.

Friday, June 11, 2010

If you see something, say something

When I was in New York I had a funny moment. We were going back to the hotel and it was fairly late at night. Riding on the New York subway, I was standing and there was a sign right in front of me, the sign said “If you see something, say something” and had a picture of a lone box tied up in twine.

On this subway car over in the corner was a person. I presume he was a homeless person, sitting in the corner of the subway car. This guy was wearing a thick winter coat with a hoodie over his head, it was freaking 90 degrees and I was in a tee shirt and shorts and was sweating bullets. You could not see him at all. The only thing I could make out was that he was a black person, he may not have even been a “he”, but I think it was a he. He had one of these stand up shopping carts with the large back wheels. On the cart there were two box shaped objects stacked upon each other, both box shaped objects were covered in black plastic bags so you could not see what was in them, and he kept reaching into the one on top. It appeared to me he kept pulling out a bottle of booze and adding it to a plastic cup he was carrying. However, it could have been anything.

I really thought it was funny that I was standing by a sign that wanted me to report some strange behavior, but nobody seemed to think this was at all unusual of a sight. A man wearing a thick winter coat in the middle of summer, pushing a cart containing two boxes that were wrapped in black plastic, that is perfectly normal, but someone forgetting their backpack on the train, that is unusual.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Addams Family Musical takes jab at homeschoolers

I have been out of town with no internet access in my hotel. I went to New York City. While there I went to see the Addams Family Musical on Broadway. I liked the show, but there were a few things I didn't like. There was one part when Wednesday's new boyfriend started dropping poetic references, and Wednesday exclaimed “I don't get your references, I was homeschooled”. The crowd laughed, but I couldn't help thinking that home schoolers would be more likely to get obscure poetic references like Ulysses by Lord Tennyson than your typical public school educated student, not that either is all that likely to get the reference.