2000 – morning
I am a census
resister. I received my form in early April, and I have not filled
it out or returned it. I believe the form I received (D-1) was the
time the census enumerator has been to my home three times and left
a "Notice of Visit." Apparently I was not home on any
of those occasions.
The last two
were on consecutive days.
informs me that the enumerator stopped by and that I can provide
the information over the phone. It also assures me that my privacy
is protected by law and reminds me that it is important that everyone
leaves a name and a telephone number as well as times when it is
convenient for him (or her – I can’t tell from the name) to
take calls. Once it was 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.; another time it was 6
p.m. to 11 p.m.
I will update
my account as events occur.
2000 – evening
was around again – the third day in a row.
This time she
– for so I now imagine her, all frizzy-haired and bespectacled
– came in the evening. And as it happened I was not home.
The note she
left this time said that the best time to call was between 9 p.m.
and 11 p.m. Whereas previously she has asked that I call and set
up an appointment, now she just writes the terse "Please call."
Saturday. I expect her to try at least once over the weekend, perhaps
I got a telephone
call at about 6:15 this evening from the census enumerator. Someone’s
been doing her homework, digging out phone numbers and all that.
As I thought, she is female and she is white.
She said she
had been trying to reach us folks for a while. Would this be a good
Once I determined
that she was indeed the same person who has been leaving the notices
at our door – I didn’t quite catch the name the first time
she said it – I said, "Oh, yes. We’re not participating
in this year’s survey. Goodbye."
Then I hung
I think she
started to say something.