Here is my Census Count – Now Leave Me Alone Already!

I get it… it’s 2010 and every ten years we have a census. I do get it.

How much has been spent marketing this thing? There are the never ending television and radio ads. Then we finally got something in the mail and I figured I could get this form filled out and sent back. But it wasn’t the form.. it was a letter saying the form was coming.

So, we get the form, and we fill out the questions. By the way, there are some inaccuracies in this large amount of marketing the census is doing. They brag about how easy it is with only 10 questions. Well, 10 questions for the first person in the household, you have a few more for each additional person. Still, the form took less than 2 minutes to fill out.

We get the form, fill it out, and send it back. And then, over the weekend, we get a post card reminding us to fill out the form.


How much was spent on just marketing and mailings? Does anyone know? Really?

I am starting to think it might have been cheaper to just send a note with the census form that says everyone who fills one out will get $5 or $10 when they return it. You want 100% return rate, offer ten bucks for each returned form. That would have to be cheaper then the tv, radio, billboard and print ads that we have been hit with for the last year or so.

In case my form got lost, I want to let the Census know that in the Dr. Rent Town of Wausau household, there are two adults, both in their 40’s.

There is also 160 lbs worth of St. Bernard with some kind of personality disorder. At times, he demonstrates flashes of brilliance consistent with this breed. However, most of the time, he truly is dumber than a box of rocks.

There are also 4 cats making up the household, if the census cares. (They should care, because these cats also want fair representation.)

We have two cats who both consider themselves the alpha of the house and I think they got annoyed that we filled out the census form; they think it was their job as masters of the house. Matty is nearly 20 years old, nearly 20 lbs and doesn’t take any s*** from anyone. He is a very no-nonsense cat who wants it his way, NOW!

Mini is younger, 7-8 years old or so, and is the other alpha contender. She is only about 10 lbs, but she has that killer instinct. She is the typical cat who wants to be loved and cuddled when she is in the mood for that… but if she is not in the mood, leave her alone.

Bomber, Mini’s brother and litter-mate could not be more different that his smaller sister. He is comfortably over 20 lbs and cares about one thing only. He wants to be held, cuddled, baby’ed, etc. 24-7 (Okay, he cares about two things, he also wants to be fed – often.)

Finally there is Ginger, a 4 year-old, 7 or 8 lbs purebred ragdoll (and I am guessing 6 of those lbs are hair) who is completely oblivious to the world around her. She walks around the house completely clueless. She will go to the dog when he is sleeping and start batting his ears with her paws, play with his tail, jump on his head, or literally chew on his flappy jowels and then has this genuinely surprised look when the dog isn’t happy about being woke up in this manner.

There you have it census bureau, 2 adult people, 1 dog, 4 cats. Stop sending me stuff already!!!!

About drrent

Wausau, Wisconsin Landlord, past president of the Wisconsin Apartment Association, Host of the Dr Rent Radio Show on WNRB-LP, 93.3 FM, Wausau, WI
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1 Response to Here is my Census Count – Now Leave Me Alone Already!

  1. John — Great post – I couldn’t agree more. The $10 would be a whole lot more effective – and cheaper

    I have to seriously thank you for making me laugh so hard when I was reading this post. Your description of your pets — especially the “clueless” one – Ginger – batting at the St. Benard’s ears made me laugh out loud.

    Having a dog and cat houselhold myself I know that the interactions can indeed be comical but your description just absolutely cracked me up. I knew my week would be OK if I started it out laughing that hard.



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