Column: Census is counting on you even during coronavirus

I filled out the census questionnaire on National Census Day after a couple of notices. It took, heh, only 10 minutes. Have you filled out yours? I write about mine, as well as the blessed end of March, in Friday’s column.

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  • SAWZ

    We received a multi-page “census” questionnaire from the US Department of Commerce last year, about this time, with more detailed questions about the people who live in our house and about details of our living and financial conditions. There was a warning on the envelope–REQUIRED BY LAW. So being one who tries to abide by the law I filled it out–it took about 30 minutes. I gave myself a pat on the back for being among the first citizens to have completed my “census” responsibility.

    Then, when I was at my State Rep. Freddie Rodriguez’s annual bar-b-que in Chino last fall, I stopped at the census-information table and bragged to the person passing out the information that I had already received my census material and done my duty. She said that was not “this census”–what I had completed was one of many other surveys that the government conducts. Well, I felt a little sheepish, but did appreciate getting straightened out on what was still comiing. Anyway, I enjoy Freddie’s yearly event–besides being informational on things like the real-true census, it is the one time of the year I give myself permission to eat a hot dog.

    Yes, I did receive this little official census questionnaire and it was completed in about ten minutes and mailed back to the government on March 12, 2020. Duty done..

    • davidallen909

      I guess the census folks need something to do the other nine years, right? Congratulations on filling out every form they send you, and on your annual hot dog.

      • SAWZ

        I have to check myself and take back my words more often than I want to these daysl–I did complete that multi-page survey, by hand a year ago, and mailed it to the Dept. of Commerce. This short 10-minute, authentic, census-survey was completed by me online, so there was no necessity to mail anything back to the government. I got the reminder letter last week telling me to complete if I had not already done so. (I hate getting old.)

  • DebB

    I did mine online too, as soon as I got the first notice. Weirdly, I was sort of looking forward to it, and was just slightly disappointed when it only took 10 minutes!

    In re: restaurants….I’ve used Door Dash a few times now and it’s worked out well for me. Except my eyes seem glued to their little map when the deliverer is on his/her way. I love watching that little red icon driving through Claremont or Pomona! Well, as you said, we need to stay mentally alert during these times.

    • davidallen909

      We do! I’m a little resistant to new technology and haven’t yet tried Door Dash or other delivery apps. But you make it sound more visually interesting than I’d have thought.

      • DebB

        Just imagine getting soul food from Day Day’s, doner from Montclair Place, BBQ from J&J or J&N, even chicken from Donahoo’s! Getting hungry yet?