Today Is Census Day! April Fools! (Village Voice/Runnin’ Scared)

My adventures with the forces of demographic tabulation:

Unlike my colleague Jen Doll, I have not filled out my census form yet, for the simple reason that I haven’t received it. It’s possible that my upstairs neighbors have it, or that the local stray cats are using it as a litter box — since the Census Bureau helpfully addresses all mail to “Resident,” it’s not like anyone in a multiple-household dwelling can really lay claim to their own form.

If you, like me, awoke this morning with visions of landing in the Census hoosegow, rest assured: Just because today is the deadline for handing in census forms does not mean that today is actually the deadline for handing in census forms… [read more]