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Ministry of Silly Walks

April 6, 2010

You know me: I like to help people do better. Whether it is correcting my kids’ grammar (which, by the way, I, as a language acquisition professional, know to be futile, if not counter-productive), showing my students (again) how to curve the tails of their ‘g’s, informing my parents of how they might have handled one specific incident with my 10-year-old self differently, you know, 24 years later, or telling the (unknown to me) kid at the library that they need to pay attention and follow their mom, who is exiting quickly, I am always trying to help. Always.

So when my census form, which I read in it’s entirety, naturally, included this ad

listing an implausibly crazy-named government agency, I knew I needed to make contact. Have you ever had a really dull job? Isn’t it terrible to have nothing to do all day? And wouldn’t it be much much worse to have no work AND to have a crazy job title like “Paperwork Reduction Specialist”? I mean, I don’t want anyone to suffer low self-esteem from having a silly job, so I wrote.

And thought nothing else of it.

Until this morning, when I received a response that was…ridiculously long, detailed, and somewhat defensive. I am astonished. If anything, I expected a robot auto-response. Apparently someone takes their job VERY seriously. I can’t figure out, though, if this proves or disproves my theory: is this a bored worker who had nothing better to do than to respond to my suggestion (at length), or is this a super-busy office because they respond to each inquiry individually and that is why it took a few weeks to get back to me.

While we are on the subject, let me save the government a few dollars tracking you down and encourage you to fill out your census and send it in. Heck–send it to me and I’ll fill it out FOR you. I don’t understand those people who get their haunches up at sharing benign information about their household, especially those who also do any form of family history whatsoever–if you are glad your long-lost great great great grandaddy showed up in a census, you better fill out yours with a smile and a song!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 6, 2010 9:36 am

    Post the response! Fabulous.

  2. amyg permalink
    April 6, 2010 8:47 pm

    Oh, do share the response! You crack me up.

  3. Erin permalink
    April 7, 2010 11:36 am

    I got reminder letters before AND after receiving my census form. Seemed like a waste to me as well.

  4. April 14, 2010 10:09 pm

    So . . .what did the response to you say?

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