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I'm all official and shit. I filled out and sent in the census form yesterday. We checked off "unmarried partner" to describe our relationship. I'm glad that box is there.

As usual, I had trouble with the "which type of Hispanic are you" box. I ended up checking Mexican-American/Chicano, since my grandmother was born in Mexico. But there really isn't a "settled in Texas in 1753 and the border moved a lot" box to describe my grandfather's particular brand of Hispanic-ness. There is a space where I can explain things, but since I have the Mexican grandmother, it's easier to explain...

Filling out the form, I was thinking about the argument against the demographic parts of the Census that KAM used to argue against on the Bronze.

I have been reminded of those discussions a lot recently, as I lurk on my lawyer board and watch the discussions about health care. (I have refused to participate since last summer.) Total inability of both sides to see each other's point. It's remarkable.

At any rate, I was sorely tempted to add the dogs to the Census form, if only to force the state to really redistrict my neighborhood, but I figured that was probably bad form and quite possibly illegal.



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Mar. 23rd, 2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
I was sorely tempted to add the dogs to the Census form

That reminds me of the Christopher Walken census sketch on SNL. Thich I can only assume this is (it's virtually impossible to find SNL clips on the internet in Canada, because they're very aggressive about having them removed from YouTube et. al., but the NBC site only plays content to those in the US).
Mar. 23rd, 2010 06:05 pm (UTC)
We mailed out our Census form today. The kiddo was very excited that she had her own place on the form. "I count!" she said.

It's a concept I hope to instill in her on several levels.

Mar. 23rd, 2010 08:38 pm (UTC)
I filled it out the day it came in. As someone who uses past census for research, I believe in it. I wish it had more information, in the past they asked what your assets were (farm, house, etc) and what you did for a living, and other things that help people in the future know more about you which is great when you're searching for ancestors.

I REALLY wanted to put "my name" on it rather than the name my parents gave me. Again, like you, I figured they would think it was illegal and come lock me up somewhere.
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