Month: August 2020

Knock out?

Mostly, all those preconceived notions of danger and nastiness behind the doors I knock on have not materialized. People are at least civil. Often warm. Surprisingly kind. As I’ve said before, I love this job. But (ah, the bu) I’m starting think, from a couple of recent encounters that maybe the honeymoon is over.   The first sour…

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I suck at thumb-typing

I‘m a little nervous about dog bites and/or being shot in the eye. But what really worries me is using this iPhone. And now, my whole career as an enumerator is counting on me using it. I’ve never become inextricably attached to my phones; I can’t toss off texts on the fly, book a hotel…

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Counting: it’s complicated

Lest you think my induction into censushood would be a walk in the park – or neighborhood —  let me say it ain’t so. Go knock on some doors, check a few boxes, accomplish something and get a paycheck? Nah, nothing  (I hate to even say this) is easy, or, well, simple. Especially when it…

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Sworn to secrecy

When last we spoke (typed/read), I was heading out to a regional center to become an official census taker. This is a journey of sorts, and I have learned a few things about journeys during my career as a travel writer: You shouldn’t have expectations You may imagine what you will encounter, but in general…

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I’m counting on you

Today I will become a census-taker. I got hired  for the job just as COVID was revving up in New York. The census operation was suspended — like most everything everywhere — for months. When last  I reported in on the job status, I’d been called in to Office Depot — mask and gloves at…

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