Like most of you, I blog totally for fun and I leave the serious business behind the keyboard. That being said, I've really enjoyed Facebook over the past couple of months since I joined it, and just have to laugh when I see people try and be tough behind their "groups" and "likes" and "followings", some of which are political. Although I feel very blessed and fortunate to have been born in our country, I'm not a political person on the outside and feel that there's a time and place for all that, but my blog isn't it.
I tend to see the humor in most things (unfortunate as that can be sometimes) and when I saw all this 2010 Census "stuff" in a big bowl where I work, I knew that had "BLOG" written all over it!! Honestly, I came home with more souvenirs than I did when I went to Disney World in 1995.
I could go on and on about the approximate $40-140 million spent on census "trinkets" - yes, it's true, Google it - but I couldn't help but shake my head at the utter ridiculousness of it all! I mean, sure let's get the word out - make a few T-shirts, maybe some stickers (like the ones they use when you give blood that say, "Be nice to me, I gave blood today") but the things I picked up were but a sampling of the absurd advertising loot. Just where were the supposed 2010 Census dog booties when I wanted some??
Here's a little peek at what I grabbed and the way the 2010 Census is spreading the word (enlarge if you need a better view)...
Need a magnetic photo frame for the fridge? Got it!
OK, we had to really figure this one out - it's called the "Perfect Grabber" and it's got Velcro on each end. You roll it, Velcro it, and I guess carry a pan or a suitcase, or an I-don't-know-what.
Something we all can use, a bookmark...
Ummm, a luggage tag? Yep...
Post-its (very usable, I must say)...
A key chain (bilingual, too): Esta en Nuestras Manos...Ole! (OK, I added the Ole part)
And a couple more things that just make you say, "HUH?" - hand gel and crayons.
Hand gel?? Crayons?? Yes sireee. Gotta count the dirty people, too.
And last but not least, a 2010 Census pen in Spanish. Muchas gracias, el Censo, I could use a new gel pen.
This was the part that had me scratching my head a bit - some of these things, when you turned them over, were made in China. Come on, people! Can you say government faux paus??
So far I've heard of people being counted twice, receiving two forms in the mail, and many who are picking up forms at the library because they never received them at all. I don't know anyone at the Census Bureau so I don't know their side of all this, and really who cares, if they explained it all it wouldn't be funny. I can say when the numbers finally do come out, I probably won't put a lot of stock in what they say. You can "count" on it! I know, I couldn't resist.