Here I thought...
I’v got my Census Takers their Binders
Now, I can observe them on their rounds
Correct and guide when uncertainty occurred.
Everything would start working as planned.
What a cockeyed optimist I am.
First, a little time-line info.
On Tues, 5/4 around 6:00PM - I received Binders for my crew.
When I got home, I emailed my crew,
Letting them know I had them,
And would assign them Wednesday, 5/5.
Because I don’t trust things to come to me correctly
From ‘those who shall not be named’
I spent Wednesday morning going through the binders.
Making sure what was supposed to be there, was there.
Then assigned the Binders to my enumerators on Wednesday.
Spent some time reviewing procedure etc with them one at a time
And wished them well and sent them on their way
I reminded them I had to ‘observe’ them doing some interviews
During the first week.
Thursday I scheduled and observed two of my enumerators.
And scheduled three more for today, Friday.
Well, imagine my surprise when Thursday evening, around 9:00PM
An email was delivered. ( I didn’t get it till Friday, today)
It stated that
“...Give a list of all the AA Binder #'s you have assigned to your district.
Include a brief summary of how the enumeration process is going along. Give an expected time frame of when you will finish the binders you currently have. “
And I thought,
you mean the Binders I JUST GOT and JUST CHECKED OUT?
What data was I supposed to base this summary on?
Fantasy? Best hopes? Wish fulfillment?
...Time frame to completion?
How about the same time frame it will take for
‘those who shall not be named’
to get their act together.
Needless to say, I didn’t send them any such thing.
Because if the past is any indication,
This information would be used to blame.
“”Why don’t you have this done as you said in your estimation?!?!”
Incompetence and disorganization seems to mean blame those below you.
Those who are actually out in the field, doing the work.
As someone who spent thirty years working in Government told me.
Get used to it.
So, I’ll just keep plugging along.
Helping my enumerators where and when I can
Fending off those from above
Who seem intent on creating confusion, discontent
And distrust to those above.
Is it too early to have a cocktail at 10 in the morning?
I still can't believe they have me as a "CREW LEADER".
I mean, really. ME? Kind of like MEN IN TIGHTS but in New York...
Hopefully we'll receive info soon about our next step.
NOT about doing the Census. I just spent a week training them on that!
But on WHEN
I wonder how many conflicting calls, emails, info blasts we'll all get?
Will one person be giving out that pertinent info or, will our LCO (local census office) have a variety of people call from lists (all outdated) to pass along information (that inevitably is incorrect) to we low level few, the poor, the gifted, the clueless about where our AA binders (for you non-government speak this refers to the area being interviewed on Census Questionnaires) are and when to assign them and when to begin.
Wanna start a betting pool about this one?
I'll choose - "none of the above"
Oh well, confusion leads to $$
And as I've said before, I'M A HO I AM.
So while the training aspect of this joyous journey through Census Land has passed. I look forward to the endeavors of the next part of our journey.
And of course my favorite...
Let's hope we all have a merry band that will do their best, realize they have no power. And other than the pay, their safety is the most important aspect of this glorious journey we've all embarked upon.
May the wind be at your back
May your shoes not crack
The ho's and addicts ignore you
and all respondents adore you.
Fair journeys to us all.
Where's my margarita?
I can't believe it!
It "appears" that all our little probationary Census Takers have finished their training!
Well, almost... there are a few loose ends and canons to take care of.
Everyone keeps saying, "The Census is Coming! The Census is Coming!"
Supposed to start May 1. I wouldn't bet my last dollar on it.
For my district, I will be finished "training" by tomorrow noon. I am also meeting with and training my CLAs (Crew Leader Assistant).
I HOPE NO ONE IN MY DISTRICT sent the Questionnaire back!
I want to work as long as I can.
Or until I get a show, whichever pays more.
It will seem strange and lonely not to see my fellow Crew Leaders and their Enumerators every day,
but I'll get over it.
Hopefully now I can focus on and review just what the heck MY JOB IS!.
I know I have responsibilities both administrative & supervisory.
But I can't for the life of me recall what it is.
Guess I'll have to dive back into the .... manuals.
da da dummmmm
Not exactly what you would consider light reading.
More like what you would grab on a flight to Australia.
Put you right to sleep.
But I'm sure it will all come back to me, if I ever knew it in the first place.
After all, I'm An Actor. I can make anyone believe I am what I want them to believe.
Wait ... isn't that a psychotic? Well, is there really any practical difference?
To all the ones I've known before
to all the ones I've moooooned before
I'll have a drink of wine
I'll have it one more time
To all the ones I've known before...
Good Luck to you all. I hope we don't fall away
but I'm sure we'll see each other again someday
and say, "Wait, who was that guy?"