Thursday, April 01, 2010
April Fools St. Stoopid Census Day
April Fools' Day is also United States Census Day, which sounds like a bad joke on someone's part. Where you are living on this particular date is supposed to be the address that you send to the United States government via snail mail.
My lowly clerk office job at the San Francisco East Census headquarters has certainly been instructive, principally teaching that a government office position is not ever going to be a sensible option for me. There's way too much stupidity mixed with rigidity, not to mention bureaucratic politics which are almost as grotesque to witness as the insane waste of paper documenting every possible contingency.
This week has been devoted to counting the economically wretched of San Francisco, at soup kitchens during the afternoon and homeless sleeping areas at night, all during three days of intermittent cold spring rain.
Many of the workers out in the field have been heroic, but I've been watching a cramped office becoming more Kafkaesque daily with each new mountain of paperwork. Happy St. Stoopid's Day.