Thursday, March 11, 2010

May I have a moment?

Yesterday, we received a letter in the mail from the U.S. Census Bureau. What I find most interesting is that the address was wrong. It had the right house number but the wrong street! We live on what I call an "s curve". The street that appeared on the letter is the street that is perpendicular to the street we actually live on. How is it that this letter was delivered to us? Oh, and by the way...it was addressed to "Dear Resident". I went ahead and opened (against my better judgement) it. The letter was very short...it just informed us that next week, our census form would come in the mail. It also mentioned that it is very important for us to fill out the form so that everyone in our city gets their "fair share" of resources.

Does anyone else see the weirdness of this? I mean, we pay taxes. We have a home mortgage...we have insurance, power, and cable...among other things. Please tell me why it is that the census bureau does not have a correct address for us. Especially since they say this is so very important for us to fill it out. I mean, you would think they would have gone to great lengths to make sure it gets to us.

Dear Federal Government,

There are 5 (five) of us living in this house on the wrong street. That is all the information you are getting out of me!

Sincerely,
The Residents

***Here's an interesting little tidbit of info for you....it is likely that the U.S. government spent close to $42,000,000.00 to send out that letter! Click here for the details!

4 comments:

Beth said...

We got that letter sent to us this week too. At first, I thought it was going to be the census, then I was disgusted to find out it was just a letter telling me I would get it next week. What? Do we really need to know that? Then I got all mad because of the cost it took to mail that letter out! :) Glad to know I am not the only one.

Gramma 2 Many said...

Thanks for the info Nancy. I posted it on my blog also.
Thanks also for the continued parayer.
I feel like I am only writing sad things lately. Gotta perk it up a bit.

Amanda said...

Ugh. What a joke. I got that letter and its says its actually a federal crime to not fill it out and return it. Really? You gonna put me in jail?

Carrie said...

Yup, our letter was addressed to our address, but named a teeny tiny town to the west of us that is mostly a grain elevator, a tavern and about 6 houses. Apparently everyone in our town of 40,000 got their letter addressed to this other town. @@