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17 March 2010 @ 11:40 pm
Your Obedient Serpent is out of his Census  
Today, I filled out my census data as the second person living at thoughtsdriftby's residence, and something occurred to me.

Neither quelonzia nor I remember filling out a census form in 2000 -- and in 2000, we were living in CSUMB's student housing. Despite the fact that we lived there for five full years (and the longest I've ever lived in any single place is six years), we were considered transient. In many places, students living on campus aren't considered "local residents", and thus aren't permitted to vote in local elections (though they can vote in national elections); since districting is based on census data, it makes sense that they might leave students out of that, as well.

In 1990, I was in the Coast Guard, and lived on a military base.

In 1980, my family lived in an RV park in a largely-agricultural part of Southern California; the immigration status of most of the other long-term park residents was, shall we say, dubious. My mother can't remember if we filled out a census form that year.

This may be the first census that's actually counted me since I was six years old.

The next time someone bitches about the effort the government has been going through to try and get the homeless and other "traditionally under-represented" segments of the population tallied accurately, I'll have to point out how easily a middle class white kid slipped through the cracks for forty years.

(This may be the most appropriate use of my barcode icon ever.)

Araquan Skytraceraraquan on March 18th, 2010 07:06 am (UTC)
I recall, having been in my lastest college days ten years ago, having to fill out the census. They were very explicit in that college kids were to be counted where they studied, not where their permanent address is. So I've been an Oklahoman, as far as the census is concerned, since then. It'll be good to be out of there, for districting purposes.
Tombfyretombfyre on March 18th, 2010 07:24 am (UTC)
Well congratulations, you're officially back on the radar. ^^
Iridium Wolfiridium_wolf on March 18th, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
I personally find it difficult to believe that Athelind could ever be of a small enough size where he *could't* be detetcted by radar. ;)
Tombfyretombfyre on March 18th, 2010 07:44 pm (UTC)
Aye, this is quite true. Us large dragony types prove to have difficulties avoiding detection. ^^ Unless of course we just so happen to not be where you're currently looking.