After the folks at the American Community Survey demonstrated their persistence by not only coming back over and over again, but actually changing the address on the form so that it reflected the correct one (it did say “drive”, where it should be “avenue”), I finally broke down and gave in. I really didn’t want to do so.
It’s not that I mind answering general questions. I don’t like having to do so.
I also don’t like it when the questions get more and more personal – things like how much you made in dividends or what sort of salary you made last year. Quite frankly, it’s none of their business. They want to know details about the house, fine. They want to know who lives here, I can live with it. But there is no reason whatsoever that they need to know some of these things. Luckily, I don’t know exactly how much we made last year. So by saying “I don’t know”, not ony was I being truthful, but I didn’t have to supply the information. Cool.
The same thing has happened with airport security.
Don’t start telling me how we’re doing it to save money or we’re doing it to protect ourselves – that’s just wrong. We’re doing it to bring our society down to the lowest common denominator. And that stinks.