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You Can Count On Me

on 7 June 2010

I don’t know where you all live, but in my country there’s currently this thing called a “Census” going on. Every 10 years the Constitution makes provision for the government to count the people. There’s various reasons why this is good, there’s been a lot of debate recently about how this can also be bad, but you all know this blog:

I don’t really care about what others are saying concerning the Census.

There’s a good reason for this. I don’t know how the Census people are operating in your district, but in ours they are doing their work in local restaurants. Panera, Chick-fil-a, Ruby Tuesdays, and Starbucks (just to name a few) are being invaded with small teams of people determined to count up those around them. Armed with envelops, clipboards, forms, badges, and pens, these intrepid worker-bees are systematically tallying the results of their field work and pulling them together into a comprehensive account of the crazy number of people that live around me.

Besides, they are a ton of fun.

Every night we know who will be taking over the cafe. They are clean, they are quiet, they purchase drinks, they talk to us about crazy and random things. They are nice to the other regular customers, they have registered Starbucks cards , and occasionally they ask us to make up a crazy drink for them. Usually I take my breaks in the back room, but lately I’ve been taking my breaks in the cafe, learning about the Census process and getting to know these people. They can talk on any point: science, math, books, pop culture, entertainment, current events. They make me laugh.

They would have been finished two weeks ago, but thankfully they unearthed 750 addresses that were not originally put into their files. So, they’re still around and will be here for at least another week. Things have been rough at the store, and having them around makes it feel like a coffee shop again. We know their likes and dislikes, they know our areas of interest. Every time we see them it’s like a continuation of the conversation we started the last time, and when we part ways we know that the conversation will pick right back up where it left off. So thanks, Census people, for choosing our Starbucks as your headquarters. You can count on us for anything.

Oh wait, that’s right, you’ve already counted us. Well, carry on!


2 responses to “You Can Count On Me

  1. mum says:

    So true! How else would we all know that William Conrad, aka “Cannon,” aka “the Fat Man,” narrated Rocky and Bullwinkle? Life is soooooo much richer! : )

    Love you (& *$s),

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