I’m one of those Canadians who really, really likes the census. I completed it (alas, the short version) within minutes of receiving my card in the mail.
Apparently, I’m not the only one: This census reportedly had a 98% response rate, higher than the last two censuses. In fact, so many people were excited that the mandatory long-form census, along with evidence-based decision making is back, that they crashed the StatCan website within hours of its release.
Which is why I was so taken aback when a census enumerator rang my buzzer a few weeks later. I wasn’t just flustered that somehow they may have lost my response, but I was actively embarrassed that anyone might think of me as anything less than enthusiastic about completing it.
Turns out they were mistakenly looking for someone living in (nonexistent) apartment 7A. I live in apartment 7. I felt much better once we cleared that up.
Yes, I’m a nerd.