Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Live from Merna?

According to the Census, I live in Merna. Hmm. I think I may have driven through there once or twice trying to find my way to small town foster parents' homes when I worked in social services, but I've never even gotten gas there. I'm not even sure if you can get gas there.


I had heard that there was problem with some of the census forms going out to residents of Normal, IL – that they had been incorrectly labeled as Merna. I thought maybe they were the forms closer to that side of town. Apparently, even those of us in the heart of Normal can get them too. I am told that I can still send it back and be correctly counted as living in Normal. Still, it is a bit disconcerting.


I'm assuming that it was an error with a computer program that caused the glitch. The street address and the zip were correct. While they say that the bar code on the form will get it correctly counted, I wonder what the litmus test for that was.


I suppose we will find out if Merna's population explodes.


That's all from Merna or Normal or wherever I am.


Amy