Mojojita wrote:I had an encounter with the "counters" last year - they were literally walking around the city and counting the people/camps, road by road. I remember laughing that there is no way for such a counting method to be anywhere near accurate. I asked them what they were doing and was told they were counting the population. These people were hot and tired and not interesting enough to have been anything but what they said they were, so no - it wasn't performance art.
You're right, that's hilarious. A small camp--if they're home, & there's a good chance they won't be--might be accurate, unless they're . . . annoyed, suspicious, anti-authority, or high. A larger camp, accustomed to a little bureaucracy, might try and fail, even if cooperative--having lost a dozen folks from final roster to opening day, or absorbing a few strangers. And only a few people in camp actually know close to the real answer, and when asked nosy questions, may give a horrified look & holler "Are you from Placement?!" and refuse to come down from their scaffolding . . .
There aren't even always obvious visual physical boundaries where one camp ends and another begins. Surely a few camps were counted twice when two people from the same meandering village were asked.
. . . Now I'm thinking of this scene between Tim Meadows (the census taker) and Christopher Walken."Hi."
"Mr. Leonard, I'm with the US Census bureau. We sent you a census form, but you failed to return it."
"My mail has piled up like crazy."
"Yeah, well . . . I just need to fill out this census form with you."
"Okay, um . . . how many people live in this residence?"
"Oh boy . . . that's a good question. I'm bad with numbers. Maybe . . . eighty."
"Eighty people live in this apartment?"
"Seems high . . . doesn't it. Not eighty. How bout four? I don't know. I'm so bad at guesstimating."
"Well, just take your time and count."
"Okay. There's me, my wife, our plants . . . we have some candy bars."
"Well, you know . . . we don't count candy bars or plants."
"Yeah? Then there's just the two of us. Boy . . . I really overshot it with the eighty."http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/ ... ker/274571