Hello, this is Doris from the Census Bureau

Can I please speak to either Gary or Stephanie Conrad?
-This is Stephanie
*Hello! I have some questions about your location from your census form.
*Well, can you tell me exactly where you were on April 1st?
Let’s see….April 1st we were parked in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Prescott, AZ
*A Wal-Mart Parking lot in Arizona? Well, it says here on your form that your address is in Lake City, FL.
Well, it is. But we live full time in our motorhome and on April 1st. we were in Arizona. But I figured you really wanted to know where we got our mail, and registered our vehicles – that kind of stuff.
*But we really need to know where you were physically on April 1st.
The Wal-Mart in Prescott, AZ.
*Well, where were you going from the parking lot.
On April 2nd, we went into a conference center outside of town and stayed there for about three weeks. And before that we were in Palmdale, CA.
***confused pause*** Actually I called because we were having trouble locating your Lake City, FL address. Could you give me the closest crossroads for that address.
-I’m sorry, but I’ve never been there.
*But it’s your address.
I know, but it’s actually a mail-forwarding company and we just have a manila folder there. I’m pretty sure it does exist, though.
*Do you know anything about where it’s located.
*Well, thanks for your help. I think.

It’s probably a good thing I didn’t tell her we actually were “moving” to South Dakota on April 1st.

5 thoughts on “Hello, this is Doris from the Census Bureau”

  1. Just have to say, I got a real kick out of this conversation. A good laugh!
    I occasionally read your blog and enjoy your pictures; and pray for you in your travels.
    God Bless You

  2. Thanks for stopping by (and leaving a comment!). It is pretty interesting trying to explain the whole “residencey” concept- us full-timers are quite confusing! And thanks for the prayers – all are appreciated!

  3. Steph, we are going to read this at our “Welcome Sowers” meeting in CO Springs – it is too classic. The residency-concept of us full-timers seems to be a “head scratcher”. 99.9% of the time when people find out we are full-timers, the 1st ? they ask is: “How do you get your mail?” Go figure! Love ya! We are working with the Klefman’s in June.

  4. The mail question is ABSOLUTELY the first question someone asks. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed my little census bureau conversation! Say hi to the Klefmans for us (and anyone else we know in CO in June!). Love ya, back!

  5. That was a great article! Isn’t it amazing that just because we are doing something that some people have never heard of, they can’t get their heads wrapped around it. Sure hope we always have the freedom to do this and someone somewhere (we won’t mention where) doesn’t decide that it’s illegal not to have a stick home somewhere.

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