April 2nd, 2009


Schott's Miscellany 1 April 2009

The Wrigley Company was founded in Chicago, Illinois (1891)


April, T.S. Eliot's "crulest month," heralds the start of spring and is associated with new growth and sudden bursts of rain.

Its etymology might derive from the Latin aperire ("to open")--although in Old English it was known simply as the Eastre-monath.

April with his hack and his bill, / Plants a flower on every hill.

The cvustom of performing pranks and hoaxes on April Fool's Day (or poisson d'avril as it is known in France) is long established, although its origins are much disputed.

According to weather folklore, If it thunders on All Fools' day, it brings good crops of corn and hay.

Money is power, freedom, a cushion, the root of all evil, the sum of blessings.
Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)
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    "17" by Jethro Tull
strange detractors


Got up to page 19 of the script for issue 4 of Strange Detractors. Then, as I was falling asleep, I figured out page 20, got up, wrote it, went back to bed, woke up this morning, finished the last two pages, printed them, and am now at Census training. I'll read it over on my break and at lunch.
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    the crowd noise in the training room
smile wave, penguin2

what I'm doing

Just to clarify, what I'm doing for the Census isn't counting people--they're not there yet. What we're doing is a job called a "lister." We're collecting and/or verifying the addresses in the database to make sure that Census forms are mailed to the right places. There's very little talking to people at this stage.

Each living quarters has its own entry that has to be verified. For a house or small apartment, this is easy. For a (say) 15-story apartment building with 7 units per floor, it becomes a long, repetitive, tedious process.....

But they're paying me to do it for the next two months.
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