I've knocked on 230 doors and entered 190 homes in the past 2 weeks, AMA!

  1. Give us a few census statistics from your sample of people.
    Suggested by   @jennifergster
  2. @jennifergster half of the people live alone, there's a lot of old people, 90% of all people have Internet access, there's like 5% of empty places. Like 10% have a place that does not smell good (but maybe I'm sensitive)
  3. What's the weirdest conversation you had with any of these people?
    Suggested by   @jennifergster
  4. @jennifergster I didn't have really weird convos, but this happened : Me : "Hello I'm here for the census. Can I ask you to write down your address and phone here. Then I'll give you internet codes and I'll be on my way" - the guy "ok!" Starts writing
    And then "excuse me I'll be back" then he goes to pee without fully closing the door nor washing his hands before Coming back to finish writing...
  5. How much longer is the job? What comes next for you?
    Suggested by   @jennifergster
  6. @jennifergster 3 more weeks ! I just sent a resume last week to work at the new museum of art in Nantes. I've worked 3 times with the city in the past and once was for a year at the museum so I know the job! But I haven't heard back from them yet :S
  7. Describe the house whose decorating is closest to your own taste, or what you'd like your taste to be.
    Suggested by   @jennifergster
  8. @jennifergster I only do condos and my dream is a house but I've seen a lot of nice places! the one I remember most is a huuuuge apartment for only two old rich people. There was a champagne bottle on the table and a catholic newspaper too so not really my jam but the size of the place amazed me...
  9. What have you learned about yourself?
    Suggested by   @andersun
  10. @andersun That I can be resistant and motivated, even when the goal is not important to me personally, more than I would have imagined.
  11. Have you met many pets?
    What's more common? Cats? Dogs? Other mammals? Birds? Reptiles?
    Suggested by   @andersun
  12. @andersun So far I haven't met funny or unusual pets, only cats and dogs. 1 dog tried to steal my tissues. I met more cats. A few tried to sneak out while I was talking to their human with the door opened, and two tried to hide in my suitcase!
  13. If you came to my door, and I asked you "why should I participate in your Census?" What would you say to me?
    What if I called it a "dumb Census"?
    Suggested by   @andersun
  14. @andersun I would say it's very important because this is how we know the population, it's how new schools are opened, how businesses can build their business plans, it's how the government knows how much money they have to give to the city. And if you're being difficult I'll tell you it's actually mandatory so you'll be harassed until you do it.
    And you risk a fine. I'll try to convince you by telling you it's anonymous, and you tell exactly what you want.
  15. Do they fill out a form while you watch? Do you ask them questions and fill out the form with their answers?
    Suggested by   @andersun
  16. @andersun For 95% I won't even know the answers because we propose that they fill the questionnaire online. Only when people ask for paper we give them. And then we ask that they fill it alone and we come back later. If they need help and ask, we stay and write for them.
  17. How far have you walked to knock on 230 homes?
    Suggested by   @andersun
  18. @andersun it's all around my home but I'd say is about a mile around it and I keep going back and forth between the places. From one side of my perimeter to the furthest it takes around 45 minutes by feet. So I've walked between 1 and 3h a day, depending on the days.
    It's been 12 days so maybe 24h? . (Not counting walking everywhere inside the buildings)
  19. What are some of the things France uses the Census data for?
    Suggested by   @andersun
  20. @andersun apart from the things I already mentioned probably occult CIA level stuff lol
  21. Did you petition yourself to take the census or does someone else serve you?
    Suggested by   @wordytime
  22. @wordytime For cities with more than 10.000 people the census is by polls. 8% of the population is is visited every year and after 5 years they calculate everything. So my building wasn't picked this year! I actually haven't been picked in 13 years because I moved several times!
  23. Regarding walking... do they schedule your route so you go all over the place, or so you go next door to next door to next door? or do you just have visit all 230 doors in a certain time frame?
    Suggested by   @andersun
  24. @andersun I have 5 weeks I visit everyone and for them to answer too. I organize myself like I want. There's a few rules about the hours (9am-8.30pm Max) and the percentages of success by week (35 the first, 65 the second, 85 the third...).
  25. Did you knock on any doors where you already knew the resident?
    (Because they were friends or acquaintances)?
    Suggested by   @andersun
  26. @andersun not yet! Still 40 or so left, so maybe... Although this is the type of situation that I avoid at any cost...
  27. Did anyone offer you food?
    Are you allowed to accept?
    Suggested by   @andersun
  28. @andersun I think I'm allowed but I would not. Someone offered me a drink and I asked for water, that's all! I usually stay 2-4 minutes so people don't think of it.
  29. What's in the suitcase?
    (Besides stowaway cats?)
    Suggested by   @andersun
  30. @andersun a big binder with all the addresses and informations I add, census Internet forms, paper forms, my official badge, my work phone, my calendar, pens, tape, my lip balm and a bottle of water!
  31. How many questions are on the census questionnaire? How long would it take me to complete?
    Suggested by   @andersun
  32. @andersun there's like 15 questions about the house/apartment and maybe 20 about the persons living inside. If you're alone it's 5 minutes, if you have a family it'll be longer maybe 10-15 depending.
  33. How often does France do a census?
    In what year did it start? (The US does it every 10 years; started in 1790.)
    Suggested by   @andersun
  34. @andersun interesting! We used to do it every 5 years but we changed a few years ago for towns with more than 100000 people, like I said earlier. For smaller towns it's still every five years. I don't know when it started, I'll check!
  35. @andersun there were population counting in 1328 , and an other type in 1664 depending on what you consider census. The one the closest to what is today started in 1790.
  36. Has the reality of the job matched how you expected or has it been different? Would you do it again or is once enough?
    Suggested by   @marceline
  37. @marceline It's actually a little easier than what I imagined. I don't really want to do it again because it's not a steady job and it's not a lot of money so I hope in the next years I'll have a better work situation. Maybe when I'm retired!
  38. What was it like working with George Clooney and Brad Pitt in all those "Oceans" movies?
    Suggested by   @andersun
  39. @andersun Well they're really high maintenance... Hairdresser on call, good coffee demands...
  40. What's a gilding?
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  41. @andersun ehhhhhh you tell me?
  42. Is it easy to get into the apartment buildings? Are they open, or do you need a code or to be buzzed in My someone?
    Suggested by   @andersun
  43. @andersun Very good question! This is the worst!!! I have 25 separate places and like half of them have buzzer issues... 😫😖😡 I have one place with only a code, no way of reaching the inhabitants! So I wait a lot, I buzz a lot, I sigh a lot...
  44. How many separate apartments or floors in the biggest building you've visited?
    Suggested by   @andersun
  45. @andersun I don't have big buildings, the biggest I have is 27 apartments. I have a lot of places with 3-7 apartments which is not the best actually. A colleague of mine have a student building with 130 apartments!
  46. When do you go to Spain for origami convention?
    Suggested by   @andersun
  47. @andersun April 27!!!💃🍻📃👌🙋🏼