How do you feel about answering census questions; do you feel it is a useful exercise, a waste of money or a further intrusion into our privacy?
Last Sunday the woman from our local Camara (council) delivered our form and a slip of paper with our pin number for the 2011 Portugal Census on the 21st March. We were assured it was “simple” to complete online as there was an English option. However, if we had any problems just drop by the Camara office and she would assist us.
In hindsight, we should not have been so trusting and completed the census there and then. Three days later trying to complete the census online in Portuguese proved nearly grounds for divorce! Yes, you could select the English option but the first page of the census reverted to Portuguese plus the FAQs were also in Portuguese. The help line was constantly engaged, the PC kept freezing due to the volume of traffic so all in all the level of frustration in the Piglet household, as you may well imagine, was well off the scale! Silly really to get so worked up but I have little patience at the best of times completing forms online, but in another language grrrrrrrr
In the end, I dragged a protesting Mr. Piglet to see the helpful woman at the Camara who had delivered our pin slip on Sunday. Fortunately, she was at her desk and recognizing us, called us over. After answering loads of questions I did wonder what happened to all the data collected and how much was actually relevant.
I did debate responding to the question as to whether we had all my marbles as “NO” but thought I would leave the “quips” to Mr. Piglet. as he was in one of his “funny” moods constantly cracking jokes.
I felt sorry for the woman as each time she asked a question he had a funny story to back up his reply. Her PC also kept freezing, she kept apologizing and Mr. Piglet kept up a constant “banter” until I gave him a withering look.
Catching my mood and embarrassment as the queue behind us was nearly out of the door, she said sweetly
“Your husband is a joker”