Last Day at the Census

Whatever is left of hurricane Earl will hit this afternoon. It’s probably going to be nothing but a little rain, alas. While I don’t want destruction it would be fun to have a little weather drama.

I can’t get over that today is my last day. I can’t get over that by tomorrow all my time will be my own again. I can go to the library day after day after day. I can write as long as I want to. I won’t have to stop to run to work. I cannot freaking wait.

This is Fulton Street, a half a block from the Census office. It was shut down yesterday for a suspicious package. The cops looked bored. I remember after 9/11 listening to the police radio. Every few minutes there was another report of a “suspicious package.” Seriously, it was continuous. I listened and wondered how they dealt with it. There wasn’t enough cops in all New York City to investigate every call.


Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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6 thoughts on “Last Day at the Census

  1. So glad you’ll soon have all the time you need to write. I know how frustrating a job can be when involved in a writing project.

    Copycat criminals are time-consuming for police, frustrating. My late husband was in law enforcement….oh the tales I could tell.

  2. I bought a refurbished Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38 (thank you, eBay!) which is considered a bridge super zoom camera; that is a step up from a point-and-shot and a step below a DSLR. I’m still letting the camera determine the shutter, aperture and ISO through its scene mode, but I have the options of using it manually. I’m not confident enough to put it through its paces (I can program the shutter speed and aperture manually, too) just yet.

    I’m posting a new picture every day and also have started writing about it, in case you want to take a look.

  3. I still use my camera manually most of the time. Now you’ve inspired me to start experimenting again.

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