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We’re not alone

Okay. I had a set of Living Faith devotions due today. Check. Have an 1100-word article due for OSV tomorrow. Baby took a super-nap, I mainlined some Diet Coke (rough night last night) and got to work. Wrote 1300 words, which is good – that means tomorrow, when they’re at the sitter, all I have to do is cut and sharpen, which isn’t half as daunting as starting from scratch. Now all I have left this week is to do questions and an author bio for Catholics by Brian Moore, work on a script for a segment on Mary for a DVD that someone (I’m still not exactly sure who) is producing for distribution to young adults in the military and start seriously putting my head into my fiction proposal.


All the while, digging out cheerios from the carpet and snatching legos from baby’s mouths!

Oh, by the way – I just got off the phone with a survey on movie-going habits. Agreed because I thought it would be good to do my bit to tell Hollywood how lame it is. At the end, the surveyor asked my educational level. I told her, and she chuckled. "Of course," she said. "Everyone who answers the surveys has been to college. People who don’t go to college don’t want to participate."

A quite interesting observation. If true, why would that be? Because college grads are more confident in their opinions, or that their views "count?" Like to hear the sounds of our own voices?

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posted July 18, 2005 at 3:32 pm

A. I don’t know how you do it (getting so much written) plus attending to your two sets of children: 1)your biological and 2)us folks who comment here. I find you alternately inspiring and discourging!
B. I find it hard to believe that people who haven’t been to college don’t want to participate in movie surveys. I know a lot of people, college-educated and not, and movies are a big deal and a real staple of conversation. Was the interviewer on the level? It will be interesting to see what other have to say about this.

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posted July 18, 2005 at 4:05 pm

I would have expected college grads to be less inclined to participate. Not really sure why, but oh, well. More busy? I’m being stereotypical I suppose.
Also, an interviewer should NEVER depart from the script except to provide explanation [scripts usually allow for this, though] from an interviewee, ie, for such idle chatter, or to reveal something that might influence the responses. I’ve directed market research projects–ie, market research firms have conducted them under my direction.
P.S. I am also quite impressed by your productivity and ashamed of my inability to even cook a decent meal for my family!

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posted July 18, 2005 at 4:33 pm

I have to second Bruce’s comment as to how you are an inspiration. I am sitting here trying to run a law practice while sneaking in peeks at your blog. If I had to pick Cheerios out of the rug at the same time and keep up with two little ones, I would have to be taken away and sedated! Hats off to you!

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posted July 18, 2005 at 10:52 pm

I’d love to answer a movie survey, I think; but then I have a college degree and more, so that doesn’t help, I guess . . .

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posted July 18, 2005 at 11:00 pm

Maybe they’re unemployed.

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Rachel Balducci

posted July 19, 2005 at 6:06 am

I started answering all those kinds of surveys after I did my thesis. My research included calling local newspaper readers — and getting hung up on by lots of suspicious folks. Ever since then, I’ve been inclined to help the caller.

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