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August 31st, 2006
do you have anyone else in the car?

We crossed rather uneventfully into Canada earlier this afternoon, driving along the lake for the most part. Entering Canada is rather easy.

Hi, yes, we’re just driving through to get to the other side. Thanks, have a nice day!

Canada: no worries, we aren’t worried you’re trying to bomb us.

On the other hand, entering the US at the Niagara Falls bridge is a smidge different. First we waited for around twenty minutes while the customs guy gave the car two cars ahead a hard time.

During this time the Porkchop displayed his impatience by alternately shaking his fist and grousing about the customs official.

“Identification.”

We handed it over.

“Take off your sunglasses.”

I did.

“Where were you two born?”

After answering, he looks at us quizzicaly.

“And how do you two know each other?”

Followed rapidly by… “What do you two do?” “When did you two meet?” “Where are you two headed?” and our personal favorite, “Do you have anyone else in the car?”

Bear in mind, we are driving a Jetta that is so packed we pull the luggage out through the back windows when we stop at night—plus there’s a cartop carrier up above.

“Um.. no.”

He looks at us sternly.

“OK.”

USA: HIGH ALERT! We know you’re bringing Osama in, buried under that luggage! We will ask you the DUMBEST questions… and if you’re really lucky, we might just let you slide in. Grrr…

posted in: crazy escapades — @ 5:30 pm

4 Comments »

  1. yeah, i’ve done that before… drive through Canada to get to the other side, and oh my, going into Canada I usually don’t even have to show my ID. Just a ‘hi’ and a ‘bye’. But those are some of the dumbest questions I ever heard from a customs guy. When did you meet?

    I guess they ask all those kinds of questions to see if they can throw you. But if that were the case the questions should be ‘who was your 3rd grade teacher’.

    Comment by connie — Thursday.August.31.2006 @ 5:44 pm

  2. ya that is what we get to deal with this weekend!! We will enter Canada but we may not come back!

    Comment by Me — Thursday.August.31.2006 @ 9:34 pm

  3. Connie… so very, very dumb. Such an annoying man. And when I said oh we’re doing such and such, he then looked at PC and said, “Well?” and he said.. um, what she said? Irritating customs guy.

    Sis.. where you going?

    Comment by the insider — Friday.September.1.2006 @ 10:48 am

  4. I went to Canada like 7 or 8 years ago, for a friends’ 18th birthday party-weekend. We took a bus, one of those college-student-discount-things, and when we crossed the border…both ways, mind you…all the cusotms guys did was get on the bus, say ‘Anyone who is not a United States citizen, please raise your hand.’, and when no one did, thanked everyone and got off the bus.

    Ahh, those were the days…

    Comment by Jen — Friday.September.1.2006 @ 2:05 pm

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