Monday, November 23, 2009

Back to the U.S.A. Border

A long line of cars led up to the border crossing as we returned from Canada. It seemed they were stopping and searching everyone.

Four guys in flak jackets searched a car in front of us, using mirrors on poles to look under the bumpers. They made the guy get out of the car, escorted him away, and then one of the officers drove off in his car.

I asked Doug for his passport. This time I wanted to make sure I presented the passports up front, rather than waiting for the officer to ask me for them.

I turned to Dennis. Last time the guard asked us four times if we had firearms, and when he asked Dennis directly, he just shook his head. This time he said he was going to speak up.

Tomorrow I'll tell you what happened.

12 comments:

Steve said...

When I think of the number of pre-9/11 trips we made to Canada -- cross-country skiing, paddling, camping, just taking the short route to upstate NY and the Adirondacks -- the tension and mistrust that defines a border crossing now is so dreary. We've lost so much. It saddens me to consider the kids making the trip for whom this is "normal," the only world they've known.

Don Cox said...

The terrorists won.

Erik Bongers said...

Always have your passports ready. Always reply verbaly. You learn that on the very first day in terrorist school.

Nancy said...

Boy, I remember going to college in Buffalo, NY, in the early 90s and crossing the border to Ft. Erie every Friday night for beer. How times have changed.

CCG Coordinator said...

JG,
You have to admit you and guys do look a little nefarious! But those border guards are specially selected for their lack of a sense of humor. Back in the 90's while crossing from WA State to Canada en route to Vancouver my, then teenage, brother made some joking comments to the border guard - we sat for about an hour while they ran our names through seven different databases. Your not supposed to photograph or video them - did they ask you not to draw them?
Wow, the Waterhouse show looks great! Thanks for sharing!
-JG

Modern Girl Style said...

As an American, I always get more hassled by coming back into my own country than going into Canada. The tension of it is downright awful. I don't think it has to be this bad...Nice drawings, though! Way to make something positive!!!

C. Bowie said...

Great drawings!

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Kathleen said...

Doesn't suprise me if the FDA is pushing for higher security measures at the borders to check for flavored cigarettes in people's car due to the new Ban on flavored cigarettes.

Rebecca S. said...

I am going to REALLY enjoy this blog. Glad I perused the blogs of note today.

A few years ago my nephew asked my mother if she would help him buy tickets online for a Radiohead concert in Oregon. She said she would as long as he and his friends promised not to have any traces of MJ on their car. Sure enough, at the border crossing, these kids from BC were pulled over on account of their long hair and anti-preppy clothes and their car was completely taken apart for two hours. They were clean, thankfully, and sent on their way. Scary experience for them, but they were very grateful to my mom. She knew!

Belle Isle said...

I live in Detroit (Windsor, Canada border) and it is the same sad story here. I used to go to Canada all the time, but now it is like a Kafka novel crossing over. I'm surprised they didn't confiscate your sketch pad.

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