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  •  unfortunately, Canadian border folk learned (3+ / 0-)

    their current attitudes when the US sides went batsh*t after 9/11. Things USED to be civilized!

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 10:10:06 PM PST

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    •  Oh, I don't know. (7+ / 0-)

      In Travels with Charley, Steinbeck recounts an experience straight out of the Twilight Zone when he got stuck on the bridge between Detroit and Windsor, where he was prevented from entering Canada and from returning to Detroit. It's a hilarious story in its absurdity but indicative of the perverse delight that some take in exercising their petty powers while staunchly disregarding compassion and common sense.

      Marx was an optimist.

      by psnyder on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 11:47:17 PM PST

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      •  the "Douanes" at Detroit/Windsor (1+ / 0-)
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        have ALWAYS taken a particular delight in hassling American citizens on their way into Windsor, while the American Customs & Immigration folks on the Detroit side don't seem to have the same prejudice towards Canadians.

        And I'm talking about from the 1960's onward...

        America's LAST HOPE: vote the GOP OUT in 2014 elections. MAKE them LOSE the House Majority and reduce their numbers in the Senate. Democrats move America forward - Republicans take us backward and are KILLING OUR NATION!

        by dagnome on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 11:08:51 AM PST

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    •  It was later than that (4+ / 0-)

      In 2002 (when I thought the U.S. was still sane, even that early post-9/11), I moved for three months to Vancouver. Actually we traded homes. The border folks on both sides were still just fine, and my situation was confusing to them:

      - I worked remote, so I could live anywhere; all I needed was an airport, cell tower and broadband.
      - I traveled into the U.S. frequently on business trips, while I lived in Canada.
      - When I returned home from business trips, the home was only temporary (my real house was in the opposite direction).

      They could have been real dicks, but they were not and I crossed maybe 10 times while there.

      I think things really started to go crazy when we went into Iraq and started to see the boogey man around every corner.

      I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. - Susan B. Anthony

      by pajoly on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 05:39:51 AM PST

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    •  US Immigration and Customs (2+ / 0-)
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      Otteray Scribe, chimene

      Have always been a horror story. somewhere along the road my father's tutoring and experience helped me.

      Surprisinly the US Immigration folks stationed in Montreal were nicer, November 2001) than the guy on the border from Vancouver to Seattle, his Canadian counterparts going were only interested in whether I had guns in the car and leaving Canada pointed out the tax free liquor store, leave your Loonies in Canada?

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