Travelling around, one often asks you where are you from because you have, what sounds to them, a foreign accent.
Crossing the US border is very difficult, if you get a guard who pays attention to how you talk with them, especially if he himself is Korean, East Indian or French etc... heritage and has an accent himself. lol Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. Are we not a multicultural continent?
You answer: Say wha?? Watcha talkin about bro. Wa's up wid yo accent? Wa u from, bra?
Seems people brought up, when diction was important, is passe.
So long Shakespeare,
So long RrrAIN IN SsPAIN, IS MmAINLY IN THE PpLAIN.
Sometimes I think people are just a bunch of monkeys in a cage, bred to analyze each other for lack of better things to do.
No one checked me for fleas yet lol but I understand security does this when boarding airplanes lol
Thanks to the internet, I now know what to tell the border guards and other nosy people who think the way they speak is without an accent.
I GOT the FOREIGN ACCENT SYNDROME DISEASE. lol
One other border story is funny or sad ... depending on whether or not your cup is half full or half empty.
I remember trying to enter through the US border once and they pulled me over for a random check. Now my van is always packed because of kids, soccer and living in an earthquake zone, I try,( to the chagrin of my son, who calls it lame to do this until God forbid one day we need stuff in an emergency,) to make sure I have survival items in it including tent, chairs,blankets,tarps, rope, warm jackets, sweaters, pants and socks. So every time I cross the border, is a pain in the ass.
Asking the kids and husband to unload your car after grocery shopping, is also like pulling teeth cause they always leave something behind and unless it's toilet paper, which they need to wipe their asses with, they will never go back to check for the items if you tell them you are missing something. And even then.......they have to really need it. lol (Check the car son.lol) (ok I am not being very fair cause lately both hubby and son have been good lol.)
Nevertheless, I check my car over to make sure, one more time, I have no fruit or vegetables. This time I also checked and wouldn't you know, that guard dug and dug and found a bag of rotten kiwis. They must have been there for months.
He walked into the building proudly parading them, high above his head, for everyone to see, like a cock who just secured his hen house.lol
If I ever rolled my eyes in my head, I could feel them rolling out of my skull that day.
The only thing that saved me from a 500 dollar fine and/or worse, is that the kiwi bag had Made in USA written on it. The guy obviously saw I forgot about them, them being so rotten but the law is the law right?
So I learned something that day. Make sure you put your apples kiwis and vegetables in a made in the USA bags and you should be fine. lol
I guess the same would apply to Canada for US citizens???? I am not sure.
I like to keep my car empty to make for a clean in/ out experience but sometimes you screw up.
Kudoos to the guard who let me go that day.:)
but you never know from one experience to another what will happen at the border. Once they asked me if I had drugs. Their eye brows raised when, without batting an eye, I said yes. lol
I continued .......I have aspirin ibuprophen tylenol.....
Oh.... now they seemed depressed because it's not what they thought. lol But if I said no and they checked and found them, they could accuse me of not telling the truth.
Another time they asked me if I have knives. Sure.......doesn't everyone? Scissors too. You need stuff like this. I'm a M.O.M. It's my personal car used for personal uses. Why should I keep buying stuff when I have them already?
Or should I say sorry. The A.L.I.E.N. made me do it. lol
Once Canada asked if I had a gun. GUN??? Are they for real? A Canadian? A country of Peace? A Mom with a kid in the car? I felt myself shudder to that question. It rendered me speechless.
NO! I have Foreign Accent Syndrome Disease. Isn't that enough ?