I am getting pretty good at crossing borders. I’ve done it enough times and I’ve come to the conclusion that the car you drive … matters. It matters to the conversations that take place and the decision to either let me through or search my car.
The MINI is a hassling kind of car, but not in the same type of hassling that one might imagine.
After escaping the toll-taker, I happily crossed the bridge and made my way to the first available border crossing booth.
I pulled up, rolled my window down, removed my sunglasses and handed over my passport.
It started the same as usual, “Where are you from, where are you going, why are you going, when are you coming back, what are you taking with you, where do you work.”
Standard questions right?
I wasn’t prepared for, “What major road does your residential street run parallel too?” and was only slightly more prepared for, “What is the major North/South road that runs perpendicular to your residential street?” I was tempted to break out google maps, but instead I smiled and rhymed off all the streets starting with the one he seemed to know and had blurted out.
Where was this going? I didn’t know. I just knew I had to participate.
I was quizzed on area bakeries, pubs and eateries. With all the talk of Pasta I asked him if he happened to be Italian. There should be a section in every border crossing where the traveller is allowed to ask questions, right?
He handed back my passport. A sure sign we were wrapping up our “get-to-know-each-other” session and I was awaiting his decision on what my next steps were to be.
I pulled my chilled elbow back into my car and the minute I appeared the least bit interested in getting on my way, he sternly decided to ask more questions about my place of employ and soon we were off on another topic – Golf.
He suggested numerous times that I get in touch with his previous golf instructor to learn how to improve my swing and my game. I am sure it was after the 9th time that I clued in and offered to make a note in my cell phone of said instructor’s name. I pulled out my phone and promptly added in the name.
How did it end?
He pled with me, “You know if you learn to really swing well, you’ll be invited all the time to play golf. Men really like it when a pretty young lady…(big pause)…woman like yourself comes out to play.”
He hardly had time to catch his breath and continued, “I really like watching the ladies, you know they have a nice smooth swing, really smooth.” as he demonstrated for me inside his little booth.
Then his eyes lit up like saucers and in a deep bare whisper, he intoned “Women are so flexible!!”
Maybe it was the look of sheer shock on my face, but with his last announcement, on what I can only imagine to be his seeming desire towards flexible women, I was waved through with a simple “have a nice trip.”
6 thoughts on “MINI at the Border”
Hahaha agreeing with the “only to you” comment!! But seriously, after the where do you live/where do you work questions, does he really think you’d be driving to america for swing lessons?!?! I need to take lessons from you on how to entertain such nonsense!!!
Forget that, I need lesson’s from YOU on how to avoid “such nonsense” LOL. You would have been the perfect passenger to have when he went off about golf swings 🙂 he was kind of adorable sitting in his booth demonstrating a women’s swing – he didn’t just try one attempt, it was more like four or five LOL
This could only happen to you! Wish I could have been there to see how red your cheeks went!
LOL, that’s mean! 🙂
Ha ha ha!!!
Well, so glad e-city girl is back to blogging. I’ve been wondering if maybe you were eating hero burgers every evening for supper??!!
Happy tho that mr border patrol allowed you access into this great country to visit, and didn’t decide to impound and import you for himself.
LOL!!! No to eating hero-burgers every evening, infact, no to hero-burgers any more! It’s been a much more satisfying distraction
*sigh* I would have cried so much and screwed up my face and told him, “I really am a man” :O