My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #293: Day 2 - More Travel

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 03-23-2011 12:30 PM 3709 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 292: Room to Spare! Part 293 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 294: Settling In - Let the Fun Begin »

We made it through the first day pretty well. There are funny stories, of course and incidents, but I am going to keep this really short today for obvious reasons.

Getting through customs and over the border was a lot more than we thought it would be. Usually the Canadians are the ones that scrutinize everything because they like to slap taxes on all that you bring over. But I was surprised that it was the US customs agents that were being pretty picky.

Since the boxes were filled with mostly paperwork for the show, they classified us as ‘business trip’ and sent us to a different border crossing about 5 miles up the road. At this time, it was starting to snow and very gloomy out. We had to go to the new center where all the trucks crossed and I think in part they just wanted to show off the new facility.

Fortunately, it was like a ghost town and no one was really there save a few truck going though. We had to park and go inside and of the three agents there, we were fortunate that what seemed to be the friendliest offered to help.

Long story short, we filled out forms and he came out to inspect some boxes, but I had labeled each one to match the list and could pull any of them out to verify the contents immediately. He was nice and even offered to copy the form for us that passed us through, in case we had some stuff left to bring back over. He said we may not need it but you never know.

We are ahead of the driving schedule today, although we have been at or under the limit. We did have one meeting with the law that I will talk about later, but it was more stupid than anything. It was while we were in the town of Amhurst crossing to New Brunswick and my partner was driving.

So all is good. We should be at Jeannies by late afternoon and we will have time all evening and tomorrow to get to know the area and set up will begin Friday.

So that’s all for now. The weather is holding and fortunately non of the snow stuck. These roads in Maine were pretty steep but we are all major highway now so we should be fine.

Thanks for all the nice thoughts and I hope you have a Wonderful day!

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 03-23-2011 02:45 PM

Now you can always say your Mustang is big as an aighteenwheeler …. LOL
and you were very lucky it didn´t take longer in the costum , back when I did
drive all over europe with loads it cuold take up to a day to cross a boarder and
even more if it was outside the old westeurope

have a great day yourself Sheila and keith
take care

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#2 posted 03-23-2011 03:29 PM

Happy travels and have a great show.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#3 posted 03-23-2011 06:50 PM

Glad to hear the customs people were reasonable. i used to travel to Canada for black powder shooting matches. There were some interesting times at the border. My wife said it was because I am hard of hearing. She said they always thought I was trying to figure out what the answer should be when I was trying to figure out what the question was ;-)

One time two cars of friends were traveling together. The first one through told the customs agent the car behind them were smugglers ;-)) It took them a couple of hours to get through the border! I have always wondered why the customs agent would believe a tip like that. How would anyone know the car behind them is full of contraband? I would be more inclined to suspect the tipper than the tippee.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 03-24-2011 08:40 AM

Hi Sheila.

Why is the old song “Mustang Sally” running through my head? (grin)

I used to live in Windsor and was active with the university fencing team. We were invited to spend an evening with the boys and girls of the Wayne State team. Imagine the look on the border guard’s face when the thing tgucked in my belt was a cased Japanese sword? I was supposed to do a Ken-Jutsu demo and I’m glad I was early enough for them to get through to the university and confirm my story. You see, I was traveling on my Honda motorcycle and had noplace else to keep it!


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