Seattle – Day 1

September 24, 2003 at 4:19 pm | Posted in Humor (G- and R- rated), Politics, Rants | Leave a comment

Drove back from Vancouver to Seattle yesterday. Had a bit of post-9/11 trouble at the Blaine border crossing — the three cars ahead of me were waved through after some ID flashing and questions. My car was searched a bit more thoroughly. I can see two reasons why it happened:

  1. I showed my passport instead of a drivers license
  2. I am not a native-born citizen

I’ll let the reader make his conclusions. Maybe we should not use passports when crossing the US-Canada border, since only terrorists would use such documents.

To add insult to injury, the Blaine Bank of America ripped me off exchanging my Canadian dollars back to US dollars. Their exchange rate of CAN$1.40 was higher than the CAN$1.35 they were offering further down in Bellingham. Bastards.

Later that day, I drove down to Redmond to visit a friend working at Microsoft. I was escorted to the company store and had an opportunity to buy Windows XP Professional for $30. I thought about getting a couple of copies, but then I decided to do the right thing. Instead, I bought some Microsoft-brand baseball caps, secure in the knowledge that they can’t possibly be infected by viruses and worms.

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