the long way home

So my drama for the week… I lost my passport somewhere between clearing customs to the US in Vancouver and arriving at my hotel in Denver.

First time this has ever happened to me – normally I’m borderline facist about constantly knowing where my passport is. Sadly, it never turned up.

I almost managed to sweet talk my way onto my flight home in Denver (armed with a driver’s liscence, birth certificate and aeroplan elite card). But literally at the last second a manager got nervous and pulled me back. End result, I flew to Seattle, rented a car and drove home. It strikes me as curious that you can cross the border by at ground level with a driver’s license and a secondary ID, but you can’t at 30,000 ft. I mean, don’t misunderstand me, I’m an idiot for not knowing where my passport is, I just think it’s a curious fact.

Since I’m supposed to be back in the US a week Sunday I suppose I’m also about to test the speediness of Canada’s passport processing system. I suspect I’m in trouble – but who knows! (possibly some intrepid reader with a story to share…)

As an aside: between this event and getting food poisoning between Mississauga and Wallingford, CT last week I’m beginning to doubt my status as a veteran traveler.

22 thoughts on “the long way home

  1. Steph D

    You raise an interesting observation there.

    One has to ask himself which transportation method incurs the most security risk:
    A) a flight passenger without a passport who goes through a multitude of checks and metal detectors and checks all but his carry-on; or
    B) a driver without a passport who can drive a vehicle loaded with cargo that has but a remote chance of being inspected, let alone x-rayed.

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  2. Steph D

    You raise an interesting observation there.One has to ask himself which transportation method incurs the most security risk:A) a flight passenger without a passport who goes through a multitude of checks and metal detectors and checks all but his carry-on; orB) a driver without a passport who can drive a vehicle loaded with cargo that has but a remote chance of being inspected, let alone x-rayed.

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  3. Tom Robinson

    Another Canadian citizen who is a loyal Liberal and a practising anti-American…….

    Enjoying the wonderful country of the USA.

    Kind of ironic isn’t it?

    What would a anti-American Canadian Liberal be doing in the country he despises the most?

    Enjoying the sites in Denver I guess.

    Lucky I have no relatives in Denver , otherwise I would have had them give you a slap in the face.

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  4. Tom Robinson

    Another Canadian citizen who is a loyal Liberal and a practising anti-American…….Enjoying the wonderful country of the USA.Kind of ironic isn’t it?What would a anti-American Canadian Liberal be doing in the country he despises the most?Enjoying the sites in Denver I guess.Lucky I have no relatives in Denver , otherwise I would have had them give you a slap in the face.

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  5. Brenton

    Tom Robinson, can you point me to clear instances where David has shown himself to be anti-American? And I don’t mean just critical of events or government actions.

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  6. Brenton

    Tom Robinson, can you point me to clear instances where David has shown himself to be anti-American? And I don’t mean just critical of events or government actions.

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  7. Jodie

    Oh Dave! You are describing my worst nightmare. I just got 2 TN visa’s a couple of weeks a go that are now stapled to my passport. I was fearful before but the visas were the tipping point…my passport now has it’s very own wallet and I am obsessively checking for it’s presence before and after every stop.

    Let the passport replacement forces be with you!

    j

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  8. Jodie

    Oh Dave! You are describing my worst nightmare. I just got 2 TN visa’s a couple of weeks a go that are now stapled to my passport. I was fearful before but the visas were the tipping point…my passport now has it’s very own wallet and I am obsessively checking for it’s presence before and after every stop.Let the passport replacement forces be with you!j

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  9. David Eaves Post author

    Anatole – thank you for the tip. I submitted all my forms today and should be getting my passport just in time – which is great. Passport lines seem to be pretty manageable at the moment.

    I had a TN visa in my passport too Jodie, so I’m not too sure what I’m going to do. I may have to apply for a whole new one, which would be a dis. Obviously that “not lose it in the first place” strategy is the safest!

    As for Tom R., it must take a lot of internal anger to read a post like mine and infer from it that I’m anti-american.

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  10. David Eaves

    Anatole – thank you for the tip. I submitted all my forms today and should be getting my passport just in time – which is great. Passport lines seem to be pretty manageable at the moment.I had a TN visa in my passport too Jodie, so I’m not too sure what I’m going to do. I may have to apply for a whole new one, which would be a dis. Obviously that “not lose it in the first place” strategy is the safest!As for Tom R., it must take a lot of internal anger to read a post like mine and infer from it that I’m anti-american.

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  11. Tom Robinson

    I guess I am sick and tired of the bashing I read on a dialy basis on this Liblogs.ca site.

    If you people on the left don’t like how America handles its policies, the best thing to do would be to stay out of the country.

    When you guys constantly bash or make fun of my president, it does piss people off.

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  12. Tom Robinson

    I guess I am sick and tired of the bashing I read on a dialy basis on this Liblogs.ca site.If you people on the left don’t like how America handles its policies, the best thing to do would be to stay out of the country.When you guys constantly bash or make fun of my president, it does piss people off.

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  13. David Eaves Post author

    Tom: not sure how to say this. I’m pretty sure that the documentation requirements for entering Canada are determined by the Canadian government. As a result, if the post were venting at any government (which was not its intent) it was the Canadian government.

    One reason why some Canadians are anti-American is that there is a perception up here that some Americans are overly aggressive. That a culture of “shoot first, ask questions later” has permeated its current leadership, leaving them to go on the offensive quickly (the preemptive strike doctrine) and attack before they have all the facts (Iraq comes to mind). I fear that this comment stream will do little to deter the perpetuation of this stereotype.

    I can imagine how the excessive (and often thoughtless) US bashing on Liblogs would be frustrating. But I’m not sure my blog, or post, fits that description. I’m actually not certain of this, maybe it is there – but can anyone find an angry anti-bush rant on my blog?

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  14. David Eaves

    Tom: not sure how to say this. I’m pretty sure that the documentation requirements for entering Canada are determined by the Canadian government. As a result, if the post were venting at any government (which was not its intent) it was the Canadian government. One reason why some Canadians are anti-American is that there is a perception up here that some Americans are overly aggressive. That a culture of “shoot first, ask questions later” has permeated its current leadership, leaving them to go on the offensive quickly (the preemptive strike doctrine) and attack before they have all the facts (Iraq comes to mind). I fear that this comment stream will do little to deter the perpetuation of this stereotype. I can imagine how the excessive (and often thoughtless) US bashing on Liblogs would be frustrating. But I’m not sure my blog, or post, fits that description. I’m actually not certain of this, maybe it is there – but can anyone find an angry anti-bush rant on my blog?

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  15. Tania

    I guess I am sick and tired of the bashing I read on a dialy basis on this Liblogs.ca site.

    You have to “guess” how you’re feeling? If you’re sick of reading on a daily basis the liblogs site, why keep going there? Last I checked you’re still given the gift of choice. If you choose to piss yourself off, that’s your choice, so don’t make other people take responsibility for something you’re doing on your own accord.

    If you people on the left don’t like how America handles its policies, the best thing to do would be to stay out of the country.

    Ironic. The United States has a history of invading countries whose policies it doesn’t like yet you, instead of looking within, project your anger at those that choose to do the same thing.

    When you guys constantly bash or make fun of my president, it does piss people off.

    In all the years I’ve been reading eaves.ca I haven’t seen him bash or make fun of your president. Heaven knows there’s a lot of material out there. Perhaps be pissed off that people in your country are barely scraping by while billions of dollars are sent overseas weakly.

    But please, spare the diatribe of lashing out at one of the few people who actually doesn’t speak ill of your country.

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  16. Tania

    I guess I am sick and tired of the bashing I read on a dialy basis on this Liblogs.ca site.You have to “guess” how you’re feeling? If you’re sick of reading on a daily basis the liblogs site, why keep going there? Last I checked you’re still given the gift of choice. If you choose to piss yourself off, that’s your choice, so don’t make other people take responsibility for something you’re doing on your own accord.If you people on the left don’t like how America handles its policies, the best thing to do would be to stay out of the country.Ironic. The United States has a history of invading countries whose policies it doesn’t like yet you, instead of looking within, project your anger at those that choose to do the same thing. When you guys constantly bash or make fun of my president, it does piss people off.In all the years I’ve been reading eaves.ca I haven’t seen him bash or make fun of your president. Heaven knows there’s a lot of material out there. Perhaps be pissed off that people in your country are barely scraping by while billions of dollars are sent overseas weakly.But please, spare the diatribe of lashing out at one of the few people who actually doesn’t speak ill of your country.

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  17. Christian Idicula

    Dave,

    Even the best of veteran travellers have a bad week! You’ve still got an iron grip on the status.

    Tom: “Blame Canada” comes to mind. Tania’s comment is on the money. Having lived in the US for a couple of years, I can attest to the existence of a conservative, anti-Canadian sentiment. Believe me, that was not fun, so I sympathize with your point of reference. However, if Dave’s post triggered your ire, it’s probably time to consider why the nerve is so raw.

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  18. Christian Idicula

    Dave,Even the best of veteran travellers have a bad week! You’ve still got an iron grip on the status.Tom: “Blame Canada” comes to mind. Tania’s comment is on the money. Having lived in the US for a couple of years, I can attest to the existence of a conservative, anti-Canadian sentiment. Believe me, that was not fun, so I sympathize with your point of reference. However, if Dave’s post triggered your ire, it’s probably time to consider why the nerve is so raw.

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