Do you have your passport yet?
I do. When I decided to get my driver license at age 39 I also had a plan in my mind to drive where I wanted, when I wanted, no border was going to slow me down. I passed my test, bought my car, got my passport, and booked a campsite in Ausable Chasm NY. This was my solo adventure. My little passport was like a 87$ pass to where ever I wanted to drive. Did I get my moneys worth? Not yet. Driving over the border was a breeze. That part was nice. One thing I like about driving in NY is the roads are in better shape. The gas is slightly cheaper... Really.
My Brother-in-law had a harder time at the border this past March. He is Irish. Born there. He has been married to my Sister and living in Canada something like 17 years now. He has a Sister in Chicago. They visit each other all the time. Border crossings are routine. They were going over to Chicago to visit his Sister and her family for St Patricks day weekend. He has his Irish passport. The US Border guards stopped him. Said the Passport does not fit their machine... Two hours later, they sent them all back home.
Is that stupid or what! There must be thousands of Canadians in the same boat. Maybe we do need that ID card to cover cases like that.
If you are going to the States soon make sure your mumps shots are up to date!
Keeping an Irishman away from Chicago on St Patricks Day weekend. They should be ashamed!
Now the only thing keeping me from driving where I want is gas prices!
Being Free is expensive.
How scarey is this? News item on the radio Sunday night was that the passport offices in Montreal and Toronto were broken into and computers and passports were stolen. Yet there has not been a followup story about this anywhere. This is a major breach of security yet not another word about it in the press. What is that about?