Border crossing update:
Took my birth certificate with me this time....i got severly reprimanded for crossing an international border 2 months ago without it.
going into canada, i got asked several questions, then once again was handed a yellow piece of paper and instructed to pull over so they could inspect me....ugg..This was the 4th time being pulled over and inspected in the bus since the 1st of the year. I am now familiar with the process! It was very easy going this time round though. The female officer stepped into the bus to inspect, while the male officer asked me some questions. He apparently thought the bus was pretty cool. They only kept me a couple minutes, and i didn't have to go inside and talk to the other customs agents like all the other times i've been inspected.
coming back into the US a day later the customs officer wanted to walk inside the bus...not nearly as bad as getting pulled over. He made a bee-line for an object sitting in plain site on the floor....It was an old military ammo box that was labeled with the words "7.62MM ****" Identical to this box here
It never occured to me before that the box would become a suspicious item at the border. Note to self....don't do that! lol
anyhow...another border guy came in the bus..he had commented a different time i was crossing about how he wished he had a bus like this when he was in collge. He asked me what kidn of event i had take the bus to this time, in a very friendly sort of way. That must have been super secret squirrell language to the other officer that I am an ok guy, because the inspecting officer instantly stopped what he was doing, handed me back my keys and ID and said welcome home.
At some point, i think they'll just stop inspecting me! The first half dozen times i crossed, i never got inspected....i'm not sure what changed.