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  •  Let me contrast this with Canadian immigration... (19+ / 0-)

    My wife and I are in the process of moving to Toronto* and we submitted ourselves to immigration last weekend.

    Canadian immigration gave us a tote bag. I'm not kidding. After the immigration official stamped our paperwork, they had a welcoming committee, which gave us the tote bag, a date book and a few other little things. It was the least painful bureaucratic experience of my life.

    I just wish it had been that easy to get a phone and broadband.

    *It's really not a political thing, what with Toronto being my favorite city on the continent and all. Although it should be obvious enough that I'm not a big fan of the way things are going...

    •  Welcome to Canada! (3+ / 0-)
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      mattman, StrayCat, paul2port

      As much as I complain about the bureaucracy here in my country--it's nothing compared to the hell I've experiences on my few (and getting fewer) occasions to travel to the US.

      Granted, the tote bag was likely made in china....but no one's perfect ;)

      Sean

      -7.63, -4.77 | "Politics is the skilled use of blunt objects." -- Lester B Pearson

      by whytwolf on Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 06:55:50 AM PST

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      •  Thanks! (1+ / 0-)
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        whytwolf

        Currently I'm back in the states, getting ready to move. I'm really looking forward to being done with it.

        But yeah, you gotta love the US immigration, customs and the border guards. I used to work with a Canadian immigrating to the US. He had an awful time of it (and this was before 9/11). I had another Canadian friend in high school who'd get her car searched for drugs every time she came in because she looked funny.

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