2011-11-08 : Italy Story 2
Andrea and Debora gave me a beautiful, touching gift.
Part 1 of the gift was a Dogs' coat.
I didn't know how or whether to declare part 2 at customs. It seems obvious now, but who knew? So I put it in a clear plastic bag in our suitcase with some game books next to it and crossed my fingers.
In the Florence airport:
Attendant: Passenger Baker to gate 5, please.
Me: Hello, I'm passenger Baker.
Attendant: There's a question about your luggage.
Me: Of course there is.
The Italian security officer who had me open the suitcase was entertained by it. He swaggered around a little, bowlegged, chuckling.
In the Boston airport:
I'm putting the suitcase on the conveyor into the x-ray machine at agricultural customs. We stopped there first to declare the tulip bulbs we bought in the Amsterdam airport.
Me: You're going to see something pretty interesting in there.
Customs officer: So I do. Is it real?
Me: It's a prop.
Customs officer: I see. Please take your suitcase and follow me.
I take my suitcase and follow her to a security desk.
Customs officer: [whispers to security officer].
Security officer, to me: Open the suitcase please, then step back.
Security officer, to customs officer: Wait. He has a handgun, and you let him carry his suitcase himself?
Customs officer: Uh.
Security officer: Seriously?
Customs officer: Well, it's a prop—
Security officer: Then why did you bring him over here at all?
Customs officer: Uh oh.
Security officer, shaking her head: I'll talk to you LATER.
It's quite a cool prop sixgun. I've been shooting caps off with it in my bedroom. This isn't strictly allowed by household rules, but I can't help it!
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