Jul 4, 2003, 8:17 PM
Post #11 of 16
it seems like you are h..bent in continuing with your direction. Just do it. I did it 4 weeks ago and I had lots and lots of stuff in my Explorer they "should have" discovered, like my used but very powerful desktop, my cappuccino machine like Sophia Loren's etc.... I crossed at Reyonosa around 10PM, did all that with the car and passed the other two check points, one even with the red light. But the guy got so side-tracked with the bobbing, flirtatious Mexican chatter box I had accompanying me in a second car, so that he just waved me through. However, I do have what they call a "menaje de casa", the visa to bring in my belongings in Spanish and English. It was a small nightmare to get it from the consulate in Kansas City, Missouri. I had to make 2 five-hour trips. The first one, they rejected my poor Spanish because I called bandejos-- pendejas (sp?)--a..holes instead of pots and pans. But they gave me the import visa with a smile the second time because I deleted the English column and found more appropriate idioms. The senora shook hands with me, "tschu are zo locky." I felt lucky. Just in case, you want to see this list because you could construct one from memory of what's on that truck, e-mail me and I will send you mine. But I haven't used it since I "smuggled" so many items from that list already. On July 7, I am planning to go across the border to my storage unit and get some stuff like duct tape, Silicone caulking, Parmesan cheese and dog food, etc--all items that are very expensive where I live. I have 6 months to find a truck and a place where I want to be sure to plop and then get the rest of my belongings. Sorry for this long ramble. But your idea of smiling and doing the dashboard nodding triggered my memory of my pretty companion and her tactics. And I know it was her smiles and charms that got me across the border so easily. So, go for it, Shoe. p.s. what do you mean the TV has a certain size? Is there a rule for that, too??