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Crossing the Internal Border - De File
Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
cbertsch
cbertsch
Crossing the Internal Border
The drive across the desert was awful. I'm pretty patient about delays, generally. But having to sit through an hour of one-lane traffic on I-8 in order to facilitate the illusion that the Border Patrol is defending our "homeland" instead of merely extending the reach of the state drained me of all calm. I may turn into a libertarian yet.

On the other hand, I scored at the Ross in Yuma, finding the two-disc DVD of My Fair Lady for $6 and Flipper for $5. Skylar and I had enormous fun watching the former during the remainder of the drive, including that excruciating wait at the checkpoint just inside the California line. There are so many great songs in the musical. And Audrey Hepburn is so pretty it hurts to look upon her.

Needless to say, though, I was even happier than usual to arrive at the coast. After everyone was asleep, I walked down to the beach with the excellent digital music player that danlmarmot was surpassingly generous to send my way and listened to Prince, Curtis Mayfield, and, for the grand finale, the first fifteen minutes of The Who's Quadrophenia, which surely qualifies as one of the best standing-by-the-sea records of all time. "Can you see the real me?"

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somemonad From: somemonad Date: April 3rd, 2007 06:35 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oh, Audrey. Sometimes I think falling in love with her when I was a teenager ruined me for actual relationships. :-)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 3rd, 2007 05:34 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
There's something sexy about ruins, though!
chefxh From: chefxh Date: April 3rd, 2007 04:33 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I was always appalled by the checkpoint on I-19, and especially by the way white gys like me got waved through.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 3rd, 2007 05:35 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oh, me too. It has changed now, though. White folks like us still get waved through, but we're forced to wait a lot longer so that we know who is boss. If only the anger inspired by the delays could be directed positively. . .
kolakoski From: kolakoski Date: April 3rd, 2007 05:37 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Sounds similar to the country club policy I've seen in practice at the international border in AZ.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 3rd, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yes. It's maddening.
_luaineach From: _luaineach Date: April 3rd, 2007 05:53 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I may turn into a libertarian yet.

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We'll be tooling through the checkpoint tomorrow in our rental car, which turned out to be a smoking hot silver two-door Mustang with a spoiler and California plates. "Going back to Cali, cali, cali...." We'll probably be listening to Dr. Dre or Canned Heat, and I'm sure I'll have my Stetsun on to keep the sun out of my eyes, so I've no doubt we'll get waved right on through!!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 3rd, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
You are on the dark side. . . :-)
_luaineach From: _luaineach Date: April 3rd, 2007 06:44 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

This is not a love song...

I'm adaptable and I like my role, I'm getting better and better....
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 4th, 2007 12:41 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: This is not a love song...

And more amiable!
_luaineach From: _luaineach Date: April 4th, 2007 12:46 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: This is not a love song...

Damn straight!
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