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    Does this seem a bit extreme to anyone? OT

    http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmp...fingerprinting

    Excuse me, how much? Will you take a check?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kurremkarm
    http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmp...fingerprinting

    Excuse me, how much? Will you take a check?
    Americans are not very popular abroad right now. I guess this is their (@ least Brazil's) way of showing their displeasure. This American (me!) shall be wearing a maple leaf on my shirt on my trip this year. Now, if I can only get down the talk. Everybody repeat after me ... "Hey hoser, I'm going oooot for dinner tonight".

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    hmmm...was this after riding his SS or fixed gear bike?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 165-48:17
    hmmm...was this after riding his SS or fixed gear bike?

    in all fairness, the thread's title does have an "OT" at the fore, identifying its off-topic nature.

    -rob

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    Moving the thread to Foo...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bac
    Americans are not very popular abroad right now. I guess this is their (@ least Brazil's) way of showing their displeasure. This American (me!) shall be wearing a maple leaf on my shirt on my trip this year. Now, if I can only get down the talk. Everybody repeat after me ... "Hey hoser, I'm going oooot for dinner tonight".

    I go ooot for dinner almost every night. And of course I go ooot and aboot on the town often too, eh

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    Quote Originally Posted by bac
    This American (me!) shall be wearing a maple leaf on my shirt on my trip this year. Now, if I can only get down the talk. Everybody repeat after me ... "Hey hoser, I'm going oooot for dinner tonight".
    No offence Bac, but do us Canadians a favor and DON'T try to pass yourself off as one of us okay? If you can't be a proud American outside of your borders, then you're better off staying at home IMHO.
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    Having experienced the joys of being a TWOV, I applaud the Brazilians for this. It's the old rule: If you can't take it, don't dish it out.
    If we learn from our mistakes, I must be a goddamn genius.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockymtn_girl
    No offence Bac, but do us Canadians a favor and DON'T try to pass yourself off as one of us okay? If you can't be a proud American outside of your borders, then you're better off staying at home IMHO.
    Hey, it was a joke ......


    ...... the fact that I've recently taken up curling has nothing to do with anything!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bac
    ...... the fact that I've recently taken up curling has nothing to do with anything!
    Curling, schmurling....rock throwing is for old people and alcoholics. Now if you had said you've taken up lacrosse....
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    Quote Originally Posted by surreal
    in all fairness, the thread's title does have an "OT" at the fore, identifying its off-topic nature.

    -rob
    Noted. Now, in all fairness, Joe created a specific area for these: Foo! And this is definitely for Foo. Good topic, just wanted it to have a good home
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockymtn_girl
    rock throwing is for old people and alcoholics
    SWEET! Half way there! Now, someone make me older...fast!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bac
    ...... the fact that I've recently taken up curling has nothing to do with anything!
    The sport that made housework an Olympic event.
    If we learn from our mistakes, I must be a goddamn genius.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bac
    Americans are not very popular abroad right now. I guess this is their (@ least Brazil's) way of showing their displeasure. This American (me!) shall be wearing a maple leaf on my shirt on my trip this year. Now, if I can only get down the talk. Everybody repeat after me ... "Hey hoser, I'm going oooot for dinner tonight".
    while i personally "associate" my social/political attitudes more with Canadians than Americans and i can understand why some Americans do this...

    i have never felt the need to and i find it better to defy the stereotypes and surprize people that i'm not the stereotypical dumb, arrogant, culture-clueless American... (and among travellers this is actually the norm)

    as to the incident. yeah, i think it is a little over the top, but we're talking about GOVERMENT officials in security/immigration/customs - ever heard the horror stories from the US border officials? many of the stories are true - like the Iranian-born Canadian who had a stop-over in New York on a flight from Europe and was DEPORTED to Iran by the US officials!

    or when i was on a West Coast bike trip with a German - as we crossed the Canadian border they glanced at my pass and sent me on. they questioned him (a university student WITH a valid US Visa) for over 30 minutes, demanded to see every document (return plane ticket) that he luckily had all with him on a 30-day bike trip and then the guards "casually" came outside and chatted with me to "comfirm" his story that he was travelling with an American - not cool. and this was PRE-9/11

    when i visited Russia winter 2003 it was simliar - the US had put in ridiculous Visa requirements with big fees and waiting periods and all and in response Russia demanded the same from Americans - it was annoying for me to get official copies of my passport, medical records and go to the embacy three times plus pay fees, but i understand why they required it - b/c the Americans required all that ridiculous crap...

    Lastly: i still believe that travel for Americans in most of the world is no problem as most people in the world (other than the average American) are able to differentiate between individuals and the government - so while they may hate the Bush administration and what the US is doing to the world, 99% of foreigners are still very cordial to Americans - i have had exactly ZERO problems in Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, France (yes, the "horrible" ugly French!), Russia... although people often ask my "why" about the crazy politics in the US... and we have a good discussion.
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    $17 grand for an obscene gesture does seem a bit extreme.

    But at least he kept his finger.

    I don't know what people are usually fined for these things, but I'll bet he never does it again.
    No worries

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    Americans seem to forget that when visiting other countries they need to behave themselves and not be the rude idiots they can be at home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bac
    Hey, it was a joke ......


    ...... the fact that I've recently taken up curling has nothing to do with anything!
    I think you will find the people that like curling generally lawn bowl too ...it is all over our tv's but in 30 years of living here I have only met 4 people that like curling. And 3 of them competed haha...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ngateguy
    Americans seem to forget that when visiting other countries they need to behave themselves and not be the rude idiots they can be at home.
    To be honest and to give you guys credit. You aren't as bad as the mexicans. Its probably due to the fact the only mexicans that can afford to come to Whistler are the richest in the country, but they are head and shoulders more ignorant and rude than compared to most americans I meet. I almost always try to take off the week of mexican spring break to avoid being treated like a ******** slave boy. I get angry just thinking about it....so...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom
    to avoid being treated like a ******** slave boy. I get angry just thinking about it....
    Now THAT is funny! I'm sure if you asked any Mexican how white foreigners, i.e. us, treat them while vacationing in their country, you'd probably hear the same thing. Oh the irony.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockymtn_girl
    Now THAT is funny! I'm sure if you asked any Mexican how white foreigners, i.e. us, treat them while vacationing in their country, you'd probably hear the same thing. Oh the irony.
    Yes and a lot of Americans forget they are in a foreign country when they visit Whistler.
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    What an utterly rude and stupid thing to do, especially in a customs area of a foreign country. Last year when I visited my folkes in the UAE (United Arab Emirates) I was also "detained". During this time I was photographed and printed, plus a retinal scan was taken. No reason was given, although I asked for one. I suspect it was my bike suitecase filled with a black carbon beast that caught their eye....
    As a guest in a foreign country, I politely smiled through all of this, never once thinking of losing my temper. Customs officials in many of the foreign countries I have visited, sometimes speak very limited English. The last thing you need after a long flight is to get in an argument with one of them, and be sent home.
    There is a lesson in this for all of us - no matter your nationality, behave at customs checkpoints.
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    This American (me!) shall be wearing a maple leaf on my shirt on my trip this year. Now, if I can only get down the talk. Everybody repeat after me ... "Hey hoser, I'm going oooot for dinner tonight".
    I used to say I was "a Texan" when I was overseas. This always led to smiles and inquiries about my vast cattle and oil holdings.

    Don't think I would try that ploy any time soon.
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    What is extreme is the currnet US policy of assuming everyone coming into our country is a terrorist until proven innocent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockymtn_girl
    No offence Bac, but do us Canadians a favor and DON'T try to pass yourself off as one of us okay? If you can't be a proud American outside of your borders, then you're better off staying at home IMHO.

    Now I had SRS in Montreal, which makes me half Canadian. I can slip in and out of nationalities just as easy as I do gender roles.


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