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onward thru the fog

Postby patrick » Thu Jan 29, 3:05 am

my last day in the dam was a tuesday, when i awoke around 7, i noticied the rain had stopped. i was very glad, i did not want to walk to central station in the rain. we hung around the room smoking bowls and double checking the packing we did the night before. at 9 we headed over to baba to smoke our last joints and send e-mail. baba was not open so we walked down to the greenhouse effect. we were the only people there so we got the window seat and a couple drinks. i looked over what i had left. it was about a gram and one half of this that and the other, a half gram of grey mist crystals and 4 grams of hawaiian snow. i had two hours and almost 6 grams of gear. no problem. i rolled the mixed bits of buds and the grey mist crystals into a large joint and enjoyed a pleasent massive stone. i really had no need to smoke the other weed i had, but i certainly wasn't going to waste it. my grinder had been sticking and i thought i would break the hawaiian snow up with my fingers, to "feel the sticky"...the buds were so dense and so sticky i had to use the grinder after all. i produced one large joint and one cigar sized joint. smoked and smoked and smoked till it was all gone and time to go. out the door and back towards central station, one last pusher who after i said no gave me abunch of crap about how i was not being polite to him after he was polite to me. i had had enough and told him to f-off in no uncertain terms. he shuffled off to find another potential victim. the flight back was uneventful. i had opted for the NW flight to memphis then connection to houston because the nonstop flight left at 10 a.m. and the memphis flight left at 2 p.m. well it must have raised eyebrows at security cause i got the 3rd degree about why i had not choosen the direct flight. my wife enjoyed the free beers and the 10 hour flight. she was smashed when we arrived. when filling out the grren customs form on the flight we had asked if we needed two forms since we had two different last names. the flight attendant said yes. when it was our time to appoarch the customs desk my wife insisted on going first. as i said, she was smashed and proceeded to lay on the customs agents desk and slur her way thru the questions. at some point during the comical exchange, she mentioned her husband was the next person in line. well the customs agent motioned for me to appoarch the desk and went thru yet another series of long questions. she asked and i quote " do you have any cannabis, cannabis products, resin, seeds, paraphenelia, used or unused or any literature in your possesion? does everything in your suitcase belong to you?" knowing the korean peace pipe and lots of literature and paraphenelia were in my suitcase i smiled and said "no mam" she stamped our passports and said welcome back to america. the next customs man asked a few more questions and then waved us thru the door. all in all it was a very good trip even with the rain. i am already looking forward to my next trip. if nothing else i will be at the grand 10 year anniversary smoke out april 2005. hope to see you there too. brandx if you are reading this i hope all is well with you and yours.

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Postby seouleast » Thu Jan 29, 7:36 am

Patrick, you don't know how close I came to bringing home that Parvatti fingers from De Kuil. The last CS for me was De Kuil. I asked for one last gram and saw that he had a chunk in there. I asked how much it was. He said 300 euros without the discount. It was about 5 inches long and 3 inches wide and about a half an inch thick!
I looked at my wife and she said it was up to me......crying now. I should have. No dogs, no guards at customs. Everyone landed, picked up their bags and walked right out!
Tears..........tears............
Nice report BTW!
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Re: onward thru the fog

Postby Banks » Thu Jan 29, 2:19 pm

patrick wrote:...she was smashed when we arrived. when it was our time to appoarch the customs desk my wife insisted on going first. as i said, she was smashed and proceeded to lay on the customs agents desk and slur her way thru the questions. at some point during the comical exchange, she mentioned her husband was the next person in line


Patrick, loved your reports! This last report gave me a big laugh... I'm planning on being at the big 10th Anniversary bash, and was just thinking what fun would be had seeing your wife teamed up with my friend Sherri!

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Postby Maid Marian » Thu Jan 29, 3:12 pm

Patrick, that was a great last day. I love how you handled the "dealer".........Also your wife being smashed possibly drew their attention away from y'all and your bags. So it was a nice touch and it turned out well.......She sounds a little like me, especially mentioning her husband was next in line......I laughed my ass off..........Sweet Report...


Peace.............MM

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Postby Bohannon » Thu Jan 29, 6:11 pm

Wait a minute! Is it just Memphis friggin Tennesee or is it a problem everywhere to bring in printed, by god, words! Literature is illegal, welcome to "Farenheit 451". Unbefrigginleivable! In 5 trips I was never asked about any specific items at all, just the standard "do you have anything to declare"? I have only returned via SFO, PHL and SEA. Perhaps Memphis is in some "other" United States.
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Postby moe. » Thu Jan 29, 6:36 pm

Nice wrap up Vapo-man! I was wondering why you guys didn't handle the other dealer that way. It seems that 2 guys would have no problem intimidating 1 street dealer, especially in a narrow alley. I don't understand why the Customs people asked about literature and paraphernalia as both are OK to bring in as long as the paraphernalia hasn't been used. The literature is protected by the Constitution, freedom of the press. The part about your wife smashed at Customs was good for a morning laugh, thanks. I look forward to meeting you and everyone else at the Anniversary bash next year.

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Postby Old Hippie Dave » Thu Jan 29, 7:15 pm

When I came back I came through Philly. They didn't even ask me that question. And I had a whole bunch of coffeeshop menus and 30pipes and 20 key chains with bud in them. If you say you have food they might check your bags. There were abuot 10 Begel dogs all over the place

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Postby patrick » Thu Jan 29, 7:33 pm

i think we got flagged leaving amsterdam, the security people there seemed very interested in why we did not take the direct flight to houston. it also could have been our appearance, as i said my wife was smashed, she was actually laying on the customs desk even with the large sign that said stand behind this line, do not touch the desk. i look like a relic from 1971 and as i said, smoked a quarter ounce before boarding the plane. i have read and reread the customs website, they do not mention anything about literature, i think the customs officer was just trying to trip me up or maybe looking for seeds and growing instructions. i do know that ANY TYPE OF PARAPHENELIA USED OR UNUSED is considered illegal and you run the risk of it being confiscated. i doubt it ever happens but it might. anyways it was the first time i had gotten more then just a couple of questions. they had pulled two other people on my flight off to the side and were going thru their luggage with a fine toothed comb. one other couple were escorted out of the main area thru a door way to who knows where. i did not see any dogs coming or going. as i mentioned i had smoked alot, and i amsure i reeked, maybe i was flagged somewhere along the walkway and never even knew it. thanks for all the kind words, i enjoyed my trip and look forward to meeting some more channelites on my next trip. i am already in training for april 2005.

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Postby seouleast » Fri Jan 30, 5:18 am

Glad that you got your pipe through customs. I really wanted you to have it. I mean, a total stranger, other than this site, says he'll bring me a carton of my favorite smokes that I can't get here in Korea, was absolutely wonderful. My wife even commented on it. That is why i am glad that you got it through. I also hope that you enjoy the other gifts my wife picked up for you.

I hope that I can make it to the 10th bash. If I can, I will bring about 20 of them peace pipes to hand out to all the Channelites.

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Postby LastHamlet » Sat Jan 31, 3:13 pm

I hate you had to leave AMS PAtrick. Grand reports indeed.
I had them go through my luggage in Philly and rambled right through my 16 packs of rolling papers and 2 new-boxed grinders and said nothing. The agent did see my trip report book (Small pocket sized binder), and began reading it some. It wasn't written in very specific terms, just a way of writing that I understood. I simply told him I would be writing a series of trip reports, and he smiled and tossed in back in the bag and said welcome back to America. "In retrospect, I will not be bringing anymore items like the new grinders back with me. I don't need the hassle."
Printed literature does seem like a bit too much to ask though. Maybe they resent the truth being known,Hummm.

Anyhow, more to the point, fantastic report Patrick.
BTW, 6 g's in a couple of hours. Way to go man...

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Postby dapoopa » Tue Feb 03, 11:50 am

Patrick, I thoroughly enjoyed your trip reports. Since we met last year I have been much better able to visualize you and your wife at the various stops. I particularly like your new alter-ego Vapo-Man. That is a Channelite classic!

As for customs in the U.S., what a drag you got hassled like that with all the questions. I am surprised they didn't go through your bags after your wife showed up in such a state. I should know -- one time I arrived at JFK from Moscow after having downed a good amount of Russian vodka on the flight over and the customs guy flagged me and went through my bags. They were mainly concerned about vodka and caviar, although I had neither in my possession nor anything else illegal. So they let me go.

I have noticed recently that the customs guys, particuarly the ones who first stamp your passport in the U.S., purposefully try to throw you off. Their technique is to ask you LOUDLY how you are doing. When you answer they often then quickly look up and right at you saying WHAT? They want you to be startled and have to repeat yourself, even though I look nothing like the profile of a terrorist or a smuggler. I am now prepared for their psy-ops tactics and am no longer surprised.

Lastly, sorry to hear you might not make it back to the Dam until April of next year. I am unfortunately in the same boat -- I probably won't be able to return until next January, although I should be grateful I can manage even one trip per year. It's just that four days and five night seems way too short.

Gotta run, take it easy bro.

patrick

Postby patrick » Tue Nov 18, 7:43 am

See how it was in the good old days, everybody was friends

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Postby chigusa » Tue Nov 18, 10:35 am

bollocks, paddywank, does someone not love you? fuck off shithouse.


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