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A funny story from the article I listed: "My Three Days In America Was Just Shocking. God Help These Uninformed Fools."
From Barry (an American living in Dominican Republic), having to go through the American Gestapo Airport system:
My friend along with my mom and myself all enjoyed a great breakfast. Then came the goodbye hugs along with my momâ€™s tears. I hate that part but I know she loves to be around me and really misses me when Iâ€™m gone. Then it was off to the airport. The part I hate most is all those dumb questions.
First at the ticket counter it commences. Can I see your return ticket please? No, I donâ€™t have one as I live in the D.R. Oh really? Yes Really? Can you prove it? Yes look at the passport and youâ€™ll see the last stamp was an exit from the country. I went on to assist in explaining that if you exit one country that is where you would be returning to, right? She seemed so confused and went on to ask if I had other proof. I decided to hand her my D.R. cedula which would be like a citizenâ€™s I/D card here in the states. She looks like sheâ€™s still lost and begins to explain how she will have to make a photocopy of it. Not going to happen I stated. I figured this will not go anywhere and ask if I could see the managing party at the counter.
I explain to him and ask if he would look at the stamps in the passport and make some common sense out of this simple situation. Well I just learned that the funniest thing about common sense is, itâ€™s not all that common. I took my last attempt to solve this no problem situation and showed him one of my business cards. He goes on itâ€™s in Spanish I canâ€™t read it. I yelled back at this point and right in front of his face. Of course it is, I live in the FUC**N Dominican Republic!!!!! Finally he says you donâ€™t have to be so rude Iâ€™m only doing my job. My last response was, if you were doing your job we wouldnâ€™t be having this discussion would we? So off my cheerful butt goes to meet up with the Homeland security gorillas.
I go through the scanner and as always I get â€œmay we open this cartonâ€. I always move my metals from country to country. Itâ€™s never a problem if you know what youâ€™re allowed to carry and how to do it. He begins to look at my walking liberties and asks me what these are? So I tell him I collect U.S. coins and that they are one dollar coins that most people donâ€™t use anymore as the paper dollar is easier to carry. He says wow! He goes thatâ€™s a nice box they come in too. O.K. Have a good flight. Easy as always.
Traveling to the gate the flight was delayed because of a hard rain. No problem itâ€™s understandable but the A/C in the plane wasnâ€™t working. Hot as hell for half an hour on the tarmac. And weâ€™re off, once weâ€™re at altitude the air of course is nice and cold. Slept for the short two hour flight to the D.R. Upon landing I made my way to customs where the Dominican Customs officer began their grueling interrogation. He asks me ERES Americano? I said Si. He said Bienbenidos (welcome) and forgot to take my paperwork. God I love this country!!! Went on to pick up my car that I parked at the airport for four days, paid a grand total of twelve dollars. Stopped to grab a couple of beers to enjoy while driving home and here I am back in the zona I love most. I missed my wife, cats and of course the mango tree.
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I'm afraid I don't see it at all, in fact I see the exact opposite. The stock market is at all time highs, everyone is getting filthy rich now. Everyone everywhere all around me has Mercedes and Porsche and Hummers and BMW, there are more of these cars now than at any other time in history.
Housing prices are rising once again....
There is opportunity to make money all over the place in the USA, from housing to stocks to business...
The quality of life in the USA cannot be compared anywhere in the world, go to San Diego in La Jolla and experience the finest quality of life anywhere in the world....
California in general is probably the best place in the entire world, offering an abundance for every time of person.
No I'm afraid I don't see the hype anymore, I see the reality all too clearly now....
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