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Re: [CON] GZG East Coast Convention

From: agoodall@a...
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2004 14:25:53 +0000
Subject: Re: [CON] GZG East Coast Convention

> I'm coming over to meet some friends (Indy, Jon et al) and attend a 
> SciFi convention  (they probably won't understand about gaming...).

You'd be surprised.

In 1996 I went to GenCon, driving to Milwaukee from Canada. On the way
I hit the border at Sarnia, Ontario. I picked a short line and waited my
to drive to the booth. Once I got there, the Customs agent told me to
for a second and closed his booth. It re-opened with a different agent. 
Checking my watch it was 4 p.m., so probably the end of a shift. This
was younger, in his early 20s, I guessed.

He asked the usual: citizenship, where'd you go, how long were you gone.
then asked what we were bringing back into Canada. Before I could say 
anything, my friend called out, "Gaming supplies." There was a pause.
agent looked at me and said, "What _kind_ of gaming supplies?" 

At this point I was certain we were going to be searched and was ready
beat my friend rather severely about the head and facial area. "Gaming 
supplies." The guy probably thought we had roulette wheels, or
slot machines in the car! (It was a Honda Civic, so there wasn't _that_
you could cram into it. At this point my friend recovered and said,
supplies, like dice, miniature figures, rule books."

The agent looked at me and asked, "Where were you, again?" I 
said, "Milwaukee, for GenCon, a game convention." 

The agent looked at something on the monitor (probably getting a report
on the car) and said, "I've always wanted to go to GenCon. How was it?" 

"Pretty good," I said with obvious relief, "but not quite as good as

"Who was the guest of honour?"

"Walter Koenig," I replied.

He nodded a couple of times, then asked if we had any tobacco or
alcohol. We 
responded in the negative, and then without a word he just waved ust
This was a good thing, as I was _way_ over my duty free limit on "gaming

supplies", and this is the one agent who would know that a set of
painted green and brown and glued with model railroad flock was probably

closer to US$20 than US$5!

So, while it's unlikely that they'll know what a game convention is, you

might be surprised.

Allan Goodall

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