It's the British accent! It makes everything glorious to Americans!
Cute photo of the parents! How'd they like their iPads? And seeing their baby girl pregnant?!
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This was at the UK border, though. I don't think the American accent has quite the same effect there...
They liked the laptop very much. (I brought them an "old" one of ours.) Except for the trackpad. We had to get them a mouse. They were very happy to see me and frankly spoiled me rotten while I was there. I didn't have to lift a finger - except for all that internet business, of course.
We make a point of excessive politeness with US border agents. It's really the only safe option.
I can't imagine that scene would go down anything like that in the US.
(For some reason I cannot fathom, the ones on the Canadian land borders are the hardest to deal with. Even the LAX ones aren't as bad)
The US land border guards to Canada can be deeply unpleasant. Just ask Peter Watts!
A Scottish friend of mine once referred to the Immigration officer in Chicago as "vinegar tits."
So, yeah. Youwch.
nanila, your mater et pater ARE SO ADORBS! Look at those smiles! <3333
Edited at 2012-06-27 05:47 am (UTC)
AHAHAAA. I had really nice immigration officers coming through Vancouver. I guess living in Canada is even capable of relaxing Americans.
My parents are very cuddly. I hugged them lots while I was home.
No, it wouldn't.
Oddly, I had the easiest passage I've experienced back into the US for a long time. Despite being so pressed for time because of the late arrival of my UK flight that I nearly missed my Vancouver-Seattle flight, the US border agents were incredibly nice to me.
You do know you owe Telstar an extra meal for every one you_didnt_give_him.
Dare I ask how cute parents reacted to being dragged into the skyping version of the 21st Centuary?
Thanks! I think Telstar keeps count of his gooshy food rations. Although he's so full of mice lately that he hasn't been nearly so demanding.
The parents adored Skype! I was shocked. They took to it right away and have called me three times on it since I got back to the UK. They love that we can see each other.
My parents love the Skype too! My dad doesn't like talking on the phone, but he'll sit there for a conversation on Skype. They agree it's more like a visit than a phone call.
Your parents are cute in the extreme!! I really enjoyed our visit and it was an honor to meet your parents!
I always think of them as chibi versions of themselves. Thank you so much for coming up. My parents thought you were very smart and articulate. (This is their highest approval rating for my friends, heh!)
funny how reading it without any reckoning of the intonation makes the exchange entirely ordinary. i wonder just how you must have sounded!
your dad looks like don king, and your mom erma bombeck! <3
Scornful. I sounded scornful. SUCH A BAD IDEA!
My dad gets mistaken for Morgan Freeman. Mom used to be a dead ringer for Audrey Hepburn. I must scan in the photos of her that I brought back with me.
If I'd spoken like that with a border agent in the US, I'd probably still be there right now.
Yup probably. :)
*loves the pic*
Yup. Took me an hour once to get through O'Hare with my American passport, thanks to the wrong accent and a bunch of visas in Commie and Terrorist alphabets...
Now I just mumble 'hi' and smile and keep my mouth shut and clean un-visa'd passport open.
I look forward to having two passports, so I can play the, "Now, which of these is going to get me into less trouble in this country?" game. :P
I'm so glad I didn't. I must be careful the next time I'm coming off 20 hours of travel and my usual social filters are somewhat damaged...