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July 22, 2011


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Schadenfreude Warehouse

I think you're right. The Canadian border sounds INFINITELY more friendly than the Mexican border. Even my Hispanic students are afraid to visit relatives now.


Well played, Jenn. Well played!


Hey, we're big, bad and dangerous too! ;-)

Canadians regulate alcohol provincially, so Quebec, which has an 18 year old age limit, sees an influx from Ontario teens etc looking for a year earlier break in the bars. Most provinces maintain a 19 year old limit. All that being said, it's pretty tame up here.


And for people who've forgotten, no passports were required for Americans traveling to either Mexico or Canada. They changed that law recently and now it's required.

Thanks, terrorists.

gary rith

No, I think you could say THANKS W., you idiot, not terrorists. I love Canada :)


I am with you Jenn, better to be prepared than to get "that" call.



Busy Bee Suz

You are always thinking ahead.....very smart!


Ah. That explains it. And your kids would have come to driving age *after* the border rules change.

Ok. One more for you -- in Michigan we can get "enhanced" driver's licenses to cross the border between MI and Canada (well actually it's to be able to get back into MI. The Canadians are pretty cool about letting us in to their country). Do the other border states have this same deal? Of course that would mean that DB would need to get a PA driver's license. And this way he has his passport ready to go when he heads to the Caribbean for Spring Break.

Huh. I just checked the MI Secretary of State office and it seems that anyone can get the enhanced driver's license. And it can be used for travel from Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and Bermuda.

But still, the passport will be useful for DB's gap year backpacking excursion through Europe. :)


I had the frantic phone call from New Hampshire and the "honor" of digging through my beloved neighbors 100 year pile of "mail" looking for his missing passport when he wanted to go to Canada on the spur of the moment. Fed EX that day and he was in the land of Maple leaves the next day. MUCH better to be prepared Jenn and they have a relatively long "shelf life"!!!

Grown-Up Girl

Only if you consider the fact that about half the drugs that are prescription only are actually OTC in Canada... you'd be surprised how many patients I have asking me where they can find hydrocodone in the aisles.

Deb D

That's funny because I always ask friends travelling to the U.S. to bring me back Excedrin because we can't get it here.


Crossing into Mexico certainly has a lot of risks for violence these days. But as for risks of young kids doing dumb stuff while drinking, I would expect Canada and Mexico are pretty similar. Growing up we all went to Canada for our 19th birthdays. I heard stories of lots of people that shouldn't have driving back south and getting detained at the border. Plus some of Canada has very liberal pot laws, if that's something you worry about. Of course I expect any of your kids would make the right choices, but just saying- Canada is far from a land of innocence for kids.

JCK (Motherscribe)

Very clever, Jenn!

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