From the old car capital Flint (Michigan) to the border is another tedious but short ride. Harry had given me a Bill of Sale and under invoiced the Yamaha by $ 2,000.- , which translated in a $ 300.- saving on my import. Everything went smoothly with the paperwork, paid my dues and returned to the bike with an “all clear” yellow slip in hand to give to the officers outside, admiring the engine. “All done?” one of them asked. “Yes sir” was my reply. “Where did you buy this bike?” ”On EBay” I said. “ Can you empty your pockets and put the contents on the table”. I produced my wallet and my phone. “Go and sit in the building and wait!” 3 hours later they had gone through everything in my phone and had come up with the ad for the bike, showing clearly the $ 2,000.- increase over what I had claimed. “Your bike has been seized for making a false statement. If you would like it back it will cost you $ 1288.42”. I swallowed and clearly had no choice other than to pay and sheepishly produced a credit card. I could have kicked myself for this stupidity. Lesson learned I continued onto Jack & Roberta’s without incident.
Jack & Roberta
Gaii & Joe
A month ago, an arrangement had been made to meet up on the 15th for the now yearly ‘eat-drink and be merry’ get-together with our mutual friends, Jos & Gail. The evening was, as usual, a great time consisting of lots of laughs, good-natured arguments, BBQ shish kebabs, excellent wine and some fun music.
Paul, Leila & Matt
The weekend was topped off at Paul & Jan’s cottage on Georgina Island (Lake Simcoe). Paul had been my best (and only) man when I got married in Manila in 1990. How this came to pass is a story in & by itself. Jan has had a 2-year long battle with a rare type of bone cancer and has endured bone marrow replacement and chemotherapy. She is a fighter and is now in remission, shows a renewed energy and great outlook on life. I am really happy for them that the treatment seems to have worked so well. The last few times I could only visit for 10 minutes due to her condition and it was a treat to be able to spend a whole long weekend together on the island. Tomorrow I will leave my home away from home at Jack and Roberta’s and start the east coast trip in earnest.