They directed me into the garage, unpacked my car and asked me all those questions that totally intimidate a woman travelling alone with her cat - do you have any weapons (does a vegetable peeler count?), have you ever been fingerprinted, that's a long time to travel alone. Are you sure you aren't meeting up with any other people? Other people, yes, of course. My Dad will likely come down and I have several friends who might come down for a visit. Does that count?
Then, do you have any food in the car? That was the one that really made me look odd. I have every spice and herb from aniseed to za'tar. I have my wonderful chai and Christmas teas from Paris, some dried bing cherries, white vanilla extract, box of Shreddies, baking powder, cornmeal, beautiful multi-grain bread, Morden's chocolate covered ginger, angostura bitters, ham sandwich, bag of raw almonds........well, you get the gist. And my Weber charcoal grill.
By the end I was baring my soul to this poor woman who was really trying to find a reason why I wouldn't be a risk to their national security. She even asked how much money was in my bank account. I think I finally convinced her by saying that if I didn't return to Alberta, I would have no health care and that would be a desperate situation.
I won't have internet for awhile now....so....happy cooking!