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I did not important any beef jerky into the UK today. A customs official stopped me to enquire.

Driving north from Kansas City last night, with the rising low and barely past full, I have never seen it so luridly red.

I have learned a new word: "speed table". It's a synonym for a sleeping policeman.

Crossword puzzles are a good way to pass the time on a cross-country trip, so long as there is someone other than the driver available to read aloud clues, spaces, and letters.

We stopped in Fayetteville, Arkansas for a tour of a B&B which friends built. It's spectacular: it's the sort of &B I wish I could stay at (and afford to stay at) when traveling on a regular basis. I even liked how several of the beds had frames so substantial that they required steps to get into it.


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Aug. 30th, 2010 09:23 pm (UTC)
Did you *intend* to import beef jerky?

Do you look like the kind of person who would?
Aug. 30th, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC)
I had no intent to import beef jerky today, although I was importing other foodstuffs about which I was not questioned.

I'm really not sure what the typical beef jerky smuggler looks like. Me? Every fourth person passing through?
Aug. 30th, 2010 09:29 pm (UTC)
Clearly it's a pressing import problem! Little did I know that beef jerky was such valuable contraband!
Sep. 1st, 2010 04:32 pm (UTC)
jerkies, plural.
the stores here in Seattle sell salmon and tuna jerkies (as do roadside stands). if you'd like to irk the customs agent on your next trip back home by listing the numerous non-beef jerkies you are importing, we can help :D
Aug. 30th, 2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
I have never been asked about importing beef jerky. I have imported beef jerky on many occasions. Thanks for taking the heat for me.
Aug. 31st, 2010 07:43 am (UTC)
A speed table is not quite the same as a speed hump (the canonical "sleeping policeman"), because they have a flat section on top longer than the sloping sections at the ends, unlike speed humps which have little or no flat section.
They have much different effects on speed, which you can perceive: you have much less need to slow down sharply for a speed table than for a speed hump to suffer the same level of discomfort (and not greater on the speed hump).
Aug. 31st, 2010 11:18 am (UTC)
Came here to say this :-)
Aug. 31st, 2010 11:50 pm (UTC)
Beef jerky seems to be a rare and expensive commodity over here. I'm not sure if it's heavily taxed, like other vices such as alcohol and tobacco, or whether it's purely a black-market thing and the price simply reflects the danger of smuggling it into the country.
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