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We Made It To Michigan - Jessie T. Wolf
June 9th, 2008
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We Made It To Michigan
Well, after a five-day drive, Tim and I have made it safely to Michigan. We decided to drive through the Canadian side, rather than the U.S. side, just in case we had any trouble at the border... if we crossed at either Sarnia or Sault St. Marie and got denied entry, at least Toronto would then only be a short drive away, and I could stay with friends for a little while if push came to shove.

Luckily, the border crossing went fine, (we did cross at Sault St. Marie) but they did bring us in and searched us quite thoroughly. One of the border guards actually found a small bullet vibrator in Tim's bag, took it out, opened it up and started taking the battery out, asking what it was... and Tim was like, "Uhm... it's a vibrator..." and the guard almost turned white. ;) He dropped it back in the bag, while it was on and buzzing away, and Tim said, "You'll have to turn that off..." The guard said, "What, it doesn't just turn off on its own??" OMG, twit. XD It was so funny! They were also inquiring about the Didgeridoos - they'd never seen one before. It amazes me how much certain border guards don't know.

Other than having us empty out all of our pockets and after they searched through our car, they were actually pretty helpful when it came to us asking questions about how we go about importing the car, and also about my getting the K3 Spousal Visa. Apparently there are some complications with this idea, and we're now having to rethink on things. According to them, getting the K3 Visa for me could actually take up to a couple of *years*, not just months, as I had thought. And with us only planning on being in the U.S. for 2 years, they said that by the time I actually got the Visa, we would most likely be planning our move back to Canada. In a nutshell, if I applied for the Visa now, I would actually have to stay in Canada by myself for an undetermined amount of time, while Tim stayed in Michigan, and I would not be allowed to even enter the 'States as a visitor until the Visa was issued to me. :(

They suggested the best way to go would just be to come in and stay as a visitor for a couple of months at a time, making sure to go back into Canada often, in between visits. They made it very clear to me that I could *not* live in the U.S. and that I will have to spend more time in Canada over the next 2 years, than the time I spend in the U.S. They said that I will have to have a place of residence in Canada, and I will also have to be working in Canada, and each time I cross the border I will need to show them proof of this. They need to be convinced that I am not looking to stay in the U.S. and that I have a reason to return to Canada (and I take them very seriously on this, because I've already been denied crossing into the U.S. twice now...).

Bottom line, even though Tim and I are married, I am not allowed to live in the U.S. with him. So... right now, I am looking further into a studio job that was offered to me a few weeks ago. It's a possible opportunity for me to work as an on-set coordinator, off and on. I am *really* hoping that I can get this job now, because it would allow me to work in Vancouver for a few weeks at a time, then I would have a few weeks off in between productions to visit Tim in Michigan.

This also now means that there is the very real probability that I will need to start looking for an apartment to rent out in Vancouver, in the near future, and I would like to have at least one roommate, so that someone is always there during the times that I won't be. So, pat_the_fox if you were still looking to move to a place that is closer to campus, maybe you and I can start looking for places together, when I'm back in town? I will keep you posted, if you're interested. :)

On a better note, Tim and I went to visit the dogs today! They are looking good, for the most part, though Wolf is really showing his age, and is getting much slower. We took some photos, but Photobucket was being weird tonight and not letting me upload anything, so I will have to try posting some pictures up later on. We'll probably visit them again tomorrow afternoon. Tomorrow morning Tim and I will start our house-hunting.

Wish us luck! I'll update more soon. :)

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From:pat_the_fox
Date:June 10th, 2008 06:16 am (UTC)
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I definately am still open to the idea. Just eep me posted.
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From:wlfdog
Date:June 11th, 2008 12:54 am (UTC)
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Will do! Any luck on the job front yet? Looks like it's my turn to start looking too. I really need to update my resume this week. O__o I hope that everything works out in the end.
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From:pat_the_fox
Date:June 14th, 2008 01:58 am (UTC)
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No luck yet unfortunately. Still chugging away at it.
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From:laceaurora
Date:June 10th, 2008 08:34 am (UTC)
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all in all, I am just glad you made it ok :)

Glad to hear the dogs are doing well too!

Keep me updated on what you are doing. I do hope you get what you need and things work out *snuggle*
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From:wlfdog
Date:June 11th, 2008 12:57 am (UTC)
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Thank you very much, hon. :) Looks like we may be seeing more of each other after all! :-P *lol*

We took some more pics of the pups today. I will post them up here as soon as I can. :) *snuggles and nibbles on your ears*
From:jean_luccougar
Date:June 10th, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC)
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Ha. Being caught with that little bullet is pretty benign. Try coming back across with a hookah....with legal tin of Arabian tobacco. Boy howdy is that a bad day in the making.... x.X
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From:jaxxblackfox
Date:June 10th, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
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Glad you guys made it alright.

I still can't believe how retarded it is that a Canadian married to an American has such a hard time getting into the U.S. No wonder they have such a "problem" with people sneaking in illegally.... *rolls eyes*

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From:wlfdog
Date:June 11th, 2008 01:00 am (UTC)
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I know... but honestly, I don't really want to be in the 'States anyway. If I have a chance to actually spend some more time in Vancouver, I will be a happy camper, even if it means that I'll be without Tim for a bit. It's good for me to start doing stuff on my own, and not be mostly dependent on my husband. *shrugs*
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From:wlfdog
Date:June 11th, 2008 01:01 am (UTC)
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Yay! Thanks, Gir! Yes, Tim and I will want to get out and hang with the Furry gang from time to time. :) Just as soon as we actually have a house and are settled, we should make plans to get together. :)
From:delphi_of_clf
Date:June 10th, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
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yeah, that does sound kinda bad :/. So you can't find a work sponsored visa or anything of the sort down here? And having to live as far away as Vancouver while Tim's in MI really doesn't help much x.o;. Sorry to hear things are so complicated, I'm kinda wanting to make the move to Canada one of these days as well, depending on how things in my own life work out. So at least I know it's probably going to be a challenge...have you considered having Tim write the American Consulate in Washington about the immigration process for you? Maybe a congressmen can petition for you or something, since he's got a good job and has technical skills the state/country needs, etcetc?
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From:wlfdog
Date:June 11th, 2008 01:04 am (UTC)
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Nah... not much point in the visa thing, since we are going to be here for such a short period of time anyway. Plus, I really have no interest at all in working, or being any kind of benefit to the U.S. The fact that Tim and I are married, and they're still giving us a hard time, is just asinine, in my opinion. And as far as I'm concerned, if they don't want me here, I'll be perfectly happy to stay living in Canada! :-P Tim and I will make it through this - it's not like we've never done the long-distance relationship thing before.
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From:bloodhoundomega
Date:June 13th, 2008 05:51 am (UTC)
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I was about to say how glad I was you guys made it safely across the border and how things went fine, but gah! There always has to be something to diminish the joy. :/ That visa thing sucks so much! I can't believe how anal America is about that even for Canadians! O_o Oy... *sighs*

Still I am glad you guys made it and that everything else looks good so far.

May you find a lovely sweet house really really soon! I'm with you in my thoughts.
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From:wlfdog
Date:June 14th, 2008 01:11 am (UTC)
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Thank you! *hugshugs!*

Yeah, the visa thing sucks, but we will find a way to get over it. Gotta just roll with the punches, until things align themselves, I guess.

BTW, I'm sorry I've not had a chance to reply to your e-mail!! But to answer your question, if you could try doing a very light brindle with my chocolate brown coloring, that would be cool. :) It would be something similar to this:

http://abulldogslife.livejournal.com/

This is Taffy's LJ - she's one of the pit bulls that I adopted out, and there are a lot of fun pictures of her in here. :) Most people think she is a solid chocolate, until they look closer, and then they see that she has pale brindle markings on her. So for Jessie P. Bull, it's a similar effect - my usual darker chocolate brown, but with very pale brindle markings. :) Thanks so much for the drawing, once again!

Thank you very much for the scan of the badge I made for you! I am glad that you like it! ^^
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