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Oh, wow. An innocent choice and everything runs amok!! Hope it works out in the end, and that the end isn't too far down the road.
By: jenny_o on January 23, 2013
You have a cousin at Q? Tell us more.
By: (not your) Uncle Skip on January 23, 2013
You never know what's going to be a trigger word for government agencies. I have gotten flagged (only one in a car full of people) coming back into the country from Mexico as a possible drug cartel leader because of the SUNGLASSES I was wearing. It took them a long time to believe I really am a mild mannered teacher who happens to like blingy sunglasses. All the best on getting your visa quickly.
By: Shelly on January 23, 2013
I will not travel outside of the USA unless there is a beach involved. I rely on people like you to do the dirty work and send pictures...I am good with just pictures. Ain't red tape grand? I would have checked "retired" I am too honest and can't consider myself a writer. You should have lied and said "retired." Enjoy India...don't order the "Big Mac."
By: Cranky Old Man on January 23, 2013
Yep, i learned that one when I traveled to Mexico a few years ago and more recently going into Canada after a boarder crossing incident - retired is the correct choice. Good luck. Mindy
By: mindy on January 23, 2013
I've heard that India is extremely inefficient, bureaucracy bound, and corrupt. Personally I would view missing a trip to India as a blessing, but that's just me. Enjoy Maui! :) S
By: scott park on January 23, 2013
What a shame. I really hope you can sort things out as I'm sure you'd have an amazing time in India.
By: LL COOL JOE on January 23, 2013
Stephen, I have a friend who has visited India many times, as a woman traveling alone. She says she is almost overwhelmed by the colors there but also by the massive humanity and some of its actions. Enjoy your trip and . . . don't forget to write! :^)
By: Bruce/Catalyst on January 23, 2013
Clearly the power of the Chubby Chatterbox is well known even outside America. All those shots are another good reason not to travel abroad.
By: PT Dilloway on January 23, 2013
Sadly, some countries are 'particular' about who they let in. I've been through U.S. customs several times and it can be an exercise too. Many of the shots you mentioned last a long time (10 yrs.) You should consider Hep A & B which is sold under the name 'Twinrix'. http://www.twinrix.ca/en/ When you arrive at their airport, start making pro-feminist remarks. ;0 Enjoy the experience and savor all the sights, scents and aromas.
By: Daniel LaFrance on January 23, 2013
Well, i just hope, when you get to India, that it turns out to have been worth it.
By: mimi on January 23, 2013
ah the joys of traveling ...I remember back in the old days that when one traveled to Mexico you had to pay $10 in cash to be able to leave.....really! There were times when I wanted to ask- and how much will you pay me to stay? Naturally I didn't as I wasn't sure of the officials sense of humor.... bon voyage!
By: Kathe W. on January 23, 2013
But The Chubby Chatterbox IS a hotbed of sedition, isn't it? Don't tell me I've been misunderstanding the secret code you send out in these "posts." Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on January 23, 2013
Oh that is funny. They have you flagged now and will probably follow you around while you are there watching your every move. You probably have someone monitoring your blog post now. All for checking a little box. The first time I flew I found that my name was on the No Fly List, I was pulled aside and taken to another person where they had to check my status and to see that I was not the person on the list. I haven't had a problem since, thank goodness. Hope it all works out for you and look forward to seeing your post from India!
By: Lighthousegal on January 23, 2013
Thank you for this bit of advice. I shall never check "writer" when filling out a Visa form for a country I intend to visit.
By: Michael Offutt on January 23, 2013
hi. curious - i use blogger & want to keep up with you blog - any clue how to add it to my follow list? when i try through blogger it does not like it? any clues? thanks. ( :
By: Beth on January 23, 2013
Oh no, Stephen. I hope they don't read your anti-Panda post. They'll never let you into the country. Maui is really beautiful, though. xoRobyn
By: Robyn Engel on January 23, 2013
I am not a world traveler. The boundaries of my box are Boston, Daytona Beach, Juneau, and Rapid City. But please listen to my advice. If you see your cousin Jack at the airport, DO NOT holler a greeting to him.
By: Val on January 23, 2013
That's too bad. Who would of thought that the word writer would be in issue???? I am in the mood to take a trip but the only place I might go is Nova Scotia. My husband is up there on business for two weeks. I doubt that anything I would say would get me barred from NS this time of year. Hope you get it all worked out and your Visa arrives.
By: Cheryl P. on January 23, 2013
This could only happen to you, Steve! I know what you are saying about checking boxes! Sometimes the answers given don't really match with what you want to say. When and IF you get your visa,have a good time in India. That is one place I really don't want to go!
By: Linda on January 24, 2013
Well, I don't care to visit any other countries until I've seen all of this one. I've a passport and that's all I need. I hope you get this figured out soon. Have a terrific day. :)
By: Comedy Plus on January 24, 2013
Oh and Seymour the pet rock hails from Colorado. :)
By: Comedy Plus on January 24, 2013
Oh! You coming to India? That's good! Hope you like it here! You are invited to be a part of an upcoming blog event. Plz visit the link - http://andmylifegoeson.blogspot.in/2013/01/whats-your-story-you-are-invited.html
By: Manju on January 24, 2013
Well they are already giving you stuff to write about and that's kind of cool! This may not be the last bureaucratic headache that you face when traveling to India, but I hope everything gets sorted out real quick.
By: Kerry on January 24, 2013
India and Pakistan have been squabbling over Kashmir for ages? I mean, it's a good song and all and I'm sure Led Zeppelin is thrilled, but it's not worth fighting over. Now, take Stairway to Heaven. I'll knock your block off if'n you try and take that one, dagnabbit.
By: Al Penwasser on January 24, 2013
tell em you want to encourage tourism and plan to write very flattering pieces about their fine nation.
By: lime on January 27, 2013
The Taj Mahal is so totally worth it! Live and learn. Oh yeah, the shots are worth it too! Z-
By: L/Z on March 2, 2013
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