10 things you want to say at the border but really shouldn’t


“Do you have anything to declare?”

I get asked this question every time I return to Canada, and every time I have to stifle a giggle. This is mostly because I’m terribly immature. But seriously, every time I cross the border, I have to fight from making a silly comment that’s sure to send me straight into the loving arms of Canadian or American security personnel.

On our way home from Nashville this past weekend, Emily and I were laughing about the things we could say when asked this question. Here are a few of the answers we thought were pretty funny:

  1. “We had a wonderful time, thanks for asking!”
  2. “I’m a little gassy, sorry.”
  3. “Bankruptcy!”
  4. “Do you know they’ve got beer in their grocery stores?”
  5. “A monkey and a jetpack.”
  6. “I forgot my passport, can I just show it to you next time?”
  7. “I love lamp.”
  8. “The only things we bought were a bunch of Guns… [uncomfortably long pause] and Roses t-shirts.”
  9. “These aren’t my kids.” (See also, “These aren’t my parents.”)
  10. “Not really, do you?”

What about you? What are some ways you’ve always wanted to answer the declaration question at the border?

Transit Delays

So our plane was delayed by an hour and we missed our flight home on Friday night. Right now, Adam, John and I are sitting in a sketchy sports bar waiting for something to eat at midnight (we’re still running on Pacific time). Our new flight leaves at 9:50 am and we’re all looking forward to seeing our wives and sleeping in our own beds.

Since there won’t be much else to post here due to the travel schedule, enjoy a good word from our friend Matt Chandler:

Letters from San Francisco

Friday morning, we begin the journey back to London after a long, but extremely productive week in San Francisco.  We’ve had an incredible week here, learning a TON about about new trends in digital marketing, and what we’re doing and not doing well from a marketing perspective.

I’ve been inspired and greatly challenged by the dozens of terrific and creative speakers and panelists we’ve had the privilege of hearing this week, and the one message that we keep hearing from everyone, over and over again is this:

Great content is king—and context is its queen.

I think this is really valuable for everyone to remember, in whatever sphere of influence or vocation we have.

If we’re not presenting great content that fits the location, we’re not actually presenting anything of value.

From a corporate marketing perspective, I am reminded that we need to not just fire buckshot into the crowd, but actually be focusing on the people that matter most. For some of our companies, that means we need to figure out exactly who we’re targeting.

We need to do a better job of talking and listening, and not just have great execution, but great content.

From a blogging perspective, it’s an important reminder to stay focused on the “why”: Why am I blogging? Is it just to feel bright or to share something of value with others.

So, how does this affect the blog? Honestly, I hope that I can continue to apply these thoughts and improve the content of what I’m posting.

We’ll see. Thanks for reading.

Sunday Shorts (04/19)

Should you Talk About the Gospel in Every Sermon?

Piper at Desiring God:

The Gospel Coalition—Entrusted with the Gospel: Living the Vision of 2 Timothy

The Gospel Coalition’s 2009 Conference runs from this week, April 21-23, in Chicago. Speakers include D.A. Carson, Tim Keller, John Piper, Mark Driscoll and more.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Gospel Coalition, here’s a brief introduction:

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And Now for Something Completely Different…

So, Compassion decided it would be a good idea to team up with Rob Bell for a Nooma video called “Corner.” It’s okay as far as Nooma goes, but it’s nothing ground-breaking.

That, and I find Bell’s glasses distracting.

(I should note that while I work in Compassion’s Canadian office, my views should not be taken as always reflective of the organization.)

I’m Leaving on a Jet Plane…

I’m off to ad:tech San Francisco until Friday, much to my excitement. I’ve never been to the left coast before, so I’m a wee bit excited. Ad:tech has a great line-up of speakers and break out sessions, and I’m looking forward to learning a lot while I’m there.

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