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Journal of Allison (3003)

Friday March 04, 2005
01:37 PM

friends in strange places

[ #23499 ]
Actual conversation with a U.S. border official on entering the country:

[Usual "where are you from" questions.]

Official: What's your field of expertise?

Allison: Computer programming.

O: Yeah? What language? Java, C++, Visual Basic...

A: Perl.

O: Really? 5.8?

A: Yeah, and Perl 6.

O: Perl 6. Wow! Brave soul. I haven't gotten past 5.8 yet.

A: Well, that's really all you need for now.

[Other usual questions.]

O: It's always a pleasure meeting a fellow Perl Monger.

It put a smile on my face, anyway. :)

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  • Interesting that there still are interesting people doing INS now that they're part of DHS.

    Many years ago, Dad was a part-time INS Border crossing-guard. Back before INS folks were issued firearms, teachers needed summer & weekend supplemental work. He was on such a small bridge (from Canada, other coast) that the one Customs guy and the one Immigration guy each did the other's basic screening questions on alternate lanes. So it was once fairly normal to find a History Major / English Lit instructor

    # I had a sig when sigs were cool
    use Sig;
  • On the way to OSCON last year [] the immigration person at Minneapolis knew about open source, but he didn't state a preference. How many airports have been infiltrated by open source users?

  • Well, that's probably a better experience than brian's story about how, in the early days, he was on the subway heading home, working on some code, and a homeless guy came up on him and looked at what he was doing and said "Hey, is that perl?" :-)