I Once Tried Being a Smuggler

August 19, 2016

I once tried being a smuggler: I sucked at it.


But hey you are never to old to try. I got all the way up to the button they push that gives you either a green or red light


.....DING....... RED ...... SHIT.


I knew the shapes would be obvious through the xray machines.


In true polite Ecuadorian fashion they escorted me and my illegal contraband to 'the office' to fill in forms and listen to my reason (excuses)  for smuggling known restricted items.


In hindsight, my response to their question should have been 'sex toys', but unfortunately all that came out of my mouth was:


"I am sorry, but they are so delicious and I can't buy them here and I really just wanted to surprise my husband with a delicious treat."


As my Spaghetti Squash and Butternut Squash were being manhandled about, I seen them placed next to confiscated avocados.   All I could think of was DAMN I was so close, just a GREEN Light and we would be on our way.   (and who smuggles avocado into Ecuador anyways; they have tons of fabulous avocados right here!)



I had just come back from Canada, in the winter, so there was no way to buy 'seeds' so I decided I will just bring the squash home, pull out the seeds, and grow some spaghetti and butternut squash, but alas, that was not to be.


I know, I know, I could have taken the seeds out of the squash and more easily slipped them in, however I also did not want to wait for them to grow to have my first meal;  patience is not one of my virtues.


I am not complaining about the Acorn Squash on steroids they sell here in Ecuador, but there is something comforting about cutting a squash in half, baking and eating it right out of the shells that we have come to enjoy.


The good news is that the grocery store at the mall is now selling the Spaghetti Squash on a semi regular basis so we have harvested a vast amount of  the seeds and are starting to grow our own. 


My smuggling days are now over.  


I may have sucked at squash smuggling but I may just find a niche as squash dealer for all the malecon apartment dwellers down here on the coast.


My priorities certainly have changed over the years


International Smuggling of Squash is now ticked off my bucket list.





















I may have sucked at squash smuggling but I may just find a niche as squash dealer for all you apartment dwellers. We can grow anything on this property.......

My priorities certainly have changed over the years........

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