January 16, 2007
Department of Unintended Consequences
If we really do build the border barrier, will the outcome be an explosion of Walleyball matches?
This is also a geopolitically divided beach, purposefully hidden, a DMZ in miniature where the men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol would prefer no distractions as they monitor the fence of metal pylons that draws a 20-foot-tall line in the sand all the way into the sea.
It is the perfect beach, in other words, for the world’s first game of international border volleyball. [...]
“Why not use this no-man’s land as a real beach,” Hoff adds, now spinning the volleyball in preparation, “and see if we could strike up a friendly pickup game? There’s no law against that.”
Or is there? Hoff suddenly wonders if hitting the ball back and forth constitutes a violation of U.S. Customs law, since goods are technically being transported across an international border. “Does a nice volley amount to three strikes? Can we all get thrown in the slammer?” One friend of Brent’s refused to come down because he thought we’d all get shot.
We decide to take our chances. Here we are, under the perfect sun of San Diego, where beach volleyball reigns, so why should that be any different just a few miles south?
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It's a 20-foot fence? You'd need some really buff players then.
Posted by: Neil the Ethical Werewolf | Jan 16, 2007 3:14:44 PM
This might not be the greatest idea in a national estuarine research reserve. Those "coastal dunes" are in a protected area and, as I recall, have signs posted on them saying quite clearly, "Do not walk on dunes." Of course, this doesn't stop people from walking on them (or hiding behind them). Back in the 80s (pre-fence), you could see dozens and dozens of people at a time coming north across the dunes while the Border Patrol rounded up little groups of those unlucky enough to be caught.
Posted by: lorri | Jan 17, 2007 1:42:39 AM
Posted by: judy | Sep 26, 2007 5:00:44 AM
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