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About ElJefeDeNada

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    Just north of Mexico
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    Little about a lot and not much about anything. Good smokes, family, wildlife, shooting, good music (and bad), and the University of Texas Longhorns.

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  1. The best American rums 2017

    Because I've been exploring rums (thanks to recommendations on this board), my son brought me a bottle of the Koloa Kaua'i Spice back from a Hawaiian trip and it's really, really nice. I pick up vanilla and other spices. It's smooth and at its best sipped neat. The only problem being its limited availability in the lower 48. So I'm nursing my bottle judiciously.
  2. Mika, I thought about posting this with the slide show and then I thought it might be something for your Stuff thread that I so look forward to each work day. I confess this South Texas boy has always had a thing for Italian styling whether road bikes, motorcycles, high end shotguns and cars. So this really caught my eye on CBS Sunday Morning today:


    Oh, and my wife is Italian too!

  3. After 30-plus years of marriage, my wife convinced me of mine.
  4. It should be noted that General Ignacio Zaragoza was born in Goliad, Texas, which gives Texans another reason to celebrate the day. Of course, Texans will celebrate anything at the drop of a bull calf's testicles. So there's that too.
  5. What makes a good life?

    The Atlantic did a story on the Harvard study some 5-10 years ago and I shared it with my family then. I'm sharing this with them now. A really thought-provoking book I'd recommend is "How Will You Measure Your Life," by Clayton M. Christensen, a professor at Harvard Business School. It's a short read and began as the farewell lecture in Christensen's class, which my son took. As in typical HBS processes, he explores happiness and fulfillment in life with wonderful case studies giving detailed examples. It explores how to make good decisions throughout life with great business lessons thrown in. About 200 pages and well worth every one.
  6. As my late father-in-law said of pageants, "I didn't raise my daughter to be a heifer at the county show." Nor did I raise mine thusly.
  7. Guy never should have been on a motorcycle when clearly what he needs is a Hummer.
  8. Help--Vintage White Owls

    That's a really cool thing to do for your father, topdiesel. Smells can trigger great memories. I treasure my childhood memories of visiting my grandfather in the summer and playing cribbage with him while he smoked his evening cigar. Great present.
  9. Just in time for deer season in my neck of the woods:
  10. Yeah, I thought Washington essentially being the punchline wouldn't offend anyone regardless of political affiliation – liberal, conservative, Occupy Wall Street, Tea Party, communist, libertarian, etc. Certainly didn't set out to stir the debate, just take a humorous jab at D.C.'s disfunction. So did you hear the one about Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and the flatulent rabbi? Well, you won't here!
  11. For Ken: Daniel Snyder, owner of the NFL's Redskins franchise, has announced that the team is dropping the word "Washington" from the team name and it will henceforth be simply known as "The Redskins". It was reported that he finds the word 'Washington' imparts a negative image of poor leadership, mismanagement, corruption, cheating, and lying, and is not a fitting role model for young fans of football. Cheers
  12. From the title, I assumed this would be a Clinton-Lewinsky compilation.
  13. John was a single guy living at home with his father and working in the family business. When he found out he was going to inherit a fortune when his sickly father died, he decided he needed a wife with which to share his fortune. One evening at an investment meeting he spotted the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. Her natural beauty took his breath away. "I may look like just an ordinary man,” he said to her, "but in just a few years, my father will die, and I'll inherit 20 million dollars." Impressed, the woman obtained his business card and three days later, she became his stepmother. Women are so much better at estate planning than men.
  14. Having occasionally read his stuff but being unfamiliar with his background, I saw the scarf and never expected him to be a midwestern fellow. I have a bachelors of journalism too (or as I like to say, "I got a BJ in college") from about the same period, but I have to say I missed the career fair where they were signing folks up to review cigars and wine.

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