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  1. To reinforce what others have said, I would definitely see a physician. It may be nothing, but constant re irritation of the mucous membranes of the oral cavity can lead to some things that are a whole lot worse than irritation and mouth sores. Unfortunately, I can pretty much predict what you will be told. " Give up cigars, and any other forms of tobacco". While that may be a bitter pill to swallow, oropharyngeal cancer is a horrible, disfiguring disease that is potentially fatal. And I am a physician, although I do not play one on TV!! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  2. I just read that Rex Tillerson announced that the state department is considering closing the US Embassy in light of these "sonic" attacks. That's why Raul is so concerned. Lots of Yankee dollars are flowing into Cuba, a lot of which go to the Cuban government. Raul doesn't want things to go back to the way they were. I would not be a bit surprised if this were not a "false flag" operation, probably ordered by a rogue element of the Cuban military, financed by another country, aimed at destroying the fledgling relationship between Cuba and the USA. Who knows, the perpetrators might well be traced back to the USA. There are still a lot of hard line Cuban expats who don't like the idea of softening the stance on the Cuban government. There are many folks out there who do not want the embargo lifted, trade with Cuba normalized and the free flow of US investment into Cuba. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  3. Congratulations Jeremy

    Congrats !! Cherish them, they grow up so fast, it's incredible. Little miss Pink Bow looks a bit less than thrilled☹️ Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Amazing how many folks chose the HDM DC's. When I read the first post, that was the first one that came to mind. So HDM DC's for me. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  5. Juan Lopez #2

    Here we go!! 🤥🤥 Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  6. What's in your glass today?

    Sitting on the patio with a glass of Belle Glos Pinot Noir Rose' Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  7. Micro breweries are sprouting up like weeds here in Miss and LA. We have one here in Natchez that is producing some pretty good beer! They just came out with a Berliner Weisse that is excellent with smoked foods like Brisket. Also nice with cigars. Down on the coast, Biloxi brewing has some seasonal s that are good. I particularly like their Salty Dog seasonal.The Miss. legislature, in the last session changed the law to allow on site sales and taprooms on premises which is really giving the micros a shot in the arm. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  8. I could maybe understand Cuba buying tobacco from Nicaragua, but what would be the point for Nicaragua to buy Cuban unless they could advertise their cigars as "Cuban blend". They can't advertise because that would put them in jeopardy with the USA's embargo. I just don't see the cigar manufacturers in Nicaragua taking that chance. Even if they advertised a blend in other countries, it would put them in the crosshairs of US Customs. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  9. Hurricane Irma

    After the devastation to southeast Texas and far western La. I truly fear for the lives of folks in the path of Irma. Latest report are sustained winds of 185 mph with gusts to 220! That folks will cause massive destruction to anything in it's path. I was in some of the islands recently,that are directly in the path, and a very high percentage of the structures will not survive the winds. The folks in Florida should take heed and if they are told to evacuate, they need to pack up and head north. The keys could be flattened by a storm of this magnitude. While the Cuban tobacco crop may well be severely impacted, the loss of life is of more concern. If Cuba lost a crop, it would be terrible and have a real economic impact on the country, but thousands dead are what I'm really concerned about. We should be thinking about humans, they are irreplaceable, tobacco is not. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  10. I tried the "dry aging" process outlined at the front of this thread by "brazoseagle". I dry aged a prime ribeye, cut about 1.75" thick. Cooking on a Weber Summit, I was able to get the temp up to 700+ degrees. Steak came out pretty good, although I was fighting flare-ups almost from the onset. The outside got a bit too charred for me, but the taste was really nice. One thing that I would say, if you are going to grill at really high temperatures, the grill has to be clean, and I mean really clean!! If the drip plate or the flavorizer bars over the burners have any residual from past grilling, your flare-up problems will be much greater. I usually don't clean anything but the grates after each cook, but to do these right, everything under the steak has to be really clean. Would I do this again. Probably, after giving the grill a good cleaning. But frankly this steak wasn't any better than ones that I cook using the reverse sear method. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  11. August Trip Report (Picture Heavy)

    Those are some serious purchases. How do you get all that back into the USA? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  12. Hurricane Harvey

    Been watching the Weather Channel, and it looks like Beaumont/ Port Arthur are really getting slammed with water. Mayor of Port Arthur said the entire town is under water. They are pleading for more boats and help to get folks out. I really worry about older folks, folks that are disabled, infirm who are trapped in their homes and unable to get around enough to seek help. If your health problems won't allow you much mobility, you are in real trouble if your house has a couple of feet of water, power and phone service is out. After Katrina, there were horrible instances where people were trapped in their homes and died from drowning, hypothermia or simply died from lack of water and food. I'm afraid that over the next week or so, the death toll is going to get much higher. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  13. First time was a trip to Mexico back in the early 80's. Took a group to Cozumel for a scuba check out trip. Back then, Cozumel was a lot less developed. We bought a few "Cubans" at a small Cigar Store/grocery. I was pretty much a greenhorn cigar smoker back then, but even I with no experience realized how horrible they were!! I smoked one or two and threw the rest away. Every time we go to Cozumel or Cancun, we get assaulted by the "beach boys" selling fake Cubans. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  14. Hurricane Harvey

    God bless all the wonderful folks who put everything else aside and came to the rescue of their fellow citizens. Wanted to say their fellow Texans, but heck, there are folks from all over helping out. Over here on the Mississippi River all we got was a fair amount of rain, probably about 8-10 inches since the weekend and a little wind. I have family in the Houston area, cousin that lives in Pecan Grove Plantation in Ft. Bend county. Not sure if they are getting flooded out from the Brazos river or not. Another cousin that lives in Northwest Houston, and feel sure they got some water damage. Our thoughts and prayers are with all you folks in the Houston/ Galveston/ Beaumont/ Port Arthur area. Stay safe. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  15. Pre embargo humidor

    Have you thought about taking it to a locksmith. I bet they could figure out what type of key you would need and make you one that works. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk

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