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About chris12381

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  1. Future Son in Law?

  2. Future Son in Law?

    Here are two big problems right there. 1.Any follow up conversation you have with this guy need to have serious discussion about if your daughter and he have spoken about this. Marriage is serious commitment between two people and should NEVER be a total surprise to the other partner! If it is, someone didn't do their job! You gotta tell him that if he has not had a serious conversation about this with her, any discussion about marriage with you as the father is insanely premature. 2. It's great that you realize you can't prevent this...which means that any decision or words that come out of your mouth in the heat of the moment must be checked with that understanding. No matter how horrible it feels like it's getting, there's really nothing you can do to stop him from marrying her. The reality is, there's a whole lot of things you and your family could do that could make a very reluctant or apathetic daughter actually MORE LIKELY to marry him. The "driving her into his arms" angle of this situation, should it go sideways, is real. I've seen it happen, twice. It's ugly, both marriages failed as predicted and the parents still don't talk to their daughters because "they didn't listen" The daughters don't talk to the parents because "they refused to support them when they needed them the most". But that's just my .02. Good luck!
  3. He thinks it's too big...HA! Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  4. Obviously joking as rum is only going to dry you out more. I'm almost 20 years into this so I often forget being a beginner but do remember having a dry/cotton mouth feeling occasionally. I really think it comes down to being dehydrated. I also remember hearing there are certain strains of tobaccos that tend to cause dry mouth more than others, but these are not Cuban tobaccos. Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  5. I usually go with rum. Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  6. I have a sneaking suspicion that there will be a lot of requests for documentation going out over the next year to travelers who took advantage of the self certification rules and the lax approach Immigration and Customs seemed almost directed to take. I took detailed notes about my activities, kept documents and did my best to comply with the license in the event I was asked to produce them. I don't think many of my fellow citizens were as diligent. Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  7. Best Buy in havana

    Upmann jars are a nice bargain on the island if they float your boat. There's treasures to be found off the beaten path as well, especially if you are into cigars that others don't often reach for. And you never know when and where stuff is going to show up. I'm sure I'm not the only person to spot (and buy) boxes of Upmann Sir Winston in the window of Duty Free Terminal 3 past security this past November. Think about it. No where to be found anywhere in the entire city of Havana, but they have them AFTER security in the airport where a lot of people have already converted their CUC's or made their purchases. There's no rhyme or reason to it. All you can do is shrug and say, "Es Cuba."
  8. No. But we are slowly learning more about their intent. It has been alluded that there will be an announcement made this Friday about rolling back many of the significant changes that were made. This would revert back to the previous status quo. Significant today, Rex Tillerson stated, “We believe it is important that we take steps to restore the purpose of the Helms Burton legislation, which was to pressure the regime to change, and that pressure, in our view, has been largely lifted." Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  9. There's also this article which makes some pretty compelling arguments against there being meaningful changes announced on Friday. Trump Expected In Miami Friday - But Big Changes To Cuba Policy Aren't Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  10. Talk this evening is that two sources who have seen the White House and State Department recommendations have said that visits will be limited to one trip per year, "including for Cuban Americans." The language used is interesting as it assumes that everyone will still get to make one trip a year. What's also "interesting" is that if you find out a parent is terminally ill, you get a choice between a bedside visit or attend their funeral. 🙁 Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  11. Yeah. You can get there via 3rd countries too. Unfortunately my career doesn't afford me those options/loopholes. And I certainly don't forget the 10% tax. I see his face every time I pay it! Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  12. I was studying at the University of Havana during the summer of 2004. As it turned out, we were some of the last US students to be able to do so for almost 10 years. In June of 2004, President Bush, by Executive Order, got rid of all almost all ability to travel to Cuba unless under explicit circumstances and of course, it had to be pre-approved by the Treasury Department. But perhaps the most cruel of all, family visits by Cubans/Cuban Americans were restricted to one trip every three years under a specific license to visit only immediate family (grandparents, grandchildren, parents, siblings, spouses, and children) for a period not to exceed 14 days. The daily amount of money that family visitors could spend/bring while in Cuba was reduced from the State Department per diem rate for Havana to $50. EVERY THREE YEARS to visit your relatives. Baggage was limited to 44 lbs. No overweight luggage fees could be paid. Gift parcels could not contain items such as seeds, clothing, personal hygiene items (WTF?), veterinary medicines, fishing equipment, and soap-making equipment (double WTF?). All of this sounds ridiculous but it was enforced. Trust me. Leaving Havana at Terminal 2 where our charter flight back to Los Angeles departed, I watched grandparents hug and kiss their grand kids goodbye as they departed back to to Miami. It would be 3 years until they could return. Some of the most gut-wrenching displays of sorrow I've ever seen. Now, travel is not the only thing that can be screwed around with. Remittances are a big deal. I'm going to be watching non-family remittances, which were legalized in 2011. Several friends receive money from me with some regularity. Am I going to be able to even top up a friends cell phone or internet? I do that all the time. My friends don't live in the tourism economy. Their lives are about to get a whole lot more difficult if that goes away. A LOT more difficult.
  13. Enjoy the carnage. These both happened around 2005. I often wonder what these would be worth, but more importantly what they'd smoke like today. This was a box of original release Siglo VI. Can't remember exactly but looks like a Partagas Serie D No. 1 Edicion Limitada 2004.
  14. Cigar Slush Fund

    Anytime I recieve a $5 bill in change, I put it in a bank. Been doing it for a little over a year. Haven't counted it yet but I'm betting there's airfare to Havana in there with enough for some mojitos left over. Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
  15. I'm a lucky guy. Not only does the girlfriend not mind the smell or care if I smoke in the house, she enjoys a cigar with me. Her favorite cigars are the Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No 2 and Ramón Allones Small Club Coronas. Always need to have stock on hand for her. She also has a little private stock of custom rolled Juanita Petit Coronas that are aging from our different visits to Cuba. A few weeks ago, we were sitting by the fire pit in the back yard. I'm smoking a 2002 Ramón Allones 898, she's smoking a 2010 Hoyo Epicure No 2 and she takes a puff, looks at it and says to me, "You know, I swear the Hoyos are better in the 50 cabs." Atta girl. Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk

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