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About chris12381

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    Cuba, cigars, rum, flying, skiing...

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  1. We've used an LRAD at our airport for bird scaring and abatement. Pretty effective. Cost / benefit ratio is way out of whack compared to regular non leathal shotgun cracker shells. Sure was fun to use though! Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  2. Help with exhaust system

    As much as increasing the cfm outflow is good, don't forget to ensure you have have a fresh air or "make up air" source. Without that, as you start pulling more and more cfm from the room, it's like sucking air through a plugged straw. Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  3. DING DING DING!!! This is all you need to know. I've been hearing this rumor for over a decade. Which would mean that for over a decade, "hundreds of thousands of pounds", many times over would have had to have found their way from Nicaragua and Honduras into Cuba. Boat after boat, clandestinely loaded with tobacco, floating their way into Cuba. And in all those years, no one has been able to produce a single photo of a bale of tobacco with "Hecho en Honduras" or a Bill of Laiding/Guia de Carga describing such a shipment. Even a photo in a factory during any step of the production process of tobacco that looks like it doesn't belong in Cuba? Nope. Exposing this would provide enough incentive for the non-Cuban cigar industry to compensate anyone on the island handsomely with such evidence...should it exist. And yet? Nada.
  4. Could be Morse Code too. [emoji4] Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  5. Inverted national flags are commonly used as distress signals. Just sayin'... Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  6. Bingo. I'm worried about OFAC review of trips that occurred during the relaxed enforcement period. No reason why they couldn't...or wouldn't. Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  7. Most stores in my neck of the woods in northern California won't even stock them for good customers. I've only found one store that offered me Cuban cigars in the States "in the back" and it was only after we got to discussing Cuba, it's history and when he told me he was from a small town called San José de las Lajas, I was happy to show him photos I had taken of the town on my roadtrip to Santiago. Definitely required me to be in a circle of trust to be let into this ante room. Not a fake to be seen, most stock was aged at least 5 years and quite a bit of it was stuff I had never seen before. I think I need to go back there... Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  8. Future Son in Law?

  9. 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!
  10. He thinks it's too big...HA! Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  11. 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
  12. I usually go with rum. Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  13. 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
  14. 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."

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