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  1. Been there. Done that. It will get better given a little time.
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    Notre-Dame Cathedral

    This is a loss to the entire world. Stained glass alone was priceless.
  3. Always had to turn away with this one. It was horrendous.
  4. Oil is even further from being dead. Tesla would be dead if it wasnt for public funds.
  5. Baby Boomers.... there are LOADS of used Harleys for sale now with very few miles on them. Everyone grew a beard and had to have one. When it gets hard to get your tired old arthritic leg over the seat and even harder to hold the damn thing up you realize its time to give it up. They have tried to target a younger market but younger folks want more power,better handling etc. The price of a Harley is more than a similar smooth riding and running foreign cruiser. The water coolers never took off like they wanted but I am told they are good bikes but guys who want sport bikes arent buying VRods. The electric bike is too expensive and kind of goofy looking. They want to position themselves as a premium bike with premium prices. Old guys will never ride anything but a Harley. Young guys will never ride a Harley. They are in a tough spot. They have been in tough spots thru their history. Hope they survive it. I thought I read where they are trying very hard to make a much stronger push in the non U.S. market .
  6. Micro aggressions of course. Everything seems to be racist in some way today. I dont suppose Prince could have a “wednesday is Prince spaghetti day” ad today.... I felt offended and marginalized at this micro aggression.....who can I sue ?
  7. Just seeing pics of these proud people making the best cigars in the world is pretty cool. No matter how many they make. Just remarkable pics.
  8. Got that news many years ago. Layed off for a long time. Turned 60. Back at it. If its not that it will be something else. I secretly think doctors go home and stuff their faces with beef, drink whiskey , smoke weed and cigars.
  9. Good Lord. Parodi’s. When I was very young we would go visit my cousin in the neigborhood. There was an Italian “club” on the corner. I believe it was called San Di Rocco. They all smoked Parodi’s. There was a guy there we called Cleats due to the cleats he wore on his shoes. You could always hear him coming. He was old and we messed with him mercilessly because he couldn’t catch us. All in good fun of course. Until our dads beat our butt when they found out. Thanks for the trip down memory lane ! I am gonna have to go find a Parodi now. They stunk pretty bad and looked like chihuahua turds.
  10. Looks like it may be dark roast. Before and after.
  11. Very dark roasting hides some of the more delicate flavors and acidity. It heats the sugars in the bean to a more caramel smokey type flavor and masks much of the floral or citrus notes. I personally like a darker roast for the sweetness. I buy mine from a local roaster in Chicago. Italian family. And he willnot do a very dark “espresso” roast. He calls his a Roman/Northern italian roast. Its good stuff. Your friend is going to make some really nice coffee beans . Enjoy them.
  12. Congrats to all who lost some weight and got a bit healthier in their eating habits. Two takeaways no matter who the winner is 1) there are no foot models here 2) Rob needs to stop smoking large ring gage cigars with his feet
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    You Can Always Go Around

    I could and do watch that stuff for days. Not political but when I watch these machines I do get a sense of pride. My oldest brother was USAF career E9 stationed at Scott AFB for his last years. For 5or 6 years we went to Open Houes Air Show. Thunderbirds in their Falcons and seeing the F15 make its passes and then tip straight up and go until it was out of sight was awe inspiring. Space Shuttle on its piggyback ride home on top of its 747. Best ever was an SR71. It was unscheduled but passing thru. Low speed pass and then came arount and he also pointed it to the heavens and just..went ! You can’t help but feel proud. RIP Den.
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    Quickie...but important.

    Glad it was shut down. Day in and day out in Chicago I hear about this type of garbage. I think if the world called a pot luck dinner and everyone brought a good cigar and some food ,most of the problems could be solved without politics politicians or religion. It’s late. I have to go check my Sensor Push to make sure I am not 1/100 of a percentage point off on my humidity. Nite all !
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    You Can Always Go Around

    Vandenberg....funny story. Late 80’s Flew in to LA and decided to drive up the PCH to Monterey for the Historical races. Noticed a bunch of satellite stuff up in the hills as we approached Vandenberg area. We decided we should stop at Vandenberg to see if we could take a public tour or something. We drove up tomthe gate and the nice fellows came out with M16’s. Asked what we wanted. Told them we wanted to take a tour. Nice fellow says”sir this is not a tourist attration” please turn around and leave....OK no problem.
  16. Just poking around and down at the bottom of page in the current online member list, this stuck out to me....”In-a-gadda-Davidoff” brilliant whoever you are !
  17. It was supposed to be “In a Garden of Eden”..... possibly some psyhedelics involved and it morphed a bit !
  18. Warped and twisted bastards no matter what they felt was a good reason to do this.
  19. Best glorified garage band song ever. Killer drum solo that all the kids tried to duplicate and that crazy sound out of a Mosrite guitar. Great handle choice. Gotta be of a certain age to reach back for that one.
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