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  1. Bovedas can last several years, but will eventually fail. You'll see the wrapper/envelope start to fail. It will look sort of like grease stains. All of my storage containers seem to be well sealed and so they go very slowly. In my cellar, 65 rh and 65F, they go years and years, but when I do get one drying out I take it with me on the next trip to our SE Asia office where I have the opposite problem: too much humidity. I bring the soggy SE Asia Bovedas back home and so on. In both the U.S. and Asia all my stash is in water tight bins, so the Bovedas don't have to work all that hard.
  2. My current dentist always works with gas AND novocaine. The gas makes you not care before the novocaine does it's job. Belt and suspenders. ?
  3. And if you can go with a heating unit that requires some sort of out-of-the-weather cover, like a canopy to keep the rain off, they are much cheaper to buy initially. My Calcana units are meant to hang outside in all kinds of weather and that makes their design expensive.
  4. Coverage for cigar smokers could be profitable for companies that offer it. Mortality for those who smoke five or fewer cigars a day is about the same as for a non-smoker (just quoting the Surgeon General here). So if you're an insurance company offering a policy when no one else will, you can charge just a tiny bit more (5%) and it makes a whopping big difference in your bottom line if you make a big enough business focus. Insurance companies are all about slender margins and very good actuarial data. And the scaleability of both. Improving a product margin by just 1 or 2% (let alone
  5. 80,000 BTU should work excellently. I've found the "infrared" advantage great in theory but only marginally better in practice. My last two installations were a 40,000 BTU overhead gas (plumbed in) unit with no overhead canopy and roof, and a 75,000 BTU overhead unit, also plumbed in and also with no overhead roof to reflect the heat. Both were from Calcana and designed for the weather. Most electrical units can't take straight on rain so you have to make sure and keep your canopy in good shape. The 40,000 BTU unit worked fine for a sheltered backyard in San Francisco. It was 12'
  6. "found this article. might be of some interest. please remember i am simply the messenger. " Where's the "shoot" emoticon?? Nice collection and summation of all the usual comments on aging cigars with none of the science (because it doesn't exist) that drives successful aging. In the wine industry there's all kinds of finesse around what will age better or not (tannins vs. acids), but we're sadly left with "buy a strong cigar and hope for the best!" ? There's a lot of opportunity to age cigars to perfection: air vs. no air; age the tobacco before or after rolling or both;
  7. Funny! But in actuality, Cuba does take its medical science seriously. An odd conundrum considering everything else they screw up, but then medicine is far removed from political dogma and maybe that keeps it safe from meddling communist bureaucrats? Sure they can screw up its administration, but at least they're not anti-science like 1/3 of the population in the U.S. Good money maker too! The vaccinating tourist is going to have to hang around for a month to get all his shots! ?
  8. I remember these sticks being roundly reviled when they were reintroduced in 2011(?). Complaints ran towards under filling generally. I bought lots of the 5 stick boxes from FOH simply because they made nice business gifts, but always enjoyed smoking them myself too (hey, you got to check what you're gifting right?? ) I did occasionally find an under filled stick but it wasn't any more often than a poor roll in any other marca. Over the last 10 years I seem to find them very approachable ROTT and anytime in the next 5 years. Past that first 5 doesn't seem to bring any benefit IMHO.
  9. Getting rid of central planning. It was the curse in all planned/socialist/communist societies. Always intellectually tempting, but practically a failure once implemented.
  10. Interesting that the whole "inhaling" angle was a marketing thing in 1959!ˆ The Surgeon General's report (that was the beginning of the end for cigarettes) didn't come out until 1964. AND, btw, it said that . . . and I quote . . . "Men smoking less than five cigars per day have death rates about the same as non-smokers." So the "inhale" thing. The same effect was noticed in the report for pipe smokers. While all of this is relevant for us, likely none of it applies to El Presidente, who likely will die at the hands of a jealous husband somewhere . . . ?
  11. I want one. Can I marry your wife??? ?

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