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  1. Whenever I feel like smoking an NC (usually while on business trips in the US with no CCs on me), I choose a Padron or a Fuentes of sorts... I have even ventured to try some of Olivas... but I will not try a CAO, as I find their marketing off putting... way too gimmicky for my tastes. To me, CAO is like an ugly-rude woman with too much make up.

  2. Great idea... At work we have been using Skype for teleconferencing and, though it generally works well, a couple of times we have had a tad of annoying lag.

    It would work well as a live review forum with Q&A from the audience... and, hopefully, later uploaded as a video review (as not everyone would be able to tune in due to the usual time zone differences).

  3. When I think of the mounds of beetle bodies, nose hairs, snot balls, sweat, saliva and other foreign objects and entities that I must have smoked through during the last two decades it makes me kinda' sick!!! Stop me from smoking.... Nope!

    Ah... Complexity! Take note, it is not just the soil that makes a Habano a truly complex cigar! :rolleyes:

  4. I actually agree with him...I don't see why the U.S. should change its policies towards Cuba if Cuba is unwilling to change. Concessions must be made on both sides. The Cuban people suffer not becasue of the embargo, but because of the leadership in their country, or rather the lack thereof. Do I want the Cuban people to suffer as they have been these last 50 years? Of course not...but this is a two sided argument. Barter and trade is a simple concept. You want something, you have to give something up. It's really quite simple.

    Yeah... the US should put an embargo on China too... they are just as totalitarian as Cuba... oh wait, I forgot that China is "democratically" a special interest case... :teacher:

  5. My perception is that we have fared relatively well in the Western Australian wastelands... and are now on the upside. Long term projects on the up means that there are people with relatively secure jobs for the next five years. The housing market is gathering steam again, people are shopping, having their teeth whitened... building is gathering momentum. That is my perception, but then I may be in the cushy end of town not able to see the devastation... I would be interested to hear the opinion of other sandgropper fellas.

  6. I received this from a very good friend of mine... his son is currently studying law.

    Apparently... and I have not checked so myself, the following exchanges come from a book called Disorder in the American Courts; they are, allegedly, things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and now published by court reporters that had the torment of staying calm while these exchanges were actually taking place.


    ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?

    WITNESS: Yes.

    ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory?

    WITNESS: I forget..

    ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of something you forgot?


    ATTORNEY: Were you present when your picture was taken?

    WITNESS: Are you shitting me?


    ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn't know about it until the next morning?

    WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam?


    ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the 20-year-old, how old is he?

    WITNESS: He's 20, much like your IQ.


    ATTORNEY: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th?

    WITNESS: Yes.

    ATTO RNEY: And what were you doing at that time?

    WITNESS: Getting laid


    ATTORNEY: She had three children, right?

    WITNESS: Yes.

    ATTORNEY: How many were boys?

    WITNESS: None.

    ATTORNEY: Were there any girls?

    WITNESS: Your Honor, I think I need a different attorney. Can I get a new attorney?


    ATTORNEY: How was your first marriage terminated?

    WITNESS: By death.

    ATTORNEY: And by whose death was it terminated?

    WITNESS: Take a guess..


    ATTORNEY: Can you describe the individual?

    WITNESS: He was about medium height and had a beard.

    ATTORNEY: Was this a male or a female?

    WITNESS: Unless the Circus was in town I'm going with male.


    ATTORNEY: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?

    WITNESS: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.


    ATTORNEY: Doctor, how many of your autopsies have you performed on dead people?

    WITNESS: All of them.. The live ones put up too much of a fight.


    ATTORNEY: ALL your responses MUST be oral, OK? What school did you go to?

    WITNESS: Oral.


    ATTORNEY: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?

    WITNESS: The autopsy started around 8:30 PM

    ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?

    WITNESS: If not, he was by the time I finished.


    ATTORNEY: Are you qualified to give a urine sample?

    WITNESS: Are you qualified to ask that question?



    ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?

    WITNESS: No.

    ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure?

    WITNESS: No.

    ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing?

    WITNESS: No.

    ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?

    WITNESS: No.

    ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor?

    WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.

    ATTORNEY: I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?

    WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law.

  7. It is impossible to make generalised assessment on the basis of a single sample... it is as meaningless as a poll involving one single person. What you have found out is that you did not like the Monte 2 that you smoked... or as Don Quijote said "Señor, una golondrina sola no hace verano" (Sir, a single swallow does not summer make).

    To be able to make a better assessment you need to test a more significant sample... different brands, different vitolas... and more than one of each. Yes, it'll take some investment of time and money... and what you like will depend on your own palate, not on the opinions of anyone on this or other fora.

    Personally, I have yet to have a memorable Monte 2... or, as a matter of fact, been able to finish a non-Cuban... but then I have had only a handful. In terms of experience, I just a neophyte like you, and though someone could suggest that I explore the world of NCs, life's too short to want to taste everything and I am having way way too much fun with Cubans...

  8. Hmm.... Let me see disarm the people, make them totally dependent on government/police protection, suspend civil liberties and increase police power and response. Oh yeah, sounds great. It sounds like you have finally got your "Nanny State" and don't like the unintended consquences.

    Let me see... in iraq anyone can own a weapon, there is no police protection, there is no such thing as liberties to suspend, sounds like iraq would be THE place to live... not! There we may not see such chaotic scenes of youth violence... but then there where none under Stalin or Hitler... such linear thinking would suggest that we need a totalitarian government...

  9. :D Thank you Rob! didn't expect a thread about it. Just to everyone who owns a business or is thinking of starting one, just do it and beleive in yourself and in your dreams. Don't listen to what others might tell you, if you know it's right and it's going to work give it 200%. Business is hard work but also very rewarding.


    I am certain that it is a well-deserved honour, earned on the basis of vision, hard work and responsibility! Best wishes and many successes for the future.

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