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  1. What's up guys? I figured you all could guide me with this question. I've never been anywhere there is a LCDH but the wife and I are going on a 9 day trip to the Yucatan. We fly into Cozumel, we will be taking a fishing guide out of Playa Del Carmen (fingers crossed on a marlin), but will spend most of our time in Tulum. Lucky for me there seem to be 3 different LCDH shops very close. One in Cozumel, one in Playa Del Carmen, and one in Cancun. I plan to hit all three while I'm there. First question is: Does anyone have experience in these three different shops? I will hit Cozumel first and pick up a few things and then restock at the other two while I'm visiting those towns. Is there one that is likely better than the other that might be worth focusing on? I have quite a few boxes in my personal collection but this will be an awesome experience to try some singles that I've never had before. The ultimate question, what is the current ruling on bringing any back home? I've read all sorts of conflicting information. It seems that back in November, Trump rescinded the previous ruling made by Obama. I've read that you can bring back up to $100 worth, you can bring back whatever you want, and then I've seen where you can't bring back any. I'd love to bring back a box as sort of a keepsake from the store but I guess worst case I'd like to just bring back a mixed bag of singles and some customs if they have any. Does anyone have any recent experience with this that can shed some light for me? If you have any must see, must eat, or must visit places in the area, I would also love to hear all about it. Thank you all!!
  2. My dad used to take me to ride ATVs with his buddies. Back then they weren't "Four wheelers". Dad had a Honda Big Red three wheeler that he loved. I was too small to sit on the back and hold on so I got to ride on the gas tank and hold on to the handle bars picking my feet up when we went through huge mud puddles. Before we would load it up into the truck we would take a "Test drive" screaming down the block first thing in the morning to make sure it was running good that day. I'm sure the neighbors loved us. My dad got his payback when I started racing and jumping them 30' in the air. I do still have a nice 450r sitting in the garage waiting for my 1yr old to be able to "Hold on" and an old 80s model 60 cc Yamaha tri zinger for when he can ride it himself. My wife is going to kill me.
  3. SloppyJ

    Wineador help!

    This is the best advice you're going to get regarding a wine cooler. I'm with Phil on this one. I've resigned to just leaving mine unplugged with tubs full of beads that I check periodically. I don't have any fans in mine but I think it's a good idea as long as they don't get too hot.
  4. Just started drinking the 90.... oh so good. I had a hard time shelling out the dough for that. I've been trying to go up on quality and down on quantity. How's the 120? I didn't think I'd like the 90 because the 60 is just so-so to my tastes, it's completely different. Any other higher abv stuff you'd recommend? I like some Sixpoint Resin IPA every now and then too if you've ever seen that one.
  5. Been gathering parts, supplies, and blanks to start building fishing rods. I'd love to have some extra time to devote to that.
  6. Oh you have plenty of room left to get your tetris on! Beautiful cabinet.
  7. Wow, what a terrific video. I'm not even a fly guy but that looks amazing. Going fishing on the Gunnison River in CO this weekend. If only trout put up that much of a fight.
  8. Spring: Deep fried crappie and morel mushrooms All other times: Fried chicken w/ mashed potatoes and gravy Dessert: Banana Pudding Now i'm hungry..............
  9. There should be a format where you can't read the replies until you've posted yours. I wonder how that would change the list?
  10. Reliable - Monte 4 & BPC. Just simply straightforward sticks. Lemons - Principe (I haven't had one I liked), RASCC (I know, crazy right?), Monte 2s (I don't get the hype) Really, I think what it boils down to is that I started buying cigars based on what everyone else thought was good before I knew what I liked myself. I might be the only person on the board that doesn't care for the RASCC though.
  11. Out of the one's I've had here is how I rank them: Fonseca RyJ Cazzie PLMC LGC MdO#4 Kind of off topic, but the only LGC I have had is the #4 that I picked off of a box pass. It had a really nice dark wrapper. In hindsight, dark wrappers on these sticks might not be desirable for me. However, it tasted like potpourri which I found to be awful. Are they all like that?
  12. Lawn duties, craw fish boil, and then my nephew's birthday party crammed into Saturday. Mayyyybe I can sneak the boat out on Sunday to go chase some largemouth. Been having a lot of luck skipping boat docks lately and that's one of my favorite ways to fish.
  13. Great perspective! I have a bunch of sticks that I have been saving for that "special" occasion as well. After having a baby boy 8 months ago, I learned that any free time where I can actually enjoy a cigar is now a special occasion. Burn them all my friend!! Hope everyone has a great weekend,
  14. Ether, while I'm a little over 2/3 your age, I can totally relate to your sentiment. I remember gun racks and not thinking twice about them. Hell, most people in my family had gun racks. I also remember having to hide my archery equipment in my truck so I could go hunting after class when I was in high school. I remember stuffing a shotgun behind my seats and covering it with blankets so I could go duck hunting after class. In my mind it was unthinkable to ever use these weapons on another human being. However, if caught, I would have been expelled no questions asked. Fast forward to today, you'll hardly find me without my concealed pistol because there's no telling what other people's intentions are. I won't take a chance risking my family's safety. I hope I never have to use a weapon against another human but I'm not naive enough to write it off completely. I came across some interesting research about soldiers in WWII. It said that only ~15% of the soldiers were willing to shoot at targets even when being fired upon. Shortly after, the military switched their targets to the human silhouette that is still largely popular. It really makes you think about how we have been conditioned to value human life less than our previous ancestry.
  15. What an excellent first fish! I started taking my wife out on the boat with me so we could spend some more time together. Now she looks at me and tells me where we are going to be fishing that weekend. It's a great problem to have.
  16. If you value hunting or the food you eat, check out the meateater pod cast. Great show.
  17. In the spirit of this thread I met my my buddy at a local spot and had a warped Liria Rojo today. Now ill be the first to admit I don't have a refined palette but the cigar was just okay. It was a little too peppery for me but overall it was a decent cigar. But for $12 per stick I have other cigars that would kill it. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G930A using Tapatalk
  18. I'm close enough with my local B&M owner that I can get the real scoop. He let me know that he would put back a bundle of the black honeys if I wanted some. I asked him the price and he flat out told me that they are a good cigar but the hype associated with them has driven the price up so high that they aren't worth it at that price point. I'm sure that they are good but I doubt they are $20/stick good so I passed because I can get Lusis under that price point.
  19. I can always appreciate an informed decision that goes against the grain. I have a cab in the humi so I can conduct this same test. I still have a few years before that happens. I was just thinking to myself the other night after seeing them pop up on 24:24 again that if they are as tasty as pres makes them out to be around that 5 year mark then I will be kicking myself for not getting more of them. Thanks for sharing your experiences.
  20. I totally understand and agree with your point. However, in crypto's case, the labor or input is the sole reason that the blockchain is running. No proof of work (POW) blockchains could run without a mining network to verify the blockchain itself. So in essence, if you believe that blockchain technology has value, then I would think you would agree that the costs associated with keeping the blockchain "online" are certainly worth something. But I will concede that the prices of the actual currencies are almost, if not, 100% speculative. However, by purchasing these coins, you're "betting" on that team/blockchain/use-case. As a long term outlook, I wouldn't be surprised if only 5% of the current cryptos actually survive. Most have very ambitious use cases that are likely never to take off and gain real world traction. On one hand I like proof of work chains because they allow me to mine the coin and get paid in that currency for helping to keep their chain running which is extremely selfish. However, I do not think it's sustainable and I think it's highly irresponsible in environmental terms. I think the future of blockchain technology has to be in proof of stake (POS) coins. A lot of cryptos hold initial coin offerings (ICOs) which are almost the same as IPOs in stock terms. They are used to acquire capital to build their platform. In my opinion, this has gotten out of hand due to the decentralized nature of crypto/blockchain technology. Normally these are held on the Ethereum (ETH) platform which is the #2 coin in terms of market cap. ETH is a proven platform that is based on "Smart Contracts". I could start a SloppyJ coin that will have a 900 million coin circulating supply. I would hold an ICO and say that if you send me 1 ETH, I will give you 10,000 SloppyJ coins. All the while, I'm working with one of the smaller exchanges to get my coin listed on their exchange so once my coin goes live, the coin can be traded. There really is no obligation for me to do anything else at this point other than make sure my ICO meets its fundraising goals so my contract is executed on the Ethereum platform and my coins are distributed to the "investors". Once the contract is executed I have already acquired a lot of ETH from the ICO and I sell the remaining SloppyJ coins on the exchange. I just became a millionaire. Since fiat is used to enter the crypto market, this has gotten the attention of regulators that are looking to protect their citizens. There are now some pretty strong limitations on ICOs for Americans. It's a HIGHLY unregulated market right now that is and will continue to be manipulated for personal benefit. There are some noble cryptos out there for sure. But for every one of those, there are hundreds of "scam coins" in my opinion. Long story short, the vast majority of the current crypto offerings have nothing to back them up and are purely speculative. IMO, BTC is here to stay due to it being the catalyst that started this entire deal. Ethereum is a legitimate crypto that has a wide range of uses to execute contracts. Litecoin has proven useful to me as an everyday crypto that can be used to pay for items due to its quick transactions and low fees. Other than that, it's all anyone's guess.

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