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  1. Nothing is sin tax worthy. Social engineering in itself is a greater immorality.
  2. Also remember that a casual or first time cigar smoker will be put off by the strength of even the mildest Cuban. At large gatherings I tend to bring with me a box of non-Cuban cheapos that I'll never smoke (Macanudos and the like) but might hit the spot for a first timer. If they want to take a churchill sized Montesino and only smoke one inch of it, I don't care at all. And no one ever thinks to ask, "hey you're smoking a different cigar than I am". They won't notice or care.
  3. Yes, the Hoyo and Upmann were awful. But they were evidently aged cigars, as stated. Just bad aged cigars. I guess those of us who rapidly snap up the Partagas Coronas Gordas and Montecristo Churchills when they're offered just aren't as smart as the rest of ya'll who never tried any of the Anejados at all. We'll just have to live with our persistent ignorance, I guess.
  4. So the action we got this weekend is making me think about tire temperatures again. I am wondering if the extremely high air and track temperatures helped with core temperatures for the teams that have been struggling with tire windows on the 2019 tires. Obviously there was almost no chance we were going to go back to the 2018 tires, despite all the talk recently about that. But what if they go back to 100 degrees on the rear blankets? Or maybe even allow something higher than 100 on both? Could that help with tire core temperature for some teams? Is that a change FIA could make without needing unanimous agreement among the teams? Would like FIA to take the attitude that we *must* have more races like this, and if a tire blanket temperature change *maybe* would help achieve that, then let's go for it.
  5. Hmm, this makes me think maybe they should have threaded in some fireworks fuses back in the days of the fireproof EL wrappers. Might have helped with combustion.
  6. I think the problem here is that the 5 second penalty was far too harsh for this situation. That was an outcome-determining penalty. What was really needed was a timely "give up the position" type penalty. That would have been commensurate with the hindrance Vettel put on Hamilton there. But that is difficult to implement. It would require very timely action by the stewards and a way to have the drivers take the action of it within a lap or two of the incident. If somehow we could have that, then we could have had a legitimate outcome to the race. Seb can either pass outright, or push Lewis into making a similar mistake. Or Lewis drives a clean final segment of the race. That's the only way for either driver to have earned the win. But FIA has to explore the possibility of doing some sort of rapid give-up-the-position type penalty. 5 seconds as the minimum penalty for any violation is way too severe for today's thin-margin racing.
  7. I tihnk Guenther and Marko put their finger on the big issue this season. Pirelli put us in this situation. Tyres that only work well for only 2 out of 20 cars on the grid. It's not a good situation. Pirelli should have got the 5 second penalty.
  8. This seems similar to vacuum sealing, which I do a lot. The lack of airflow is fine (and arguably beneficial in the long term). But I have found that after taking a box out of long term vacuum seal, it will go into a sick period of 6 months or so. After that, they will be back to normal. Maybe the same is happening with your jar sealed singles.
  9. Great review. Love these. Down to my last box. They have become special occasion smokes.
  10. Yeah, don't let the Berlin LCDH sway you from visiting the others. Most are great. Hamburg is run by a charlatan and thief, but at least in person you will be able to be very insistent about receiving cigars you paid for.
  11. I see the LCDH Berlin's odd idea of what constitutes "customer service" hasn't changed since I was last there years ago.
  12. This appears to be Club Macanudo in New York City. The suits are explained by: 1) this is NYC, and 2) NYC Club Macanudo has a dress code.
  13. Well, we already have the photograph of the 2019 season. Looks like a shot from an upcoming James Bond movie.
  14. Something was definitely funny with that Ferrari engine in Melbourne. Watched some of the Vettel on board and there were a number of odd RPM drops in the straights. That plus all the corner entry coasting they were doing and it seems like Marko is right. Ferrari was obviously running the engine in some kind of low level safe mode in the race.

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