In-A-Gadda-Davidoff

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    Banks of the Wabash - Indiana
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    Muscle cars, Cigars, Bourbon, F1 and my Family

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  1. I prefer Old Havana cigars over the LCDH in G.C. Juan is a stand up guy.
  2. Chicago. A couple roster spots of concern, especially place kicker, but overall the roster is pretty sound.
  3. I figure with all that profit pouring in from his own clothing brand that maybe Alonso might sign at discounted rate.🙄 In all seriousness though, I'm all for Bottas to Haas. I figure Mercedes promotes Ocon to avoid him being poached by other teams. If Haas ditches both Grosjean and Magnussen I'd seriously consider Checo Perez if he is not resigned by Racing Point.
  4. I almost suggested this very thing after the Haas meltdown at Silverstone. Haas signing Bottas would be a huge move for the team. Team principal Steiner when talking about the proposed 22 race schedule stating that Haas couldn't financially justify the additional races unless engine allotment stayed at 3. Would Haas be willing to spend the coin to secure Bottas? With all this talk of Alonso returning to F1, my fear is that Haas desperate to replace Grosjean attempts to lure Alonso back to F1.
  5. Finally a great suspenseful race thanks to mother nature. A well deserved podium for Toro Rosso. Vettel from P20 to P2. More Grosjean/Magnussen drama for Haas. It was satisfying watching Stroll fade out of podium contention. I thought Leclerc had a legitimate shot at his first win until he beached his car at turn 16. Up to that point, Ferrari had nailed his tire strategy which was shocking in comparison to the mismanaged strategy of races past. Gasly proving once again that Kyvat or Albon would be a better choice for the parent team. Kubica gets Williams its first point of the year after being outraced by his teammate all year. Poor pit strategy doomed George Russell.
  6. F1 should ditch the hybrid era. I think the effort to lessen the carbon footprint and promote hybrid technology has been lost with the increasing popularity of Formula E. The cars now are so overweight, yet can't follow a car in front of them without totally loosing the front end aero. They just need to go back to naturally aspirated engines. Deregulate F1 instead of further restricting it. Focus on cost savings to teams, and for god sakes let the drivers race each other.
  7. You are spot on in this assessment, and I couldn't agree more. This has been a very disappointing year for Haas, and the lack of results brings all aspects of the team further under the microscope. Both drivers shortcomings have been on full display. It is time for a change.
  8. I haven't seen a Puros Indios for a few years. They were somewhat popular in the late 90s/early 2000s. I never cared for them. They did make an 18" cigar called "The Chief". If memory serves, I think Puros Indios was a Honduran tobacco blend and not Brazilian. But..my memory of those is going back 20 years or thereabouts.
  9. I'm no Verstappen fan, but he had the inside line at turn 3. Leclerc didn't defend the inside line to turn 3 which allowed Verstappen to gain inside advantage on a very tight corner. While I was pulling for Leclerc to finish the race P1, I feel that the pass was legit. The contact, while fairly substantial, was a racing incident that doesn't warrant a time penalty. Leclerc drove a hell of a race, but Verstappen was a man on a mission the last 15 laps of the race. He deserved the win every bit as much as Leclerc. Leclerc will get his F1 race wins eventually. If I was in his position, I wouldn't want my first F1 win to come after the fact because of a time penalty. For me, it would be very bittersweet to see a driver miss the celebration and excitement of their first F1 victory, because it was awarded post race.
  10. Neither one of you missed anything. It was basically 53 fast paced parade laps.
  11. We keep hearing about this Ferrari straight away advantage. How'd it work out on the straightaways of China or Baku? You can have all the straight line speed you want, but if you can't make it turn with speed you are going to lose. I want to see some competition, and so far the only competition is in the mid pack. I'm hoping the Ferrari powered Haas can challenge for a podium this week. Maybe Ferrari can bring something to the table this week that will challenge Mercedes. For now though, this is definitely a one team race to the finish. As a side note, I'm definitely getting sick of hearing Toto Wolff every race weekend spouting off about how this is the week that Ferrari has the advantage over Mercedes. It would find it refreshing for once if they would just own their dominance. Just say we aren't worried about the competition. We are going to do what we do, and that is win.
  12. I have been to the connoisseur club on Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas. All the freedom class ships for Royal Caribbean used to have the connoisseur club, but sadly on the Independence of the Seas it was replaced by a library. I have always enjoyed smoking in the connoisseur club. It has big comfy chairs and a pretty good selection of drinks to pair with your cigar. A lot of times I've had the place all to myself, or with one other person. It is a great place relax onboard the ship. They do have a smallish but decent selection of cigars available for purchase. We have always embarked from a US port so all cigars available for purchase through the connoisseur club were of a decidedly non-Cuban derivation.
  13. Merc showing they are in a class unto themselves. Watching Hamilton in Q3 almost go off track twice and still post a P2 shows just how dominant Mercedes is. Bottas was blazing fast and untouchable. It's nice to see Haas maybe starting to figure out their issues with tire temps and finally are showing some pace. I think F1 and Pirelli really miscalculated the tires this year. Too many teams have had an issue keeping heat in the tires thereby reducing grip which results in poorer lap times. F1 ran the thinner tread at only 3 venues last year, and based on those races changed the tires for all 21 races in 2019. I think they should have left the blanket temps alone for 2019. I feel the change to thinner tread to combat tire blistering for all events in combination with reduced blanket temps has been counterproductive for the sport.
  14. My experience echoes Cayman17. Friendly knowledgeable staff and generally well stocked. I've stopped in every time we have visited Grand Cayman and always find some product to part me from my $. Enjoy Grand Cayman it is paradise.

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