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  1. Four of us had tickets on AA from Columbus OH to Miami to Havana to depart on 10/9 and return on the 16th. Today AA canceled our flights and informed us that Cuba is not allowing any flights from the US. We knew the trip was off as not being a good time to go and were planning on using the money spent for trip somewhere else. But this still came as somewhat of a surprise.
  2. I have a trip scheduled 10/7-10/14 for four of us via AA booked in late March. We shall see. Fingers crossed but if there is any prospect of a quarantine we are out.
  3. Very nice. That is the newest version with the 3285 70 hour movement based on the Jubilee band though I have to wonder if you have not placed a Jubilee band on an older GMT II based on how the colors appear in that photo. I have a 2020 Batman.
  4. They still dry up/gum up. 7-10 years is the most you can hope for according to the experts before your watch will slow and you need a cleaning/lube which tends to be $500-800 but can be even more depending on watch and jeweler. A Rolex sent back to Rolex for cleaning/lube can be $1000 US. In real life, a lot of less expensive analogue movements are not cleaned and yet continue to run fine. But if the watch is collectible, the wiser move is to have it serviced. Just my opinion here and not stated as fact.
  5. If you really want to stir up some dust, bring up watch winders. Good and durable ones are insanely expensive. Half of the horology inclined say they are unnecessary and lead to more wear of the movement and the other half say "well, any such increased wear is negligible and it is better to keep the movement oil from gumming up". I am in the latter camp, I use a Wolf Heritage 8.
  6. I love watches. I own eight analogue movement at the moment. I once had a really nice looking watch in mind from a major name. My Russian jewelry dealer could get if for me. "Meeech, he said, why do you wand dees watch?" "The minute you wear it it will lose half of it's value" "There are only three watches that keep 95% or more of their value, Patek, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, and Rolex Steel GMT". So I have now gone with my friend Boris' advice. My brother the retired doctor, a watch expert and noted watch trader, later told me Boris is 100% correct.
  7. I am curious why you would consider retiring at Ha Aretz. Yes, I am Jewish. Plus, I lived there for a year when I was seven due to my dad working for the USAF. He worked at the Technion and we lived in Haifa. My son worked in Tel Aviv for a year a few years back and following his return to the US he and I spent ten days in Tel Aviv (2016) so he could visit his friends who remained there. I love Tel Aviv and how can one not? But all that said, living there in retirement with the huge cost of living? Not for me (I don't think). Where in Israel do you have in mind? My wife and I have not tra
  8. Ha! I don't think they are all that bad (obviously). That big glossy sister magazine to Wine Spectator (is it against the rules to mention the cigar magazine here?-I should re-review the forum rules but I myself have almost zero trust in it or the sister mag's wine ratings-they are nice for the pictures and occasional interview) rated them highly a couple years back. So given the price I thought I would give them a try. They are definitely well-constructed. I started out ordering box after box of Monty 2's and Partagas Serie D 4's. I have since branched out to just about every mark sold here.
  9. OK, don't laugh. a) I only got hooked on Cuban cigars when the pandemic began and b) I rode 80 miles on my bike-I am a cyclist-and when I opened my Igloodor to find a quick easy stick as the sun was setting on a cold-ish Central Ohio day this is what I found. I am new here but know that these are not considered fine on this Board. In my State (pun) this hit the spot with some Japanese whisky. So I had a really good ash going and then it started to go out. Rather than pull out my nice, new SD Dupont royal blue fade lighter I made the rookie mistake of blowing on the cigar to get it going and o
  10. Ricardo Montalvan. "Welcome to a world of reeetchhh Columbian leather". This came out circa 1985 after he had just starred in "Star Trek Wrath of Khan" and was a pitch for a deluxe version of a Dodge K-car. My roommate and I used to laugh our arses off. Each time the commercial came on we would override the narration with "welcome to my [email protected]#*pit of reeetchhh Columbian leather...."
  11. Ethernut-I reached out by Whatsapp to Jose yesterday and have not heard back. I am in Columbus OH and have a trip planned for October. Admittedly I have only been on this Board for about a month but if you can help in any way I would be most grateful. In the meantime, I guess I can reach out to some of the other recommended drivers. 

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      Just seeing this, man so sorry! Give him 24hrs ish cellular in Cuba has been a night mare. At that time he was also having trouble with his phone. (impossible to get iPhone parts in Cuba right now). If you didn't get him please let me know and I will ensure he gets back to you -


  12. Johnny O, gracias, mucho gracias! As a new member here I was beginning to think I was being shunned. I know from being a long-term participant on other fora-audio and wine related, that new members tend to be looked at with a healthy dose of suspicion.
  13. I should add-we are well aware that all bets are off as to how things will be in October as to Covid and that with the change of our President and administration there is no way to know what the rules and regs will be in seven months. My question can only be presented based on what is known now. And yes, we did purchase travel insurance and our accommodations can be canceled within 72 hours of departure with a refund of all but $100.
  14. We (me, my wife, and son) and my buddy and his wife and two adult children are booked to fly to Havana out of Columbus OH and I booked what appears to be a great place to stay in Havana-a privately owned three bedroom condo. We leave in early October. We did this on our own and not through a travel agent. When I tried to use a local travel agent I was presented with expensive all-inclusive packages and was told that although there are other ways to do the trip, this is the only way they will assist (all-inclusive package involving daily tours) because the Cuban government insists that each vis
  15. Thanks everyone for helping out a newbie here. I feel much better now. I looked here first and did not see that box code. I read the rules when I joined this Board ten days ago and know I can not mention names. Before, I had almost exclusively bought from a well-known vendor-close to twenty boxes-and every single one of them had unbroken seals. This particular vendor (of today's shipment) is new to me. And from now on, I hope to do most if not all of my purchases here. I just wish I could figure out the timing of the special offers. Wednesday offers coming out at around 6:30 EST on Tuesdays? H

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