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  1. Interesting tidbit I read the other day.. “In Jan 2021, the 30-yr mortgage rate was 2.65% and average new home price in the US was $401,700. Today the 30-yr mortgage rate is 5.25% and average new home price is $570,300. Assuming a 20% down payment, that's a 95% increase in the monthly payment (from $1,294 to $2,519).“ All-in money printing totaled $13 trillion: $5.2 for COVID + $4.5 for quantitative easing + $3 for infrastructure. Mountains of money cause inflation. 13 trillion…and that’s just the US. Prez said it best, “it’s only just begun.” Unprecedented.
  2. I thought y’all may enjoy this Podcast with Nic Carter talking with Boaz Sobrado. They discuss the currency situation in Cuba and how crypto fits in all of it. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/on-the-brink-with-castle-island/id1480586463?i=1000507290099
  3. I am also right in the thick of it. No smell or taste for 3 1/2 weeks. Thanksgiving was such a bummer. My cigar intake has decreased significantly. If I get the itch, I usually smoke a shorty. I have a fear of having all these great sticks but not being able to taste them ever again. It’s a friggin nightmare. I’m excited and rejuvenated to hear others regain the ability to taste the nuances of a cigar. Onward.
  4. You’d think EL would have the best, most consistent rollers. If that’s the case, I’d want EL boxes to cut down on any duds. Same goes for distribution of quality tobacco.
  5. This world needs more cigar smoking Santas. I love it.
  6. North Texas this morning. The air was crisp and fresh.
  7. Esplendidos It’s hard to beat the quality and consistency
  8. Scored a few singles while on the Isla Mujeres. It’s a little known shop so most of the gems hadn’t been picked over. I was able to pick up a Don Alejandro (box and stick pictured) from 06, a HUPC (only box pictured) from 07, and a LFDC Selectos. I wasn’t able to get the code from the bottom of the Selectos box because of a huge warning sticker. While the prices were quite high, the selection was terrific and majority of sticks carried age. My main worry was bringing them back. I debanded them and came up with an elaborate story of where they came from. Customs didn’t even blink an eye and waved me through.
  9. Connie B today & Punch DC last night It’s been a good trip. Let’s go.
  10. Tropical Storm Eta has stolen half the beaches here in Isla Mujeres...but she hasn’t stopped me from enjoying an Esplendido. Cheers!
  11. My job requires me to walk. Luckily it’s an outdoor construction job. Having a cigar while working is a life hack for me.
  12. Breakfast Reyes. I believe the box code was RAG JUL 19. Delicious man!
  13. This is a massive and important change in monetary policy. Cutting out banks makes many transactions worlds easier. Imagine being able to send any amount of money to anyone in the world instantaneously for a few cents.

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