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January 29, 2017, 02:03:05 AM
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Re: Viva La Revolución! Time-traveling to Cuba with Something Fishy, whYME, and CITH
Some important notes:

- As with the last segment, this one is split it into two parts, with the second half coming tomorrow.

- Due to the amount of pictures, let your browser fully load before you begin.

- All the pictures are by me, except where indicated otherwise.



[Something Fishy] After a good night's sleep, we were out and about before sunrise to watch Havana wake up.

We headed down Paseo de Marti, the main boulevard that runs from the Capitol and the National Theater to the ocean, and is bisected by a pedestrian walkway:








Turning into a side street, we came across a commentary on the revolution graffitied on a wall:



The sky beginning to brighten:



Early to rise:





Photo by whYME:



Setting up shop, under the ever-watchful eye of Fidel:







Photo by whYME:



In Cuba, does Dora teach kids English?



After a some side-street wanderings, we wanted to head to the Malecon to watch sunrise, but we had gotten disoriented. We were back on Paseo de Marti, but we couldn't figure out if we needed to turn right or left (even though the ocean was very near, the boulevard curved on both ends so we couldn't see very far). A pair of security guards were nearby, so we stepped over to them.

Me, pointing first in one direction, then in the other: "Malecon?"
Guard 1, completely clueless: "Malecon??"
Me: "Malecon!"
Guard 2, looking around hopelessly: "Malecon?"
Me: "Si, Malecon!"

Again, only stares. It's as if these two had never heard of the most famous place in their town, and which is literally three streets away from them.

CITH finally takes out his phone and writes it down for them.

Guard 1: "AH! MaleCON, not MALecon!! Malecon, there!"

Imagine you stop a cop in the middle of Seventh Avenue and ask him which way to Teems Square, but he has no clue what you mean because you didn't say Times Square. Yes, that's the level of genius displayed by these two nincompoops.

Five minutes later, we were at the Malecon MaleCON.

Morro Castle in the pre-dawn light:




First light over Vedado:



And on Old Havana:



Photo by whYME:



The tide was low, so we watched both human and animal getting breakfast.

Crab:




Great white egrets:





Humans. Photo by whYME:



Good catch:



Having some Photoshop fun with early morning traffic:



Havana in a nutshell, photo by whYME:



I remember taking this picture for a specific reason, but for the life of me I can't recall just what that reason was. Let's just assume it was something really profound, and keep it at that :D:



A recently collapsed building:



This crane was just backing in to begin the cleanup. Between the Cyrillic on the boom and the Lada taxi passing by, the whole scene had a very Soviet feel:



Early morning cleanup:



Pretty building, way past its prime:



This guy clearly missed the memo that he should be howling at the moon, not the sunrise:



Not everything has an explanation, sorry. Sometime you just need to accept things in life, such as this farm tractor pulling a... circus? Persian carpet display? A something, though the city:



Sunrise over, we crossed the MaleCON and went back to wandering random alleys.

For some uncanny reason, everyone and everything to come through this alley seemed to match the color scheme perfectly:










Except for this guy, which clashed horribly and made my OCD flare up:



Now that it was properly morning, I had one goal: find a new belt. My pants were still slipping and sliding after last night's wardrobe malfunction on the Malecon, and it was driving me crazy. It wasn't long and we found a couple of stalls selling trinkets to tourists, and lo, one had some belts. It was definitely used and had seen better days, but it fit me and had a working buckle. What more can one ask for?

[whYME] One thing that was very different here than other tourist trinket markets I've been to, it seems the things here were actually locally made, not just the same junk imported from China.

Brightly colored necklaces. Photo by whYME:




Bracelets. Photo by whYME:



Nothing goes to waste in Cuba... Have some old cutlery? Make weird bracelets for the tourists!



Another stall sold hats, where I bought a classic Fidel cap, a Che beret, and a seriously ridiculous-looking fedora, and wore all three since I needed my hands to operate the camera (priorities!).

Photo by whYME:



[whYME] In a way this trip was very different from any other I'd been with Something Fishy. In all the other trips, with the primary focus being landscapes, we pretty much came back with pictures of the same things. Other than differences in composition and such, things were pretty similar. Here in Cuba was another story altogether, as there were many many times when we standing right next to each other but got completely different pictures of completely different subjects. 

For example, after Something Fishy bought his Fidel hat and was busy giving his old cap to a local...




...I got one of my favorite pictures of the trip, a kid sitting nearby and pondering life:



Some lovely colors:





Another crumbling interior:



"Mural CDR #8". CDR is the Cuban secret police, Comités de Defensa de la Revolución. This mural depicts the heros of the revolution: Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, and Camilo Cienfuegos, along with the yacht Granma that brought the revolutionaries over from Mexico in 1956 to jump start the revolution:



Lovely colors and patinas on some buildings:









Photo by whYME:



A pharmacy:



Pineapples, anyone?



Back on Paseo de Marti, beautiful birds were up for sale:





Big changes are afoot, no doubt. A year earlier this would have been absolutely unthinkable:





We watched the traffic for a while:









Avocados for sale, photo by whYME:



Quite the random decal:



A local playground, in true Havana fashion, locked and deserted. Photo by whYME:



Photo by whYME:



After that it was off to a shop to stock up on more water, and back to the apartment for shachris and breakfast.

Duly fed and watered, we went back outside on a quest: find a taxi to take us to Vinales. As I've mentioned in the introduction, we were hoping to take a day trip to the beautiful Vinales Valley, around two hours from Havana. The plan was - hopefully - to arrive in the area a few hours before sunrise, shoot some astrophotography, sunrise, and early morning activity before heading back to Havana.

So the search was on for a driver who knew the way, was familiar with the valley, had an air-conditioned car (preferably a classic, of course), and was crazy enough to pick us up at 1 in the morning, all for a decent price. Shouldn't be too hard, eh?

We noticed a lovely-looking 1953 Dodge and hung around to take some pictures of it:




[Cat In The Hat] One of SF's many, yet unadvertised, talents is tripping over his own feet ;D. I managed to catch him in mid-air as he was getting up from shooting the back of the car:



As we were shooting, the car's owner walked over to shmooze and find out if we were looking for a taxi. Well whaddya know, we actually are:

"Si! To Vinales!"

Yes, of course, he knows Vinales. Let's go now!

In our terrible mixture of English and broken Spanish, we tried to impress on him that while we did want to go to Vinales, we want to leave at 1 AM, and we need to discuss a price first. After a lot of back and forth negotiations (which included getting into the car to test the air conditioning
[whYME] And that air condtioner was working great, it was like stepping into a freezer.), [Something Fishy] we had a deal: for 120 CUC, he'll pick us up at the apartment at 1 AM, drive and guide us in Vinales, and have us back home at 1 PM.

Or at least we thought that's what we arranged. We had no idea if we were all on the same page, and it wasn't helped by the fact that he clearly couldn't fathom why we'd want to go in the middle of the night.

So there we were, all standing around awkwardly, neither side being quite sure if they understood the other, when suddenly...

"?וואס טוט א איד און קובה"

What???

This was last thing we expected to hear in Cuba, and with a flawless, hiemisha accent no less. We wheeled around to see an elderly Cuban, wearing a black yarmulka and a huge smile on his face.

"!נא? שלום עליכם"

It was like an angel had been sent from Heaven. Five seconds worth of translating from Yiddish to Spanish and the arrangements with the driver were concluded, and we sent him away to go take a long nap while we stayed to schmooze with our new friend, Lazer Shklar.



(I warned you about that hat ;D!)

He was born in Poland, where the Nazis murdered his entire family in the Holocaust. He came to Cuba as a refugee right after the war, all alone in the world, and had stayed on for the last 75 years. He would like to come to New York, but doesn't think it'll ever happen. He did ask for my address and phone number, just in case... He was as religious as possible under the circumstances, and was very upset about the state of the local Jewish community, which far from being religious, is mostly not even Jewish at all due to intermarriage.

He took out his wallet and showed us a picture of the Lubavitcher Rebbe that he carries everywhere, and which he says reminds him that he'll see his family once again when Moshiach comes.

On that sad note he bid us goodbye, shook hands once more, and slowly walked off.




May 02, 2017, 10:58:49 AM
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Please (Make and) Post your Kiddush Hashem-Honesty Story In light of all the recent negative coverage of the frum community I thought its important to make an extra effort to make a kiddush Hashem- especially in all honesty related matters.

Sharing your Kiddush Hashem or honesty story is in itself a Kiddush Hashem- and you are encouraging others to do the same.

I will start with my little story which occurred this week:

I dropped my Keurig water container and some of the parts fell off. I couldn't figure out how to reassemble the parts so I called Keurig customer service and the rep said as a courtesy they will send me a new water reservoir for free. (Cost about $30 on amazon) She asked for my shipping address and I actually cringed a little when I specified Lakewood as my town.

She said it would take 7-10 business days to arrive but I wanted a coffee now :)  so when I hung up the phone I tried again and was able to figure out how to snap back the parts and my Keurig was back in service!

My initial thoughts were- great! I fixed it and I will also be getting a free backup in case it breaks again! Surely a huge company such as Keurig won't care, and at the time it was really broken- so totally legit!

But then I thought again about all that's going on and remembered cringing when I mentioned 08701. I said to myself even if legally and Al Pi Halacha I'm perfectly entitled to take the free water container, I will still make an extra effort to be 1000% honest and in addition though there's only the slimmest chance I will get the same rep, maybe somehow it will get noticed and I can make a Kiddush Hashem.

I called back to cancel the free part and lo and behold I got the same rep! She said I remember you and thanked me for reporting that I had fixed it myself- and yes, she did cancel the free part shipment- but I'm still very happy I took a small step toward impeccable honesty and making a kiddush Hashem.

I hope this will be one of many stories to come.

July 06, 2017, 06:14:44 PM
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Re: Get $200+ of Skylanders Toys for less than $10 at Toys R’ Us!
Can you please pm me the name? Did he say you can place the order, no problem? Or did he say, technically, you can, except for Hayoshor V'hatov etc.

If I were you I wouldn't hold my breath for the PM. I'ts highly doubtful he called any Rov.

1. Earlier when the point was made that it was wrong Mr Joe. didn't mention that he called a rov and the rov said it was fine. Rather he chose to say that the only reason issues were raised was because people didn't get in on the deal. (yet he himself supposedly had issues and that's why he called a rov! hmmmm.....)
(He only mentioned he called a rov once i pointed out the massive outright theft and chillul hashem involved.)
2. Do you really think it's plausible that within the short period of time that this was live after the "deal" was posted, Mr. Joe called his rov right away on speed dial and got through automatically and asked if it was okay, before placing his order, or do you think it's more plausible that when he saw this deal he just went zooming to place orders?
3. Someone who takes advantage of these deals, where it's 100% pure theft, no 2 ways about it, is suspect for lying about calling his rov as well.
4. Lying on a public forum saying that he has rabbinic approval, to steal, no less, (because it's a glitch) only makes the chilllul hashem much bigger, when this will undoubtedly be picked up by the media.
5. One can argue that there is a big difference to taking advantage of a glitch such as Amazon pricing a product very cheaply versus our case of manipulating the Toys R Us website where you if you purchase a 99 cent item you can get a few thousand dollars of regular priced products for free. Big difference.

Cheers :)

August 24, 2017, 05:58:29 PM
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Re: Pros and Cons of Different Banks I really like Schwab.

Pros:
1. No fees maintenance fees regardless of account balance
2. Unlimited free checks
3. Unlimited ATM fee reimbursement
4. No foreign exchange fees
5. Account balance earns (low) interest
6. Deposits seem to clear faster than other banks - typically same day or next day

Cons:
1. No way to readily deposit cash
2. Checking account requires a (free) brokerage account

I don't find the cons difficult to overcome at all. Pros 3 and 4 create a great alternative to currency conversion when you need cash abroad.

June 28, 2018, 02:15:14 PM
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Re: Buying Group Master Thread
Never works at a atm...
works for me, all the time...

January 14, 2019, 12:20:21 PM
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