The Associated Press’ Andrea Rodriguez recently wrote an excellent article re Cuba’s getting ready for business it anticipates will come. Most of what has been accomplished thus far was done prior to Cuba and the U.S. kissing and making up.
A new mega port project is under construction west of Havana. Close to completion. Already signing up business.
A 2,300 foot dock has been constructed. Along side, the Chinese built four huge off loading cranes. A nearby area the size of a football field has been graded. To provide private companies ready land to build upon. Hopefully, foreign companies. The area will be a special economic development zone.
Cuba knows it has to jump start a sluggish economy. Cuba is hopeful foreign investment will be attracted.
In the last 1.5 years, seven companies have signed up and are ready to launch. Five foreign and two domestic.
Interesting Key West weather. Typical summer weather. Yesterday afternoon, it rained. Actually poured big time. All of ten minutes. Strong winds. White caps. This morning everything is calm. Dead. Nothing moving. The tide is out. Water smooth. Appears a person could walk on it. Sky gray.
I overslept yesterday morning by one hour. Really had to move my ass to get the blog out, shower and get to the anti-gravity treadmill on time.
After the treadmill, it was the Cuban Coffee Queen. Cuban cheese toast and Cuban coffee. Read the Wall St. Journal. Not my favorite newspaper. Ultra conservative. Too far to the right. However, I periodically read it because I like to know what the right is thinking. The same reason I occasionally watch FOX TV.
Last night, it was Don’s Place first. Enjoyed a stressful conversation with Don, Stan and Claire. The subject matter immaterial. Don was wound up.
Stopped at Tavern ‘n Town on the way home for a bite to eat. Glad I did. Met a most charming woman!
We were sitting at the bar together. She extremely attractive in a conservative way. Fortyish. Tanned just enough. Long black shiny hair hanging over her shoulders. she was wearing black leggings and black flats. Her top a white blouse of sorts. Loose. A wide slit in the middle down the front. Cleavage excellent. A little extra showing. In good taste, however.
I had a most stimulating conversation with her. About everything and nothing. I am sure she did also. I could have fallen in love.
I will probably never see her again. She was to leave on the first plane this morning out of Key West. We did exchange cell phone numbers. I told her about the blog. Asked if I could write about our meeting. She said yes, except do not mention my name , the city I am from and my work. I understood.
The mystery lady I hope to meet again.
Anna will be leaving Santorini sunday. To Armogos. She finally was able to get a room in a pensione. I envy her. I would love to be with her on Amorgos. The only place I like better than Key West.
Anna was worried yesterday about money. ATM machines on Amorgos empty. Anna has an Italian credit card. Good in Santorini. She went to the ATM and loaded up with euros. A good candidate for a robbery!
Greece, Greece, Greece. Strange things are happening. I am getting lost at this stage trying to figure out who is going to do what next.
The Parliament had to approve or disapprove the Eurounion deal. I thought it would be defeated by a heavy vote. Instead, it was approved overwhelmingly. 229-64.
The demonstrations got sloppy last night for the first time. The protesters throwing molotov cocktails at the police and the police returning tear gas. The day time strike called for by the unions had some degree of success. How much, I could not determine. Civil servants, municipal workers, and pharmacy owners did not work.
The new deal will not work. I read somewhere yesterday that interest costs alone will reach $5.5 trillion over the next ten years. Impossible to pay.
A New York City police officer choked black Eric Garner to death a year ago. The City has settled with Garner’s family in a wrongful death lawsuit. $5.9 million. An expensive choke hold!
Honda admitted overcharging certain minorities’ interest charges on purchases made by them. Specifically, Afro-Americans, Hispanics, Asians and Pacific Islanders. Honda agreed to repay $24 million to those affected.
I did not over sleep this morning. I was up at 3:30 to watch the British open.
Enjoy your day!
I feel the Garner settlement is wrong, but, regardless, I’ll be surprised if that money lasts very long.
Garner had 30 prior arrests, was out on bail for selling ‘loosey’s’, marijuana possession, false impersonation and driving without a license. He had a bad heart. He was not choked to death. Had he complied he would probably still be able to sell his ‘loosey’s’ today.
I should also say the NYC new ultra liberal mayor had ordered a crack-down on the sale of ‘loosey’s’ prior to the Garner incident.
The lame stream media may not have reported all this info, I’d be surprised if they had.
Honda did not admit to overcharging finance charges, they agreed to pay $25 million just to settle a complaint. The amount that was thought to be overcharged ranged from $150 to $250 over a 60 month loan. Thats a whole $3 to 4/month.
Everyone knows that interest rates are on many variables. Race can’t [shouldn’t] be one of them, but, previous credit ratings, etc can.
If I were to buy a new Honda would I finance thru Honda ? You bet. At 0.9% it is still and has been one of the best rates around.