I was in flying school in Texas when the US pulled the pin on Cuba. There was a Cuban crew with a C-46 on the ramp along side our school waiting to pick up two new Bell Helicopters from the Bell plant there. Our Spanish speaking pilots talked to them as they lazed around their airplane day after day. I don't think our State Dept ever let them buy the helicopters. That was 56 years ago. Along with many other Yankees, we have visited both China and Viet Nam on cruise ships. We have really enjoyed our visits to both, unlike communist Cuba, these are two communist countries that at one time wanted to shoot us on sight. Kids even had an student exchange deal with a Chinese family whose daughter almost became part of ours when she was here.
I can't understand how it has taken so long to get us to this point with Cuba. Almost silly that it has taken all these years. The idea that some poor impoverished Cuban would attempt to indoctrinate me into a totalitarian ideology after all the interface I have had with both Chinese and Vietnamese who never did so, is laughable.
I don't smoke and never did. But I can't wait to light up one of those Cuban Cigars, I've heard so much about over the years.