Under A Cuban Moon

HAVANA,May 20 ( - Cuban authorities have implemented strict security measures at the embarkation points for the small ferries crossing Havana bay.Now, before boarding, all passengers must go through a metal detector. Newly posted signs warn passengers they can’t carry furniture or birthday cakes…

You know how it is on a stormy night when you take the ferry across Havana Bay and you smell the fear of the passengers as the waves call you to your death and the drunken ferry captain almost falls overboard three times before the rope to the harbour wall has been cast off.

The captain is drunk again, I said to my brother Ramon.

Not on his salary, Ramon said, He is dizzy with the danger.

Yes that is how it is , I said. But this danger that makes him dizzy does not affect us.

It is not that kind of danger, Ramon said.

And so we stood on the deck in the rain, all 65 of us, as the small ferry made its way across the bay.

After a few minutes, Ramon spoke again: It is the other ki…

High Gas Prices Can Be Countered With Smart Use

The price of gas continues to climb, and with continued uncertainty in the Middle East, they will probably continue to do so.  In California and elsewhere, prices for some grades of gas have long passed the previously unthinkable threshold of three dollars a gallon.  Granted, that is lower than the inflation-adjusted prices of early 1981, but that doesn't make anyone feel better when they've just paid nearly $100 to fill the tank of their sport utility vehicle.

In a previous article, we offered some solutions as to how the average consumer can either save on gas prices or use less gas.  These tips included using credit cards with cashback rebates, keeping your car tuned and tires inflated, and keeping the car washed and waxed, which reduces drag.   Here are a few additional tips which will help ease the strain of filling your tank.

Empty your trunk.  Some people drive around with their trunks nearly full with things that just don't need to be there.  Sure, you need a jack …

The Expert Advice In This Article Will Teach You About Hiring A Carpet Cleaner

Your carpets are busier than you realize. They are trampled on day and night, every day. A professional needs to be called if your carpets require deep cleaning. Are you confused as to what type of services you should have done? The next few paragraphs will show you.
Vacuuming will be easier if you divide your carpet into different sections. This allows you to concentrate on areas more carefully without repeatedly going over the same spots. Square rooms are easily divisible into quadrants.
When cleaning your carpet, make sure that you remove all of the large items like toys and furniture. The last thing that you want to do is to miss a spot with a lot of dirt because something was covering the area. This will help you become more efficient with cleaning.
When hiring a carpet cleaning company, make sure you do some research and find one that has a good reputation. Talk to your friends and family to find one who worked for them. That is a good place to start. If you do not know anyone …

Money Saved By Shopping Auto Insurance Using These Methods

You may be a new car owner, or someone thinking about buying a car, or just in the market for better deals on your auto insurance. Regardless of the situation, it's critical to know how to the best deal - and the best coverage - when shopping for auto insurance.
Make the most of any discounts your insurance company offers. If you get a new security device, be sure to tell your insurance agent. You may very well be eligible for a discount. If you take a defensive driving course, be sure to let your agent know. It could save you money. If you are taking classes, find out if your car insurance company provides a student discount.
If your automobile is older and has a low book value, you can save money on your insurance by dropping the comprehensive and collision coverage options. If you are ever involved in an accident with an older car of little value, the insurer is not going to fix it. They will label it totaled. So there is no reason to pay for this type of coverage.
When shoppi…