My children are pretty disgusted with me - I don't smoke and I certainly don't advocate smoking, but it seems to me when in Cuba you should embrace the culture and that surely must include a cigar or 2. I wasn't expecting to enjoy it so much and herein lies the problem. Perhaps it was the atmosphere, the warm Cuban nights, the muy caliente staff, the 7 year Havana rum... Apart from a couple of accidental inhales (that was not so pleasant) cigar smoking was one of the highlights of my day and I think that Monte Cristos and I now have a special relationship that should be nurtured and relived on special occasions!
Not having/being able to worry about the Gallery for a whole week made my Cuban experience even better. Last time I went away I was in almost constant contact during my week, but in Cuba email and internet are virtually non-existent and I was not about to waste precious beach time standing in line to use the phone.
I feel that February was a turning point for the gallery (and for me and my lungs!) It was so great to go away knowing the Gallery was in good hands and knowing that we had already had our best month ever (we almost doubled our sales from our previous best month!). This was a month where everything seemed to just click: great artists, exciting shows, an appreciative audience, some amazing publicity, off the charts sales, rum, Cuban cigars....
Life is good indeed
Happy Leap Day!