Viva Cuba Libre!
Long ago in Havana, my mother and father would take me to the famed "Floridita" bar to join a burly, white-bearded man and drink daiquiris.
He gave me his book, "A Farewell to Arms," autographed to "Eric, from his friend Ernest Hemingway. Havana, 1953"
Those were the old days in Cuba, even before Fidel Castro. That's how far back I go on this lovely island on the Spanish Main.
I've twice been in battle in the west African state of Angola against Cuban troops that had been sent by Fidel Castro to fight white South African forces.