Letters: Out of the Humidor
From the Print Edition:
Arnold Schwarzenegger, July/Aug 03
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The insurance company refused to pay so the lawyer sued and won, because the policy didn't define "unacceptable fires." They paid $15,000. Rather than appeal, the insurance company paid. After the lawyer cashed his settlement check, the insurance company had the lawyer arrested on 24 counts of arson!! With his own claim and testimony from the previous case, he was convicted of intentionally burning his insured property and was sentenced to 24 months in jail and a $24,000 fine.
Nancy J. Hume
Peachtree City, Georgia
Editor's note: It's a funny story…only it's not true. We heard it the first time in 1993. It falls under the heading Urban Legend. But you can't help but laugh at it.
On a recent trip to Central America, the most important thing that I wanted to do was visit a cigar factory. I have had a love affair with cigars since I began smoking at age 16 and now, over 30 years later, the passion still remains. Imagine if you showed up at the office of a company in the United States that employed over 4,000 people, had multimillions in worldwide sales, and a reputation second to none, and asked to take a tour of its facility. After the laughter subsided, you'd probably have to step lively so the door didn't hit you from behind. Not so at Plasencia Tobacco in DanlÌ, Honduras.
No sooner had my request in flawed Spanish been put to the receptionist then the man himself, Nestor Plasencia, appeared. I knew his likeness from the photographs in Cigar Aficionado. Never one to be shy when heroes are at hand, I introduced myself, shook his hand, and told him what a great honor it was to meet him. If he had been wearing a ring, I would have probably kneeled down and kissed it. Cigar in hand, he asked me what he could do for me.
When I told him, he gave me a quizzical-humorous look, then asked me to follow him. We arrived in his office, and while talking to his secretary he opened the top drawer of his desk and took out a maduro box-pressed corona and gave it to me.
"Try one of mine," he said.