It appear that Fidel Castro is really dying. The Cuban government held a parade and celebration in his honor, and he didn't show up for one final speech. And for a guy who liked to talk as much as Fidel did, that's a significant hint that his death is imminent.
What a fascinating person. Admirable in his devotion to Cuba. Shocking in his brutality. Hilariously funny and stultifyingly boring. He's probably the most three dimensional of all the modern world leaders. I don't know how much Cuba will miss him, but I'm sad to see him go. I think Cuba won't be able to stand up to the lure of the Mighty Dollar without him, and Cuba will, before long, end up being an American playground.
Our goal is to get to Cuba once before it becomes Las Vegas in the Caribbean. I think we'd better hurry.