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About boopdeep

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  • Birthday 12/29/1980

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  1. While i don't seek out aged boxes or buy because they are aged, when presented a choice of a current production or something with a few years on it, i'll take the one with a few years on it, even at a premium. when looking for a box i want, and i come across one with some years on it - bonus. of course you have to feel comfortable with the care during the years.
  2. boopdeep

    Happy 4th of July!!!

    We had some torrential rains today here in Houston. Here's a pic courtesy of @scap99. But after the rain stopped, I enjoyed some slip-n-slide with the kiddos and one of my dad's famous margaritas.
  3. Sweet! Thank you, FOH team.
  4. This was from box code ROA July 2011. i have smoked newer production and find them consistently good. Stewed fruit. And now I can say that I find that they age well too. The price Rob has for the 50-cabs make it a no-brainer to me. I’m rarely disappointed by a RASS.
  5. Purchased this box in late 2011 and smoked many of them young. They were excellent, supported my love of habanos, and made RASS a go-to cigar for me. I let about 1/2 the box rest for a few years and when I returned to them, they were funky and all over the place. Let them sit for a few more years, and returned to them tonight. It was a treat. Overall it was very mellow and the overwhelming flavor was floral. It started off light and floral with some fruitiness coming through -- peaches, apples, and raisins. At the end of the first third, there was a glimmer of cardamom that lasted just long enough to make a memory. In the second third, creaminess started to come through, which I can't recall that I had experienced with RASS before. Fruit flavors remained -- stone fruit. It was a creamy peach. Continued to stay very mellow and continued to trend to more mellowness. While the creaminess slowly faded, the floral flavors remained throughout and near the end. Interestingly, the stone fruit transitioned to a stewed fruit flavor. Nubbed it. It was an excellent cigar, easily a 93/94 for me. A pleasant surprise as I was skeptical these would come back. If I had to sum up the flavor experience: floral and fruity. A peach carnation.
  6. I was there late last month. Selection was very limited but they had some primo boxes including BHK56, Esplendidos, and the Hoyo Epi 2 Reservas. Staff was very friendly but did not know anything about cigars (self-admitted). They had a bunch of Ritz branded accessories that were not yet for sale, but the staff said would be soon. They have a nice lounge for smoking and enjoying some beverages - had an indoor cafe feel to it.
  7. Smoked an SCDLH el principe from 2003 (my first SCDLH) almost a year ago that blew my socks off. Sweet molasses. I followed up it a few weeks later with an SCDLH la punta from 2003 and was equally blown away. Ordered a 6er of the el principe a few months ago from here, smoke one fresh and was wowed. Just ordered a box of the el principe from a recent 24:24 and itching to get them in. I did not expect much from scdlh, but have been pleasantly surprised. On a different note, tonight i'm smoking a bolivar no. 1 from a box i purchased here a few months ago, and it too is a very pleasant surprise. I bought the box b/c it was discontinued, but didn't have high expectations. very strong and bold. Bit of mongrel, but classic bolivar flavors.
  8. After resetting my password, I received a prompt that my account was locked and to contact the administrator.
  9. While much of this is true, it's the sheer reduction in attorney numbers that will result. Instead of a legion of associates doing doc-review, you'll only need a few more seasoned attorneys to set the review parameters and review the automated results. legal jobs will be lost in mass. Our firm won some legal tech awards last year by developing "bots" to do U.S. immigration form work, and is now applying the AI to finance documents. Again, while there will still be a need for oversight and review, the numbers will be significantly reduced. I do think much of transactional/corporate legal work will be taken over by AI, but talented "deal makers" will still be required. Law firms and lawyers will charge significant fees for these stars and overall revenues for the companies will not be substantially reduced. But, less lawyers will be working. I agree, and I must, as I am primarily a litigator. But, i think much of litigation is subject to automation and AI (e.g. discovery, which accounts for a substantial amount of litigation spend). A good trial attorney, however, will be difficult to replace with a bot. But, I have seen presentations by companies that are developing persuasion via AI and they tout their results through mock trials to real juries. Apparently AI can predict human emotive responses quite remarkably. Again, I think we are very far off from that, but never say never. Interestingly, I attended a health law conference in Vegas a few weeks back (HLTH), which showcased "disruptive" innovation in healthcare primarily through technology and innovation. While it was not outwardly discussed (to my knowledge), I felt the undertone of the conference was to substantially reduce the need for the provider (physicians). While most advances to date appear at the primary care level, specialist are not immune. If a surgeon can now virtually perform a surgery anywhere in the world via robotics, that same surgeon can now more efficiently sit in a lab and perform significantly more surgeries worldwide without the burdens of conducting operating room procedures. As such, again, there is a lesser need for numbers as a single surgeon can accomplish more. Again, i think numbers will be reduced. But, "good ones" will thrive. The point here is that regardless of how specialized the field, or the fact it is conducted by "professionals," technology, robots, and AI are going to change the landscape dramatically and already have. To believe you are immune is playing with fire.
  10. boopdeep

    Plain Packaging Options.

    1. Albeit completely superficial, plain packaging would take away an important aspect of enjoying cigars for me as I enjoy the aesthetics of the box and bands. Part of the hobby would be lost for me. There's something about obtaining a a new "shiny" box and admiring the packaging and it's labels. While it would not curtail my enjoyment of the hobby completely, some aspect of it would be lost. Plus, boxes and bands are currently one of our best indicators of authenticity. How much more difficult will it be with plain packaging, i can only imagine. 2. I would prefer bandless bundles to cigar warning/generic boxes. While I may slightly prefer the generic band stay on simply for identification. 3. No unique solutions here other than to say I, and I am sure many others, will likely pay a premium for "pre-regulation" boxes. 4. I am sure "pre-regulation" boxes will be marketed. Again, the loss of an important authenticity check is probably my most valid complaint. Though, the "baseball card" collector in my will be sorely missing the packaging for collecting sake.
  11. Jack McCoy from Law and Order. Don Draper from Mad Men.
  12. My sister lives in Portland and so I get to visit/eat a few times a year Portland Lobster Co is great for lobster rolls Eventide is one my favorite restaurants anywhere. Union restaurant at the Press hotel is also very good. There are so many good restaurants in Portland. Lobster at all is good!!
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    Who's been keeping me away?

    Congratulations Chris!

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