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    Anything aerospace, fishing, carpentry, old house restoration, farming, bbq-ing, classic cars

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  1. Your sweet spot.

    Ha ha . . . hate to bring everyone down, but there most definitely is a destination . . . I'm with Buzzard; a lot of stuff is good ROTT, but it all improves with a bit of time and for me that's 3-5 years for general consumption and 5-10 years for the special stuff. It would be fun to have enough cigars, and time, to age longer, but I intend to burn each and every stick before getting to Emerson's "destination!"
  2. 3-D Printed Cigars. The upside is that you can print any vitola, short-and-fat or long-and-skinny, that you like. The downside is that they will all taste like plastic. AI Cigars. They'll pester and heckle you to get back to work. Unless you pay extra for the Special Edition AI Cigar, which will complement you on your good looks and fine taste.
  3. aged cigars - thoughts?

    Yes, yes, all well and good; but what did you do about the underwear?? Thank heavens for generous collectors, eh? I'm amazed at how well some of these super old cigars hold up. They were rolled with a stronger blend to begin with I guess, but how was it stored? Open air? Box? Plastic wrapped??
  4. Bon Voyage Stu

    Those two look so chipper! They drank you under the table?
  5. Congrats on the Cherokee Harvey! Single engine planes end up being pretty good purchases. When I owned mine (a Beech Sierra that I got my instrument rating in) I flew it hundreds of hours and still sold it for more than I bought it for. With all the maintenance and upgrades it all netted out, so not a money maker but definitely not the bottomless pit that some people joke about. Now my Aerostar twin was a much bigger budget item. And that's typical of twins, but still a heck of a lot of fun. The Aerostar I flew for 1,500 hours and so had to overhaul two engines and put in a new avionics stack, etc. BUT, I got to fly it for business and expensed a helluva lot! Pilot Nirvana!
  6. Outdoor smoking in summer

    In SE Asia, I used to try like crazy to keep my cigars at 65/65 and was forever struggling with wonky burns and bitter flavors when smoking out of doors. Indoors was fine, outdoors the wrapper would humidify quickly while the filler stayed dry and would burn up the center. Gave up on 65/65 for smoking (I still store at that level long term) and let the sticks acclimatize to the ambient conditions (sort of 'wet boxing' if you like) and now it's a much better experience.
  7. Gotta admit it, the AMC inline 6 was one smoooooth criminal. Never let me down. All the way back to the '65 Rambler American convertible. Suweet! Most reliable: 1. 1959 Mercedes Benz 190SL. Was always working on it not because it needed it but because it was such a joy to play with. 2. 1954 Chevy sedan. As bullet proof as they come. 6 volt no less! 3. 2012 Toyota Prius (yeah, no chick magnet but I fell in love with 58MPG!), throttle felt like a rubber band, but an extremely reliable, all round good car. Dogs: 1965 Mini (never could get the electrics to work right) 1960 Morris Minor convertible (lack of a roof caused the whole chassis to sag. Plus I could never get the electrics to work!) 1960 Mercedes 190 Sedan. My bad here; while I was overhauling the gas engine I shoved a diesel under the hood. When I got the gas 4 cylinder back I reinstalled it, but the swap from gas to diesel to gas caused all sorts of crap to scale off the inside of the gas tank and I was forever pulling over on the road to clean out fuel filters and carburetor jets. Otherwise the thing rode smooth and true. Great suspension and a full sliding, canvas sunroof.
  8. Laos - Vientiane

    How was your May trip? Find anything worthwhile in Vientiane?
  9. Humidity too high! please help

    This is what I do. I have a very stable cellar that experiences a couple of rH spikes a year. Put in the dehumidifier and set it to 55-60%, below my 65% target for the cigars. From what I can tell, the readings on these things are even more unreliable than on your humidor hygrometer, so it pays to err to the safe side. Cigars are in watertight containers with Bovedas so bi-directional humidity control and they last a long, long time.
  10. Cigar Mancathlon

    We'll definitely need some sort of "Chick Magnet" category.
  11. The Land Rover Experience

    You just need some of THIS: Lucas Wiring Harness.tiff
  12. Jesus! I didn't know cigars could get the Clap!! Those things are truly fugly!
  13. You should just pencil in SEP 61 and call it all good . . .
  14. I read your subject line the other way around: as a break for cigars, not a break from cigars. a Cigar Break is something I look to squeeze into the schedule wherever I can, as much for the cigar as for the meditative relaxation. But because of the time commitment it's far to easy to end up on an accidental Cigar Sabbatical. It's soooooooo healthy to turn all those other distractions off and just sit and think, chat, or whatever, and a proper Cigar Break makes you do that. I suspect that's why cigar smokers outlive non-smokers. Otherwise, it's far to easy to let a hectic life take control and grind you down to a nub.
  15. Hey you started it: "(Take 2)" eh?

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