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  1. Aging potential for cheap and cheerfuls

    Boli CJs, and a variety of Upmann can be found for less than Vegueros, and seem to age nicely imho. JLPs get too mild after a while but 3-5 years seem to do them well.
  2. Watch under 500?

    Unfortunately that's sky reflected off my black dial.
  3. Watch under 500?

    Seiko makes some great, very affordable watches. The Seiko 5 line has lots of great choices in the sub-$100 range. Most are 36-37mm making them a classic size for dress watches. The SARB033 and SARB035 are a touch bigger at 38mm, and have a little better fit and finish and movement, and are an amazing value for the $250-350 you can find them for (first one is mine, other two are pics from google): If you want to go Swiss, Mido, Frederique Constant, and Edox all make silver dial beauties you can find for under your price point.
  4. Public speaking advice

    Just imagine that you're up there naked. Wait no, imagine they're all naked. Actually, that would prove too distracting also. I have no good advice.
  5. ASH - how can you tell when..

    I've singed/burned holes in more fleece jackets than I care to admit to because of dropped ash so I tend to be more proactive about the ash. When I see the ash get to 1/2" or 3/4", I tap the cigar to drop the ash, then give a purge to both push out any staleness and stoke the cherry, then puff about 30 seconds after. I do notice a difference in taste that I don't think is imagined. I can usually tell when the ash is fragile. There tends to be a small separation line, like a fault line, that you can see. The question is whether you can tap quickly enough or whether it's too late by the time you see it
  6. eggs - in the fridge or not?

    Farm eggs = no Store eggs = yes There's some kind of protective barrier that gets removed when eggshells are washed. Once that happens, they need to be refrigerated.
  7. How about a non working wine cooler?

    It's basically a pretty cooler, which many folks have used for years. I have working wine coolers but don't plug them in. I got all kinds of crazy rh swings when the peltier unit was running so I just unplugged them. We have a heat pump and newer construction with good insulation, so the house stays pretty consistent all year round. 65* in winter, 74* in summer, with no major fluctuations during the day. I decided the consistency was better than running the units, since I freeze everything as it comes in.
  8. Have sort of an odd favor to ask... Would anybody going be willing to get an empty box signed for me?
  9. All three. My palate has certainly evolved since I started and my preferences have moved from maduros to more medium format cigars. So my stash has evolved over that time too. It's seasonal too, but opposite what most folks do. During the summer I smoke a lot of short smokes as I'm driving somewhere, or at the park, or in the back yard. I'm outside or moving around more so I can smoke more, but in shorter and usually more active periods. In the winter I smoke in my smoking room in the garage, so I'm smoking larger sticks for two hours a few times a week, and that's about it. It's cyclical in that I'll go through periods where I smoke a lot of stuff I love, and then I'll get a hankering to try some of the new stuff that's out from places like Warped or Foundation or Illusione. Then I'll go back to smoking favorites for a while. So yeah, all three. What can ya do? Age some, and keep buying more! Sell old aged stock and buy more if that's what floats your boat. Financially that's a lot better than going the other direction!
  10. Re-tying Cabinet Ribbons

    I cut them. Too much work to untie. Then I can just grab an end and pull if it comes to that.
  11. I think my body releases the happy chemicals when a decision is made and over and done with, whether I'm right or wrong. Just having the decision over with is what counts for me.
  12. I smoke on walks all the time. One of my favorite things in the world.
  13. Visiting San Francisco for our anniversary. After our first wine tasting in Sonoma, went down to the bottom of the vineyard and had a sublime experience smoking an anniversary cigar (JUN '05 Punch Punch).
  14. Given how much of our taste is sensations in our olfactory system, yes. It's an unpleasant example, but if you've ever changed a sick baby diaper, you can say you have "tasted" poop. It's not pleasant but other dads can back me up here on what I mean. My wife makes candles, bourbon and leather are two of the scents. You can almost taste the aroma. Tobacco is another one, it reminds me of warm pipe tobacco, and when lit I can just about taste that pipe smoke. Taste and smell together make up what I think of as flavor and just an aroma can produce what I think of as a "taste."

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