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  1. It was still vicious outside the ring certainly. See Hamilton and all his scandal. His affair got quite ugly. But within the ring they seem to have retained a sense of duty, civility and shared cause. But yes, media wasn't nearly as intrusive. Pros and cons there as well.
  2. Have you seen the HBO series? Very well done. I've watched it numerous times. And yes agreed, also used to say this about Hamilton, but he seems to have gotten his due all of a sudden. John Quincy Adams may be even more decorated (no doubt due in part to his father) though far less influential. Fascinating period of time. Makes one optimistic that our politics might one day turn. Or pessimistic at what they've become.
  3. Appears you may have overlooked the skirmishes of Maximilian I of Bavaria who tussled with the scoundrel Frederick, King of Bohemia in the year 1620. It truly sent the Rhenish Palatinate into a state of confusion and disorder. Not saying it could happen between the Kentucky militia and the Swedish crown prince, but don't count your chickens.
  4. Yikes. To each his own I guess, but have a little pride before you hit publish.
  5. First, yes you are very much correct. If it's my bottom line, I'd do what I could to sell my product. No argument there. I'm a bit surprised though that all that investment would produce enough return, but perhaps I'm inflating the actual cost in my mind or deflating the new demand it creates. Totally ignorant on that so perhaps I should have tempered my initial statement. It's not to my taste, but Padrón doesn't and shouldn't care about my liking in particular. As an owner, my fear would be creating a product that eats itself whole in the end. If we use wine as an analogy, and now speaking to Habanos in particular, do you create only a grog level offering in the Piedras, Quinteros and short fillers and then Bordeaux and Burgundy levels at the high end? Are you leaving room for the mid level marca specific offerings? The everyday players that have more refinement but don't cost you an entire paycheck. If the market sustains itself, then who am I to say anything. However, once we get into site specific appellations and ever more limited offerings and shift away from the everyday and boring to the occasional and expensive, the returns will swing wildly year to year and the odds ever so longer for the producer. As for the consumer, this may be further evidence that globalization may be a hard landing for the Westerner. We have held dominion over certain markets for a long time and expected a certain quality and price. And we don't always seem ready to accept a world that has many more buyers for a scarce resource. Perhaps it's long due to adjust our expectations and just get on with it. Still don't like it though 😑
  6. I've had one or two in my life so I shall not offer any opinion, though I've only heard good things, either through individual smoking impression or through reputation as a company. That being said...Good God. Do we wonder why Habanos makes the decisions they make? The tobacco and labor must only cost 10% of the Broadway show they're putting on with the packaging, but apparently they sell? Rob, in your estimation, what percentage of the total sales go to the occasional impulse buyer versus the sort that grace this forum? I hope it's a very large differential to justify all this marketing.
  7. To add to this. I appreciate those that are in the service industry. We all know that it can be a very difficult job. I don't dispute that. Ive often heard the statement, "I live off my tips" when one questions the efficacy or necessity of tipping. But that's not the point I'm after. The question is, whose pocket should it come from? The generosity of the customer or the owner of the business? Curious to hear answers from business owners on how they'd fare in a less tip heavy world.
  8. I'm glad this was brought up. This has been a source of consternation lately. I've never been a cheap person and I don't intend to start becoming one. However, the tipping phenomenon appears to be heading to a point where it may implode on itself and ruin the very essence of it. Why do I tip a cab driver? Isn't his job to get me from point A to point B safely? And the faster he gets me there, the quicker it is for him to get the next fare? Is it for service? 75% of the time they are on the phone the second the destination is disclosed. Am I supposed to be subsidizing the cab companies? In a coffee shop, why am I tipping when someone has simply placed liquid in a cup and then handed it to me? Isn't that the job? At a restaurant, and this is far more visible in Canada with the insane alcohol prices, if I get a few drinks and the total hits $50 plus, am I still expected to leave $10 or more? All for handing me a glass of liquid? Again, is the customer simply subsidizing the business? There is a line between generosity and foolishly throwing away money. I understand many restaurants may not survive were they not depending on the tipping of customers. But it has become a problem where the employee views it as a right and not as compensation for a job well done.
  9. Really jealous of any these pre 15'ers. As a rook, was my favorite cigar by a mile.
  10. I'd give the RAG a whirl. I also have had hit or miss experiences with RA, but these are a cut above in my opinion. Likely my favorite DC, though I've never had a Punch or DA so slightly limited comparison.
  11. Market has determined a price for unaged tobacco. A second market exists for aged tobacco that will accelerate in price, peak, and then exhibit diminishing returns due to shelf life or the relative fashion of the particular cigar. This is common with any market that deals in scarcity. I don't see anything untoward with their behavior. Of course they run the risk of turning their product into a regional and limited edition based fad and alienating their boring, reliable base customers, but this seems a far way off at this juncture.
  12. I'd argue that the Yankees winning 50% of the World Series over a 40 year span is more noteworthy than Russell and his incredible stretch. Truly splitting hairs and I'm truly quite biased, but a 20 of 40 work rate from 1923 through 1962 is something US/Canada will never see again.
  13. I disagree here. The Jordan Bulls were historic, successful, unique teams. But they were not successful without him. The Pippen teams were less successful and less robbed than my Sisyphus Ewing teams. Once Jordan and Pippen left, the Bulls declined quickly, haven't won anything since and had their previous and current management called to serious question. The Spurs, meanwhile, have discovered four distinct superstars in Robinson, Parker, Duncan and Leonard and, arguably more importantly, integrated any number of role players into the mix. As an organization over the last 30 years, the Spurs are better than Bulls. The Bulls summited higher, sure, but lost the marathon. My analogies are confused, but my logic isn't. Spurs win.
  14. I haven't looked too far into his criteria but using two other samples, it appears this guy's dynasty definition denotes sustained excellence across generations or derivations of a team, rather than sustained reliance on a singular, extraordinary player or duo. In other words, had management and the coaching staff constructed an atmosphere calibrated to winning in a given era and then progressing despite the diminishing talents of one or more key players? The Yankees and Canadians from the selections above highlight success from the DiMaggio to Mantle eras and the Richard to Beliveau timeframe, for example. I believe, in time, the current Patriots reign will be more than deserving of inclusion despite Brady's singular vomit inducing tenure of sustained excellence. They keep winning in a dynamic NFL and with a rotating cast...Again, haven't done more than a cursory glance, but there seems to be a rationale behind the choices beyond cherry picking the teams that happened to have the greatest players.

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