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  1. Congrats! Now life has just begun for you!
  2. Also, I wonder how tobacco from different regions would taste. Would the soils of the Napa valley be good for cigars. Would the volcanic soil of Hawaii would produce a different flavor. I believe that Canary Islands were used for Dunhill cigars for a while.
  3. I wonder if there are any tax consequencies to rolling your own cigars? I remember a while ago all these roll your own cigarette shops popped up around here. When I inquired about them, I was told that people could roll their own cigars and avoid some of the government taxes associated with buying cigarettes from a merchant. Also, I have been to a few places where they have a cigar roller making cigars. There used to be a place in Oakbrook Mall that always had a couple guys rolling cigars in the back. That always seemed more as novelty than something boutique.
  4. Glad to know it gets better. I am about 1/4 through it and am ready to call it quits. Picked up after all the recommendations on this site. Did much better with the Stephen King Bill Hodges trilogy than this!
  5. Please tell me that 1Q84 gets better. I am about 25% and it is dragging for me. I started it at the recommendation of some people on this site.
  6. Nice hat!
  7. Can you create a Wiki page on the forum? Something with living content that can be update by members?
  8. I am in the Chicago burbs but it is going to be 60 here this weekend. I doubt this will last till you get here, but it has been rather warm this winter. For the sheer fact that Chicago is still trying to attract jobs and businesses to the loop, crime there doesn't seem to be as bad as other cities. However, you go south of McCormick Place, west of United Center or North of Wrigley Field you may see a rise in crime. I have noticed more stories on the new at night about crimes happening within this area. Uber and Lyft are great in the city. I would recommend the L if you are coming in from Ohare. If there is traffic, you can get to the heart of the loop much easier and quicker.
  9. Isn't there a good cigar bar off of Windward parkway down there? I believe one of my co-workers recommended that one to me. Unfortunately all that Pine worked up my sinuses last time I was down there. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  10. I would agree that the only thing worth bringing back from the LCDH in Cabo is the Edmond Dantes if they are in stock. I think I got Dippy 2 and and HDM1 and it was around $40 USD when I was there two summers ago. I think I read that the tax on cigars in Mexico is around 150%. Even Duty Free at the airport had crazy high prices compared to this site. That said the LCDH is a great shop. They have a great bar and it would be a great stop even for the Girl on the Bachelor Party. They have an excellent Tequila selection and their staff knows how to make great drinks. When I was there my wife came with me while I was to enjoy a cigar. While there, we began talking to some other people and some guy ended up buying us glasses of 1942 all night long. My wife ended up having an great night too! It was probably the one thing I will remember about my 40th birthday! That and the dinner before at the Patagonia Steakhouse up the street!
  11. Just picked one up at Meijer for $65 the other day on sale.
  12. Christmas came early.... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Finished raking leaves, mowing the yard, and hung a bird house my son built in scouts. Enjoying a really rare November short sleeve day here in Chicagoland with a BBF and Elijah Craig 12. Sharing with my Cub fan Brother-in-law Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Chicago Bears 5-11...and that is probably being optimistic at this point.
  15. In the past few weeks I have seen a few boxes that Rob has put up on the site from his trip to Hong Kong. Some of these were from 2009, the year my son was born. Not knowing anything about acquiring Cuban cigars nor anything about aging back then, I didn't think to pick up a box from that year. I have always had this vision of sitting back with my son on a camping trip in 2027 or 2030 when my son is 18 or 21 and enjoying a cigar from his birth year with him. My question is would that cigar have aged past it prime our would it still have a good taste? I was just wondering if was worth while seeking out and making the investment at this point? Maybe my better bet is seeking out the 12 year old bottle of scotch in 2021 or 18 year old bottle in 2027 and enjoy it with whatever cigars are around at that time?

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