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About SloppyJ

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  1. Thanks for taking the time to spell everything out and foster this whole swap. It's a huge undertaking as we just did one in the US sub-forum. Looking forward to it.
  2. Id be interested in the box pass again. All of the box passes I've been in so far have been a great way to diversify my palette and aid in comradery.
  3. - Fishery Biologist - Civil Engineer - Game Warden I love fishing and I love science. Started working at a civil engineering firm as soon as I got out of high school as a means to work through college. Decided I was going to go for a Civil Engineering degree. I then learned that civil engineering is mostly sitting around with your calculator hammering out math problems. I wanted to be out in the field more. I changed my major and got a degree in soil and water science. I found that I enjoyed chemistry much more than calculus. The irony of the story is that I still work at an engineering firm. I handle drainage designs normally but I live for the ever so infrequent environmental jobs.
  4. Great review. I split a box of these with a buddy. I set them in my humidor for a couple months and pulled one out this weekend to smoke while I was kayaking/fishing on the river. It was a great stick. A very strong cigar. Quite possibly one of the fullest CCs I've ever had and I really enjoyed it. There were some harsh edges but I can see myself buying many more of these.
  5. I normally prefer a little heavier music than this and I really don't want to like this band but I can't help it. They've consistently put out great albums. Their drummer is extremely talented and keeps me hooked.
  6. Yeah you gotta ditch those wire shelves. I have 2 cedar shelves in mine. Let the Tetris game begin.
  7. Your wineador doesn't sound that big. I have a typical Newair 280 and probably have 15 boxes in the including 2 cabs. Pretty equal mix between dress boxes and slide lids.
  8. Great Bolivars

    I can get behind this. Most notably because of the hog in your avatar though. WPS! For real though, those are my favorite bolivars too.
  9. Actually I know all about it. A keystone to organic farming is crop rotation. Historically, Cuba has been a monoculture mentality. They aren't alternating legumes to fix nitrogen or implementing a no-till mentality. At least until recently according to the article below. Kind of hard to be accurate on your field when you're not getting a soil test. You're throwing darts at that point. fish here, chicken poop there..... Obviously whatever they are doing is working for them and they've made it by using what they can. Kudos to them. I was just curious of the methods. I just found this document and started reading it. It's very well written and is the perfect accompany piece for this thread. Enjoy! Word - Towards sustainable agriculture in Cuba 1st August[1].pdf
  10. I'm not disagreeing that Cuba is in the prime location for tobacco production but you can't create biomass from thin air. The nutrients are pulled from the soil. Without replenishment, the fields will be fallow. Check that link out.
  11. I think there are a lot more factors than simply the type of fertilizer applied to tomatoes but I understand what you're getting at. Plant variety and the scale of the grow are probably the two biggest. Along with the fact that I'm sure there's some sort of preservative on them. However, I don't believe that Cuba could have sustained a substantial crop over the years without some sort of soil fertility amendments or intelligent farming practices. Granted they aren't going to be using the most technological advances, they're doing something to uphold the sheer volume of tobacco that's grown. It sounded really fishy to me when I heard this at my local BM but I'm respectful enough to let others have their own uninformed opinions. They think I'm a snob because I prefer CCs. I just think they're better. I'm not above smoking a NC but if I'm spending money, I'm going to buy what I prefer. Thank you all for the time to help answer my questions.
  12. Not totally off topic but I have a question. This came from a local BM, but I've heard rumblings about how Cuban crops just can't keep up with NCs. Specifically that the Cuban soil isn't properly maintained or amended each year. By this, I mean supplemental fertilizers, lime to adjust pH, or anything else that could be utilized to help soil fertility. Is there any truth to this or is it all just hearsay? As someone with education on this matter, I find it hard to believe that they could sustain a crop for the amount of time that they have without any sort of supplements. Thanks guys!
  13. I think it's a great idea but I know I couldn't pull it off in my climate. Days that hit 100°F ambient and I can only assume it's much hotter in a closed car. The cigars would be all sorts of messed up.
  14. boxes because you will be playing a serious game of tetris in your near future.

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