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About Philc2001

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  • Birthday December 29

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    Family, Investing, Stock Picking, Fine Cigars, Scotch, Computers, Blogging, Travel, Cars... too many vises!

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  1. Awesome man! That is a great achievement. Whoa, Ironman - that is some serious dedication man, and that's some nice hardware. Keep it going. I've always been somewhat athletic, mostly team sports (hockey, soccer, baseball, football) and racquet sports (tennis and squash), but I got a bit lazy when the kids got into their teens and I let myself gain about 30 lbs over a 5 or 6 year period. I cycled sporadically 2-3 times a week, but not consistently or durably. Then about 5 years ago I got the bug to lose some weight and managed to shed 30lbs over a period of about 8 months, mostly from improved diet and lots of exercise. I have stayed with it consistently since, doing cardio 3-4 times per week, and resistance training 2-3 times per week. At this point I'm just maintaining, I jog 7+ miles in an hour, without stops - down a little from my peak when I used to run sub 8-minute miles. In a recent June competition at my place of business, we had over 100 coworkers participating in teams of 15, with the goal of first team to reach 5000 miles, cycling, running and/or walking. Individually I came in fourth place in overall miles logged, out of the 100+ participants, and I had the highest run miles logged in the entire competition. The other 3 participants that finished ahead of me in miles were little more than half my age, so I think I did pretty good for an old guy. The competition only lasted 1 month before one of the teams reached the 5,000 mile mark. My team came in second, we were 200 miles behind them. I try to stay fit but I still manage to smoke 3-4 cigars per week, so I can certainly confirm that one can be athletic and still enjoy cigars.
  2. I got home a little early today and decided to spark a Monte #4, MOB MAR 15. It was dry boxed for 4 days, and was a little stiff, but draw was perfect. I've always liked the Monte PC, but at times it has been both immensely gratifying and extremely disappointing. The one I smoked today was very good, but not the best, I would rate it an 8.5/10. There were some elements of coffee and vanilla, and some wafts of Cuban twang, I enjoyed the aroma. These past few weeks I have been trying to slow down smoking and my stop watch on my phone confirms it. It lasted 1 hour and 23 minutes. Not bad compared to 3 hours it took me to smoke Lusitania on Saturday. Here are the pictures; Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Be thankful for your blessings and smoke those cigars. They're good cigars.
  4. Bravo on the timing and the history lessons. I've been smoking a 2002 Partagas Luistania now for nearly 3 hours now while I catch up on some reading. I don't usually pay too much attention to how long it takes, but surprised myself that it has lasted this long without going out. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Totally in agreement with all this. Definitely head over to SoBe, even if just for a few hours. Lots to see and do at any time and way into the night.
  6. LOL! There was a time years ago when I used to overthink this stuff. Then I stopped obsessing and started enjoying, and now I don't sweat these details anymore. When I start running low on space I look for opportunities to consolidate. When I consolidate I mostly consolidate by size, and I label my cigars with their box codes and origin once they come out of their original box. Aside from making it easy to quickly find what you're looking for, I see no advantage to keeping cigars separated from a flavor or aging standpoint.
  7. As far as I can tell cigars are no different between dress box and cab. I've had great cigars in either format, but generally most seem to prefer cabs for aging. I believe box pressing is from packaging, but they are made in the same round molds, and they go through the same QA, sorting and preparation.
  8. Good grief, I have a drawer full of dead lighters... none from FOH though, but I have many including several expensive Collibris that are just junk. In many cases if it produces a spark but won't ignite, it is usually because of either trapped air or clogged gas ports. The first thing I do in that scenario is I release all the gas by pressing down on the refill port. Once it is empty and all trapped air has bled out, then I refill it, wait 5 minutes and give it a try. If it still doesn't ignite I use another torch to see if I can ignite it while holding down the gas button. If after a purge and refill it does won't ignite even from another source of fire, then it's a pretty sure sign it is a problem with the gas ports. I've never successfully revived a lighter with bad or clogged gas ports. For the record I only use quintuple refined fuel, and I take good care of my lighters, but ironically my longest lasting lighters are always the cheapies. It's a shame because if have some nice lighters, but almost all fail from malfunctioning gas ports at some point, some much sooner than others.
  9. I've read a few different articles about consumer electronics and cell phones interfering with cockpit and plane communications, but in every case I recall reading it was confirmed to be a myth. I think the FAA has kept these rules as a precaution, but has never really brought a case to confirm there is any significant risk.
  10. Nice wine. The case price was too good to pass at Costco. Mrs. PhilC and I are draining them quick. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Sorry Jbh, I don't have experience with RG, and frankly I've only ever had maybe 1 or 2 Diplos in my smoking pleasure - at least as far as my poor memory can recall. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. I've observed the same phenomenon down here in South Florida. My humidor is consistently around 62-63% RH, at 76-77F. I think part of the problem is smoking too fast, so I've started to put my cigar down after every puff and waiting a bit between puffs. The other is the obvious climate problem of high humidity that is part and parcel of living here in the swampland. Not much I can do about the 80+ RH, but I've started to dry box my cigars for 2-3 days in advance, and it seems to help a little. To Piggy's point, check the circulation and take RH readings from different locations. Make sure the box is evenly humidified. If it is good throughout, and you have success with dry boxing, then you might want to start lowering the RH in you humidor. Give slow smoking a try too. You might find the cigars also taste better in the second half from not overheating. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Happy girth to all my American friends, and belated happy Canada day to all my Canadian friends. We love you all. My cigar of choice yesterday was a 1997 Monte Especial, and today I kicked off the festivities with a 2016 Partagas 8-9-8 Varnished. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Of recent production I have not had better than the Montecristo No 1 (BUM ABR 15) and the Montecristo No 5 (MUL OCT 14), satisfying, not overly complex or highly nuanced, great aroma, great tobacco core, and good burn. Aged? Well, there are just too many to list, but almost every cigar I have smoked from 2002-2003 (except Cohibas) have been outstanding, especially the ERDM Tainos, Punch SS1 and SS2, and Partagas Lusitanias.
  15. A recent box of Bolivar Tubos from FOH had about half of them moldy. No bid deal, I brushed them off and put them in my wineador for a long nap. I'll check on them in a year or so. This is my first experience with mold, though I've bought several tubos before. I guess it's true that tubos are susceptible to mold. I can't say with certainty but I guess if the cigars are a bit wet when they enter the tubes it locks in the moisture that leads to mold. Once acclimated though I don't think mold is anything to worry about. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

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