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About bnasse9900

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  1. I was browsing the archives and stumbled upon this thread. Any active forum members who are into working out? Since the last post in this thread (2012), CrossFit has blown up, so we can add that to the list too. I'm training for a marathon in November. I won't be breaking any land-speed records, but it's a goal to work towards. In a marathon back in 2012, I crapped out at mile 23, and was passed by a guy juggling. The guy juggled for the entire race, and beat me across the finish line. I almost felt like I should have given the medal back. Does anyone find that cigar smoking impacts longer cardio workouts? I plan my smoking time around my running schedule, so it doesn't really hurt me. But if I have an extra cigar on a Friday night before a Saturday morning run, there's no amount of water and/or gum to get rid of the dry mouth... Happy smoking, Brody
  2. 1. Accountant. Switched majors with two classes left. In the end, the steady paycheck was outweighed by the mind-numbing work. Best decision ever. 2. International Hotelier. I was all set to move to China, but got caught up in some red tape at the last minute. The thought of graduating without a job put me in panic mode, so I settled for my current career. 3. Opening my own brewery. I had the chance a few years ago, but couldn't take the pay cut. Here's to hoping that the opportunity presents itself again down the road...
  3. To celebrate the holiday, I watched my first ever Star Wars movie, A New Hope. I never had anything against the movies, just never got around to them. A New Hope was pretty cool, especially considering that it's 40 years old. I figured that I'd watch the movies in order of release, since that's how long-time fans were exposed to them. May the Force be with you all. -Brody
  4. Has anyone accidentally (or intentionally) purchased counterfeit Cuban cigars while in Cuba (or abroad) and found them as good as (or better than) their non-counterfeit counterparts? Convoluted sentence, but you get the point. While in the Dominican a few years ago I purchased fake Cohiba Maduro 5's (accidentally). I had a few left over and lit one up the other day. It was actually not half bad. No Cohiba, but a decent maduro stick.
  5. The simple solution is to let the kids start smoking at the age of 6 or 7. That way, you'd be less likely to be "on the other side" of a cigar's sweet spot. All jokes aside, to me the "worst-case" scenario still isn't that bad. Let's say you spend the money now, without having to pay the markup for aged boxes, and when you gift them in 18 years or so, the cigars are less than ideal. - It's still a box of Cuban cigars. "Less than ideal" doesn't mean "unsmokable." - You'll still have a really cool story that (hopefully) your kids will appreciate. - If they're not smoking great when you give them as a gift, you could always have them hold onto the boxes and smoke one a year. It could be a really cool annual tradition. - You can always gift these along with current new-production 2035 cigars (weird just typing that...) Fun idea, thanks for sharing. -Brody
  6. One of the many reasons why I love FOH is because of the "no talking about sources" rule. As others have mentioned, there are plenty of other sites where you can discuss sources, and many of those sites end up being primarily driven by this topic. Here at FOH, since the boards aren't consumed by "legit or not?" threads, it leads to a different type (higher quality?) of member, looking to talk about more interesting things. I probably don't post as much as I could, but spend a lot of time on these forums because folks are having (mostly) really interesting discussions. I don't have to filter through 3 pages of "Is this FAKE???" to find an interesting conversation on the new cigar releases, and what others think about what it means. - Brody
  7. I've smoked a few boxes of Monte 2's (some better than others, all bought blind). Hoping for a PSP box so that I can laugh at how poor the previous boxes actually were.
  8. Horror movies. Life is too fun to waste two hours on being scared.
  9. I know you said you're anti-tour, but the Don Lucas "tour" isn't bad at all. - It's free. - You don't have to worry about transportation or safety. Some areas outside of the hotel grounds are a little rough. - The tour is inside an enclosed compound, and is pretty loose. If you wanted to skip everything and go right to the gift shop (where the cigars are), I don't think anyone would stop you, though the coffee, rum, and chocolate huts are worth a quick look (in my opinion). They all give free samples too. - The entire round-trip took less than three hours for us. Anyone in the DR will happily take USD if you have them. A few dollars go a long ways. I smoked everywhere and nobody said a thing. Just be mindful of kids and you should be all set.
  10. Some really good advice/feedback. I'll add a few comments: - I started my CC journey buying samplers. This gave me buckets of "sure, this could be for me," and "meh, glad I tried, but not my cup of tea." - From here I I buy a box of cigars I think I'll like, and after a quick rest I smoke one. If I like how it smokes, I continue through the box. If I don't like how it smokes (I'm still too new to the game to determine if the cigar "needs time," or if it may just be an crappy box), I'll smoke something else and come back to the box a few months later. It may not get better, but in the meantime I'll be smoking other cigars that hit the sweet spot. So you can call this aging, but I call it always smoking what I like, when I like. - To the OP: It seems like storage and funds may hamstring you a bit when it comes to aging. One thing you could do is grab some samplers to find what you like. If you find a "standout cigar," try to hunt down an aged box of those specifically.
  11. On a slightly related topic, has anyone offered cigars "to go" at a wedding? I think it'd be cool to offer wedding attendees an opportunity to take a stick to smoke later, but also wouldn't want them taking them, leaving them on a counter, and having them dry out. Mini Boveda packs with small Ziploc bags? If tubos, how long would those cigars last before losing humidity? Any other ideas?
  12. Will be lighting one up in honor of Terrance today. Thanks for sharing.
  13. Man, I guess I'm not surprised, but this is a bummer. To me it's in opposition to the spirit of this entire site. Prez - Thoughts on creating a "Bad Buyer" list? It'd create a little more work for you, but maybe we let common sense prevail. The important thing would be where to draw the line. But if someone is stockpiling inventory and reselling in the open, that's not cool... If someone is abusing the system, allow them to enjoy the forums, but ban them from the 24:24 sales. Just a thought. Personally, the 24:24 has enabled me to buy a few regular production cigars that I wouldn't typically go after, simply because I know the quality will be high. I imagine I'll get to a point where I'm buying to age, but right now I'm diving deep into smoking as many cigars as I can (because it's fun) to learn about their nuances.
  14. Playing detective on this stuff can be fun, and hopefully the facts lead to this being a legit box. Have you smoked any/many MC4's before? Unless you plan on trying to get a refund (best of luck), maybe smoke one and see what you think? And, if you've never smoked this cigar before, smoke one anyways. I'm good at making lemonade. A few years ago when I first started getting into the cigar world, I bought a box of "real" Cubans while on vacation in the DR. After I figured out they were fake, I just said "screw it" and smoked one anyways. I actually liked the cigar. Years later, I smoked another one of the fakes. It's definitely not up to par with the original (Cohiba Maduro 5), but still an enjoyable cigar. Also, as you'll quickly learn, there's a ton of variation within the same vitola (year over year, month over month, and even within boxes of from the same date/factory). There's a good chance that these are real. But even if they aren't, light one up. If you like it, it'll still be a good day of smoking. Happy smoking. -Brody
  15. The extra bands don't bother me, as long as it isn't the direct reasoning for price increases. I imagine prices will continue to increase regardless of band number... On the other side of the spectrum, are there any cigars that are currently shipped unbanded? I've always enjoyed Westvleteren's beer packaging (no label). It's as if it says "I've made it. Labels are for commoners."

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