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  1. topdiesel

    Mold or not?

    I think it is Plumold
  2. topdiesel

    ...just put it back

    Is it really that hard to buy 20 lego pieces and make another one?
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    Determining a cigar's peak...

    I don't think you will know until you have finished the entire box. To add to the confusion, I have had cigars that I thought were past their prime. Then I smoked another from the same box a year later and it was better than some smoked years earlier. Each cigar is different, even within the same box. Most will agree, to some extent, that 10 years is a pretty safe bet with Cubans. Beyond that, it depends on the palate, tobacco and most importantly storage conditions.
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    tipping? yes, no, where?

    I don't care about social pressure. I tip those who earn it. My tip is based on service provided 0-20+%. I have tipped 100% on exceptional service, but that is super rare and should be the tippers choice not requirement. If the service is so bad that I won't return, then 0 tip. When I was younger, I was a pizza delivery guy, Server in lower level restaurants and a server in a very expensive upscale steak house ($200+ a night and a free meal). Made really good money the more upscale I got, but delivering pizza pays the bills. Just like the job you have, there are people who do it well and people who shouldn't be doing it. The more you tip crappy servers, the more they expect. If you tip poor service, you are really hurting the establishment. Crappy server makes decent money=crappy server stays at establishment and drives away good customers. Cost of living is a poor argument. Food is a cost of living. Food prices go up=tip goes up (if you tip the same %) along with cost of living. The tipping norm has gone from like 10-15% for decent service to you have to tip 15-20% no matter what service you are provided. Just add the price to the food if it is required.
  5. Diplomaticos No.2 EML JUL 14 (PSP) These are smoking well right now. Paired with a double shot Nespresso whole milk iced mocha (fantastic pairing this morning) while watching the kids swim. The coffee certainly dulled the usual baking spices. But the cigar's dark coffee/dark chocolate bitterness really enhanced the Iced Mocha's cream and milk chocolate flavors. It was not my intent to do the long ash thing, since I was smoking outdoors. However, the wind died down, I remembered the competition and the Diplomaticos No. 2 ring guage lends itself to a longer ash. first 3rd was smooth, sweet and tasted great as the first cigar of the morning. second 3rd flavors intensified and so did the body. Nice thick smoke, which is always a satisfying treat for me. final 3rd, the draw really opened up after the ash dropped. Not the longest ash, but much longer than I normally allow (going for the long ash takes away from my smoking experience). No rough edges and minor flavor changes (mainly the introduction of cinnamon). this third certainly entered the medium full body range.
  6. I just figured I was late to the party and you were already leaning in a direction. No offense meant. If it is just a few hundred bucks to get the exact model you want with the exact finishes you want, then it seams like a no-brainer. If the seller was willing to reduce the price significantly or is throwing in a few boxes of cigars to sweeten the deal that would make your decision more difficult. The wait might seem long. But just like aging cigars, you will be amazed that five+ years has gone by. A few months is a blink of an eye. I am sure everyone would love to see pics when it arrives.
  7. After the Vega's engine imploded, my dad got one of these in white. It lasted a year or two before he pulled the car over on the highway to discipline us for fighting. He sideswiped the underpass pylons while he was looking back at us and pulling over. That was the most quiet drive home ever. Next was the brown 1978 Chevy Malibu Station wagon. That one lasted the longest as the family car.
  8. Seems like you already know what you want to do. I would prefer purchasing a new unit to my specs if the used unit was more than half the price.
  9. It was fun to roll around in the back of the vega hatchback until the aluminum engine did it in.
  10. I am a 75er and it all went down hill after that. The 76ers are so lazy and expect everything on a silver platter Life has always been hard. Finding your path has always been hard. If you are just starting out, live within your means and put money away (live on a budget and make it happen). If you cannot do it where you live, move somewhere you can. Just because a place is cool, doesn't mean you can afford to live there. There are jobs all over the place, at least in the USA. So many jobs that it is getting tough to find qualified candidates. My definition of qualified is--people who actually want to learn and work and don't expect a top salary within the first 5 years simply because they earned a piece of paper from university. If you don't like having an employer, then start a side gig and be your own boss. It is not hard to try, but it might be hard to succeed. There are plenty of unsuccessful boomers. Millennials will be the boomers before they know it. Will the the successful ones give everything they earned to the newbies?
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    Bolivar tubos no. 1

    It might be, some say yes and some say no. They taste different to me. For my palate, the tubos 2 have more flavor intensity than the PC. I would say intensity range is tubos 3, BCJ, tubos 2, PC, tubos 1, BCG. If they are the same blend, then the tube or cedar in the tube alter the flavor in a beneficial way to my palate. I also prefer the cigar feel without the box press. I don't like the RC at all and not sold on the BBF (hit or miss for me), so I don't smoke them anymore.
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    Bolivar tubos no. 1

    Yes^^^, I prefer the Tubos 2 to the 1, but still love the 1. 2 is more intense flavor from the beginning and smoke well even smoked at a fast pace. Some Cubans require a slow pace, not the 2. The 1 seems a little more elegant than the 2 and has a slightly perfume (in a good way) element. If you like them, stock up now or you will pay the price down the road. Both great smokes if you like the Bolivar profile.
  13. Alaska is awesome. I spent 1.5 years exploring and living all over the state. I prefer southeast Alaska, but Alaska in its entirety is an amazing place. It is true that men seriously outnumber the women. The locals said "you don't lose your girlfriend, you lose your turn". A lot of breaking up for someone better, then back to you when you are better again. If you are the fresh meat up there, you should do fine with the ladies. It is a little strange coming out of a concert or bar at 2am to bright sunlight. If you stay for the winter the cold dark sucks, but the northern lights make up for it. If you spend the entire winter in anchorage or fairbanks I think you will change your mind about how cold it gets, especially on the windy days. Have a great adventure.
  14. Most reliable: Bolivar tubos #2 - Rock star cigar for me. Not for everyone. Lemon: Bolivar Royal Coronas - Somehow, I cannot find one I like. Aged, fresh, dark wrapper, light wrapper, oily wrapper, dull wrapper...they just disappoint. I have stopped trying. Don't think it is worth my time, there are so many great cigars to smoke. Rock star cigar for many, not for me.
  15. Certainly, they must be Gurkha special Ritz blends. Everyone knows that Gurkha's are the best and most expensive cigars in the world.

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