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  1. My boys' first experience with "snow" was at 4 and 2 1/2 years old when we were living in southern Vietnam. It was all manufactured snow inside of a cheesy, dilapidated warehouse of corrugated metal (no Dubai budgets there!). But it didn't matter a bit: all the kids there, the locals in particular were laughing their derrières off and giggling like crazy sliding down the sloppy wet snow in inner tubes. Now, 10 years later, we ski 'proper' natural snow back in the States, but I'll never forget the wonderful charm of seeing kids light up at the sight of something so impossible as 'snow' in a tropical environment.
  2. Sharon Stone I can live with, 👍 but some sort of 'man-spreading-au-natural' ... not so much! 😳
  3. They really do work fantastically well. I did not know that the velvet tux (aka "smoking jacket") was actually intended to function as a smoking jacket. I've only worn the drape-y style silk or satin version, but man do those units keep your suit underneath fresh as a daisy! It's no different in functionality than those of us who wear barn coats out to the "smoking" shed. And the beauty is you can hang these suckers outside under the eaves (barn coat or smoking jacket/robe) and they air out super quick. I'd always wondered what the solution was for my trousers, but apparently El Pres has the answer to that . . . 🙄
  4. Got a fishing cabin this year in Northern California and had to come up with a coolerdor strategy for this locale. In San Francisco I had it easy: the family homestead had a cellar built into the foundation of native stone. Stayed a nearly perfect 65/65 year round with a couple high humidity weeks in the winter that I solved with a 'peaking' dehumidifier for the room. The cigars stayed in tupperdores with Bovedas inside all of which resided in cabinets. The fishing cabin has a half dug out basement with dirt floor, but summer temps get to 100F and humidity to 20%rH, while in the winter it can drop to 30F at night (then 65F during the day) and 65%rH. Thermal stability was the big problem. I bought a 150qt Rubbermaid cooler and fitted it with two watertight Container Store storage cubes that I'd had for years for cigar storage (no more plastic smell!). This worked great for taming the summer temperature swings, but the winter was a bigger problem. I ended up sitting the cooler on top of two layers of reflective bubble insulation with a 100W sprouting mat and temperature controller on top of that; with the cooler sitting on both. Now the internal temperature is a steady eddy 65-66F according to the probe of the temperature controller. I care less about the absolute temperature than I care about its variability, so 1F was about as tight as I thought I could get it with this claptrap setup. Keep in mind that's the temperature immediately inside the cooler, there's still significant stabilizing thermal mass in the Container Store watertight cubes, so I suspect the temperature variation within the cigar boxes within the cubes within the cooler is very small. Boveda still provides the rH stability inside the cubes. One note: the Rubbermaid cooler was the hardest unit to rid of plastic smell of any I've 'seasoned.' Don't know why. And when I put the sprouting heater mat under it the whole problem came back with a vengeance. Fortunately the cigars were all in vapor tight boxes and remained unaffected. Here's the sprouting mat that I used: I initially tried one half a size smaller, but it couldn't keep up with the coldest temps.
  5. Love the KaVaLan. Used to drag a bottle or two home every time I changed planes in Taipei. Back before it was available in the U.S. The Sherry barrel aged one is still my wife's favorite too. I remember reading somewhere that it was the high aging temperatures in their rack house that was the serendipitous secret to their success. We traditionally think of aging liquors at lower temps, but really that's just something adopted from the wine industry where it's a necessity to keep the wine from re-fermenting (at least that's how I interpreted it in my amateur experience). No such problem exists with Whiskey. Kavalan, supposedly, had natural rack house temperatures in the 80's-90's (F) in the summers and that gives the whiskey and aged profile earlier. Anyway, good stuff! Kudos to our brethren in Taiwan.
  6. More lessons per week are better, as others have said here. Also, if you can immediately move on to the instrument rating that's a good thing too. The only thing I'd add that I've not read in the prior posts is this: take a lot of intro flights. Most schools offer a cheapie 20-30 minute ride with an instructor and I'd do as many of those as possible until you find the CFI that's the right fit for you. The fit between teacher and student is a very individual thing, and a CFI that you connect with, rather than struggle with, can make a big difference. As an example, my primary flight instructor was known for talking "too much." You might hate that, but it worked great for me; and partly the reason he was such a motor mouth was because he never touched the controls; he focused on talking you through every maneuver. That worked well for me but not might be your style. So, I think it's worth taking a few intro flights with different instructors until you find the right one.
  7. I wouldn't put a boveda in with the vacuum sealing. While I'm a fan of Boveda and use them in my tuppers, they do wear out and you can bust one open in between boxes. I concur with The Gipper: it's about the seal not the vacuum so much. You can simply wrap your boxes in saran wrap (less permeable than standard ziplocks) and be in very good shape for LT aging. I've had 5 year boxes come out of the wrap just glorious! Haven't made it to 10 years on anything yet, and I've not noticed a second sick period in my limited experience. Just make sure your sticks are at the humidity and temperature you want, then wrap and seal (or lightly vacuum wrap if you've got the equipment) and then store them in a tupper at your preferred rH and any minimal permeability will not be a problem.
  8. I'm with Iain and MoeFOH on this one. I really enjoyed it, and I'm someone who's put off by Tarantino's gratuitous violence trick. As comical as the ending bust up was, I think the film would have been more coherent without it . . . and probably twice as frustrating for viewers. Besides the enjoyable characters and winding storyline, it kept your attention by constantly getting close to the Manson/Tate storyline without ever finally connecting, and I liked that. Tarantino was teasing us with the possibility of a predictable resolution: how all the random storylines from the hitch hiking babe, to the Ranch, the neighbors, etc. all kept suggesting that we were going to end up once place, and then each thread, each resolution was denied by something else tense or comical; like the girl who chickens out and drives off with the car, or the outcome at the Ranch. The final fight seemed almost tossed in just to give the audience something expected. The old Tarantino would have brought all the threads together at Manson/Tate and made that a dark, violent and offensively comical resolution. This was definitely not that.
  9. I have loads of D5's from Rob; most with 3-5 years of rest on them. However my first D5, from a mini box of 5 was sharp and harsh as you described. It was a ROTT-into-the-suitcase-and-off-to-Saigon situation. So no rest for that first weary soldier. I don't know if it was travel shock, the jump in heat and humidity in Vietnam, or it just needed rest but it was a smoke that smacked me in the face and took a flame thrower to my palate; in any event I forgot about the rest of that box until about 6 months later when I tried one again and what a lovely revelation! Fantastic savory smoke and very approachable. If there's any consistent flaw left it's that they tend to underfilling 1 out of 10, but that wasn't bad enough to stop me loading up on more. Because of the size of my stash, they all tend to have a few years on them and so I've not had a bad one since and would highly recommend them if you can stand the larger gauge.
  10. The only skepticism I'd add to HSA's in country freezing process is that they're doing it in master cases, and it's a challenge to get the temperature right across all of that mass. That said, I've only found a beetle and larva once in an Partagas tubo. So the process works very well, just a tad short of perfect.
  11. Other way round. The bottom gets more oxygen. Heat does rise of course and much of the O2 is burned up by the time you get to the top. So if you're setting it down, put the slow burning side down and it will help it catch up somewhat. If you're taking a draw then this is irrelevant. I've noticed that a strong purge will also even out an uneven burn.
  12. Awwww . . . damn! I've been holding off on my Bushidos (2015 you recalled correctly) and now you had to go and tease me! I was aiming for 10 years before diving in, but 5 ain't bad ...
  13. I'd use 5 or 6 at most. If you're loading up those coolers with boxes from FOH they're already at a comfortable 65-67% rH (yeah, I've measured the arriving boxes many times out of curiosity for 'travel shock'). If you're installing dryer boxes or if you're opening and closing the lid in a desert environment every day then you'll need more.
  14. My last Bovedas (65%) are 5 years in and still going. If your seals are good, and your temperatures are stable, you'll get a very long life out of the Bovedas. Of course if you're sticking in lots of dry boxes that will shorten their life, but if your exterior environment is close to 50-70% rH you should get a very long time out of the passive Bovedas. If you're in someplace very dry, then perhaps active humidification will be a solution, but there's always a risk with those systems over humidifying, so if you can rely on passive systems like the Boveda that would be best even if it's a little bit more $$.

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