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  1. Bovedas can last several years, but will eventually fail. You'll see the wrapper/envelope start to fail. It will look sort of like grease stains. All of my storage containers seem to be well sealed and so they go very slowly. In my cellar, 65 rh and 65F, they go years and years, but when I do get one drying out I take it with me on the next trip to our SE Asia office where I have the opposite problem: too much humidity. I bring the soggy SE Asia Bovedas back home and so on. In both the U.S. and Asia all my stash is in water tight bins, so the Bovedas don't have to work all that hard.
  2. My current dentist always works with gas AND novocaine. The gas makes you not care before the novocaine does it's job. Belt and suspenders. ?
  3. And if you can go with a heating unit that requires some sort of out-of-the-weather cover, like a canopy to keep the rain off, they are much cheaper to buy initially. My Calcana units are meant to hang outside in all kinds of weather and that makes their design expensive.
  4. Coverage for cigar smokers could be profitable for companies that offer it. Mortality for those who smoke five or fewer cigars a day is about the same as for a non-smoker (just quoting the Surgeon General here). So if you're an insurance company offering a policy when no one else will, you can charge just a tiny bit more (5%) and it makes a whopping big difference in your bottom line if you make a big enough business focus. Insurance companies are all about slender margins and very good actuarial data. And the scaleability of both. Improving a product margin by just 1 or 2% (let alone
  5. 80,000 BTU should work excellently. I've found the "infrared" advantage great in theory but only marginally better in practice. My last two installations were a 40,000 BTU overhead gas (plumbed in) unit with no overhead canopy and roof, and a 75,000 BTU overhead unit, also plumbed in and also with no overhead roof to reflect the heat. Both were from Calcana and designed for the weather. Most electrical units can't take straight on rain so you have to make sure and keep your canopy in good shape. The 40,000 BTU unit worked fine for a sheltered backyard in San Francisco. It was 12'
  6. "found this article. might be of some interest. please remember i am simply the messenger. " Where's the "shoot" emoticon?? Nice collection and summation of all the usual comments on aging cigars with none of the science (because it doesn't exist) that drives successful aging. In the wine industry there's all kinds of finesse around what will age better or not (tannins vs. acids), but we're sadly left with "buy a strong cigar and hope for the best!" ? There's a lot of opportunity to age cigars to perfection: air vs. no air; age the tobacco before or after rolling or both;
  7. Funny! But in actuality, Cuba does take its medical science seriously. An odd conundrum considering everything else they screw up, but then medicine is far removed from political dogma and maybe that keeps it safe from meddling communist bureaucrats? Sure they can screw up its administration, but at least they're not anti-science like 1/3 of the population in the U.S. Good money maker too! The vaccinating tourist is going to have to hang around for a month to get all his shots! ?
  8. I remember these sticks being roundly reviled when they were reintroduced in 2011(?). Complaints ran towards under filling generally. I bought lots of the 5 stick boxes from FOH simply because they made nice business gifts, but always enjoyed smoking them myself too (hey, you got to check what you're gifting right?? ) I did occasionally find an under filled stick but it wasn't any more often than a poor roll in any other marca. Over the last 10 years I seem to find them very approachable ROTT and anytime in the next 5 years. Past that first 5 doesn't seem to bring any benefit IMHO.
  9. Getting rid of central planning. It was the curse in all planned/socialist/communist societies. Always intellectually tempting, but practically a failure once implemented.
  10. Interesting that the whole "inhaling" angle was a marketing thing in 1959!ˆ The Surgeon General's report (that was the beginning of the end for cigarettes) didn't come out until 1964. AND, btw, it said that . . . and I quote . . . "Men smoking less than five cigars per day have death rates about the same as non-smokers." So the "inhale" thing. The same effect was noticed in the report for pipe smokers. While all of this is relevant for us, likely none of it applies to El Presidente, who likely will die at the hands of a jealous husband somewhere . . . ?
  11. I want one. Can I marry your wife??? ?
  12. Wow . . . the old, "Rolled on the thighs of virgins" didn't even make the list! ?
  13. 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'
  14. Sharon Stone I can live with, ? but some sort of 'man-spreading-au-natural' ... not so much! ?
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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 probl
  18. 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 fligh
  19. 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
  20. 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 ba
  21. 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 v

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