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    Ceramics, Corgies, Cycling, CrossFit for old fat guys, Skiing, and of course Cuban Cigars

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  1. Been a while, eh? I smoked a MC#2 thats about 6 years old this afternoon. Smooth MC tobacco with that nice tangy taste. I hear thats called citrus now. Any way, I smoked it right down to the nub it was so good. $12 at the most. No more ELs or REs for me. They got some balls selling 10 cigars for more than $500 a box. Fresh! I don’t care if the money matters to the buyer or not, it’s just price gouging and it’ll bite them in the ass someday.
  2. I'm not an expert by a lot. But I've been at this for a while and the EL program was getting going when I started to smoke Cuban cigars. I remember the R&J Robusto EL, the SD#3 El Partagas, the Monte DC EL, the HDM Pyramid and a bunch of others from the beginning of the century. Back then the talk was about using wrapper leaf from the top of the plant that had been processed, aged, fermented, or what ever you want to call it, so that the deep, rich strong flavors of such top of the plant wrapper could be harnesed. We read here now that good wrapper is thin, smooth and supple. EL wrapper was anything but. Some of those early Els were ok but i think for the most part they were either fireproof or so harsh and tannic that they burned my mouth. Many never came around with time. We also learned that the release was important, like the first release was the best, #2 or 3 not so much. Of course getting or knowing how to get a first release was impossible. So now, 18 years on, we learn that with a with a box of ten Cohiba Talisman we are confronted wit a box of 10 cigars that cost more than $500 US with the assertion that the light color wrapped ones are good. The dark ones? Not so much. Is this a joke? I'm not laughing.
  3. Couldn't abide Infinite Jest but couldn't put down the Goldfinch.
  4. Blind tasting? I wouldn't be surprised by any vitola from any marca being either a gem or a waste of money. That said, the Vegueros I've had were awful. A lot of what Shlomo posted above is dead on for me.
  5. Just because the RR comes in a box of ten. Both are very good.
  6. I live about ten miles from Provincetown Massachusetts which is the summer vacation capitol for the LGBTQ community on the east coast of the USA. There are loads of people around here who are clearly not fitting into the male-female construct. I'm not going to reiterate so much of what has been written here but there are a few points I can relate from personal experience. The suffering people endure when they know their sexuality is not aligned with their body is real and severe. These things are not bonded and indivisible, they never have been, the rates of suicide among such people are shocking. I grew up in a depressed mill city in Massachusetts and in the rough part of town there was a bar room, The Cosmopolitan Lounge, that was frequented by what we as kids called he-shes. 45 years ago that place was always packed on the weekends and it was considered the lowliest place in a low place. The point is, in my experience, these people have always been with us and have been persecuted for the way they were born. I know, the professionals say many trans kids grow out of it. I see adults who are not growing out of it. What's happening now is that as the stigma declines they come out in droves. And, living in close proximity to a large concentration of people who have these" nonsense gender issues" I can't see any downside to letting them be whatever they want to be. Live and let live works for me. It's also a polite way of saying mind your own business.
  7. Slow month for cigars for me. UME AGO 14 CORO. I've had better but this one was pretty good .
  8. I think Doctor Zhivago when I was about 7. I have a vague memory of the trains. I watched it a few years ago, Julie Cristie, well..........And there is no such thing as a bad David Lean movie. The one I really remember was No Way To Treat a Lady. At the Wellfleet Drive-In when I was about 10. I'm getting old.
  9. I like them. Cost makes them a special occasion cigar for me. They aren't in the "rotation" and that makes them easier to age than other cigars. I think Cohiba ages well and are best after 5 years.
  10. Looking at my smoking diary, courtesy of Cuban Cigar Website, MUR FEB '13 RASS have been consistently good. The cigars are regular production so the price is similar to all RP robustos. The RASS has been a go to staple for me for a while. Monte Cristo #4 and of course, the PLPC are also great and not too dear and with time can develop into tremendous smokes. But I don't find the PC vitola has the bang of the robusto so I'll throw in with the RASS for bang for the buck.
  11. Rob should put you on the pay roll. Great reviews, John. Thanks.
  12. My novice traveler opinion is that Italy is everything it's cracked up to be and more. Looks like a great trip. The giant statue of the naked guy in the Academy is worth a look.
  13. I never cared for Fleetwood Mac. DSOTM, on the other hand, it’s part of my list of the very best albums and it holds up to this day. Can’t say I listen to many pop albums these days. I knew I was getting old when I realized that the last rock and roll musician I though was great was Elvis Costello.

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