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About TCContender

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  • Birthday 11/12/1975

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    Charlotte, NC
  • Interests
    Fly-fishing, Highland Scotch, Upland wingshooting, Burgundy and Cuban Cigars... not necessarily in that order.

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  1. Hi guys, I will be traveling for the next couple of weeks in China and Singapore. I have spent a great deal of time in Shanghai, but this trip will have me in Suzhou and I open to any tips or suggestions for the week I am there. The following week I will be in Singapore, have flown thru a few times, but have never been outside of the airport. Looking to hear about any good cigar bars, shops, etc. Also any tips on what to do in the evening after work would be helpful. I do have a day to spend in Shanghai at either end of the trip and plan to hit Roosevelt and get some custom shi
  2. I was completely expecting that to be the body of the original post when I clicked!
  3. I do not bother to smoke, at least nothing good, as I cannot taste much anyway. Maybe a NC dog rocket to lift my spirits. Don't typically drink when sick, unless the wife force feeds me orange juice - then I will take the obligatory splash of vodka.
  4. LOL, they can certainly make a banquet out of a ham sandwich in China.
  5. I have a box of the new HDM Elegantes from ALO from our host. They look nice, but I am giving them the recommended 6-12 months down before sampling.
  6. DDF is certainly a crapshoot, I have found that Terminal 3 is the most consistent. I will only buy HTF sticks there though, that I cannot get from trusted vendors like our host.
  7. Two hour conference call Friday morning, no problem. Pictures taken from my outdoor office (I'm sort of partial to the shadow!). Guest appearance by an outstanding FOH-sourced 2012 HDM Epi 2.
  8. Which model do you have? I lucked into a S9 Avantgarde for super cheap about 10 years ago at Williams-Sonoma, the thing has run flawlessly ever since. I rue the day is gives up the ghost as there is no way I am spending $2k+ on another one.
  9. +1 My Aeropress has gone with me on countless business trips across the globe. I bring a sealed container of my home-roasted coffee as well and am never disappointed by hotel swill. Getting hot water is sometimes a challenge however....
  10. Sadly, you are correct in that many cannot understand how self-righteous vitriol is counterproductive to polite discourse. A simple substitution of the finger pointing "you" with the collective "we" and hypocrisy is removed from the statement. Due diligence is so simple in the modern age.
  11. I think Piggy was noting the hypocrisy of a French poster pointing fingers at the US, when France sells three times as much weaponry to Saudi Arabia.
  12. Seems the US is just playing catchup to European arms dealers:
  13. BIL works for a Ford auto racing, got the family suite tickets to the NASCAR race in Charlotte Saturday evening. Neighbors are doing a crawfish boil all weekend. I think it will be a pretty solid two days.
  14. I googled and found Katman which gives 15% off.

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