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About Philc2001

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    Family, Investing, Stock Picking, Fine Cigars, Scotch, Computers, Blogging, Travel, Cars... too many vises!

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  1. Philc2001

    Day 1 Amicigar

    Ahhh, Amalfi! What a wonderful place, the coastline, atmosphere, the people, THE FOOD! I spent a week in Amalfi, we visited Sorrento, Amalfi, Ravello, Positano, Capri... some of my fondest time in Italy. Absolutely breathtaking scenes, one of the most picturesque coastlines I have ever seen. Charming. Having just returned from 18 days in Italy, I can say enjoy with gusto, and take in as much as you can. Try some Toscano Antico cigars, with some down home limoncello. Pop into a few cafes whenever you can, and rub shoulders with the locals. Get your fill of gelato and granita, and taste the local biscotti. Make it memorable, and make us jealous! Enjoy.
  2. Philc2001

    Cruise Ship Cigar Lounges

    I was on the Royal Caribbean cruise when they still had the cigar lounge, it was a very good experience. The lounge was decked in solid wood panels, nice leather sofas, and there were bowls of strawberries and snacks around. I really enjoyed it. However, I thought they had eliminated the cigar lounges. The last couple of cruises I took did not have a cigar lounge so I mostly smoked on my balcony or on top deck.
  3. Philc2001

    Current Fitness Routines?

    I've been active most of my life, and then I went on a lazy streak for a few years while my kids where in middle school and starting high school. I finally got back into it after a 6 year hiatus and lost significant weight. But I was just doing what came to me, I didn't follow any program. Up until recently I was simply alternating between cardio (either running, or elliptical) and weight/resistance training. I was pushing myself pretty hard, and on weekends I would do 8 mile runs hard, burning 1400-1500 calories. That was good and worked well for me for 10 years. More recently I made some new discoveries and have adjusted my routine. First, I learned about the importance of intermittent fasting. Now I fast for 14-16 hours every day, usually I stop eating by 8:00pm, and then I eat again at 12:00pm the next day. This was a major shift, but it quickly became apparent that it was working and giving me much better results physically. Next, I learned the important of alternating my training routine and pushing myself to go further and longer, but without pushing to the point of hurting. I learned that the body adjusts to any demand, but if you push yourself to the point where it hurts for the next couple of days then you have overdone it and are actually contributing to aging. So I adjusted my training slightly to more gradually push to my limits, still alternating between cardio and weight training, but keeping it more steady for 1 hour per day, 5 days per week, with two days of just light walking in thrown. Now I may get some light pain the next day but very minor. Finally, I learned the importance of autophagy, and how to stimulate it. Our bodies have a systematic process of storing energy for when we need it. But with food being so available, and three square meals daily it hardly ever gets to tap into those reserves. Fasting helps open up those reserves so your body can use them up. This is how hunter/gatherers and foraging early sapiens lived, and that is why our bodies function like this after thousands of years of evolution. What science discovered is that exercising near the late stages of your fast accelerates the removal of bad cells through autophagy, it literally helps to regenerate new cells by devouring bad old cells. So now I exercise in the mornings after 10+ hours of fasting, and on weekends I wait 14 hours before exercise. Yes, I was weaker the first few weeks of doing this, but quickly observed the improvement in musculature and got leaner and stronger over time. I highly recommend listening to a the Joe Rogan Experience podcast #1234, where he interviewed David Sinclair, Ph.D, a professor from Harvard doing research on longevity. He reveals a lot of this information, particularly the autophagy information. You can also find it on youtube.
  4. Philc2001

    Your favourite aged cigars.

    Well, this is in no way a slight to any members or against any specific opinion, but I personally find the focus on aging among many CC enthusiasts is a bit of a cultish and misleading belief. While I subscribe to the generally accepted norm of resting cigars after shipping, and about six to twelve months of box aging to let cigars settle and gas off after rolling, I personally believe the virtues of aging are often overemphasised and even misrepresented. Indeed, some cigars age better than others, and some do develop a different (not necessarily better) character after aging. But I've never experienced age turning a bad cigar into a good cigar, it simply turns into an aged bad cigar. A cigar has to have all the right ingredients to start with, inclusive of good quality tobacco selection, good maturing process, expert blending, consistent quality rolling, and most importantly; a flavor profile you like, for which there are no substitutes. I cannot emphasise enough how important personal preference and taste is in the overall equation. Where I believe aging is beneficial is when a cigar tastes good young but may be a bit rough around the edges, then aging will often help smooth those edges and slightly tame the cigar so it becomes more refined. When I started smoking CCs I would buy boxes blindly, based on forum feedback and personal exuberance, resulting in hit or miss experiences. I ended up with many cigars in my humidor I didn't appreciate. I justified this behavior thinking my taste was not mature or refined enough to enjoy those cigars, and over time I will either learn to enjoy them, or the cigars will get better with age. In retrospective I was misguided. Over several years with that mindset, I either endured many unpleasant cigars, or I gave them away, traded them, or sold them to others who appreciated them more than I do. The lesson learned was to sample cigars until I find what I liked, then stock up on those. Age is a very minimal factor only after taste and preferences have been satisfied. If I like it, young or old, I will still like it a few years down the road. But if I don't enjoy it now, it won't magically turn into a gem in 10 years. Fortunately, this forum has a trading room and a forum for box splits, plus our host also frequently offers partial boxes so we can sample easily without breaking the bank. If you happen to find a decent deal on an aged cigar you know you like, and you don't mind paying the premium, then go for it. Otherwise, save your money and buy a box or two or three that you know you already enjoy. Through the natural course of supply versus your pace of consumption, you'll find the right balance to keep a supply of aged stock that you truly enjoy smoking.
  5. Fact is, many if not most, don’t. Greed overpowers common sense and any form of self control. History is littered with examples. The environment is beyond repair, and only drastic steps can prevent extinctions and major catastrophes. These and many more measures become increasingly necessary as we push far past the common sense barriers. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Fortunately, I don't need to make this choice again. I converted all my vinyl and CDs to digital hi-res MP3 years ago and have them stored on DVD, HDD and an Apple Classic 160GB. I don't think I will ever go back to either vinyl or CD. Vinyl had its shot and lost to a better more advanced tech. Vinyl deteriorates with every use, it is not portable, it takes more storage space, is more susceptible to dirt and temperature damage, etc. No brainer.
  7. I didn't watch the first 6 seasons on air, I started watching them on Blue ray. Then I switched to on air in season 7 and 8. I have to say, the first 4 or 5 seasons were very good, I thought they were well done and the cinematography in all seasons was top notch. However, I'm not a big fan of season 7 and especially not impressed with season 8. The disappointment, at least for me, is they spent literally 7+ seasons building up that "Winter is Coming" and the big showdown with the zombies, and then they ended it all in just one episode of fighting. Granted the battle scenes were impressive, but this entire final season feels very rushed and poorly executed. The plot turns involving multiple characters, Lannisters and Khaleesi namely, were also hastily and poorly explained as they "rushed" to close it out. It's like they got impatient, took over the script, and then skipped about 700 pages to get to the finale. I think they could easily have added another season to wind it down and tie up the loose ends.
  8. I started on Android phones, switched to Apple about 6 years ago and never went back. Started on Windows PC, switched to Mac 5 years ago and never went back. Started on Google tablet, switched to iPad 4 years ago and never went back. The switch was not my choice in any of the three, but once I got over the switching tension I was glad to have left the platform and made it to Apple. As I write this on my macbook, I can't remember the last time I booted this thing, it's honestly been over 10 weeks, and even then it was forced upon me by the company policy (they were pushing some software they want us to use). Now I also have Apple TV, but find the content too pricey. I have an Amazon Fire, but it's not 4K and my 65" TV has Amazon prime and Netflix built in, so I don't ever use the Apple TV or the Amazon Fire any more. For me, this is a no brainer. Apple has won my business.
  9. It's the cigars and alcohol. Cause and effect 🍹
  10. Trade, sell or give away whatever doesn't tickle your palate, and load up on cigars that do. Life is too short to waste on bad cigars.
  11. You may be thinking for vacuum sealing, versus shrink wrap. In either case, I think the objective is to minimize air exchange with the cigars. I haven't done direct comparisons, but provided you make a decent seal with the shrink wrap I think the outcomes from vacuum sealing and shrink wrap would be very similar, but without the excess bag hanging off the sides. I always thought the excess bag part is very awkward, and in my limited space humidor it would greatly reduce my storage capacity. YMMV.
  12. yeah, 18 months is a freshie. Most suppliers consider anything under 5 years of box age as regular stock. Some suppliers start charging a small premium for 6+ years, and will usually call them "vintage" when they have 10+ years of box age.
  13. I don't think there is anything wrong with 18 months fresh if that is what you like. It's a matter of personal taste, everyone is different. If the cigar tastes good ROTT or 3 months or 3 years, then have at it, seize the opportunity and enjoy it. There is no fixed prescription on this, so smoke whatever pleases your palate. I personally prefer to wait 3 years or more, so right now I'm smoking 2015 and older. But I'm fortunate to have some reasonably older stock to smoke from, and I'm in no rush to crack open my younger boxes. For others 18 months may seem like an eternity if they have a small humidor or can't source older stock.
  14. I had something like this already from a prior move years ago, and I was getting low, so I bought this one from Amazon. But I have not used it yet.
  15. I don't sweat these minute details any more. Keep the environment stable, and the rest will magically take care of itself. For what it's worth, cabs have more exposed grain wood/cedar, so once they are acclimated they may play a very minor role in keeping the humidity around the cigars stable. Dress boxes however are lined with paper glued to the wood, so they may not be as effective at regulating humidity. Someone mentioned wrapping your boxes in wax paper. I've been wrapping my long-term storage boxes in packing shrink wrap. I don't know if it actually does anything for aging, maybe it slows it down a tad, or maybe it does nothing, I don't think there is anything conclusive. However, in my little mind I think it might help prevent a beetle infestation, or at least limit the spread of it should there be an outbreak. But again, inconclusive. If nothing else, the shrink wrap is a reminder to me that I froze the box [check], inspected it and allowed it to climitize [check], and designated it for aging [check]. So when I rummage through the wineador I know which boxes I'm smoking from (no shrink wrap), and which are resting (wrapped). Sleep easy.

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