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  1. Hello friends, happy holidays and happy new year from New York. I'm taking the wife to St Barts for our anniversary, just curious if any of you fine folks have been...would love some insight...about anything and everything if you're willing. Hope everyone is well, love this forum. Solid people. Sent from my SM-N920P using Tapatalk
  2. Friend, I smoked the last of your precious gifts about a month ago, and I still reflect often on your generosity to a complete stranger. You sir have a direct VIP access to the Man upstairs for your generosity...I thank you again... Sent from my SM-N920P using Tapatalk
  3. Hedgehog, I wondered whether smoking in that park was allowed...I'm just outside of NYC but rarely head into that beautiful park...but it crossed my mind that no one else was smoking...but technically, I wasn't either...hence my post...but thx for the location tips!! Noted. No doubt a smug hipster would have educated me had I got my PSP2 lit proper. Sent from my SM-N920P using Tapatalk
  4. I'm on a few different forums for this or that, electronics, things that go bang, things that fly, etc...but I have to say, I've never encountered such a helpful, friendly, community on any other forum...so many thoughtful replies, and with solid info to boot!! Again, thank you all!! Rich Sent from my SM-N920P using Tapatalk
  5. and the fantastic tips just keep rollin in, thank you all again!
  6. With renewed faith in the quality of life and of my cigars, I will forge ahead with another stick this weekend, and report my findings, taking heed of all the above, thank you all...yet again. Keep Calm and Smoke On.
  7. Gratitude is the best attitude!! Thank you sir for reminding me of just that! Well said. You win the internet today!
  8. Thank you for the reassurance. Is there a way for me to "feel" for a cigar in my bunch that might have such a tight draw...and is there anything to be said for the "poker" type tools some folks speak of to loosen the tobacco from the head by inserting a tiny rod through? thx for replying Cep!!
  9. So you all have been so great with me and my noob posts over the past couple months. Anyway. I'll repost two pics of what I bought myself back in December from a different vendor, with no further mention of said vendor...I received my first ever box of cigars...until this point I was buying single sticks on vacation and bringing them home with me. This has been going on for about 5 years or so...and maybe I am the luckiest guy for not having experienced until yesterday what I experienced, or maybe I am the unluckiest guy - for my first cigar, out of the first box of cigars I ever ever bought, was what I am describing now as unsmokable. The DRAW. Period. So after crying to all of you about my humidity after said purchase of this box of Partagas Serie P no. 2 - I got my desktop to a happy 72%...but then let it drop slowly to a more happy 67% in recent weeks. The whole box sat untouched in said humidor since early January. Didn't touch one. So saving my first smoke for a special occasion, that occasion was yesterday, Easter. Took one out, went out to a nice dinner in NYC...walked into central park with the wife...cut, toasted, and lit...then the draw...very very tough. Hard to draw air through. I am sure I am not describing this right...but anyway, I thought at first I may not have cut enough off the head. So I cut a bit more off...did not improve the draw. After 15 minutes of trying without success to draw any smoke through the head, I gave up, and pitched my ~$10 cigar. I was really upset. And still am. What happened? It felt very hard just above the label...but looser towards the foot. Cigar looks legit. I have no earthly idea what or how to explain the tight tight draw, so much so that it was just not smokable. I am sad, and looking for advice and maybe an explanation...I thought I did everything right. Thank you all. And I truly appreciate everyone's feedback. I was so sad that my wife became sad for me and it sort of put a damper on such a nice day. She knows how hard I worked on keeping my humidor happy and how much I was looking forward to my first smoke from my first box of my very own cigars.
  10. Great, thanks...so after all this time I learn why we care about temperature, it's only because of possible beetle issues, that's it?? Thx for the feedback and suggestions everyone! Great folks here on FOH. Sent from my SM-N920P using Tapatalk
  11. Freezing is something that has been generally agreed upon as harmless but to the beetles/larvae? I've read about it, but am new enough to worry that I'm damaging sticks...could you explore this for me? Sent from my SM-N920P using Tapatalk
  12. I'm just waiting for the first nice day outside to smoke...its still very much early spring here... Sent from my SM-N920P using Tapatalk
  13. Haven't sealed. Have owned a for about 3 years now, and I find at first it was leaky, now it has settled down...its stable. The temperature is actually harder for me to deal w than humidity...i live in a steam heat apartment, in New York...so winter is tough here, I can keep my windows open and freeze just to get the temp down to 60's. Summer, well I have air conditioning so that is sometimes a better time of year Sent from my SM-N920P using Tapatalk
  14. Hi, happy Saturday here in the US. I was keeping this at 72ish humidity...i have 25 sticks in this 50 stick desktop. But it's dropped off since one or two bovedas slowly expired...some folks here I believe said 72 was too high anyway...what say all you fine folks to this image...66% and 70 degrees...ive got 25 PSP2 in there. Thanks for the opinions all!! Sent from my SM-N920P using Tapatalk
  15. I'm sorry to hear this, I was here in '15, that's a shame, really. Sent from my SM-N920P using Tapatalk

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