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Everything posted by Islandboy

  1. Wow, that is an amazing man cave, with all the trimmings! Congratulations on the accomplishment.
  2. Not so much of a re-stocking strategy, but my main strategy over the last 4-5 years has been to buy 2-3 times my consumption rate to have my collection naturally pick up some age. I like variety, so the spread is large, with a max of 3-4 boxes of the handful of sticks I really like. A year ago I was going after regionals a fair bit along with regular production. Recently it’s been vintage stuff, the sudden surge of which seems to be an unexpected result of the regular production shortage.
  3. Recent price increases are definitely a hard pill to swallow, and I don’t think blame for this can be squarely placed on any one thing or another - there’s a unique combination of forces at play right now. Still, it’s my understanding that any of us in the US complaining about pricing have no idea how good we’ve had it for years, and still do, compared to nearly anywhere else in the world.
  4. We’re not really talking about what something costs though, but rather what it’s worth to someone - which are also two entirely different things, the latter being profoundly subjective.
  5. Judging by the constant Behike chatter on other forums, I’m guessing there’s most definitely a market for this. And FWIW, the lone BHK54 I smoked about 4 years ago remains the finest tasting cigar I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing. Current boxes are sparse and easily fetching up to $1500, so I’m guessing with yours, being nearly an original release stick, some fool out there (I include myself in this category occasionally) would pay upwards of $200. You should enjoy the hell out of that fine specimen.
  6. Ah yes, the Midwest Housewife Standard System...all you have to do is multiply by 10 to convert to toaster ovens.
  7. I guess they smoked 5 before concluding they sucked.
  8. Thanks for the intel...I’ll probably re-think waiting a few months 🥳
  9. Thanks. It was quite the plunge, but I’ve absolutely gone head over heels for the bright, delicate flavors I’m finding in the Marquez and a box of 2014 Serie A’s I received recently. Hoping for the same experience in a 2+ hr format. It’ll probably be a few months before I light one up though, but I’ll share my thoughts.
  10. Yeah, that’s what I picked up, but I agree it may very well be the lighting.
  11. Ehh, maybe I don’t have the photographic memory I’d like’s a photo of mine from the archives, looks pretty similar I guess.
  12. I have 2 boxes of these at home, so can’t pull one out until later, but something kinda looks off right off the bat, mainly with the colors of the RyJ band. Plus, FWIW, the wrappers on both my boxes have very much the dark, rustic looking EL look to them. These look very clean and rosado, not that that’s necessarily a bad thing.
  13. If I remember from the last batch, these are dispatched from somewhere in Europe, not Oz, correct?
  14. Could there be a link between those who both smoke their cigars quickly and think Cubans are all hype? Cubans are well known for their subtle flavor nuances compared in general to new world cigars, but those nuances not only disappear with overheating, they’re replaced by harsh and unpleasant flavors. This is why I’ll take a tight draw over an underfilled wind-tunnel any day - there’s no way to keep the heat down on the wind-tunnels.
  15. This is clearly a bad time for me to sit down with a bowl of fruit and check in on the forum.
  16. Without a doubt, mountain biking over the last 25 years has kept me sane and living life. There is no better travel companion, therapy or personal trainer, IMO. Here’s a collection of my bikes and BMI's over the years, starting with my trusty 2000 Cannondale Jeckyl Lefty:
  17. Clearly there’s a cigar fanatic in the household.
  18. Interesting...I’ve got 0046/2500 with a date code of REG Feb 19. Yours is supposedly only 6 boxes later, but almost 2 years apart. Edit: Wait, I just noticed yours has a total of 8900 boxes, mine 2500...the plot thickens.
  19. At present, when it comes to a business mandating a certain vaccine status on its customers, I think there are more examples of anti-vax business owners disallowing those who are vaccinated, although I suspect the cases of this are still few and far between. Perhaps the opposite is around the corner as some have suggested - I for one hope not. To the question at hand though, part of me feels that if an employer provides their employees with a health care plan, and will be burdened with the cost of an employee’s Covid care (and ultimately the rest of their employees will share some of that
  20. My guitar skills were stagnant for a decade or so, simply because I wasn’t picking it up to play very often. The last year and a half has made a huge difference.
  21. Here’s a recent addition to the man-cave....the guitar, not the cat. I’ve had an acoustic guitar to pluck amateurishly away at for as long as I can recall, long enough to have a few licks finally flow somewhat naturally, but I’ve always wondered what an electric guitar felt like. My trusty acoustic for 30+ years has been a Taylor 814 ce, so when I recently read about Taylor making an electric guitar, the T5z,(technically an electric/acoustic, but it’s got the balls of an electric), I was immediately in lust. And the Koa version really caught my eye. I popped into our local music store 2 m
  22. While there are duds to be found in both, I’m finding ER’s to be much better and more interesting in general than LE’s. I’m kinda over LE’s, in fact.

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