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About Gandolf565

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  • Birthday 05/01/1965

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    The Land of Oz
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    Ham radio, electronics, cigars

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  1. I've had this one for close to 30 years. Unfortunately it's chipped on the rim so I do not use it anymore. It just sits on a shelf in my office at home. It was a promo for a plumbing supplies distributor, Sexauer. The mug I use at work has a C=64 keyboard pictured on it. Allen
  2. 2018 has been very generous to me, I can only hope that 2019 follows suit. I do know it will find me moving to a new house in the February time frame. As for cigars on NYE... I'm guessing a short format cigar will be in order. The high temperature Monday is supposed to be 38°F (3°C) with wind and drizzle. Tuesday is supposed to be 21°F (-6°C) so chances are slim I brave the great outdoors to smoke a cigar that day either. No matter, there is always Scotch 😉 Allen Edit: The actual high temperature yesterday (Tuesday) was 19. I did brave the cold and smoked a yard 'gar. The cold definitely affects the flavor and smoke-ability of the cigar. I think it actually froze between puffs!
  3. I got to spend the day with my 3 year old granddaughter. Christmas through a child's eyes... nothing compares. Allen
  4. Recently I began reading The Bible (NIV) from the start. I'm on 2nd Kings at the moment, or about 27% according to my Kindle. I dropped off of Facebook a little over a year ago and have read about 40 books since. Most were of the SciFi or Fantasy variety. I decided I would take a break from that genre and reading the Bible seemed like a good idea. I do most of my reading while I am smoking my cigar in the evening. It's a good fit 🙂
  5. I just booked a week on the White River near Flippin Arkansas with my wife, son, daughter in law and granddaughter. It is my full intention to spend my days with a line in the water but not caring if I actually catch a fish. Ala Tom Sawyer / Huckleberry Finn.
  6. It's been almost a year and it is doing well. I got off of the pain meds around the three week mark (one of the conditions for driving to work). There were periods of discomfort while sitting at my desk. Getting up and moving around really helped. On the trip we stopped every couple of hours so I could walk a bit. But to be truthful, two hours is about all I've ever been able to do without needing to stretch my legs. One note: My doctor did not recommend flying at that juncture. There is an enhanced threat of blood clots after the surgery that dissipates over time. I was fortunate and my place of business accommodated my needs. I will state again that it was probably three months before I was able to sleep through the night. It would just kind of throb after a while, get up walk around and go for the next round of sleep. Benadryl helped a lot but tends to make me "fuzzy" when I first awaken. I had to endure 6 weeks of physical therapy when my knee first became painful (sudden). I attribute my speedy recovery to the physical therapists advice that if I did end up needing a knee replacement that doing the exercises BEFORE the surgery would make it easier to recover post surgery. All that being said, I am most definitely not looking forward to having my other knee replaced! Allen
  7. You will be good to go in 6-8 weeks. No problem. Just make sure and do the physical therapy as prescribed. It will be uncomfortable at first but a necessary evil. I had mine done the week before Christmas last year, was back to work after 3 weeks using a cane. I ditched the cane after the fourth week. I commute an hour each way, and did an 8 hour trip mid January with no major problems. The biggest problem I experienced after ditching the cane was sleeping. Benadryl helps. Good luck! Allen
  8. Gandolf565

    Thanksgiving cigars.....

    Yesterday, my father, son and a cousin enjoyed from a choice of Monte #5 or Trinidad Reyes. I picked those so that we weren't away from the rest of the family for too long. The weather was gorgeous, and the company was great. Family get togethers are always a joyous occasion in our clan. Earlier today I enjoyed a Chateau Fuente Royal Salute. Later, as the weather has held out quite nicely; I will spark a Partagas 898 and drink a dram or ten of Balvanie Doublewood Cheers! Allen
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    Bic Lighter Upgrade

    I used to have one very similar about 30 years ago. It had a “leaf” cloisonné badge attached to it. Truth be told, I may still have it somewhere. Although I do not live that lifestyle any longer, I’ve never been able to toss the “smoking accessories” of my youth.
  10. Nixie tubes. I have several clocks I have built with several types of tubes. This one is my favorite.
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    Box code SEA DIC 16...

    URA DIC should probably be avoided as well...
  12. I found them in stock on Amazon for $109 free shipping if a Prime member.
  13. Bahahaha! That was great! Quirky? Hmmm... I've bought so much useless crap online its hard to choose. Every one of them seemed like a good idea at the time, but in practical use, not so much. I've since learned to do a LOT more research before I purchase things online. Most generally I try to find one to play with before I plunk down the pesos. Allen
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    Your first ever box buy?

    My first full box of CC's was RyJ Wide Churchill. Why? Why not I'm still waiting on those things to settle down into a smokable stick. Mid 16 date code, been in the humidor since March of 17. The ones (3) I have tried had a nasty, almost soapy flavor to them. I'm assuming they are just "sick" as I have seen described here and there, and that a year or two will solve that problem. It's OK. I'm a patient man (so I keep trying to convince myself).
  15. Gandolf565

    Hello from Kansas

    Hello all, I've been smoking cigars on and off for 15 years or so. I took a hiatus for a few years due to health and income... I tend to prefer full bodied cigars, although once in a while I have a hankering for something on the mild side. I enjoy fishing, amateur radio, building electronics projects and gardening. For a living I program building automation systems. I'll not bore you further Allen

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