Naug

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    Portland, Oregon
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    Professional bass player, fine dining, bourbon, travel, cooking, my wife and children, Church

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  1. Profession.. Stay at Home dad aka quasi retired General Contractor. i have ~ 35 boxes, that with loose cigars makes 900 or so cigars
  2. Another Portlander here - near the Zoo off Skyline - my family recently moved back after a Nike Assignment in Taiwan.
  3. We've been doing Zoom happy hour. Turning off the background really helps. Monte 3's are really great these days.
  4. My wife and kids haven't left our neighborhood/home sine the ninth, I've done a few trips for food and liquor. My wife has been asked to help coordinate Nike with local medical providers to see if they can produce masks and whole face protectors with the Flyknit machines. As there are also a lot of people at Nike with sewing expertise they are asking those people to sew masks as well. This weekend will be hanging around our house and property with our three young children - perhaps an afternoon cigar in the shed! Stay home and stay safe people.
  5. Thanks all, I do have a seal a meal, will give it a go. I typically store my cigars at 23c and 65 bovedas, not really understanding why this is considered to warm.
  6. My stay in Taiwan is coming to an end. We'll leave Taichung on 2/26 do a 7 week holiday, return on 4/17. leaving for the states on 4/22. Average humidity is around 67% temp is around 74f/23c. I've about 16 full boxes I'll be storing, the big question is would you wrap each box in cling film or just secure them shut and throw a bunch of boved 65's in the carry on luggage/storage container? Cheer and thanks!
  7. One month ago before colonoscopy (no problems found) 120/78
  8. Found this on one of my Taiwan FB cigar boards. Aircraft aluminum 1.5" T, 2" W and 6" L comes in black, gold, red and blue. Bummer the purple one is no longer available. They are selling here for about $100 usd shipped, which seems high to me. Anyone seen anything like them? TIA Toby
  9. I would want samplers based on cigar characteristic/flavor profile. Mild, Medium Strong, with sub groups spicy, creamy, salted driftwood (Really Rob, love the SP Beli, but salted driftwood - love it), stone fruite ertc... I for one have a hard time distinguishing any of these notes - well not strength and spice.
  10. I have smoked thousands of cigars over the last 22 years, until reticently predominately NC. There are a lot of great NC, the consistency, density and quality of build I believe exceeds all be the best PSP and maybe these as well. I am not referring to whatever overdone thing Fuente is doing with Opus or any other manufacturer who nearly covers the cigar with garish bands. Nah, the average 8 - 12 stick. They will be consistent in flavor through the entire box and for most part have no need of aging. While with CC, in a PSP box maybe 3 - 5 duds and it gets worse from there (Rob's observation). I have a handpicked box of Punch Punch of which 10 got chucked at halfway, a 2014 box of Monte 4 from a well known vendor in Geneva that I would say 75% tasted like lawn clippings mixed with pine needles. So why do I smoke CC? There is a depth of flavor that I have never found in any non CC, the Don Carlos used to be lovely, Ashton VSG, Lew's JR Ultimate's, Rocky Edge, Island Smoke Shops El Original were all hard to beat. Still they miss the Cuban "twang." So at the end of the day if you only smoke NC and stick to the mid and upper mid level you will enjoy fine tasting and well made cigars. Just don't succumb to the temptation of the snake with the Cuban apple. LOL
  11. Another great option for inexpensive home training... TRX style suspension and or elastic band. I have a TRX version made for Decathlon cost something like 640 nt (20 usd), you can find a lot of training styles on youtube.
  12. Weight loss happens in the kitchen with a healthy diet. The gym is for conditioning and adding strength. at 54 I'm 6' 2 172 lbs at 18% body fat - this is solely based on diet. Due to a variety of reasons, the primary being expat in Taiwan (more sedentary lifestyle than my home in the states) I've started a gym routine 4 to 5 days a week for strength training. Before gym I drink a protein powder/shake from Costco, after I make a smoothie of mixed frozen berries, frozen banana, Greek yogurt, protein powder and water in the vitamix - all processed sugar/syrup free - the two give me about 80 grams of protein and almost 0 fat. Oh and I get my 3 k and pre k kids ready for school too. For a routine it is weight lifting only, Monday chest, variety of bench, cable and dumb bell work. Tuesday shoulders, cable work and dumb bells, Wednesday, legs and biceps. Thursday back, variety of rows, pull downs and pull ups. Friday triceps and revisit chest or shoulders. All designed for gaining muscle mass.
  13. Montecristo Especial and Trinidad Fundadores would be a happy thing... Been wanting a box RyJ Cazadores for about 18 years, might grab the next 24:24 for these.

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