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About cmbarton

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  • Birthday February 8

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    McKinney, Texas, USA
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    BBQ. Beer. Star Wars. Football.

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  1. I came here specifically to sing the praises of the HdM San Juan but I see they’ve already been sung! Nevertheless, I’ve got a couple TOS NOV 16 small SLBs that I opened up for the first time a couple weeks ago and it was outstanding! If these are as consistent as the Connie A’s, they will be a special cigar indeed. Far exceeded my expectations based on my poor experience with HdMs that are younger than 2014. Wish I’d bought even more!
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    My 2.25 year old box of PL Picadores smell rich and creamy at cold with dark, oil wrappers likely the culprit. If they taste 1/2 as good as they smell, they’ll be a treat! I’m halfway to 5 years, but I may break down at 3 and try one.
  3. I had a really good string of luck with the 4’s that were 3-5 years old. I bought a couple boxes off 24:24 ... they were my go-to daily smoke for a while!
  4. Here’s mine. Sounds beautiful, and has a nice deep bass.
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    FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    I just bought a bottle of Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva ... is it just me or is this rum really, REALLY sweet?
  6. This is how it would have gone down if it were me offering free cigars. ”Hey, guys! I brought you all some cream-of-the-crop Habanos: Quintero y Hermano Favoritos! I heard they call them Favoritos because they were Fidel Castro’s favorite. What am I going to smoke? Just this crappy cigar that I would feel bad if I gave it to you. This cigar was so awful, Cohiba even put the year on it so everyone knew which ones are from the bad year. You know those Cohibas in the glass top boxes in Cancun? No year band so you know they’re good. Oh well ... you guys enjoy yourself, though!”
  7. You know me! There’s no way I was going to meet long lost family and not make some BBQ for the occasion! I smoked a brisket for my new sister, Bethany.
  8. I used 23andMe and also MyHeritage, which allows you to upload your DNA from 23andMe or Ancestry. Basically like two DNA matching services for the cost of one. I just returned my DNA sample for Ancestry and should get results back soon. I’m curious how different Ancestry is. I’ll have three websites to compare then: 23andMe, Ancestry, and MyHeritage.
  9. I just met my first newfound sibling, Bethany, who is my oldest sister. I drove a couple hours to a state park that her, her husband, and their four boys were camping in. I brought my wife and daughters and visited for a few hours before we had to leave to return to Dallas for one of my daughters’ friend’s birthday party. As soon as I got back to Dallas, I dropped the girls off at the house, packed a bag, and drove back out to the state park and surprised my sister. I wasn’t ready to end our first meeting and neither was she! We stayed up until 3:30 in the morning talking, then woke up and had breakfast together before playing with my new nephews all morning. Going back unexpectedly was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Well worth the 8 hours and 500 miles I travelled!
  10. It’s never too late!
  11. My youngest brother, Sam, was a Marine and loves cigars too. We’ve smoked while catching up over the phone, and I’m shipping out some of my finest Habanos to him as he’s never had a Cuban before. I foresee A LOT of cigars in our future!
  12. I wanted to share a deeply personal but incredibly exciting story that has been unraveling for the last month. I can’t tell you how Habanos I have smoked while these events have played out. Two or three a day has been the average, and it has allowed me to decompress and relax as my life has taken several unexpected turns ... Two weeks ago, after 36 years on Earth and 20 years searching, I found my father and my father’s side of my family. We’ve spent the last two weeks getting to know each other, catching up on decades of life, and processing the enormity of the revelation of finding long-lost relatives. I have never known my father or had any relationship or contact with him. This means that I also did not know his name, first or last. This cluelessness was problematic growing up and again when I became a Father myself for the same reason: kids. I often have had to try, often in vain, to explain (as a child myself and also as a father) how it is possible I don’t know my father or even know his name. It all made sense to me, even if I didn’t like it, because I had long ago resigned myself to this reality. But children, especially ones of my own, were relentless in their questioning and search for the truth and so, then, was I. Fortunately, advancements in DNA analysis, including matching others who have had their DNA analyzed, has led to incredible discoveries in recent years and, especially, in recent months. Earlier this summer, I was able to separate the genes in my DNA that I inherited from my mother and those that I inherited from my father. Not only did that enable me to determine that I am of Latvian descent on my father’s side of the family, but it also allowed me to find genetic relatives from my father’s side of the family. Less than a month ago, I located three people that I matched with as genetic relatives on my father’s side of the family who are members of the Timlick family in Seattle, Washington. Two of those people were cousins of mine, and one was my aunt. My aunt only had one brother, George, and he is my father. Just being able, for the first time in my life, to say I know who my father is and that I have found my father’s side of my family is an incredible, remarkable feeling. And if the story ended here, I would be grateful to have found closure. As much as I prepared for many years for the eventual moment in my life when I found my father, what I didn’t, and probably couldn’t, prepare for is the complete and unconditional way in which I have been welcomed by my father’s family. I’ve struggled for weeks to explain in words how validating it is that at the end of this journey, I was embraced so warmly by people I have known only days or weeks but regard me as family nonetheless. Humbling is a word I have used often. Also, an incredible revelation in itself, I have five more brothers and sisters; they are all younger than me, between 34 and 22 years old. They are Bethany, Steven, Julie, Sam, and Grace, and they are among the most beautiful people I’ve met in my life. I couldn’t have imagined or hoped for a better welcome into the family as even my greatest expectations have been exceeded. I have been blessed beyond measure with a loving and supportive family since the day I was born. Much of that is thanks to my mother and her strength and support over the years, and especially the last few months, while I searched for my father and my father’s family. So now begins the next journey … I have this family, these beautiful family members, and so much to learn about them. Here’s hoping that this journey takes all the rest of my days.
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    for fans of hemingway

    Is there anything better than a Hemingway novel, a rum drink, and a Cuban?
  14. one cigar - HU Connie A one bottle of spirits (and no, you cannot fudge with magnums or larger) - The Dalmore Cigar Malt one bottle of wine - Blue Ostrich Tempranillo one book - 11/22/63 by Stephen King one DVD movie - Star Wars IV: A New Hope one DVD TV series - Game of Thrones
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    Share your Cuban haul

    This thread ... is killing me. I just picked up my Aristocrat this week and already I’m wanting to order an M Plus and take a flight back to Cuba so I can take home a haul like these.

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