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    Scuba, Beer, Cigars, Meat, my kids are ok too I guess

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  1. I’m with you on this - I don’t like to think ahead that much, so I moved all my storage and my ‘ready to smoke’ boxes to 62 Boveda so that I can pick what I want without having to pre-plan. It has been a game changer - I went from 50%+ with uneven burn/tight draw to 90% good performance. Also bought the PerfectDraw which helps but after adjusting RH down I rarely have to use it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Public service announcement: remember that if you have a glass scale, we can see the reflection of your undercarriage. Be kind and wear some shorts!
  3. I misunderstood last year and added weight, so yeah, probably a good idea to do one again... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. I’d be in for a couple FOH stands... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Have had Ju(i)cy Lucies from both, they’re both good. But in the Twin Cities, I think the best burger is from The Nook in St. Paul Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Found myself on the road in North Carolina this evening with some free time, a newspaper, coffee, and a pretty tough decision...ended up going with the E2 tonight. Have a good one everybody!
  7. The Drink: Canchánchara Lux The Canchánchara is the ancestor of the Cuban Daiquiri & Mojito...I discovered it purely by accident. Daiquiris have always been one of my favorite cocktails for their flavor and simplicity - especially in the winter since one sip immediately takes me back to the beach, regardless of the temperature or amount of snow on the ground. Over time, my home-made daiquiris shifted toward aged rum - what i prefer to drink and keep on hand - and honey syrup (out of white sugar one weekend during a snow storm). Eventually, I discovered that that the combination of rum, lime & honey was a traditional Cuban drink that predates the Daiquiri, which I thought was fitting for a pairing with a nice Cuban Cigar. I've also since added a bit of Luxardo (a key ingredient in the Hemingway Daiquiri) that adds a bit more complexity & depth to the drink but is totally optional if you don't have it handy. My recipe is as follows (note this is probably considered a 'double' but I'm not really a '1 drink kind of guy' so why go through the motions): 1.25 oz lime juice 0.75 oz honey syrup (1:1 honey/water) 0.50 oz Luxardo 3.00 oz aged rum Directions: Combine ingredients, pour over ice and enjoy. The proper glass for this would be a coupe, but I immediately spill anything in a coupe/martini glass, and so prefer all my cocktails in a rocks glass (honestly, a kids' sippy cup would probably be the best choice for me). I'm sure you could get much fancier and shake/strain/etc, but I just throw it all in a glass and go. I did opt for a wheel of lime since I was going to include a picture ? The Cigar: Romeo y Julieta Wide Churchill Picked up a 3pk of tubos from our host on a whim and was amazed to discover absolutely beautiful, perfectly constructed sticks with thin, oily wrappers - an easy PSP in my mind which I didn't expect. The burn is dead even throughout with a beautifully smooth draw and mild, balanced body with thick, viscous smoke. Draw is smooth throughout. Not great at reviewing cigars yet, but a definite creaminess and some ‘greener’ vegetal flavors coming through. Nice construction, held onto ash for nearly first third (until it fell all over my shirt shortly after taking the picture). Hope you all had a great weekend!
  8. If it’s MY party, then I do feel obliged to share pretty broadly with guests (no different than drinks). However if I’m not the host then I take a handful of sticks with me to share but when they’re gone, they’re gone. I enjoy sharing my CCs with others, but unless I know I’m going to be with folks that really appreciate it, I bring a selection of good sticks that I would be ok seeing tossed after a few puffs. Happens all the time for me on work trips - I love to get a smoke in when I travel and that usually involves offering it up to coworkers or customers who aren’t frequent cigar smokers. So I usually travel with 3-5 ‘everyday’ sticks - always something I’d be happy to smoke but I leave the pricey/rare ones at home for special occasions. I firmly believe in not offering something to a guest that I wouldn’t happily enjoy myself.
  9. I keep mine in the boxes until they get close to empty...I have a couple of cedar trays I picked up on Amazon where I keep the loose sticks, and also have a ‘ready to smoke’ box where I keep a mix of loose cigars. I have found it easier to add a new tupper to my storage vs constantly moving loose sticks around, but I know that space doesn’t always allow that for some folks Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Looks fun! Gotta try the OJ thing but sounds terrible!
  11. Some of those look pretty rough, but hey - even if you can salvage one or two it’s a win! Unless you factor in the ER bill to get your fingertips/knuckles reattached after using the mandolin...somehow the single-most dangerous cooking utensil on earth. I end up bleeding just getting mine out of the box!

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