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  1. Any thoughts on doing a virtual HERF? It would be nice to see everyone's faces and I've been sitting in on a few group video chats.
  2. I'm not sure about the geography, but I'm planning on hitting the LCDH in London when I'm there for a trip this autumn, I was also recommended the Davidoff of London shop & lounge last night.
  3. What an event! I'll have to cook up something special for the next one - if we keep this up, we'll outright have a club! Thank you guys so much for organizing and being a welcoming group of folks! I hope everyone's hangovers are minimal. What a fabulous way to make friends and try new things!
  4. This poor guy got diagnosed with hyperthyroidism today. He's 13, so it's about time he starts to get old cat problems. It's a toughie, but I hope to keep him around for years yet!
  5. White Castle actually have entire second griddles for their vegan options, not sure about other places.
  6. I was thinking about doing some that used utility blades as replaceable blades. Always seemed a bit of a shame that so much plastic and metal is disposable. All the utility blades I found were covered in adhesive/grime and I wasn't quite up to spending a weekend and $20 tediously examining and cleaning them. Double-edge razors were too flimsy, too. If anyone has any recs on some nice, sturdy, replaceable blades I'd love to hear it! It would be a lot of fun to make the cutters.
  7. I never really encountered a trans or nonbinary person who wasn't chill when I misgendered them, they corrected, and I apologized. Even if it takes multiple tries, it's new and we're all human. I think it's the effort that counts, right? It's inconsequential effort and makes folks happy is my take.
  8. My partner's vegan, and I'm more of a human-shaped dumpster, so I've been pretty de facto vegan for some time now. I feel like there's a culinary niche that meat chunks fill that tofu or potatoes won't do (although those two are really good for curry stand-ins). Seitan works for nugget-sized bits, there are some great ground beef subs for things like pasta sauces where ground beef isn't necessarily a focus, but a textural addition. Coming home late night and the White Castle has Impossible Sliders - great for that state of mind and for bloody mary toppers. Quick-service/casual r
  9. My impression was that a mixed drink had two components (e.g. gin & tonic, rum & coke, etc.) where a cocktail had at least three components or a particular preparation/garnish (Tom Collins being gin, simple syrup, lemon juice, & soda water; martinis with olives & shaking) etc.
  10. This kind of plays into a post I've started blocking out to put into "Cheap and Cheerful" - something along the lines of a string of reviews for "Five Buck Chuck" because there are a lot of great cigars out there for ~US$5.50 or less. Note: I am a sucker for long, thin vitolas over stubbier, short ones. I'm still working on checking out more Cubans, but the two boxes I've purchased that fit in this category are: La Gloria Cubana Medaille d'Or No. 4: This hits a lot of the same notes as the Monte No. 2 - a pretty classic Cuban mineral-y, woody smoke. I feel that the longer vitola real
  11. Hi, all, I've been a cigar smoker for about 10 years now and used to pick up Habanos when I traveled for work. Sadly international travel for work has dried up, and research led me to FOH for Cubans, camaraderie, and chitchat. I've been browsing around for about a week now just scoping things out. Y'all seem pretty cool, so thanks for having the community!

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