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About oakalley

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  • Birthday 12/16/1943

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  1. Happy Thanksgiving to all!! On call today, so no holiday libations for me. We will celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow with my kids and grandkids. Not much turkey love in our family, so I'm making low and slow short ribs, roasting a couple of stuffed boneless chickens. My son is doing all the veggies and desserts. It's of noise, confusion and plenty of food. One HM Double Corona that's been waiting for this occasion for a couple of years (actually the last one in the box)!! Good food, good wine, good times plus a great cigar, life doesn't get any better than this!! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  2. The folks who promoted the highly suspect “sonic attacks” are breaking out the champagne!! They got what they wanted, which was to destroy any progress between the USA and Cuba. Return to “Cold War” regulations and kill any efforts to embrace change and progress. Sad, as was said above, American citizens can freely visit countries that are enemies of the USA and have a far greater record of humans rights abuses. Only difference, theses other countries don’t have a local, powerful lobbying force that votes!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Smoking a La Gloria Series R Belicoso right now. Bought a box probably 2 years back. They were really rough at first, but they have smoothed out a lot. 10 sticks left. First one I've smoked in a few months. Only NC's in my humidor. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  4. May sound like a silly question, but I have always wondered why NC cigars are for the most part sealed in cellophane wrappers while CC are not? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  5. Been a great series. I was hoping that Verlander could come out and shut the Dodgers down like he did before, but Houston couldn't bring runners home when it counted. For sure one thing no lead has been safe in this series.This one tonight is for all the marbles, so I don't think that any one will be a definite "not available" except the starters from last night. Anyone's guess as to the winner, but It's hard to beat the Dodgers at home. Whomever wins can look back and say they played in a memorable series. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  6. Has to be the fan. That seems to be the only variable. I believe a good test was mentioned above, plug it in inside a closed space and let it run for a few minutes and check it with an infrared thermometer. I bet you will find the little hummer is producing more heat than you would expect. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  7. Never been a fan of flavored cigars. First off, like the previous poster stated, the flavor is only in the smell when unlit. After firing it up, it goes downhill. I believe this is and attempt by cigar manufacturers to pass off cigars rolled with inferior tobacco by touting different flavors. I would bet that a lot of older cigar smokers here in the USA, in their youth tried Swisher "Sweets" which were about the equivalent of rolled up Corn shucks, soaked in sugar water, dried and packaged. Nuf said!! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  8. Spring,summer and fall, I have a daily ritual. On my back porch in the late afternoon with my libation of the day. It's a good time for me to relax enjoy a good cigar, catch up on the news or the latest posts on FOH !! My cigar consumption goes down drastically in the winter as I really can't enjoy a great Smoke if I'm freezing. So in winter, about the same time but only on warm days, which happen fairly frequently down here in the Deep South. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  9. Have to agree. Really good games in both the AL and NL. CC is on a roll, may be big trouble for the Astros!! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  10. What does this amount to? About a 1.5% increase, hardly more than a "rounding error" in the total scheme of things. Of course any increase will probably be appreciated. Hopefully the increase will be devoted to high quality tobacco for hand rolled cigars Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  11. Wonderful story and great video. Thankfully there are artisans who are dedicated to preserving history, one sign at a time!! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  12. Great story, and good of you to share one with the guys. There is a moral to this story, in fact a couple. One, you never know when your good deed will be repaid, but it will. That chef will remember you and the next time, I guarantee you will get a fantastic meal! The second one is the proponents of your "Nannie" state are at work everywhere. Those who want to control every aspect of our lives are ever planning their next move. We are fortunate here in the USA, but we must be vigilant and prepared to resist at every turn. The soda and fast food industries probably cause far more health problems than the cigar industry ever will. The difference, they spend millions of dollars on lobbyists and political contributions to insure those industries are not regulated. Unfortunately, the cigar manufacturers/distributors/sellers have infinitesimally smaller resources, so we are always at risk. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  13. Followed the link, 265.00 USD!! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  14. Great story!! Glad you found the old box, adds a lot to the story. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  15. Sadly, there are so many people here in the USA that have plenty of money, and would buy anything that said "made in Cuba". It could be a total piece of crap, but they would buy and smoke because it's Cuban and expensive. I agree, if the embargo was lifted, I suspect it might take a while to get the brand ownership sorted out, but in no way could the any semblance of quality be maintained with the pressure to fulfill the demand. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk

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