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  1. I'm still running a pair of Magnpelanar MG III"s that I picked up in the late 80's. They still surprise me. Then again, it doesn't take much to surprise me. Like the bill for the amp tubes every 5 years or so. Still, the speakers are just one component in the system. What the heck is the rest of the system supposed to look like to run $850k speakers? I picked out the Magnepans with my eyes closed. I'd love to see a FOH blind test to rate speakers!
  2. I don't think anyone ever recognizes they're living in a "Golden Age" of anything until it's far behind them. Who knows? In a few decades some might look back say this IS the golden age of cigars. Regardless of the issues we complain about here such as QC, discontinuation of beloved marca/vitola, jaw breaker ring guages, etc, I think we've got it pretty good! Maybe it's my nature but I can think of a lot a ways that the wheels could come off. And I'm glad they haven't!
  3. All good points. I apologize to the forum if anything I said has led any members to believe that cigars are not linked to increased cancer risk. I'll even go so far as to warn everyone that red meat has also been linked to increased cancer risk. I'm not giving that up either. This was simply a story of someone who was facing their end and trying to maintain their sense of humor. That being said, I'd think twice about making that comment in front of an impressionable 11 year old, however, this is an adult forum. I expect the adults here to be able to make their own decisions about what risks they undertake. You are correct that there are a number of studies in many medical journals ... which is why I expect adults to do their own research and make their own decisions about the risks they decide to assume. And to know that you can find a study to corroborate whatever bias you are currently operating under. The risks we assume are very personal decisions that can define our lives. Back when I had fewer responsibilities and more free time, I was an avid skydiver. Were there risks? Absolutely and I thought long and hard before assuming them. According to the "studies", the statistically larger risk was the hour long drive by car from my home to the DZ and back.
  4. I had an oncologist who would ask me if I was still smoking cigars. To which I would reply, "Yes. Yes I am". His follow up question would be, "so are you going to quit"? To which I'd patiently reply, "No. No I am not". After a few visits, I found this routine a little tiresome. He asked again if I was going to quit. To which I replied, "Why on earth would I do that?". The good doctor replied incredulously, "Because it causes Cancer!". My equally incredulous reply was, "I was diagnosed with colon cancer. Exactly which orifice do you think I'm smoking with?" He never asked again.

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