CigarAsh

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  • Birthday 08/13/1959

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    Oz (Kansas that is)
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    Cigars, Whiskey, Belgian Ales, Woodworking

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  1. A terrible loss for Western history and religious art. That structure goes back 800 years. The religious history and artifacts are irreplaceable including what Catholics believe to be the crown of thorns from the crucifixion. I’m glad that @Nekhyludov came clean and admitted his cigar was the culprit. Ken and I will light a candle for you Joe.
  2. Forgot to post this last summer. Was at a golf tournament in Connecticut last summer. The outdoor buffet luncheon was fully equipped with Shooaways over all the dishes. No one understood me when I told them how cool that was. Maybe it was just me!
  3. Fuzz, You point this out like I actually have a say in any of this! I don’t really care about wood vs carpet. It’s the wife’s call and if she’s happy then I’m freakin ecstatic!
  4. This is a timely thread. I'm almost 60 and mulling retirement someday in the near future. Wife and I decided we like our home, our neighborhood and city. So instead of retiring someplace warm (we'll travel to warm places a lot instead), we'll put money into the house. So far: 1) New 700 sq ft deck and deck furniture. Done in October 2) Starting Monday, the driveway guy comes to relay our brick paver driveway, and hopefully do it correctly this time! Also redoing the back brick paver patio below the deck. 3) Then the master bathroom demo and remodel starts. 4) then the kitchen counters, backsplash and appliances 5) then the entryway tile ripped up and new relaid. 6) Wife originally wanted hardwoods through main floor (currently only in our kitchen and dining room) - but opted to just recarpet. I'm so lucky. THEN, if we like all that, we move to things upstairs that need to be done. My wife is a true OCD clean freak. I'm thinking the next 2 months of my life are going to be a nightmare when the house looks like a war zone. Pray for me brothers.
  5. I cut my cedar to approx 5 - 6" widths and then cut about a 3/8" half lap on each side (except front most piece). Then I just set them in loosely in the cabinet. They're held by cleats with a rabbet on inside edge at top & bottom so the cedar "panels" are basically in there loose with no hard fastener trying to hold them in place. You can kind of see this in the picture by looking at top and bottom of the doors. Done this on two cabinets with no issues. Basically once the cedar seasons and gets used to your humidity setting, and it remains constant, you won't get any movement out of them anyway. I think the cedar gives a little bit of humidity buffer plus that wonderful cedar smell when you open the doors.
  6. Having built my own and having talked to Bob a little about it (bought humidification system from him) - he uses mostly plywoods with nice veneers on them for the large panel pieces in his humidors. Too much movement in solid wood, especially across large pieces and even more particularly when you're talking about actively humidifying the interior of the cabinet. I basically did solid wood frames with veneered plywood panels for my humidor. With veneers you can really get some incredible woods (I did Cuban Mahogany for most of my panels). I then lined the interior of my humidor with 1/4" Spanish Cedar that I resawed from thicker boards. That's probably overkill, but I liked how it came out and love the cedar smell in a humidor.
  7. This is the only Serenity movie that counts for me:
  8. While I'm crushed my Sporting KC wasn't in the finals after folding against Portland at home a week ago - it's really cool to see this level of attendance and enthusiasm around soccer in the US. I grew up playing soccer in high school and college (played for fun until I was 50) and remember the old North American Soccer League days (with Pele) trying to popularize the game in the US. Every time I see a burst of enthusiasm about soccer here I think, "soccer has finally arrived in the US". Maybe this is finally the generation where it will take off in popularity and attendance. My two 20+ year old sons are both really into professional soccer. With European and MLS games on TV almost all year long - the visibility is as high as ever. I just hope the US national team can get their act together and start producing some results.
  9. I had bilateral total knee almost exactly 2 years ago. Yes, I did both at the same time. So glad I did because I just got it over with. My knees were a mess from a lifetime of soccer injuries. Had 3 different knee surgeries in my younger days to clean out torn cartilage. Had a blown ACL that I never had repaired - just rehabbed and strengthened and went about life. I continued to play soccer until about 50, continued playing racquetball and snow skiing. Never let it slow me down. But mid 50s, the wear and tear finally took its toll and I got to the point where I couldn't walk up and down the hills necessary to even enjoy a round of golf. My friends told me it was painful just watching me try and get around. So I went all in and got both replaced at same time. The change it's made in giving me back my quality of life and mobility has been worth the couple months of pain and rehab torture I went through. The nerve block is an excellent idea. They did it for me and gave me about 36 hours worth of no pain before it wore off. The first night after it wore off was pretty miserable until they got my pain meds dialed in properly (dosage and frequency). Careful with the pain management afterwards. The heavy opioids are effective but a little addictive. And they'll give you crazy constipation - take a lot of laxatives. If you can - go into the surgery in the best shape you can manage, it will help you in the rehab stage. I spent 3 days in the hospital, was discharged home and had a home health rehab specialist come into the house every day for 2 weeks. I told her I'd do everything she told me to do and more - I wasn't going to half ass the rehab and ruin the surgery outcome. 8 days after the surgery, a friend picked me up and took me to my favorite cigar place for an afternoon just to get me out of the house. I walked in and out with no assistance. It was slow and kinda goofy looking, but I wasn't going in there with a walker! After about 10 days, I was able to get up and down the stairs in my house (about 15 steps up to the man cave). Once I hit that milestone, the rehab push intensified and my strength and stamina really started coming back. I went back to work at 3 weeks for half days or so - as much as I had strength for. I was driving myself to work and to rehab - short drives so no long periods of inactivity. About 10 weeks after the surgery, I was on the golf course (driving range only - it was a nice February day) and hitting golf balls. Took it easy just because I didn't know what to expect but didn't have any pain from it. At 12 weeks I considered myself pretty much over the worst of it and was really happy with the outcome. 2 years out now and I'm doing all the things I love - but have traded in racquetball for pickleball (a little slower paced). Good luck with your surgery - work hard and come back strong! P.S. I've got a a gruesome picture of my knees when they took off the bandages before all the staples came out. If you want an idea of what it'll look like, I'll send to you. Don't think the rest of the board really wants to see that!
  10. Ok. We're all just assuming, but you're just "asking for a friend", right? 😃
  11. Breckinridge bourbon's need to be on that list. Their regular Bourbon has always been good, But, Their relatively new Port Barrel Aged bourbon is amazing.
  12. In grade school, we used to have "free-for-alls". The boys would be outside playing at recess, and someone would yell "free-for-all" and whatever we were doing would just stop and it would turn into a giant scrum, wrestling match, dog pile mess of boys. It was awesome. We were boys being boys. I still have the chipped front tooth from a head butt I took during a free-for-all.
  13. Congrats Joe!! I may never see you at the Outlaw again!
  14. I went long on the GEs when they came out. I've always thought they were excellent. I had a couple a few weeks ago at a duck club outing (just shooting clays this time of year). First third of cigar was good, but not great. I was afraid maybe they had peaked and were going past their best smoking period. Last half of cigar was outstanding. Cream and chocolate, very smooth medium body. Enjoyed it immensely. But still wondering how much humidor life they have left. Guess I'll keep smoking what I have just to make sure I'm getting them at their best.

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