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How's life? / Robin Williams Dies at 63...
« on: 08/11/2014 03:31 PM »
...Academy Award-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams died Monday in a suspected suicide, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office said. He was 63.

He was one funny guy - I can't recall the number of times I laughed so hard at him that I cried... very sorry to heat he is gone. :sad:

Bombs Away! / Must of had a "Chip" on his shoulder...
« on: 07/17/2014 06:14 PM »
Chip Lemaster sneaked this little arsenal past the USPS inspectors and it found its way into my mail box!  

Quite unexpected and a treat as I've not tried the Torch cigars yet!

Thanks, Chip!  :thumbsup:

ISOM / Mini PIF Executed to Perfection by New Geek
« on: 07/11/2014 01:05 PM »
pittsburgh009 (Charles) earned his first feedback score with this great selection of cigars from the Mini PIF (Chapter 2)!

Site Discussion / Asian Women with Your Daily Smoke?
« on: 06/22/2014 04:46 AM »
Just noticed some of the banner ads running at the bottom of the screens - guess I'll turn on Ad Blocker for this site too.   :censored:

Cigar Events / Sunday Herf - 6/8
« on: 06/08/2014 04:19 PM »

How's life? / Massachusetts: Nanny State
« on: 06/07/2014 09:46 AM »
Note cigars are now defined as "drugs and alcohol" by school officials in Massachusetts.  They got it partly right - alcohol does go well with a cigar! :biggrin:


High school lacrosse players kicked off team after smoking cigars at graduation ceremony...

Two Massachusetts high school seniors who were photographed smoking victory cigars at their graduation ceremony reportedly have been kicked off the school's lacrosse team and will miss the state championship game Saturday.

The seniors were photographed on the front page of a local newspaper celebrating with their classmates at Beverly High School's graduation ceremony last week, reported.

School administration officials were notified, though it is not clear how, that two of the seniors pictured are active members on the Panthers’ lacrosse team roster.

While the players are not in violation of a state law, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association has a strict, no tolerance drug and alcohol policy for student athletes.

“On the morning of Thursday, June 5 the Beverly High School administration was notified of a possible violation of MIAA policy by two student-athletes,” Beverly High School Principal Sean Gallagher said in a statement Friday, according to

“After contacting the MIAA headquarters and consulting with officials there, it was confirmed that the nature of the incident did indeed constitute a violation of MIAA policy. As part of our school and district policy we do not comment on matters related to personnel or student issues,” Gallagher said.

The players were kicked off the team and will miss the Division 2 North state final game Saturday, where the Panthers will face Marblehead High School.

John Donovan, identified as the father of one of the suspended players, told Salem News that his son is “devastated” by the ruling.

“I don’t think it’s applied with the spirit of the rule in mind,” Donovan told the newspaper.

“The spirit of the rule is, we don’t want any student be involved with drugs and alcohol, which I agree with 100 percent,” he said.

“However, the application of the ruling was not in line with the spirit of the rule itself,” he told Salem News, adding that celebratory cigar-smoking "transcends generations and cultures."

A MIAA spokesman told that it is the school principal’s responsibility to enforce MIAA rules.

Alcohol and Cigars / Monkey Shoulder Blended Scotch Whisky
« on: 05/11/2014 06:00 PM »
A good friend (druff) grabbed a bottle of this at a local grocery store and then brought a bottle to the house last night (and left it).  Was blown away - a great flavored whisky at a very reasonable price.

Here's the description from the Whiskey Exchange: "Monkey Shoulder is a mix of three different Single Malts - Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Kininvie - and is great with mixers or just on its own. Smooth, sweet and very easy to drink."

When you see the bottle, you'll know why we dubbed it the "Monkey Humper."  :Biggrin:

Newbie Intros / LibanCigar - Calling You Out
« on: 05/03/2014 02:52 PM »
Real piece of work - thanks for showing up and posting multiple reviews on a single cigar brand.  And rating them much higher than anyone else here.

Good on you for resurrecting an old thread about the same cigar - promoting it's virtues, greatness, and pleasure.

When you're done spamming our site, you can, as the Zack Brown Band suggests in their song "Whiskey's Gone", lick my sack!


Alcohol and Cigars / Whisky Forum with Inventory Tool
« on: 04/14/2014 04:35 PM »
If you enjoy whisky, there's a great site for exploring the whisky world and they offer an online inventory tool (akin to the virtual humidor on this site). They claim to have nearly 50,000 whiskies cataloged.

The only draw back - they don't allow blended whisky to be added to their site. They focus on single distillery production.

General Cigar Discussion / Earthquake in Nicaragua
« on: 04/10/2014 05:01 PM »
Just spotted this on the news wires...

"A 6.1-magnitude earthquake has rattled Nicaragua, but no major damages or injuries have been reported so far.

Nicaraguans were calling Radio Ya Thursday to report feeling a strong quake and say they have lost electricity.

Federal government spokeswoman and first lady Rosario Murillo told Radio Ya that there were no immediate reports of injuries or damages. But she added that authorities were still trying to contact public safety officials.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the Thursday afternoon quake was centered just offshore, about 11 miles southeast of the city of Larreynaga."

Hopefully everyone is alright and the tobacco region was spared any damage!

Cigar Accessories / New Xikar Cutter
« on: 03/08/2014 09:03 AM »
Rick "HutcH" Hutchings of Louisville, Ky. makes custom Xi3 cutters and mine arrived today!  He also makes custom cases (hard to see in the photo) out of a variety of skins.  He worked with me on the design and then sketched it before "srimshawing" it into the mammoth ivory tusk handles. :dancing:

Humidors and Storage / Link on this site...
« on: 02/14/2014 04:43 PM »
...anyone followed one of the links on this site to the Gerber Humidors?

Dee-amn!  They are really nice looking and appear to be superbly engineered!  :thumbsup:

Humidors and Storage / Built In and Mold...
« on: 02/13/2014 06:42 PM »
So, with a the cold and dry air lately I noticed my Oasis was running through water quickly.  No biggie I thought as the three gauges I have in the built in displayed 66 - 65% rH.  

That all came crashing down this past weekend when I reached for a tray of cigars on the lower shelf and in the back of the humidor.  Apparently the air circulation was not adequate and I had about a dozen cigars that were soaking wet and had developed mold.

Out came all the cigars and a thorough inspection of the entire inventory in the humidor ensued.

Luckily only the one tray was affected.  After a good cleansing with alcohol and airing out I got the mess cleaned up minus the cigars that were affected - they were tossed out.

I contacted Habitat Monitor as they have some unique humidifier set ups.  Should have my new system in place sometime next week.  I've seen lots of feedback about other systems, but decided to take this route.  Spoke with them yesterday and they're configuring a system for my built in and it's multiple shelving units.

I'll share how effective the new system is after it's installed and been running for a while.

Cigar Passes / A Little About PIF's...
« on: 02/09/2014 07:53 AM »
Here's a little primer on what a cigar PIF is and how they work.  Feel free to add and edit - perhaps this can be posted on the appropriate forum/threads for the members of this site.

PIF stands for "Pay It Forward."  

Geeks earn the right to become the recipient of a PIF by first Paying it Forward.

The Geek in play will post a list or give the rest of the community some general ideas of the cigars they like.

If you can fulfill at least a couple of the cigars on the list, then you can post on the thread that you'd like to do so. It is customary to send at least a five pack of cigars.

Only one person can fulfill a PIF at any given time, so pay attention to the interactions on the thread to ensure you're not stepping on someone who has already offered to Pay It Forward.

You should send your cigars to the recipient in a reasonable amount of time. This is typically within 3 business days. You should post the tracking number on the thread after you've sent the package.

The recipient of the PIF then posts an acknowledgement that they received their cigars (usually accompanied by a photo). You should put these posts on the PIF thread with one exception: If the PIF you received had ISOM's, post a picture of the PIF without ISOM's on the PIF thread and then use the ISOM forum to share a photo of all cigars.

After the acknowledgement has been posted, the Geek who fulfilled the PIF can then post their list.  If no one picks up your list after several days, you may need to expand your list in order to get someone to Pay It Forward.

Finally, there can be different themes for a PIF. For example, the PIF on this forum entitled Wish List PIF focuses on fulfilling other peoples cigar Wish Lists that contain harder to find, limited edition cigars. Alternatively, the Ordinary Average Guy PIF focuses on good quality cigars but ones that are more readily available.

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