Very new to this thread and have learned quite a bit, just coming back into the game after quite a few years off. Had a rather nostalgic evening, which brought back some good memories. It started out with putting Teenage Fanclub's "Bandwagonesque" on the stereo. I then poured myself a couple of fingers of the Macallan 12yo. This was the first booze, outside of tequilla, that I truly enjoyed back then and coincided w/ my discovery of Cuban and other cigars. Though I'm much more into bourbon and rye these days, at the time, this combo was truly mind blowing! Now days my humidor is small and only has a few sticks in it. It's been a long time and I havent even re-hydrated the element or replaced the battery in the hygrometer. To continue the story... I grabbed a Padron (2000, I think), which I used to smoke quite a few of, out of the box and went out back to start the barbeque. The music, booze and cigar were just fine. I was about hafway through each and well on my way down memory lane, when I was jolted back to reality by slicing my thumb open on an over-sharp spatula. I dropped and shattered the glass of booze and even got some blood on my cigar. Next, my 3yo (the younger of my two daughters) came running outside and asked if I was ok. I said I was, but that I'd cut my thumb. She ran back in and quickly returned w/ a barbie bandaid and a kiss for daddy's booboo. It all ended fine w/ a new glass of booze (this time Woodford), the continuation of my cigar and a switch to TF's "Songs from Northern Britain." To continue with my over-sharing: I might have mentioned before that I started smoking a pipe recently. First, a corncob, then onto a nice briar shell from Dr. Grabow. I even bought a couple pipes as Xmas gifts, with a fat pouch of tobacco, for for some of my close friends. Someone else said this earlier, and now I have to agree... In my limited experience, pipe tobacco is quite one-dimensional. Different blends are interesting and everything, but there doesn't appear to be any evolution of flavor throughout the bowl. I dunno, I think I'm over it. I am, however, real excited about rediscovering the pleasure of cigars and truly appreciate the knowledge this thread and it's contributors bring to the table. I guess that's it for tonight.
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1/4/11 at 1:29am