For my part, I am veteran of active tuberculosis [and, unrelated, a former cigar officianado] and am living light to the proposition that NOTHING focuses attention on what is important in life than being DENIED BREATH OF LIFE. [Trust me here or see for yourself.]
AUDENTIS FORTUNA IUUAT
- Virgil, Aeneid (Book 10, Line 284)
Live in a very rural area.
In the spring and summer sometimes the black flies and mosquitos make it difficult to be comfortably outside.
After having tried all sort of bug repellants, the smoke of a cigar seems to be the most effective bug suppressant; at least they don't buzz your face as much. So to sit on the deck in the eve taking in the wonderful environment, perhaps with some fluid refreshment, Partagas Shorts are my favorite choice for bug control.
ride long & prosper
Heh-heh. Now you've all got me thinking about growing up back in the 60's, when everyone's dad smoked. Moms frequently smoked as well, but not as many. Seriously, when the weather was warm, and Sunday afternoon cookouts were going on, every adult male (and some adult females) smoked. And remember how everyone smoked on television? And that catchy song/jingle "The Disadvantages of you" by the brass ring? Youtube link to the entire tune Warning: This is one of those tunes that gets into your head and doesn't let go!
I would like to think we're getting beyond smoking, but the number of college kids I see smoking today is troubling, and amazing. What's a pack of smokes go for now?
"The People will believe what the Media tells them they believe". George Orwell.
Ten/eleven C$ in my neighbourhood
Some smoking costs you might not have thought about:
I feel like this is, for once in my wretched life, an opportunity to be the voice of wisdom and reason.
But I don't feel like it, so argue away. Don't expect me bail you all out this time.
You asked what I say, and I say that I have no use for inhaling smoke from burning leaves. I don't need the smoke, and I don't need the drugs or other assorted chemicals.
The cheese, wine, fruit, chocolate, etc sounds good though. I don't drink coffee, but I love the smell.
Everybody's got their own way of unwinding, I guess.
I have some Romeo y Julietta Vintage cigars for the occasional smoke. They're very mild and nutty like a good Dominican cigar should be.
I like to smoke an occasional cigar. In the span of a year, maybe a dozen cigars, give or take. While I hate the smell of cigarette smoke-- my dad smoked Salem menthols for many years, quite possibly the smelliest cigarette ever made-- a fine cigar produces a wonderful fragrance.
But the reaction of people to cigar smoke is either love or hate. I go to lunch with coworkers a couple of times each year and we typically go to a restaurant that permits us to enjoy cigars in the outdoor dining area. Passers by frequently look at us with unmasked disgust, or will sometimes say "that cigar smells so good," or words to that effect.
Sometimes there is added satisfaction that comes from smoking a cigar. I was an exchange student in Korea in the early 1990's and suffered frequently inside smoky coffee shops, places where cigarette smokers, kerosene heaters, and poor ventilation made for unspeakably bad indoor air quality. (Such places were the only source of a cup of coffee back in the day.) At the time I was not a cigar smoker, but when I returned some years later (with some cigars), much to my delight I found that the people who seemed to have the greatest aversion to cigar smoke were cigarette smokers in various coffee shops around Seoul. So it was with relish that I would go to a coffee shop, pull a churchill (7" long cigar) from my case, and light up. The cigarette smokers would almost inevitably start to leave soon after.
The last time I was back there in 2006, I went with a friend to a bar in/on Yoido, where we were the only customers. The proprietress, who quite probably would have been pleased to have the place packed wall-to-wall with cigarette-smoking customers asked us to leave about ten minutes after we fired up a couple of cigars. She couldn't stand the smell.
My doctors told me that the vast majority of people they see with the kind of cancer I had are longtime heavy smokers and/or heavy drinkers. When they tell me that the very infrequent cigars I smoked (without inhaling) and the moderate drinking I do were very unlikely to have caused my disease, I believe them. All I believe of you is that you are an opinionated jerk.
They said that the heavier cigarette smoking I did for 5 years ending 30 years before was a stronger possibility, but still not probable. Same for the somewhat heavy drinking I did in my 20s and 30s. They told me about many possible factors such as the mold I may have breathed while repairing homes in NOLA after hurricane Katrina, chemicals in the air at the composite manufacturing plant where I have worked for 25+ years, even a history of oral sex has been shown to be a cause for some throat cancer.
The more you ride your bike, the less your ass will hurt.
Aní though the rules of the road have been lodged
Itís only peopleís games that you got to dodge ~ Bob Dylan
2010 Motobecane Fantom 29
2010 Jamis Quest
The last cigar I smoked ruined my taste buds for 3 days. Never again.
BTW, I know of a web site to get good cigars cheap. These are 1st quality, brand name cigars. It's an auction site run by an on-line store. I 've stocked 6 humidors with good buys from them. Interestingly, they also have forums where some people feel the need to lecture. I don't know about policies here regarding other web sites, even noncompeting ones, and I don't want to violate any rules. If you're interested PM me for the site.
The great Confucius said that he would
rather be a profound political economist than chief of police.