become a passion of mine in the past ten years.
I am a very casual smoker -- something like 5 or
6 a week in the summer and maybe 2-3 per week in
winter. I tend toward the maduros because I like
the hint of sweetness I get from them. I haven't
found too many that I hate, but I especially
enjoy Arturo Fuente, CAO America, Hemingway Opus
X, Cusano, Padron, Old Henry, Bolivar...oh heck,
almost all of 'em!
part of cigar smoking is the brotherhood. I have
made more friends through smoking cigars than
almost any other portion of my life. I have
found cigar smokers to be the most loving,
caring, giving bunch of guys. Of course, they
love dealing out the crap too, but all in good
have a desktop humidor and I try to keep it
full. With the Michigan economy the way it is,
that's not easy these days!
organized a couple of "herfs" or cigar
get-togethers for a bunch of guys and they've as
far as 180 miles to be there. Online
acquaintances like chubno, paint and andex have
become real friends to me -- some I have met in
person and some I am still looking forward to
neighbor Rene and I get together regularly in
the summer to enjoy a stick or two and I've been
known to spend Friday nights watching and
listening to the Dogwatch Cigar guys, Bob
McDuffy and Dale Rousch, record their weekly
Dogwatch Cigar Radio podcast.
listen to podcasts called "Stogie fresh 5" with
David Diaz (AKA Doc Stogie Fresh), Blowin'
Smoke" with Rob Heming and his cast of Cretins
and "Cigar Alliance" with Chris Trotter -- as
well as a few others.
current effort to make Michigan "smoke free"
without exempting current legal businesses such
as cigar shops, cigar lounges, cigar bars, etc.
is a joke. I am working with Chris McCalla
of IPCPR to contact legislators and other cigar
smokers to get this exemption passed.
cigar enthusiasts to cigarette smokers is like
comparing a wine connoisseur to the wino who
lives under a bridge. It is a completely
haven't tried cigars yet, give it a shot. We
don't inhale and cigars are a very, very small
risk. In fact, several studies show cigar
smokers are in better health and live longer
than non-smokers. I think that's due to the fact
that you don't eat while smoking a cigar, and
it's real hard NOT to relax as you sit back,
watch the world go by, and enjoy a cool beverage
or cup of coffee while your cigar smoke gently
wafts away in the night air and paints pictures
in the sky.