Fondling Cubans In A Foreign Country

A glorious Winter day in Vancouver (taken from the Granville St. bridge as I walked to the cigar store)

Tonight I’m bundled up like an Eskimo out on the penthouse deck of a downtown Vancouver BC hotel drinking Glenlivet 12 and smoking a Cuban Cohiba Maduro 5 — very nice in spite of the 30+ degree temp due to the rare, clear Winter night sky. The locals get just as giddy from two sunny, fairly warm days in a row as we Puget Sounders do — people are out walking with big smiles on their faces, motorcycles are everywhere and the clothing is a strange mix of Winter and Summer garb; shorts with parkas, etc. Read the rest of this entry »

Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial

Smoking a cigar in wintery Puget Sound with any degree of comfort and relaxation can be rather challenging. For those of you readers coping with Winter elsewhere on the planet who somehow have not heard about Seattle’s legendary rain, here’s the executive summary — drizzly rain, overcast and temps in the forties. Read the rest of this entry »

Multiple Bike Syndrome (MBS)

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Saturday, May 14, 2005

Outbreak Of MBS Reported In Burien

By Harvey Mushman
Burien Bugle Staff Reporter

A confirmed case of MBS (Multiple Bike Syndrome) was reported today by the King County Public Health MBS Task Force. Read the rest of this entry »

Cigar Accessories

One cannot truly enjoy a fine cigar without proper accessories. If you’ve smoked a fair number of stogies with me, you know that such utterances emerge from my mouth not as casual observances but as gospel truth, spoken with real conviction. I’ve always viewed my condition as merely being extremely opinionated and very outspoken but a highly paid consultant recently told me I speak in “declarative statements”. I suspect that’s a polite way of saying the same thing but then he asked me to try speaking to a group of people at work without using such statements which meant I could only ask questions and that’s a humorous tale for another day. Read the rest of this entry »

Avo Limited Edition 2010

Tonight I’m smoking an AVO LE10 and I have more to report on than just the cigar itself — I can speak a bit to the man behind the cigar. No, this isn’t an AVO meet and greet event like where Ray got to meet Rocky Patel. It’s just the result of Avo and me hanging out at our favorite neighborhood cigar bar, Corona Cigar, in Orlando. Read the rest of this entry »

La Flor Dominicana Cameroon Cabinet


The Glenlivet 12 is poured and a La Flor Dominicana Cameroon Cabinet is lit at pool side in Orlando on what passes for a Winter day in Florida. I’m sitting here in a t-shirt while the natives are running around in coats complaining about the 60 degree temps and my buddies in Seattle are gloomily facing another round of snow. It’s a delightful change of pace from brainstorming last month about how and where to smoke comfortably. Anyway, it sure makes this Halogen webinar I have for to do for work a lot more fun! Read the rest of this entry »

Indian Tabac Super Fuerte Toro Maduro

Happy New Year Leaf Lovers!

Tonight I’m smoking something new — Indian Tabac Super Fuerte Toro Maduro. I think it was included in a Rocky Patel sampler pack but I don’t think it is made by Rocky. Nevertheless, Leafmeister Cassell has been egging me on to try it and it is a wonderful maduro stick with rich flavors — it’s smooth and sweet with just a hint of spice and loads of smoke in a box press. It’s lip smacking good!

Light ’em if you’ve got ’em!

Leafmeister Duncan */:-)

A Little Slice Of Heaven

The Tobacco Temple

A business trip to Orlando in March is a sweet thing. It’s a whole lot warmer and sunnier than Seattle in Winter and a welcome change of pace. It means taking a break from the Vitamin D supplements and doing it the old fashioned way with real sunshine. It means the simple joy of not having to wear a coat. It means attending consciousness expanding, fact filled seminars and talking shop with all sorts of interesting people, usually with an alcohol beverage in one’s hand after dinner. It’s so much more fun to talk about work with a pleasant glow, isn’t it? You bet. Read the rest of this entry »

Freya Gets A Little Brother

Stephanie, Robbie & Freya at Starbucks

In case you haven’t heard, we’ve adopted another rescued dog as a companion for Freya and I’ve got a few pictures to share with those of you who haven’t met him in person yet. His name is Robbie and he’s approximately 7 months old and still a puppy although he’s now up to 60+ lbs. The dog shelter listed him as a German Shepherd mix but we’ve been told by people at the dog training center we’ve been taking him to that he’s most likely a Chinook. This is a rare, American breed that was developed for use as a sled dog and Robbie fits the breed standard to a tee. Read the rest of this entry »

3 Brothers & A Buddy – ODMC Spring 2007

Trip Highlights

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