Contest Day #8 – Joya De Nicaragua (and Day #7 Winner!)

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Thursday is here and that means it’s Day #8 of our Anniversary contest, only one more day left tomorrow! Tony is still slacking for the rest of the week as I finish up the last few posts of this epic contest! I must say it’s been a joy reading some of the comments and seeing some of the pictures we’re getting. I definitely have to say we have an awesome group of readers and I gotta thank each and every one of you for your participation!

So for today’s giveaway we are being sponsored by our good friends over at Joya De Nicaragua! Now Joya de Nicaragua is a very well known company producing a few landmark brands that have carried them successfully through over 40 years in the cigar industry. You can see our reviews of the Antano 1970, Antano Dark Corojo, and one of my favorites, the Cabinetta Series. They also make a blend called the Celebracion as well as the Clasico which was the first Nicaraguan Puro as well as the official cigar of Nicaragua. Pretty impressive to have a national cigar, all we have here are Beavers and Moose!

Joya De Nicaragua Antano 1970

Now you may have heard some news a few months ago that a well respected cigar industry veteran joined Joya de Nicaragua. That person is Jose Blanco and having had the chance to meet him I can say he is a great person to share a cigar with. I had the opportunity to take part in one of his blending seminars that he holds and I would highly recommend attending one if you can. If you think you are a know-it-all when it comes to cigars and tobacco, Jose’s sessions will definitely surprise you with his insane depth of knowledge and experience, and he still claims to be learning everyday! I can’t wait to see the impact he has on Joya de Nicaragua and I will definitely be attending his next seminar when he makes a return trip to Toronto.

So I got in touch with Jose and he generously offered up a tasty box of Joya de Nicaragua Antano 1970 Robusto cigars for us to giveaway. These are darn good cigars and pack lots of flavor, a definite requirement in any humidor. So now you ask, how do you win yourself this awesome box of cigars?

We’ve been having such an awesome response with our simple “Add a comment to win” method that we’ll keep that style going. All I want you to do is write a comment below detailing your best cigar moment ever. This could be about a cigar you shared with a celebrity or family member, a memorable location, a funny event that occurred, whatever! We will pick one lucky winner from the comments to take home this prize.

Now onto our winners from Contest Day #7 – Miami Cigars

Tony and I were floored by the amount of detail you all put into your stories to win a box of La Sirena cigars. There were definitely some funny ones and I have to add a few honorable mentions to highlight some of these awesome entries.

Honorable Mention 1 – Tom

A few years ago my ex-wife, best friend and all our kids were on vacation in York Beach Maine.
We went to dinner at a nice seaside restaurant, with a beautiful patio over looking the Atlantic ocean. When we arrived we were seated outside.
We had passed through a screen door that open in to the restaurant. After a fine meal I asked if I could smoke outside, the waiter and manager both said “sure!” Excited I jumped up from the table to fetch a cigar from my car. When u got to the door, I kind of hop skipped through it because it looked like the door was open!
Nope, the screen door was gone and the sliding glass door, with no markers, and perfectly clean glass was skys in place. I damn near killed myself slamming into that door. I hit the floor flat on my back laughing like hell! Why you ask? Well,, before I hit the floor, all I could see on the other side of that glass door was a lady spitting her lobster into her husbands face! I think the impact oh my 200+ pound body scared her just a bit
I did get to have my cigar and the manager Tony took care of the check and was very sorry for what happens.

I honestly cracked up laughing at this one and will still pay if you find some video! haha

Honorable Mention 2 – GICIGAR

My most embarrassing memory on vacation is probably when my wife and I visited the Amazon in Peru, just before heading out on our hike our guide stopped us at a termite mound, asked us to stick our hands on it and let the termites climb on. Then the guide instructed us to squish them to release the sweet aroma and oil of eucalyptus tree that the termites feed on, then asked us to spread the oil on any area of our bodies that weren’t covered by clothes as the smell and oil act as a natural insect repellent. I thought about the 3 hour hike that lay ahead which made me squish a considerable amount of termites thinking that it would last me the whole 3 hour journey. As we begin to hike I noticed a termite that must have escaped my death grip and I squished him. We walked a few more yards then noticed another so again I snuffed it out. Then from nowhere I felt my body starting to get Goosebumps and in a rush hundreds maybe thousands of termites invaded my body, after scrambling around and yelling like a mad man I discovered the source of the attacking hoard, my backpack, which I guess they climbed when we were at the termite mound. Embarrassing for me because we were not the only ones in the group, so I had to endure the rest of the long hike as the guy that made a scene. Till this day my wife is the only one that knew about that, and now all of you know it too.

That would drive me crazy! haha, good on you for toughing it out the rest of the hike!

Honorable Mention 3 – Jake

Vacation – 2006.
Location – South Dakota.
While standing in a Harley-Davidson store, surrounded by a HUGE amount of Harley-Davidson devotees, my then 8-year-old daughter (in her normal ‘I-HAVE-NO-INDOOR-VOICE’) asks me, “Are there really this many people that are into this stuff?” I look around, making eye contact with at least 6 people that have heard her question, and smile. “Yeah,” I tell her, “it’s a way of life for a lot of people. Some of them feel pretty strongly about it.” “Oh,” she responds, “well they just need to GET A LIFE!!”
I look around again to find that absolutely no one is still smiling as earlier. At this point I try to cover for her. “Sorry. She has Tourette’s,” I say to no one in particular, all the while heading this child towards the nearest exit.
Did I mention we were in a Harley-Davidson store?
Did I mention that said store was in STURGIS, South Dakota?
Y e a h . . .
Outside, where even more people were standing around, I tried to make her understand that these people wouldn’t be upset with her for saying things like that, but that they would be upset with her Daddy. “You wouldn’t want that, would you.” I asked. “No,” she said softly. “But all these Harley people are GAY and need to GET OVER THEMSELVES!”
I explained again about her Tourette’s while covering her mouth with my hand and placing her in the car where I informed her she was no longer allowed to speak until she saw a sign that said “Wyoming”.
From the mouths of babes, huh?

I’m glad to see you made it back alive, I’m sure you left a few treadmarks in your underpants! lol. Props for quick thinking on the tourettes! haha

And of course, here is our winner of the La Sirena Prizepack!

*** TODD ***

Anyone who knows me knows I love to eat. I love buffets more than John Pinette and have put four all-you-can-eat steak houses out of business. Well, I also love sushi and have even been embarrassingly “cut off” in front of my Pastor. Well, I wasn’t prepared for what happened when I learned about eating one particular type of fish! I found a place which proudly stated in it’s window that they had all-you-can-eat sushi, so I had to try it out! I went in and was thrilled to find out that they served one of my favorites, commonly called “white tuna.” Well, I hadn’t eaten breakfast and was starvin’! I normally eat about 60 pieces of sushi but this time I probably ate 100, and made about half of that “white tuna.” I was completely stuffed and decided to go shopping to walk it off. Suddenly in one of the aisles I uncontrollably let out a huge smelly “wet one,” and I noticed everyone and everything stop and stare directly at me. I then noticed while I walked faster, a strange cold wet feeling, and I decided to go the the restroom for some inspection. I was absolutely horrified and embarrassed when I looked in the mirror and saw the entire back of my shorts, (and white Polo shirt which was draped over my shorts), had a HUGE orange circle on it, like a bulls-eye on my backside! It blew through to the shirt! I tried to wash it the best I could in the sink and raced out of there, and sped home without sitting. I hurried to the computer, and after some investigation, found out that I ate escolar (it’s not tuna), and it’s even banned in Italy and Japan because it causes people to “expel yellowish-orange drops of oil” (aka keriorrhea), I still eat “white tuna” and love to see it at a buffet, but I unfortunately have to eat a whole lot less of it! Can you shed a tear for me?

The embarrassment of this alone wins the prize. Note to everyone, don’t go out for sushi with Todd! hahaha!

Congrats to Todd, please email your name, and address to “[email protected]”. Thanks again for every one who entered! Keep the entries coming!

Daniel T. (a.k.a. Dalamscius) is an IT Professional from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He enjoys cigars, scuba diving, hockey, fishing, nature and anything that challenges his mind. If he's not sitting on his big comfy couch or at work you can usually find him in a boat on top of the water or 100ft under the water enjoying a dive. He is engaged to a wonderful Fiance and looking forward to his wedding. Feel free to contact Daniel anytime via email (dalamscius[at]gmail[dot]com). And make sure to follow him on twitter


  1. Jeff

    March 22, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Best cigar moment came years ago when I was not into cigars. My wife and I were on our honeymoon in Cancun and while in the market one day we came across a guy selling cigars. I thought it was a great idea and purchased a Cohiba (fake, but didn’t know at the time). After a busy day of outdoor activities the wife was zonked out early so I walked to the beach and smoked my cigar. I can’t tell you what that cigar tasted like or if I like it, but I do know that sitting there on the beach in the dead of night was a great experience.

  2. Luan N

    March 22, 2012 at 8:37 am

    My best cigar memory, was actually my first cigar ever. It actually happened to be in Nicaragua as well, in Grenada. I was on a trekking trip through central america, starting in costa rica and ending in guatemala. We actually spent most of our time in nicaragua because things were affordable and the country was beautiful. Outside our hostel, we were sitting at a patio set when we were approached by a local vendor. These vendors were very common and well sell many things from cigarettes, candies, foods and cigars. We were able to bring down the price of the cigars to $25 for 20 of them. Why I bought that many for not having had a cigar before was beyond me, but I still remember my first puff if you will. I coughed a fit with that first hit as the vendor and other locals stood and laughed at me. It was quite the first experience, but to this day I have been able to enjoy a cigar every now and then.

  3. DavefromPhilly

    March 22, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Easy. I have a pretty big group of friends. About 15 of us.

    Before my best friend went back to Iraq for his 4th tour we got a big ass limo bus for a night downtown. Our last stop was gentleman club/after hours club here in Philly called Delilahs. You can smoke in there since it’s a private club. I brought out a box of Murcielago’s and we all smoked them in there that night. (that’s probably the only part i can tell you about from in there that night haha).

    It was the best night me and all my friends ever had out together, and the end was the best part of that night. He came back 8 months later and they say he never has to go back over there. Hopefully they aren’t lying. His stop clause is up in a month. Fingers crossed.

  4. Lloyd l.

    March 22, 2012 at 8:48 am

    My most memorable smoking experience was back in ’96. The cigar wasn’t so memorable as much as the evening as a whole, but my cousin and I had rented a cottage at a hot springs resort in the Philippines, complete with three hot women my cousin recruited to ‘keep us company’. I won’t go into details other than to say that the night was a total blast!

  5. Tony

    March 22, 2012 at 8:58 am

    When I met my wife to be and her family, I really enjoyed the company of her grandfather. He was fascinating to talk to and we got along famously. He was involved in the atomic projects following WW2. He was a cigar smoker and we used to sit on his patio while he smoked and I then started to join him in an occasional cigar. When he and his wife moved to Florida, my wife and I would visit them when we could as my wife was very close to her grandparents. I used to sit with him and smoke cigars. One of the things he enjoyed toward the end of his life was a good cigar which I used to bring to Florida with me. My wife says she thinks of her granfather when she smells a cigar I am smoking. It will always remind me of him and the times we shared.

  6. Chris

    March 22, 2012 at 9:11 am

    I was pulled over by a Jax beach police officer on a segway while smoking an acid kubakuba. He thought he smelled something “funny” when I passed him. (On a minibike shirtless wearing an uncle Sam hat on the 4th of July last year on the beach strip infront of easily 500 people.) Add the fact that I’m an officer myself and it made for a very awkward, embarrassing, and hilarious sequence of events. – @leobotl

  7. czerbe

    March 22, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Congrats Todd on winning and I feel your pain. haha

    Easy one for me. My wife was 7-1/2 months Pregnant and she was working one Saturday afternoon, I was at a buddies house Smoking an Onyx cigar nothing good just a yard gar but it was one that was given to me as a gift so I figured I would smoke it. My cell phone goes off and its my wifes Boss telling me I need to pick up my wife and take her to the Hospital her water had broke. So I dropped my cigar in the Ash Tray and ran to the car flying over to her job and took her straight to the Hospital where she was on bed rest and I.V.s for 5 days until she gave birth to our son. Now since he was 7 and a half weeks early he had to spend 11 days in the NICU (some of the worst days of our lives) well through his stay at the hospital my buddy came to the house and brought over the cigar which I was half way done with when I left to pick up my wife. He said “thought you might want to finish this later” now normally I would never pick up a cigar that was sitting in an ash tray for days and re-light it. But I thought to myself I will finish this when my son comes home. So I put it in a Zip Lock bag and put it in the Humi. 11 Days after my sons birth he came home from the Hospital, after my Wife and Son got settled I went to the Humi grabbed that half smoked stick and took the dog out for a long walk. Its was possibly the worst tasting cigar I ever had after that long laps from smoking times. But I’ll tell you what it was the best cigar I ever smoked knowing my Son and wife were healthy and home safe. Its been a full 13 months now since his birth and I have had many great sticks in that time but none gave me that feeling like that Onyx did that day…czerbe

  8. Victor

    March 22, 2012 at 11:50 am

    I am lucky enough to say that I have several great cigar moments. The one that stands out, maybe because it just happened in October of 2011, was at the Big Smoke in Las Vegas. All year I look forward to the event because four of my favorite people in my life join me, my wife, my sister-in-law, and my brother. In 2010 we happened to run into Jonathan Drew, as a spectator, and he turned out to be one of the coolest people I’ve met. That year we met, he told us that he was planning on having his own booth in 2011 and it would be something to look forward to. So in 2011 my brother and our wives made plans on going again and hoping on seeing JD with a booth of his own. It turned out that JD had no booth, but my brother ran into him again as a spectator and we both asked about his booth. JD told us that for technical reasons he could that year, but what was so cool about this was that he actually remember all of us and he shared some of his cigars with us and took time to talk to us and smoke with us. It never stops to amaze me how the cigar community welcomes everyone with open arms and that is why I have so many great cigar moments.

  9. cjr

    March 22, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    best cigar moment was the night of our senior prom, in the beginning of june. my friends and I were exhausted from the dancing at the prom, then the partying at the post prom and post post prom. Things eventually settled down around 3am. It was a warm night, just perfectly clear, still and about 80 degrees out. no humidity at all.

    the party we were at was out in the country so there was no light pollution. you could see all the stars perfectly. about 4am that morning with everyone else passed out in chairs and couches we went out a small hill next to the house and lit the cigars we brought, talked about the past 4 years, the next 4 in college, and watched the sun rise as we puffed our monte cristo no. 2’s

    it my most memorable cigar experiences, a great end to a great night and even more so a perfect way to end a high school career.

  10. Clvn H

    March 22, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    My best moment was probably smoking my first cigar in Cuba and learning the proper way to smell, light and smoke a cigar from a local. Brought back a box monte cristo for special occasions

  11. Dan S

    March 22, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    The Cigar I shared with my grandfathr and father after my Bar MItzvah had to be the most important and memorable smoke of my life. The cigar is what made me feel like a man!

  12. irratebass

    March 22, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    My best cigar moment believe it or not was the very 1st time I ventured into this obsession. Not just the Swisher Sweets or Black & Milds, but the GOOD stuff.

    My future bro in law (we were just co-workers at the time, funny how life is and what a small world it really is) was a cigar smoker (he has since given it up….of course after I get into it heavilly) anyway he taught me how to savor the moment before you light on up, how to cut it, light it and smoke it.

    This was a very cool learning experience for me and the he took the time to teach me, my 1st cigar was a Rocky Patel 1990 Vintage and I really really enjoyed this cigar, bit just because of the smoke, but because of the whole experience with him.

    I have had some other cool cigar moments, but so far this one takes the cake. I blame him for this obsesion, too bad he has left the life.

    Thanks for the contest.

  13. Tom

    March 22, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    I’ve had so many great cigar moments over the years, it’s hard to pick just one. Speaking with Benji Menendez during an event a few years ago when he was General Cigars ambassador was one, but I think my best moment us with my brother. You see we had lost our mom in 2000, and at Christmas of 2001 we were sitting at his house just talking and reflecting on all the things we’d won, and lost, the year before. I’d brought a couple of I think Monties with me for the night and I shared one with him. We talked like we’d never talked before. We took our time, We laughed, and yes, we cried a little too.
    We talked for hours. Everyone else there knew it was a special moment for us and left us alone. When the cigars went out, we said something to each other we’d let slip for a long time…Me “I love you”…Him “I love you too, little brother” I don’t think we’ve ever been closer.
    Nothing since has been a special as that night.

  14. MCC Barry

    March 22, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    I have two… Sharing for the hell of it, once again I want to declare myself ineligible.

    The first I was about 12 or 13 and my family went to a Bar Mitzvah for some cousin or something. While we we seated they served cigars to the gentlemen, and I asked my dad if I could try it. He was all for it, but my mom would have none of that. Well we went to the bathroom as a rouse to step outside. It was here my dad handed me the cigar and said, don’t tell your mother. Well, I lit the cigar up and proceeded to turn green. I still swear to this day whoever created the movie shrek was at the affair and got the idea from seeing me.

    The second involved a Arturo Fuente. I had just picked up business partner up from the airport where he returned from a quick overseas trip. The best part of new job is I don’t have to pick him up at 5:00am anymore from the airport. After I dropped him off it was about 6:30am and it was a comfortable 65 degrees outside. So I headed to the beach and lit up my Work of Art Maduro. About an inch into it, the taste reminded me of cinnamon and apples, but to go a step further the aroma took me back to my dad and how he used to make these treats after dinner for himself. Now mind you my dad had been deceased for about 10 years and he hadn’t made a baked apple for about 10 years before that. I sat back, looked up at the sky and smiled as I knew my dad was smiling down on me.

  15. Neil

    March 22, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    My best cigar moment was also my saddest. My father has been in failing health for a couple years. At the end of 2010 I bought a box of the My Father Limited Edition 2010 thinking I would put them away until the time came to share them with my brother in memory of my father.

    Two months later I lost one of my closest friends, Tracy, to cancer. He was 12 years older than me and gave me a lot of great advice on how to raise my children and be a good husband. Right after he died I was with his brother, wife, and son. As I listen to Tracy’s son tell story after story of what his dad had taught him, I realized Tracy had taught me many of the same things. I had already kind of thought of him as a brother, but I realized during that time I spent with his son how much he had also fathered me.

    In honor of Tracy I opened the box of My Father 2010s and had the first one out of the box in memory of him. I thought of what a great friend he was. I thought about all I had learned from him. I thought about how he shaped me as a father, how he fathered me, and how blessed I was that my Heavenly Father put him in my life.

  16. Josh

    March 22, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    I would have to say that every time I light up a cigar, I have my best memory, but that isn’t any fun at all so here we go.
    The day my daughter was born my Dad (he’s the reason I started smoking cigars) showed up at the hospital and produced a box of Partagas Black torpedos. They are my favorite cigar. We went outside and fired up one and had the best father/son talk we have ever had. Every time I light up a Partagas Black I remember that day.

  17. jjo

    March 22, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    My best memory would have to be being given my first “real” cigar by my dad when I was a freshman in college. Up until then, what I had been smoking were the cheap drugstore variety; machine rolled, flavored, tipped, etc. That he would hand me a higher quality cigar was a bit of a surprise, since he himself was forced to smoke cheap-ass, stinky ones while raising three spoiled kids, and had also stopped smoking around that time. It was what prompted me to take the cigar thing more seriously, and although I have been in and out of the pastime a few times in the nearly forty years since, this time I’m here to stay. My one regret is that I never got to sit and have a smoke with him, and since he passed away five years ago, I often think about that whenever I light one up.

  18. Steve C

    March 22, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Sitting at the end of every day smoking a good stogie with my beautiful wife enjoying the aroma or even sharing! Aren’t the small moments the best? I could also mention many moments shared with my brothers or father, they are gone, but the best moments are the ones you wake up to see in the morning! YEAH HIAAH!!!!

  19. @nwbonick

    March 22, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    While I was in college, I lived with my older brother. He was ex-Army and the person that introduced me into this fine hobby.

    One day during the week, he mentioned we should try to hit the golf course that weekend. Since I was always “mooching” cigars from him, I decided to spring for a few smokes. As I browsed the local B&M, I came across a few Padron Magnum Maduros, a monster of a cigar. At the time, I knew very little about brands, so I picked them up as a gag gift, more or less.

    The day we went to play, I pulled out these 9 x 50 behemoths, at which point he laughed, saying “that will last us the whole round”. Little did we know, but we lit them up and were immediately assaulted with the wonderful flavor of our first Padrons. We smoked through two apiece during the round (yeah, we are shytty golfers).

    Needless to say, that was the start of a slippery slope for me, and I’ve always kept a regular stock of Padrons in my humi. He does the same.

  20. GICIGR

    March 22, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    My best cigar moment I’d have to say happen when my wife and I had just finished moving in to our house and we had just gotten married a week earlier so we didn’t have time to really rest. So we had agreed that we would take an afternoon off, so I lit up our outdoor firepit and pour myself a glass of 55 year old Jim Beam and lit up a My Father special edition, and my wife and I stayed up talking about our future, talking about how hectic it was to plan a wedding and buy a house at the same time. reflected on how lucky we were to be where we were at then, That to this day is my best cigar moment.

  21. Jeremy H.

    March 22, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Each time I light up a cigar a memory is built,. As the smoke pours out of the cigar, that moment becomes a memory. I have so many fond memories that have been accompanied by cigars The memories include my first premium cigar, a smoke with my brother when he returned from the Iraq war and a smoke in my grandfather’s memory shortly after his passing, but the fondest of them all was the birth of my daughter. On December 23rd the love of my life was born, After two days in the hospital, everyone was sent home healthy on Christmas Eve night. Christmas morning came around, and we began to experience life with our little bundle of joy. My best friend gifted me a back of Rocky Patel’s, and while my daughter napped, I lit up a cigar and reflected on the things that are important to me, my family, friends, faith, and times of reflection accompanied by a cigar.

  22. Paul Tyler

    March 22, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Although I have been smoking cigars for a while, I have really only gotten into exploring and understanding the industry within the last year. In researching on the Internet, I came across a great cigar review website where one of the reviewers happened to live near me. I thought it would be great to reach out to him to learn more about the industry and what the local scene was like. He has been a great resource for me. One of his insights was to check out a cigar shop in the city that had a nice guy running the place and good prices. I went down to check him out on a cool Wednesday night in February and found this quaint little shop with a nice little selection of cigars. In the middle of the shop (taking up almost half the space was a grand piano). The owner was extremely friendly and together we picked out a La Aurora 107 to smoke. He was so proud to show off a new heater he bought so he invited me out onto his front patio for a smoke…the temps were close to the freezing mark but that heater was pumping off some good heat to keep us warm. As we lit up and started into our cigars, the conversation flowed and I came to find the shop owner to be a wonderfully kind and interesting man. As we were sitting there, people would sporadically approach the store, give a wave to the owner and go inside to grab a cigar…some stayed inside to smoke and others came back out to join us…all huddling around this new heater. I asked the owner what was going on…who were all these people? He mentioned that he had started a Wednesday night smoking group and these were his regular crowd. Soon a bottle of rye appeared and then another…again, we all grabbed small plastic cups and gave ourselves a healthy pour to help enhance the warmth we were getting from the heater. The group was excited to see a newcomer to the night and were unbelievably welcoming to me and ensured my glass was always topped up and that I was made to feel like one of them. After a while I looked over at the owner and he was sitting back with a huge smile on his face…I turned to him and said, “You are in your happy place, aren’t you?”…and he just laughed and said “Yup”. I said, “This is really what cigar smoking is all about…bringing people together with a common passion and just enjoying each other’s company and sharing in the beauty of the leaf.” And he just nodded his head and smiled, “This is what I have always imagined my store to be about and represent”. At the end of the night and after a few cigars and a bunch of rye, we headed back into the store where the owner entertained us with a few songs on the piano…he was a former jazz pianist who did the club scene in his youth. It was a magical night that I have repeated a few times since…each time just as special as the last but I will always remember that first one…and that it was a La Aurora 107. You hear it all the time from the industry people in the social media universe and from people like the guys running this site…that it is a great industry with great people…I am fortunate that I have gotten to experience it first hand.

  23. Dbell

    March 22, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    A year ago I went to visit my dad’s ranch on a sunny spring day. After dinner we sat out in the front yard at the picnic table, lit up with some drinks and watched the freshly hatched aphids dance in the emerging sunset the length of the river valley.

  24. Marcus (Sticks)

    March 22, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    My most memorable moment was at the 2008 CA Big Smoke in Las Vegas, I just lit up a stick up in the big meeting room at the Venetian and followed my brother inlaw over to the Rocky Patel booth. I was moving a little slow because of a all nighter the night before. He was a little bit ahead of me and he was talking to Rocky about getting an autographed hat. He got one and his sample of a RP cigar and I being next take my cigar and just kind of stand there with a blank look waiting for a autographed hat like the one my brother inlaw received. He says thanks for attending and sort of subtlely moves me along. I was still a bit hung over to say much but move on to the next booth. My brother inlaw still flaunts that hat in front of me. I felt like a moron but after drinking for twelve hours and two hours sleep, I figured I had a pretty good excuse to look like a zoombie, That’s my true story. Memorable but no trophy hat.

  25. TriMarkC

    March 23, 2012 at 7:24 am

    I have two memorable moments.
    The first was my first herf. I’d started joining a few cigar boards, but I was just getting into the CigarWorld “Ward” when I learned that one of the guys – “Grampy” – was working not too far from where I lived. We met up a week or so later at a B&M halfway between us. Great intro, we bought a few cigars each and set ourselves up in their lounge to enjoy them. I quickly learned two things – he’s a fellow US Marine, and “herf” by definition means lots of cigars. Grampy had found out that it was almost my birthday, and he proceeded to pull out a bday gift of a dozen cigars for me!! I lit up one of these, the Macanudo 1968, and we had a great time chatting, sharing pictures and memories and really getting to know each other.
    My second memory, and the one that will always stick with me, is helping my grandfather. We spent a long weekend prepping and laying sod, setting up his new workshop and painteing the fence. That whole weekend, Grandpa had a cigar burning the whole time. During our breaks Grandma would bring out some lemonade, and Grandpa would light up a fresh one. Grandma would crinkle her nose, and Grandpa would laugh and rib me – “I have to smoke these outside” and wink at Grandma. I was too young to smoke a cigar, but that aroma and the fun he had, and the clear understanding in that wink between my Grandpa and Grandma is still so fresh in my mind. There have been numerous times when I’ve lit a cigar and have been immediately taken back to that moment from the aroma of the cigar!

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