Posted on 22-03-2011

There have been a few things I haven’t done this winter….. I haven’t smoked a Behike…. Last summer I tried them, loved them and decided that at least a year’s rest in my humidor would be the fate of my remaining Behikes..  I fell in love with the 52 after trying it last summer and in the fall the 54 was a great cigar…. But….. I know they can get better and I’m willing to invest the time…..

I haven’t been anywhere tropical and usually that doesn’t bother me all that much but last month I started losing my mind when I knew the Habanos festival was taking place in Havana… Without me being there…..  A lot of people will read about the day to day exploits of those attending that wonderful festival and many salivate all over their computer keypads as they read about all of the cigars being smoked in Cuba…. That doesn’t really bother me since I have 4 humidors that all have a nice selection of Cubans that are presently further fermenting….. Whenever I want one, I smoke one..  What bothered me was that I wanted to take part in many of the seminars available to festival goers….. Next year will be different !

What bothers me the most is that, although I’ve golfed all winter……. I haven’t been warm ONCE on the course !!  That is starting to really get on my nerves!  I can’t WAIT for a warm day when I can swing a club in a T-shirt… C’mon already!!!!!  I realize that the rest of my Canadian brothers and sisters are still shoveling snow from their driveways when I’m complaining about needing to wear too many articles of clothing on the course but I DON’T have a lot of body fat and this is getting old!!  Our winter is going on and on and although yesterday was the first day of spring, its seems like an eternity until we’ll be getting days that reach 15 degrees…

Oh well, thats my list of complaints for the day!!!!!  Tomorrow is another day!

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It is with great sadness that I light this lovely Siglo I and think about how fortunate I am to be sitting in a dry dusty garage as my buddy gets his hands dirty with the oil dripping into the pan under my car as he changes my oil filter and tells me about his friend in Japan who is writing to him and describing what he has seen in the last few days.  I wonder why the Supreme Being has decided to shake up the lives of some of the most loving, hard-working and compassionate people on our planet.

I’ve seen Japan from Kobe to Sapporo and felt the hospitality of men and women who looked at me with almost a childlike innocence as they offered me tea, great beer or a place to sleep for the night.  I remember thinking to myself that it was almost impossible to believe that a country of hugely populated cities had dark alleys that I walked down and at NO time was I ever in any danger.. I’m serious, I could be drinking for many hours in a bar or restaurant and then walk back to my hotel at any time of the night and stagger into strangers in the dark who only either gave me a smile or walked idly by without me feeling concerned about my safety.  Would I be able to do that in our hemisphere?  Yeah Right!! What have we become?? OR.. What have we always been???

Yet the Supreme Being decides to punish THEM !!!!

Take a look at some of the video clips on and tell me that you don’t feel anything when you see giant surges of water bulldoze houses over and you notice a tiny human form running for high ground.  These are truly frightful digital clips of widespread destruction that we now see almost as it is happening.  Many years ago we would only have read about it in the paper and with any luck get a glimpse of some blurry photo.

I feel optimistic that the Japanese government will do all that it can to help it’s citizens rebuild their lives and recreate employment.  I’m sure we’ll watch, in months to come, a loving group of Japanese officials do all that it can to make the lives of their people as comfortable as possible.  Quite a contrast from a different government in a different hemisphere who, after the water went back into the sea, seized the opportunity to punish the people of a city because it felt they had a history of voting the wrong way.

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For the last week I’ve been glued to the Cigar Aficionado site so I can read Gordon Mott and David Savona’s daily posts about their experiences at the 2011 Habanos Festival in Havana.  Although I’ve been to havana and smoked cigars in that beautifully intoxicating city, I’ve never been to the festival….. Next year will be different…

I’ve loved hearing about the new cigars that are coming out this year and in particular I’m interested in the Cohiba 1966 and the Montecristo Gran Reserva…. BUT…. I love cigars from H. Upmann and Partagas as well so 2011 just may be a year to remember….

Reading short reviews about the cigars from these guys has been very entertaining but more to the point, who do you really want to hear a cigar review from?? You want to go to the ones who have had this passion for many years and have devoted so much of their time and energy in dissecting the subtle nuances of a cigar’s profile and writing their thoughts in their own prestigious publication that informs cigar lovers around the globe.  That’s called TRUST !

Also too, these men are educated and very adept at expressing their feelings and experiences in a writing style with a quality and beauty that towers over the rest of us mere mortals’ attempts at describing the flavor of a cigar or the surroundings in which it was smoked.  Bravo !

I’ll still continue with this blog since I love writing and will continue to so…. Hey, nobody has lost an eye yet!

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