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  1. The day started at 4:30 am for me only to find out it was raining so I went back to sleep. Watched a boring f1 race then mowed wet grass (that was on me). Indycar race was much more interesting But I should focus on the cigar. 5+ years has done this cigar well. It's always been a fairly smooth cigar but there's no rough edges at all to this one. Perfect burn, luscious smoke, and rich flavors. Medium bodied, sour dough, leather, peanuts and a bit of spice. Wonderful cigar. So glad I have about 2/3 of this box left.
  2. Honestly the best racing in a series is probably Indycar. WEC/IMSA is pretty interesting too. In all 3 series you have this weird thing called overtaking. I thought I heard the announcers say last week that there were 55 overtakes for F1. Indycar (yes I know it was an oval) had over 200 overtakes halfway through the race. The LMP1/2 and GT cars can pass one another and aren't hammered to shit by aero when they get close to one another. F1 has amazing looking cars but they just can't pass one another. The top 3-4 positions are usually dictated on Saturday and who gets a good start on Sunday. Most of the circuits suck too.
  3. 10 Laps to go and this has been an unbearably boring race. It's basically been more processional then monaco.
  4. I get that Vettel impeded Hamilton there, but Vettel had basicaly 2 options. What he did, or crash out and take out hamilton with him. I'd call this one a racing incident. But i do get understand why there was a penalty. Why is it that Mercedes have these tires figured out and the rest of the grid hasn't? With how much money these teams spend on R&D, how is it that Mercedes is the only team on the grid to crack the tire code.
  5. I was hoping for some rain to spice things up. Bottas' race got compromised with that pit lane contact. Good race on LH part nursing those tires till the end. Indy 500 was such a better race today.
  6. Another race, more proof that the right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing at Ferrari. It's too early to call manufacturers title but I wouldn't bet against Mercedes. They are just firing on all cylinders and basically doing everything right. Driver's is going to be interesting to see how long this back and forth goes.
  7. I had been playing with Nike clubs until they left the club business. M3 has a ton of Pop and is really forgiving face. Definitely recommend.
  8. Have had an amazing day so far. Golfed with my brother this morning. Got my new M3 driver and 3 wood just dialed in. Unfortunately I went 0 for 4 for eagle on the par 4s I drove or got to the fringe and 1-4 for birdie. Winter does the short game no favors lol But back to the cigar, the star of this post. I love the pigtail cap. It looks sharp and distinctive. Wrapper is supple and velvety smooth. I'll admit I've been underwhelmed by this box flavors wise. I've had one each year since I got this back in 2016. This was the first time I thought this is a decent cigar. Prior to this one I wondered why I sent the time to smoke them. Burn was perfect and razor sharp. Lasted 50 minutes. Smoke was think and smooth. Flavors were dominated by leather, nuts and a hint of caramel. Didn't change much from start to finish. I think this box is finally alive and ready to smoke.
  9. I think they believe that Ferrari has the better car. I certainly do. It's just that Ferrari isn't executing things as flawlessly as Mercedes is currently. I think they also aren't trying to sound too overconfident since those types of soundbytes can come back and bite one in the ass.
  10. I really dislike this circuit. But it seems it always helps generate some chaos. If leclerc doesn't go into the barriers in q2 I think he wins the race. But he did, so he didn't. And then Ferrari screwed up his strategy in the race by keeping him out 1-2 laps too long on dead tires. I still think Ferrari has the better car and engine this year. But Mercedes is maximizing their car at each circuit, and more importantly, aren't making any mistakes during the races. I know this may be annoying to some, but the analyst in me is amazed at how well Mercedes is doing this year. If their car is a diva, they've tamed it fully just 4 races into the season.
  11. Man, talk about an awesome day. Where is Ferrari? Granted we're only 3 weeks into the season but it looks like Ferrari has yet again no answer for Mercedes. Lewis made a great start and then that was that. Bottas managed the race just as well. I did dig the stacked stop that Merc did, didn't lose anytime at all. I'm getting annoyed with Haas, they are great at quali but don't have anything to do in the race. Tiger won the Masters (love love love this tournement) and Rossi won the Indycar Grand Prix of Long Beach.
  12. Didn't care for ORD or DFW. getting from normal planes to the regional planes at MSP can result in a dead sprint across the airport. Thankfully I've only had to do that once. O'Hare though takes the Cake for worst airport for me. Atlanta is second.
  13. That was a surprising race. Merc had no business being 1-2. But just because you don't deserve something doesn't need it can't happen. The other surprise was where the hell was there Haas on Sunday? They were fast in q3 and hot garbage in the race.
  14. Had the Petit Edmundo one yesterday. First cigar of the year (thanks winter...) on my deck. Think it was a 2015 or 2016 box code. Grassy herbal flavors. Light to medium light in body. It's honestly not a special cigar but they've all be enjoyable to have. The Monte pe is so much better but a little change of pace never hurts.
  15. Who would red bull replace gasly with though? Would they trust kyvat with that seat again? Best option would be to poach Ocon but I'm not sure Mercedes would give him up. As an aside I think he's a solid driver but he's not better then VB.
  16. That was a seriously interesting race VB owned it from start to finish. I also loved how he was hell-bent on that extra point. If he keeps that edge it's going to be tough to beat him. Williams is the dumpster fire I thought it would be. Where the hell was Ferrari? Grats to Honda. It's very clear their failure with McLaren was not entirely their fault as they were forced into making poor engineering choices. I think we're going to see many many more lost wings because they are bigger and lower? I didn't think going on the grass was going to kill one like DR did at the start. Damnit Haas, that was a 6-7 finish you lost bc your pit team again cross threaded a tire. It's only race but I already don't like the Renault engine.
  17. So here's my season predictions. Williams will be a dumpster fire. To be fair this isn't a huge assumption to be making. They looked like this during testing, started 2 1/2 days late and theres no evidence to suggest otherwise. RBR will surprise some people but still come in 3rd place, but the gap between the top 3 will close considerably. Split championship this year. Vettel with the drivers, Merc with the Constructors. Leclerc will have a ho-hump opening half and begin to show more promise after the summer break. Merc still have a diva, be dominant in some races but not so in others. Racing Point will finish 2nd to last in the standings.
  18. He'll settle and go into the Florida plan for people with no priors. Do x y and z and spend w time on probation and then you have a clear record. He'll disappear into the background and make his son the face of the organization. NFL will hit him with a $500k fine and 6 game suspension.
  19. Looks like Williams is doing a good job from bouncing back from an awful 2018 season. (That's sarcasm). Now they are saying they are missing 2 days. How the hell do you have 3 months of 24/7 work and still not have a car built?
  20. The Haas livery had a big change for 2019. Hints of lotus, kinda dig it
  21. Don't remember the exact box code but August 2018 hdm ee. My brother has already claimed 2/5 of the box. At least this time I'll get some money off of him.
  22. My preference is to always lean towards darker wrappers. I get more excited about them. I've got a box of jl selection 2s that are just powerhouses of flavor and most of the wrappers look pretty bog average to meh. I don't think this is the case at all, but the darker wrappers seen like they tend to have more oil in them compared to the lighter wrappers. Ultimately a lifeless looking but oily wrapper can still cover a good cigar.
  23. Looking forward to seeing the new cars again. Racing season got off to a good start with the 24 (22) hours of daytona last week.

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