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Everything posted by JohnInCleveland

  1. Gotta agree on San Juan. Everyone who loves em has had better boxes than I. Too many wind tunnels for me. Most reliable is Sir Winston. Sometimes a little tight but the flavor is so good I am happy to fight the battle
  2. I'm a business owner so my perspective skews in that direction. There are very few qualified candidates BC unemployment is super low. Wages are fairly stagnant, which presumably will start to change BC of the thin labor pool. Hasn't yet though, at least not much.
  3. RASS from a cab. Last one was extraordinary. This one...Less so. They can't all be home runs or you'd appreciate the home runs less.
  4. I'm 15 miles from your route. That town that says "Strongsville" is where I grew up. Lunch or dinner, whenever you come thru. I used to live in DC area, it can be a tough leg, I'd probably try to get to South Bend that day. Give or take.
  5. Cuyahoga as in Ohio? I'll feed ya and share a cigar if you come this way, and I can tell you everything there is to see between there any Iowa. Spoiler alert, I hope you like corn as far as the eyes can see.
  6. Alexw33 pretty much just shut down the thread. Can't top that one...
  7. If you are actually buying a box, you shouldn't have issues. I bought some HdM DC's and I set them on the counter and they volunteered to open before I bought. They were to my satisfaction. If you're expecting to look at a half dozen boxes, you might be pushing your luck. If you want to make sure you aren't buying a lemon, you should be fine. If you're smart, you'll buy here for the best quality. Not to be a Homer.
  8. Good call on the internet factor, I loved nothing more than disconnecting for a week and hiding under the veil of decrepit technology that made the entire world politely piss off and wait for an answer until I returned, something that's sadly a notion of the past most of the time.
  9. It depends on what you're seeking. It's a once in a lifetime experience and everyone should go for at least a long weekend. But I don't blame you for taking a week vacation elsewhere.
  10. Forget celebratory cigars for others... Smoke as many celebratory cigars as you can between now and October. It's a lot harder to find an hour or two for smoking with a 1 year old. I took 7 of them to Florida for a week and came back with 5.
  11. Drink safe water? What fun is a vacation if you don't contend with Castro's revenge from accidentally having a mixed drink at the wrong bar with ice from tap water? Blasphemy! My souvenir was crippling digestive issues for 24 hours and riding 5 hrs from Toronto in a cold sweat. You're making me nostalgic...
  12. It costs more than similar Caribbean destinations for the same level of accommodation. I love going there, but it's not a coincidence that I get death stares from the missus at the prospect of another Cuban vacation. I guess part of its charm is that it doesn't appeal to everyone.
  13. For a long time, it was Sir Winston. Finally tracked them down with a box code I loved and I kept buying and buying. I know a lot of times the search is more fun than the actual joy from smoking them. Those times aren't sir Winston.
  14. Caught em at Blossom last year, thrilled they're coming back. Even if you're just a music fan but not a Dead Head, they're a must-see. Took my dad and he didn't know 3 Dead songs and he was blown away.
  15. I must be weird, I love those punch SdO2... I guess I'm in the minority
  16. I don't prefer larger ring gauges. With that being said, some of my favorites of late are larger, Mag 56, Mag 54, Monte 80th. In a perfect world, these cigars wouldn't be wider than a robusto, but I'm not going to miss out on an exceptional blend bc it's not the RG I'd prefer, for the same reason I enjoy the occasional panatela, which I also don't prefer.
  17. You're too funny, I hadn't checked the dates, I have season tickets so I figured if they were in town I'd have em. Of the MLB parks, everyone tells me the stadium in Pittsburgh is supposedly great. Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati is very nice. There should be plenty of good options. Enjoy your trip.
  18. The Jake is a great place to catch a game, I haven't been to Boston yet so I can't say I've seen Fenway, but I've spent half my life at Tribe games. If you change your mind there's a front row seat in the upper deck with Moe on it...
  19. Outside the box recommendation... Cleveland. If you like rock and roll, you'll enjoy the rock hall. Beer fan? Great lakes is great, and across the street from West side market, a beautiful indoor market. The arcade has beautiful architecture, were home to the greatest player in the NBA, and it's a foodie's delight, tons of phenomenal restaurants. Cleveland has "2 day stopoff" written all over it. Cheap flights from Chicago.
  20. If cousins comes to the Browns, he has a deep love for the game. And by "the game" I mean a Brinks truck full of cash and ceaseless dysfunction.
  21. I choked on their math, $50 a pop for RyJ Churchill's, someone needs to introdoce Mr. Oldman to El Presidente.

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