Sometimes a thought occurs to me and the only way to get it to leave my brain is to say it. So that's what I'm doing today: some fairly random thoughts, rants, gripes...whatever you want to call them.
WORDS MEAN THINGS, Part 1As a student of the English language (I almost got an English degree before realizing that it's only slightly more useful than a philosophy degree...if you don't want to teach, I can't recommend either as an educational path), I am interested in what words actually mean. Sometimes I may not have a complete etymology of the word at hand, but in common everyday parlance certain things do mean specific things. One thing in particular has been bugging me for a very long time.
WORDS MEAN THINGS, Part 2One of the biggest trends in cigar wrappers in the past couple years is the use of Mexican Maduro. Most of these wrappers are grown in a certain valley that often gets mistaken for something else entirely.
CIGAR SHOP ETIQUETTEYesterday Cigar Advisor reprinted this “10 Commandments” list of etiquette rules when you are in a cigar shop. Good list and one I wouldn’t really quibble with too much. As with many things, though, there are qualifiers to some of these commandments. #2 got my attention. Yes, you should avoid “bringing your own sticks from home” to a shop to smoke. Unless you bought them there at some previous time (which is qualifier that is mentioned in the article). But this rule mostly applies, I think, when you don’t really know the shop owner/manager. I make it a habit to spend my own money on a regular basis at Burns in Chattanooga. Some days when I go in I don’t actually end up buying anything, but those are the exceptions. When there is a cigar from home that I want to smoke that day and it is not something I bought from Burns, I try to make it a point to buy something that day. Most shops don’t really have a problem with you smoking something you brought as long as you already spent money with them...maybe you saw something there you wanted for later...most owners will appreciate that. Maybe the best thing to do if you’re not sure...if it’s a new shop for you or a different manager than you usually deal with...ASK!!!! Open your mouth and ask if they mind...most of the time they won’t. If it’s something they don’t carry, they may ask that you remove the band so other people don’t see it. Another tip: bring one to share with the manager. If you just got the box of something great that your shop doesn’t carry, take one to the manager...maybe he’ll want to bring it in but hasn’t had a chance to try it yet.
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