When I first started smoking cigars I spent the majority of my cigar budget ordering from online retailers. I was very happy with the cost and quality of my cigars but I was missing out on something. It wasn’t until I attended a few gatherings (Herfs) that I realized how much I enjoyed interacting with such a variety of people. In addition to having fun at these gatherings, I have learned a tremendous amount about the industry along the way.
For the last nine months I have been a regular at a shop here in Reading, PA and the group of regulars at the shop never cease to amaze me by how much they help one another out on a regular basis. Since becoming a regular, I have gotten comical marital advice, tips on where to buy building supplies, advice on where to take my professional career, countless tidbits of other information, and above all else, have made some friends that wouldn’t hesitate to lend a hand or word of advice when in need.
Regardless if you are like me and make a point to stop in the local shop once or twice per week, or only get out once or twice every couple of months, we all have one thing in common. We have all heard someone say something that was so far out of left field that we could only drop our jaw in amazement, shake our heads and think to ourselves, this guys is full of… you get the idea.
For instance, I got a phone call from a friend of mine just the other day, who I just happen to have met via a Cigar Live Herf. He was in the area and wanted to meet up with me to get my input on a cigar he was excited about. We made plans to meet up at a new cigar shop in the area and I arrived a little early.
After picking up a couple of cigars I began making a little small talk to kill some time. Right from the start I got the impression that this individual was staring down his nose at me after seeing the bag of inexpensive Oliva Serie G Maduro cigars in my hand. I took a seat and politely asked what he liked to smoke. His response of “I smoke whatever I want” and “I’ve been know to partake in cigars made in little place south of Miami” made me want to laugh, but I kept a straight face and mentioned a few cigars I enjoyed.
A few minutes passed and my CigarLive friend walked in, I was relieved to see him after my short conversation with the other individual. My friend and I got to talking and were joined, once again, by my new friend from the lounge. Somewhere along the conversation the topic of Fidel Castro stepping down and the potential of the embargo ending came up (I think Mr. Smokes-whatever-he-wants brought up the topic actually). After talking about the potential of new cigar blends the new guy once again brought up his Cuban cigars and said something that made my jaw drop in amazement, shake my head and think to myself, this guys is full of it.
“My Cuban Cigars are real, I’ve had them tested. A friend of mine is a chemist and he has concluded that they are 100% Cuban Tobacco”
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