Oh, the weather outside is...freezing our Cretin junk off! A little Blowin' Smoke #194 should warm the cockles quite nicely!
With a new Cigar of the Day, some cedar spills, hot coffee, and three kerosene heaters it didn't feel quite as cold. That was until we got a surprise call from Fred " @GodFadr " Rewey of Nomad Cigar Company from Nicaragua where he is wishing for air conditioning while working on the next big things to hit the market from Nomad. Yeah, we feel for you, Fred. Wear sunscreen.
Since it 'tis the season, we offered up some Christmas gift ideas from a Cretin perspective, and this installment of what the chicks are reading was all about holidays. What a coinkydink! Cretin Dan, who was just a tiny bit moody, offered up a 5 Things about why. Plus, the Smoke Buzz with Chris Kelly, and some weird stories that will dislocate your...something.
So, grab a cup of cheer and a few good smokes and join us for Blowin' Smoke #194!
Another year older, but not much wiser! It's Blowin' Smoke #193 - The Big Ass Birthday Show!
While our annual birthday show is a great excuse for a herf, the absolute best part of this annual shindig is friendship. Without fail, I am humbled every year by the brothers and sisters of the leaf that travel near and far to be a part of it. This year, our friends Chubno and Andex came from Michigan. Shawn and Jason traveled from West Virginia. DaByrdMan and Co. drove from Washington D.C. Dennis and some of the Deborah Drive Delinquents ventured down from Cleveland, and many others came from near and far. Thank you very much! And thank YOU too for listening to Blowin' Smoke, participating in our contests, tweeting us, calling into the show, busting our balls and having fun with us.
“We are all honorable men here, we do not have to give each other assurances as if we were lawyers.” ― Mario Puzo, "The Godfather"
OK, so, the Cretins might need a little assurance from time to time, but we were all thrilled to be joined for the entire show by the very honorable, very funny, and, according to El Freako's mother, very attractive, Fred Rewey...@GodFadr of Nomad Cigar Company. Fred's young cigar company is growing with new releases, and a growing retail and fan base. His latest release is the S-307 which he talks about extensively, as well as how he got into cigars, the challenges of being a boutique brand, and what's next for him and Nomad Cigar Company.
Fred also joined us in reviewing the latest Cigar of the Day, and he handled our 5 Things duties flawlessly.
Why, yes! Yes, there is! Dr. Jochen Konrad, The Date Doctor, joined the Council of Cretins as the grande finale to his #DateDoctorOnTour through Washington D.C., Virginia, and western Pennsylvania to offer the Cretins and listeners answers to their relationship questions, and promote his new e-book The Cheater's Manual. The Cretins are often told they need help. It's about time they got some!
Since he had the biggest brain in the Havana Room, Dr. K offered an assist with our investigative series on what the chicks are reading, and gave us a very helpful 5 Things too. The Smoke Buzz with Chris Kelly came with a strong warning and wake-up call about what our government is trying to do to our precious cigar lifestyle, and there was plenty of weird news to go around.
So, fire up a fine cigar, and settle in with the Cretins and The Date Doctor for some much needed therapy. It's Blowin' Smoke 191 !!
So there I was sitting in a cigar bar, smoking away on a tasty Cuban stick, thinking about life, cigars and why this whole cigar thing is so damn special. Then it slowly dawned on me: Cigar smoking alone and especially with other people is a deeply spiritual experience. You might think "Come on now, we are just sitting together, talking BS and herfing away on our cigars, right?"
Yes and No. We are gathering together and practice something that could be classified as spiritual. We are not trailing endlessly on our worries, hopes and fears, not even our aspirations or desires. We are here, in the Now!
We enjoy each other’s company, the taste of a fine cigar, laughing, sharing and just being there!
We do something deeply spiritual that is good for the soul. Smoking cigars calms us down and enables us to communicate on a whole different level. We are welcoming people who we would otherwise never even talk to, who we would just walk by on the street or at work. We are including, rather than excluding, opening up to the fact that there is just the here and now, just a few good people and good cigars.
That, my friends, is the secret behind cigars and the community that seems to effortlessly build itself around some old leaves and a bit of smoke.
We are doing something that we as humans are supposed to do: Share and enjoy the human experience. Cigars put us into a place that connects us to ourselves and our social environment. We connect on a level that we rarely find somewhere else in our purpose driven lives. We just hang out, just exist.
We lose our roles that we usually play, forget about our stress and worries. We're just right there.
Cigars magically transport us to that place where it is not only necessary to just relax and enjoy, but where being in exactly that place is the only purpose, and where participating, even silently, is the only way of doing it.
We even travel beyond time and space. The proof: Who has not experienced the distortion of time that goes on when herfing away with friends? You're checking your watch and wooooow - you should be home for hours already! We travel long distances just to smoke a cigar with complete strangers. We overcome our fears and prejudices, and travel beyond borders and beyond ideas about race, politics, religion and society. We just get together and hang out together. We experience something rather than just waiting for stuff to happen.
With a cigar we don't ask "Is this good enough?", "Am I experiencing enough?" We deny any pressure entry into this experience. We don't care too much about tomorrow or yesterday. We’re just there. The cigar experience just doesn’t seem to allow us to trail off into other spaces and places.
Every cigar that we light is a doorway into the spiritual. It makes it easy for us to go right through. Since we are not alone, we get the courage to go right through and just stay in that place for while and just be. It takes us closer to our calm center of existence and we readily go there, because that is the place where we would like to hang out more. Because deep inside we know that this is the place where we actually should be ... And nowhere else.
So actually it is not the cigar, its taste or look or feel - it is where it is taking us in time and space.
It creates experience, friendship, openness, love. All the things that we as humans crave to experience - and experience more and more of it. It is not the cigar - it is what it does with us!
Maybe it is just the Mojito talking and/or the nicotine ... but there you are.
Dr. Jochen Konrad is a German dating and relationship specialist - seen on TV and in various magazines in Germany. He us currently touring the eastern US to promote his books - and of course: To smoke cigars and meet good people!
And the air was filled with exquisite cigar aroma, and talk of pumpkin beer... That could only mean Blowin' Smoke #190!
Yes, the Cretins gathered 'round the MXL 770s again to see where the conversation would lead and they were not disappointed. We talked the latest Smoke Buzz with Chris Kelly, and checked in with our good friend George Rodriguez of Rodrigo Cigars to talk about his recent unfortunate accident, how he is healing up, and what exciting stuff he is working on with his Club Leaf & Bean.
We also lit up a new Cigar of the Day and that means a new Cigar Match challenger too. We heard what the chicks are reading, and got some tips from our resident zombie exterminator on where not to die. Plus, stories about the (supposed) most expensive vibrator, what to keep on your bedside table, why Viagra comes with a warning, and more.
So, grab an Oktoberfest or pumpkin brew and a spicy cigar and join the herf on Blowin' Smoke #190!
There's just something about a nice fall day paired with cigars, friends...and coffee! We managed to score all three for Blowin' Smoke #189!
With a brand new Cigar of the Day, and a cool breeze through the Havana Room, the Cretins took a break from our usual Torcedor Coffee fix and welcomed the guys from Two Rivers Artisan Coffee Works along with some of their "Sweet Water" coffee for a superb coffee experience without being pretentious. We look forward to spending more time with them. Follow them on Twitter @TwoRiversNC
As the caffeine kicked in, we talked to Chris Kelly about the latest "Smoke Buzz," talked about reality television, the Big Ass 8th Birthday Show, the even bigger Date Doctor On Tour event, and the usual round of odd news found on the internet. Plus, we came up with a new 5 Things, and the arrival of the latest Cosmo meant a new segment of what the chicks are reading.
So, kick back with a fresh cup of coffee or an Oktoberfest brew, light up a hearty cigar, and join the herf. It's Blowin' Smoke #189!
Another Big Ass Birthday is upon us again as we turn 8! That's eight years of the Blowin' Smoke Podcast, smokin' cigars, making friends and enjoying those friendships with laughter and good times. Join us as we do all of the above in one day!
We'll spend the afternoon eatin', drinkin' and herfin'! El Freako will bring along another Big Ass Birthday Cake, and we'll record the Big Ass Birthday Episode of Blowin' Smoke right there at Slippery Rock Cigars. Please join us! Meet El Freako and the Cretins, herf yourself silly, and make some new friends!
Joe and the gang at Slippery Rock Cigars will have the humidor stuffed, as usual, and some great deals too. We look forward to seeing you on November 23, 2013 for the 8th Annual Big Ass Birthday Show!
What's in a Cigar of the Day name? That's a big question on Blowin' Smoke #187.
Yes, the Cretins were forced into this discussion once again with the new Cigar of the Day. Listen to what they had to say this time around. Plus, a new Cretin who dabbles in zombie defense, is that a beer or a dessert topping, 18 not so peach smoothies, stick a fork in it, and more.
While the Cigar of the Day thing was happening, we talked to Cretin Jeff and George Joseph live from the Feast on State & Vine by Penn-Ohio Cigar Co., talked about the recent Chattanooga Tweet-up and Cigar Festival, announced the winner in the miles on the hot rod contest, shared some weird news stories, and lots more.
So, close your eyes and grab a cigar from the deep recesses of your humidor and join us for Blowin' Smoke #186!
Oh...here is the pic of my odometer when I finally traded in the old hot rod.
We also have a new Cigar of the Day, the latest Cigar Match Rumble in the Bundle, what the chicks are reading, 5 Things, and more. PLUS, a contest where you could win some cigars from El Freako's stash, and a preview of the Date Doctor On Tour!
So, grab a couple cigars and a few brews for this bursting at the seams edition...Blowin' Smoke #185!
Hence embedded in the divine and righteous Man Chair with a 262 Revere burning (it is #262sday afterall) and my eyes rolling at the latest surge of sludge that we apparently find important...or not so important as the case may be.
If you were anxious to learn the name of Beyoncé and Jay-Z's baby, you're an idiot.
If you were more anxious to learn the name of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's spawn, you should be throat punched. Further, if you think their chosen name of "North" is cool, you need more therapy than baby North is destined for. That therapy will, no doubt, find its way to the E channel in the form of a reality show called "North to Celexa."
Over the weekend, we were all scarred for life when aging "journalist" Geraldo Rivera decided it would be a good idea to tweet a selfie of his nude Geraldoness with a bathroom sink covering his Al Capone. Isn't he the guy that investigates and reports on public or prominent figures who do the same kind of shit with the underlying question being whether or not their judgement, or lack thereof, makes them fit for office or position? But there he was all naked with the caption that 70 is the new 50. No. Seventy is the new prescription for eye bleach and a fifth of Jack Daniels. Put some clothes on and STFU, Gerry...please.
Speaking of Geraldo's junk, yet another turd has floated back up to the surface as "formerly" disgraced former congressman and current NYC mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner admits that new photos and online sex chat transcripts are, indeed, his. Apparently in his district, this kind of sexual mental illness is a resume enhancer because he is doing very well in the polls. I don't know who the bigger asshole is...his wife, or his constituency. This guy isn't qualified to wash dishes, and his continued empowerment by the failure of people to run him out of town on a rail means they will share fault if his sexual urges lead to somebody getting hurt. Anthony's Weiner should be on NY's do not call list forever.
And finally, the Royals. Now, I will be the first to admit that Kate whatsherface is a gorgeous young lady. Beyond that, I don't give a crap. It is a shame that she will be thrown under the Buckingham bus eventually, but the hyperventilation over her giving birth to the third in line for a crown that doesn't mean shit...except a tax bill for the subjects, I don't get. My only hope is that somehow she manages to live as normal a life as possible under the circumstances. A tall order. Honestly, I am a little more excited at the idea of her very hot sister, Pippa Middleton, moving to the United States and not following the "royal" code of conduct. I don't mean that in a Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Bynes kinda way, but rather a tell it like it is kinda way. I'm not holding my breath.
So, if any of this stuff is of any importance to you beyond thumbing through a "People" magazine while waiting for a root canal, please do the country a favor and don't vote. Thank you.
...and that's the way I see it...From the Man Chair.
It's a tobacco trade show weekend in Las Vegas, and the Cretins are herfin' in the Havana Room a couple thousand miles away for Blowin' Smoke 184!
With a brand new Cigar of the Day and cold Yuengling, who needs that drunken mega-herf in Vegas? Well, we do, quite frankly...but since we don't have the right creds or deep enough pockets, we'll tough it out and rely on our friends on the ground for some insider access by proxy. Our friends Chris Kelly of Leaf Lovers and Crossfire Cigars, AND Fred Rewey of Nomad Cigar Company check in from the show in Vegas with two difference perspectives on the event...a retailer and a brand owner / exhibitor. Plus, breaking news from the show prompts another live report from the scene. Who's on first?
Even with all that top notch trade show info, we still managed to deliver the rest of the goods with listener email, a funny major media fail in the face of a tragedy, equine lovin' again, a porto-potty-peeper, and more...including a new report on what the chicks are reading, and a new 5 Things.
So, start puffin' your favorite new limited availability special reserve select pre-release cigar and sippin' your favorite beverage for Blowin' Smoke #184!
Summer has arrived and so has the Havana Room stickies for Blowin' Smoke #183!
Even with leather furniture and high humidity, the show must go on. So, the Cretins, armed with talcum powder and alcohol, herfed up a new Cigar of the Day...the Saint Luis Rey Gen2 Toro. It takes on the winner of the Leccia Tobacco family feud in the new Cigar Match.
The phones were hot and sticky too as Clint Aaron of 262 Cigars checked in from Colorado ahead of this year's IPCPR trade show, plus the former Crawl Queen/King, and loyal listeners sharing their ideas of how to stay cool when herfing in hot steamy weather.
Plus, weird stories involving goats, mac & cheese, eyeballs, ironing, and more. Cretin Dan offered up a "new dad" 5 Things and Cretin Dirty Uncle Kevin handled the latest installment of what the chicks are reading too.
So, grab a cigar, something frosty, and join the herf...Blowin' Smoke #183!