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Episode #99 - LIVE from the Havana Room @ Chez Rob

Recorded: 2010-01-03
Cigar of the Day: Mystery Cigar

  Still in recovery from the holiday celebrations, it's Blowin' Smoke #99! Happy New Year!

We kicked off the new year with a mystery cigar of the day and talked up the holidays, new year traditions, and cigar resolutions. We also punched up the Blowin' Smoke voicemail for some listener feedback and opened the email bag too. Along with input from our Twitter followers, we also talked about possible new endorsements for Tiger, things that are better than sex and the reasons why men, yes, men, fake orgasms.

All this plus our Don Gonzalez Cigars / Blowin' Smoke Fantasy Football winner, a reminder to enter our contest to win a signed box of Rocky Patel cigars and more. So, grab a favorite cigar from the holiday humidor, spark it up and join us for Blowin' Smoke #99 as we herf in 2010. Happy New Year!

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From the Man Chair - A Bit Nipply

Posted: 2010-01-07

  Hence embedded in the divine and righteous mobile Man Chair with the smoke of a Montecristo Classic Toro wafting through a crack in the window as I navigated the highways and byways of western Pennsylvania in January I realized again how much winter weather sucks, especially when it comes to smoking cigars.

I could go on about all the other reasons why winter weather sucks like home heating bills, idiots who think an SUV makes them impervious to black ice, hat head, and layered clothing to name a few, but when it screws with my cigar enjoyment, I really get pissed. Often, a little bit of cigar time goes a long way toward making all the crappy winter weather stuff more tolerable. Winter weather with the snow, ice and bone chilling cold, however, tends to dampen herfing spirits as more folks opt to stay in than deal with all the extra bull crap involved with just getting from Point A to Point Herf. Smoking bans have all but eliminated places to light up and a local cigar shop isn't always an option. Sure there is the old garage herf, but without some basic creature comforts like, I don't know…heat and a place to pee that doesn't make your 'nads climb up to your pancreas, it loses its luster quickly. I'm lucky to have the famous Havana Room where the super fantastic Blowin' Smoke Podcast emanates from, but waiting for the kerosene heaters to kick in can be a buzz kill when it's 10 below outside. I know. Maybe I shouldn't complain too much.

No matter how you slice it, winter weather herfing is generally not as easy as warm weather herfing, but it's not just location, location, location. So, I have assembled my list of 5 ways winter weather screws with my herfing.

5) Torch lighters and cold temps do not compliment one another. Wind proof my ass.

4) Fragile wrappers become exploding wrappers in cold temps.

3) Gloves + cigars + finicky lighters = pissed off.

2) Snot drippings tend to negatively influence a cigar's nuances.

1) Driving with a cigar in one hand and a Blackberry in the other is less safe when it is snowing.

You brothers and sisters of the leaf herfin' away in the warmer climates this time of year, smoke one for us Yankees up north. And tell Al Gore he's full of shit too.

And that's the way I see it…From the Man Chair.

Episode #100 - LIVE from the Havana Room @ Chez Rob

Recorded: 2010-01-19
Cigar of the Day: Cuba Aliados Toro De Luxe Corojo

  Celebrating the 100th episode of the Blowin' Smoke Podcast!

As we celebrated our 100th show, we went back to the very first Blowin' Smoke and herfed the same cigar...the Cuba Aliados Toro De Luxe Corojo. Listen for your chance to win a 5-pack of these cigars, plus a brand new ashtray that we have "pre-seasoned" for you during the show. How cool is that? Check out the pics of the ashtrays being broken in.

Our friends on Twitter also had a chance to win during the show. Check out the fun by following the show at

We also checked out listener emails, voicemails and 5 Things submitted by a dedicated listener, as well as some interesting stories found online.

So, fire up a special handmade and join us as we celebrate 100 episodes of the Blowin' Smoke Podcast. Here's to 100 more! Cheers & long ashes!

Episode #101 - LIVE from the Havana Room @ Chez Rob

Recorded: 2010-01-31
Cigar of the Day: Partagas Benji Master Series Majestuoso

  Kicking off the next one hundred herfs, it's Blowin' Smoke #101!

In single digit temps, we gathered to herf once again and this time the Cigar of the Day was the Partagas Benji Master Series Majestuoso. A true master with many decades in the cigar business, this limited release cigar honors Benji Menendez. How did it stack up with the Cretins?

We also invited our tweeps on Twitter to join in the conversation with feedback on some of our topics like manly shower products, the recession and prostitution, politicians and their sin taxes, and more.

Plus, some audio from the recent annual Herf n Nog here in the Burgh, 5 Things from Cretin Kyle, and chatter about cigar names that are too long.

So, light up a fine cigar and listen in. It's Blowin' Smoke #101!

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