Had enough workouts last week to achieve a #cigarWeekend and my first Cigar of the Month Club package arrived!! It has def amped up my drive to get my workouts in this week so I can try one of these beauties.
I am not even going to go into detail on each of them yet until i have a chance to try them with a pairing. What is really cool is that they come with a booklet of information on the cigars and what they should be paired with, I appreciate that amount of detail.
This week though, I went with something familiar, maybe my last Don Thomas product for a while, because this week I also received a box of cigars from my favorite mom an dad in-law after their recent trip to Cuba. So basically making it rain, cigar style, right now.
I am seriously going to have to start doing 6+6+6 work outs a week so that I can have more cigars per weekend.
So back to this week, as stated in the Weekly Workout Log portion of this blog it was transition weekend this weekend.
It is a time for nostalgia.
Not about the year, silly, more around that it was a transition weekend 2 years ago that renewed my love affair with cigars. I decided that it would be an ideal place, having a sit on the deck of the cottage, overlooking the CB countryside, the mountains, the water sparkling in the crisp spring air. The perfect place to have a cigar. From that time two years ago until now, what a cigar ride its been. From just having a cigar every now and then, to trying it to my workouts, to hosting a blog and pairing it with various beverages, wow these two years have gone by in a blink of an eye.
This particular weekend I had 3 different cigars but kept consistent with the beverages. Friend of the show, Dark Horse whiskey was the selection for the weekend. This is also one of the first whiskeys i tried after a very long absence from any brown liquor.
The 3 cigars were a Presidente Don Thomas Classico; a CAO Box Press; and Romeo and Julieta No.10. I also smoked them in that order. The Don Thomas as the mild/medium appetizer pretty much pairs well with anything, and lit well, had a easy draw and lasted a healthy amount of time.
The CAO Box Press, Dark and Flavourful, a def medium in terms of color and flavor, again lit well and little stronger draw needed, but very easy to smoke. This one probably worked the best with the Dark Horse flavors and I wished it could have lasted a little longer.
Lastly the R&J No. 10. Of all the R&J's that i have had this is probably in the middle of the pack. It lit well, and smoked okay, it seemed like it was over very quickly like it wasnt rolled properly or something. In regards to the whiskey I dont recall if i was overly blown away by the pairing so that should tell you all you need to know.
Transition weekend is always different. This year it was a bit more relaxed in regards to style, but intense in regards to information and presentation. It is always interesting to watch a group of leaders try to explain the importance of leadership to a group of incoming leaders. To pass on their successes and challenges in an open and sometimes startlingly honest way. It was hopefully a chance for the new people to be challenged in their thinking about the jobs they will be taking on and the responsibility they will now inherit; and a chance for the outgoing group to start the process to let go of the good, the bad, and sometimes ugly parts of these jobs.
Every year is always different, but for those of us that do these jobs and work with student leaders it is also part of our process for letting go. I dont know if its better preparing me for when my own kids leave home, or its going to turn me into a sloppy mess. Probs sloppy mess.
I have never been great at goodbyes, my mom tells a story about when I was little, when my grandparents would be getting to leave after a visit that I would disappear, go outside and start throwing rocks at them as they were leaving. Luckily my grandparents never took this to heart, and knew it was my way of coping with them leaving.
So to all the execs over the years, I may not have throw a rock, but consider the sarcasm and chirping, my verbal rocks. Always wishing you the best, but not a fan of the leaving.
Sean "BigBoyRunning" Ryan