But this year, this year was one of those years where you feel like a lot of very cool, very engaged, very nice, kind, intelligent, exciting, innovate people are leaving campus. I could laundry list a ton of names of those that I was blessed to work with during their academic careers here, but they know who they are so that is good enough.
That also isnt to say that the groups behind them or in front of them were any less so, but like I said, this group had some pretty amazing people, that will now go off into the world, and hopefully still be those same people that they were here on our campus.
Along with the students, we ( the royal we) are also saying goodbye to a staff member in the very near future.
Our bar manager, Pat Daddy, Uncle Pat, Our Cat Pat, POConn, Dartemus Jones ( wow this guy had a lot of nicknames) has finished up his 3 year tour, and 7 year sentence of time here at StFX.
The very first time we met, I will say it was under mandatory circumstances, and to be honest I am not a 100% sure what the exact reasons were, but from then to know it has been a great pleasure to watch him grow from a first year MacIsaac Arsehole to one of the most dependable, hardworking and dedicated colleagues that I have had the pleasure of working with.
While we have done our ultimate best in finding a successor for the position, it is going to be a little sad to see him go. Not only for what he brought to the job, to the staff and atmosphere of the bar and SU but for the friendship, laughs and sense of ease that we have built up over the last few years. I never had to worry about the bar when Pat was working. For those of you that know me, know that I worry about everything. Many times before Pat came along as manager I would not sleep Wednesdays and Friday nights, just waiting for my phone to ring with some disaster. It did ring a few times, and I would have to tornado myself out of the house and get to the bar to see if I could help manage the situation.
After Pat was hired, I dont think I got one call for anything like that. Not that i actually slept more, but it freed up some mental space to worry about other things haha.
So this coming week Pat will finish up and head off to Ottawa for another adventure, we still get to have #ONEMORESHOW of our radio program No Shoes, No Pants, No Service ( plug, plug) which has been one of the things that I have enjoyed immensely this year. It was a chance for us to talk about our experiences in the bar business, play some tunes that hipsters would hate, and really just enjoy our very similar sense of humour.
So Patrice if you are reading this......
Slainte my friend
Oops totally forgot about the actual cigars this week hahaha. #gettingold
So okay, #cigarSunday this week, well because I knew I was working that night for the graduation events, I went with an ice coffee pairing instead of a scotch or whiskey.
This week's cigar was the last of my first month of Cigar of the Month Cigars - the Caldwell Blind Man's Bluff.
Here are some of the COTMC notes:
Founded by Robert Caldwell in 2014, the Caldwell Cigar Company is bursting onto the boutique cigar scene with its four new cigars that premiered just last year at the IPCPR in July 2015. When starting the company, Robert decided that he was going to do things his way and began scouring the world for the best tobacco leaves which he would test over and over again until getting the exact flavors he was looking for — before testing it again. He is so committed to his product that he keeps production limited to ensure that he is delivering a superior product. Currently, Caldwell Cigar Company is based in the Dominican Republic and has built a new factory aptly named the Caldwell Cigar Factory. The cigar in your shipment today is the only cigar out of the four that is being made at the famed Agroindustrias Laepe S.A. in Honduras, the same factory where Camachos are produced. This handmade starts with an alluring Ecuadorian Habano wrapper that secures a refined Honduran Criollo binder and a feisty blend of long-fillers from the Dominican Republic and Honduras. Tasty notes of bread, cedar, and sweet spice combined with a long and cool finish will have you drooling for another. Enjoy this medium to full smoke with a Highland Whisky.
So compared to last week rough go with the Pancho this one was fantastic. Def milder in flavour and taste, it paired excellently with the Hawaiian medium roast coffee I was using for my iced coffee. It lit well, had an excellent pull, and as the notes say, had a really over the top finish. Will be looking for this one again when I hit up Vancouver and Toronto this summer on the conference trail.
For the second year in a row, Pat and I and a friend or two, this year Warren, decided to watch the sunrise and enjoy an end of the year cigar. Last year I brought some Presidente length cigars that really didnt go over with folks that dont always smoke cigars. So this year I brought along my box of Guantanamera cigars that my inlaws had brought back from Cuba for me earlier this year. These were the perfect fit, they are a nice mild cigar and are pre cut so those that do not smoke cigars much have to fuss around with the cutter.
It was a little chilly out, but we all enjoyed the mild spice notes from the cigar, the sun as it peaked out to begin a new day, and the half dozen Track grads that were doing drunk running around the football field without pants on.
All in all a great weekend of festivities, some sad goodbyes, and some great cigars.
Sean "BigBoyRunning" Ryan