As i was picking out a mothers day card before Mothers Day, I was standing beside another man that looked completely lost amongst the rows of flowery poems and glittery card faces, muttering to himself that he had no idea what to get.
Next to him were two women. As we all searched amongst the rows of sentimental greetings, the women were discussing the hows and whys the relationships they had with their respective mothers were not in great situations.
They discussed this openly and loudly so i have no problem repeating this conversation here.
I wont go into detail but it focused around mistrust, alcohol abuse, poor decision making, and inability to communicate, resulting in not seeing or speaking to each other or having interaction with grandchildren until apologies were extended. ( I am paraphrasing - the details were more graphically expressed in the card reading cue)
As I was trying to find the simplest ' Mothers Day Humorous' card, I couldnt help but think to my own journey with my mother and how lucky that i have been to not be in a situation as described by my fellow card shoppers.
I am not going to go into an infinite number of reasons as to why my mom is awesome because my brother and I know why, her grandchildren know why and her friends and family know why and that is really all that matters.
I love my dad, he gave me some great attributes and taught me some things that have both helped and challenged me as I have moved through the world.
But there is no one in my life that holds a candle to what my relationship with my mother means and has meant to me over the last 40+ years.
We are so similar it is scary at times, it means we dont always agree, but never on the things that really matter. Tattoo discussions usually end abruptly and with much sighing haha.
She is the strongest, caring, and hardworking person I know.
So thank you mom, I loves ya.
Okay now that the mothers day schmultz is over, lets talk booze and cigars!
So knowing that I was going to be away from my inventory for Mothers Day and possibly driving to and fro, and not wanting to repeat the horrific soda water choice of last week, I selected a Shiraz to accompany my cigar. I picked the Wine Men of Gotham Shiraz Grenache, yes, yes it was totally because Gotham was in the name so well done marketing team, comic nerds will totally buy your product.
The website described the wine with a nose of spice and herbaceous aromas with a hint of confectionary. This wine has a palate of blackberry and dark chocolate flavors that are mild and sweet. I did get the blackberry but i dont know that i tasted any dark chocolate. I was very happy with the wine on its own and i could see having this in the 'a glass of wine before bed' category for me personally.
It did not pair well with the cigar though. So I stopped really drinking it until i had finished my cigar. Happy to say I have a new cigar to review this week also.
A big thank you to my favorite mother and father in law, but more mother in law i was told haha, who on a recent trip to Cuba, took pity on me and purchased a small army of Cuban cigars for me.
I decided to give the Belinda Corona Standard Brand B a whirl. Looking up some info it is a machine made cigar and it is the only cigar that the brand currently makes. It is a medium strength and is pre cut so that you can smoke it right out of the tube.
When i first popped the tube it had a great smell, leathery and coffeey. The tube kept it fairly good condition and was not dry when it came out. It did burn quickly off the hop, so i was a little suprised at that, but once it burned about a quarter of the way it slowed down and smoked smooth. Like i said above, the wine did not go well with the cigar and was throwing off the taste at the beginning, but once i stopped sipping the wine and just focused on the cigar it was a more enjoyable experience. Had to work at a few pulls, but i am used to having the full end off the cigar and not a manufactured slice off the back.
This to me would be a great golf course cigar. The tube to protect it while you are searching the woods for your ball ( that might just be me though) and a cigar that will keep its burn if you have to set it down to 3 or 4 putt a whole or two.
Anytime you can spend a Sunday with mom and have a drink and cigar in hand is a well spent Sunday.
To all the moms out there, and people that provide momness to others that need it, I hope you had a fantastic day and continue to be celebrated the entire year.
Sean " BigBoyRunning" Ryan