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Posted on 2011.12.04 at 12:46
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For those of you not in the know, my wife is pursuing a certificate in dental assistantry (were that a word) and I've never seen anyone as excited about anything in my 40+ years walking the crust of this earth, as she is about learning. Her excitement fuels my own; I'm excited for her! And there's something else - that which is fairly elusive for the majority of us - she greatly enjoys what she's doing. I don't suspect even she understands how important that is in anything you set your hand to, let alone a career.

Bad news? Its prohibitively expensive. Good news? We're paying for it out-of-pocket, excepting a $3500 0% interest loan which will put us "debt free" again if you will in February 2013. Something like 90% of our not-insignificant "disposable" income is going toward her education without the need of a loan, and this is wonderful, wonderful news. We laugh because having had children later in life, having traveled Europe in our youth, and the direction or our careers compared to the majority seem "backward" and yet we've found the benefits of such (though we may discover a roadblock later) significantly advantageous.

In parallel news I've developed somewhat of a routine - a nightly ritual which focuses me, elevates me, and decompresses me. I smoke a cigar and imbibe a measure of Scotch in my Kansas garage - replete with 2.1 stereo tunes & a laptop. Its truly been a refuge and rehabilitative thing. I count this time amongst some of my most sacred, whether my wife joins me or not. As this is not an exceptionally inexpensive endeavor, I've started testing blended Scotch - (as well as Irish Whiskey at the behest of somebritinmass). Now I'll admit I'd always ignorantly assumed Irish Whiskey was a nasty "poor-mans" Scotch. This is no longer the case as I have since empirically proven it. Regardless, after having tried many, many bottles, I've seemingly settled upon Cutty Sark as an inoffensive single-malt replacement.

I have a long history with cigars beginning in 1993 (thanks to photogoot's dad, right before the boom (my box of preferred smokes, Hoyo de Monterrey "Presedente" (8x52) doubled in price from $75 a box to $150 nearly overnight)). But I'm nothing if not resourceful, and for reasons I'm unable to entirely articulate, my closest friends often provide me with entire boxes of premium cigars. I have rarely ever been without. In the last several months however, I've managed to run through my remaining "daily smokes" (the last of my Thompson, Macanudo "Portfino" and non-Cuban Montecristo - thanks to celtmanx for those!)

Needless to say, all I have left is half a bottle of 18-year old Macallan and several dozen Cubans (although I did find myself alone for several hours Friday night an enjoyed a $20 Oliva V and a finger (or two) of that Macallan). That being said, I've done the math, and until I'm back on my feet again, I have a list for Santa:

  • 56 Bottles of Cutty Sark

  • 395 J.R. Alternatives

  • 2x Z-Rated 215/45 R17 tires for my Tiburon GT (optional)

Merry Christmas, fuckers!


jobu121 at 2011-12-04 19:07 (UTC) (Link)
Hey Bud, I am happy for you and your wife. I feel your pain because my wife is in Nursing school. I hope to see the light at the end of the tunnel as well.

I am down to three Cubans left. Thanks for reminding me, it is the day to check the humidor.

Love your list.

Merry Fuckin' Christmas to you too! HAHAHAHA
ehowton at 2011-12-04 20:20 (UTC) (Link)
I added it up and that's only 5 cases of cheap Scotch. Its not like I'm being greedy!
michelle1963 at 2011-12-04 19:59 (UTC) (Link)
I am reminded of a short poem:

Money's short and times are hard,
So here's your fucking Christmas card!

Edited at 2011-12-04 08:02 pm (UTC)
ehowton at 2011-12-04 20:21 (UTC) (Link)
NICE AVATAR! That'll do quite nicely, thanks!
pcofwildthings at 2011-12-04 21:51 (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like you've got a great man cave routine. I hope you get everything you want for Christmas. Last time I had a scotch on the rocks, it was the middle of the day, after work, and I walked the mile home afterwards in terribly uncomfortable high heels and a dress and caused a traffic accident as some guy was rubbernecking at me and rear-ended the guy in front of him who had come to a stop. I kept on walking, of course.
ehowton at 2011-12-04 21:53 (UTC) (Link)
Of course.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2011-12-05 03:29 (UTC) (Link)
For the longest time, my guilty pleasure was Mother Earth by Ambroisa. Alas, my local shop hasn't carried them for going on two years now. Since there was a new shop that opened in a more convenient location, I've went there instead as a tit-for-tat though all of my previous cigar business was with the first institution I mentioned. But I digress.

Since I can't get my preferred smoke of choice, the tent revival method has served me well. During the tent revival, a song/verse/chorus would be sung a time or two. If the sprit wasn't in it, they'd move on until the found a song the Sprit was in and would sing that song until the Spirit left. Find a winner and stick with it, if you prefer a more concise phrasing.

I've went back to an old faithful–Perdomo Lot 23, one of the two cigar choices I supplied at the party of the century. I've learned that the trick to smoking a cigar is to know when to stop smoking it.

Additionally, I need a cigar avatar. Rachel Ray and the category of "food" will have to suffice for this comment.
ehowton at 2011-12-05 13:20 (UTC) (Link)


Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2011-12-05 03:58 (UTC) (Link)
excepting a $3500 0% interest loan
accepting a $3500 0% interest loan
ehowton at 2011-12-05 13:23 (UTC) (Link)

excluding; barring; saving; with the exception of; except:
Excepting the last chapter, the book is finished.

"Excepting a 0% interest $3500 loan, we're paying for [school] out-of-pocket."
codekitten at 2011-12-05 12:42 (UTC) (Link)
hey that looks like more than a finger ;)

this setup looks divine...i have the same speakers too!

merry fucking christmas to you too :D

Edited at 2011-12-05 12:42 pm (UTC)
ehowton at 2011-12-05 13:27 (UTC) (Link)
I have really big fingers.

*wink, wink*
Lelf Treperra
ubet_cha at 2011-12-05 13:02 (UTC) (Link)
Great to hear that your wife is passionate about getting this done. Godo for her!

Over the past two weeks I tried spiced RUM as a poor mans whiskey. It is a very poor substitute. Maybe its time to start buying by the case too?

Where are you getting your tires?
ehowton at 2011-12-05 13:26 (UTC) (Link)
In Texas, DISCOUNT TIRE. Alas, they have no such beast here. I've considered SAM'S CLUB for their pricing, but I'd prefer someone local, which means it will likely be some non-National chain. Why, you have ideas?
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2011-12-09 23:00 (UTC) (Link)
"...Irish Whiskey was a nasty "poor-mans" Scotch." That really sounds like an Irish slight if I ever heard one, your English is showing. Cutty Sark on the other hand, really is the poor-mans Scotch. It tastes like shit!!! You should try some Bushmills Irish Whiskey.
ehowton at 2011-12-09 23:07 (UTC) (Link)
I did try Bushmills. It was the exact Irish Whiskey I was talking about!


Thank-ye for the cigars, BTW! Wish you had been here to smoke them with me!!!
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2011-12-29 23:15 (UTC) (Link)
Do you know how hard it was to find Pilsner Urquell and an ass in the same pic together??? And I didn't even get a comment on it.
ehowton at 2014-10-20 14:16 (UTC) (Link)
Well done. And for the record, if ever there needed to be a picture of anything AND A NAKED LADY - my money is on you finding it.
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