Yesterday was a fantastic day. It kind of began Friday evening with a call from our daughter that her water had broke (it’s VERY important to know at this point that she was pregnant at the time, but not due for a couple weeks). We received a text message at 3:30 yesterday morning that she has delivered a 6 pound, 13 oz baby girl, much to our delight. Naturally, there’s no getting back to sleep after receiving such news! We were at the birth center before 7 to meet our first grandchild. We spent a couple hours admiring the child and left them alone to get their new parent training. They were in a “birth center” that was very small, not really conducive to visitors, and very busy. Under normal circumstances they would be sent home twelve hours after delivery! Crazy stuff. So we went about our business running usual Saturday errands. “Pop” and “Tynnie” are very proud grandparents!
After lunch I took a ride down to The Wooden Indian in Havertown, PA (coincidentally where my daughter and son-in-law live). They were having a La Aurora event with a longest ash contest (in which I didn’t participate), hosted by Guillermo Leon, as well as Chris Lenzo of Miami Cigar & Co. Another point relevant to this story: Our daughter’s name is Aurora, and the first box of premium cigars I purchased were LA Aurora Bristol Especiales back in 1996. So with the intention of smoking a celebratory cigar, and meeting Señor Leon, I picked up a La Aurora 107 Lancero and a Guillermo Leon Signature Corona Gorda and got to work celebrating. I expected a large crowd. Previous events I’ve attended at the store have been packed. I wish the event had drawn a bigger crowd, but it was much more comfortable and I was fortunate to have the opportunity to hang out with Guillermo and really get to chat with him. Such a gentleman, very easy to talk to and really embraces the “new media”. Of course, I had to smoke the Signature Corona Gorda that he handed me, and it was a dynamite cigar. Very smooth and flavorful. He told me that it has two binders, one of which is Cameroon which definitely comes through midway through the cigar. Very complex and interesting, and ideal cigar to celebrate the day. Havertown is about 45 minutes from Downingtown, and the ride home was wonderful.
When I got home I watched the last period of game one of the NHL Eastern Conference Semifinals in which the Flyers lost badly. Besides that it was a great day. My wife and I then went shopping for baby girl stuff and went back to the hospital to visit baby and parents, who had been checked in as a precaution and are going home today.
I’m often asked what this blog is about, and I tell them it’s about what I’m doing when I smoke a cigar, and why I like the cigar I’m smoking. I am not a good technical reviewer, there are plenty of them, (CasasFumando.com and Stogiereview.com come to mind immediately. BTW, many thanks to Tony at CasasFumando, I recently won a pair of Para Japón cigars by La Aurora from him!) see the sites in the left hand sidebar for some of my favorites, so I don’t feel the need to compete. I simply relate the things I’m doing, some my be exciting, some may be mundane, but it’s my way of enjoying cigars!
In my estimation, the recent turn of events calls for a contest! I have another 5 pack of La Gloria Cubana Serie N JSB cigars, generously provided by the fine folks at General Cigar. Leave a comment with your guess of my new grand daughter’s name to enter. Just leave a comment. In the moments after publishing this article, my daughter and her husband settled on the name Willow, so guessing it would be very easy. I’ll select a winner randomly. Contest rules can be found on the Winner and Rules page. Keep in mind that I don’t know the baby’s name at the time of writing! She was a couple weeks early and the kids hadn’t decided yet!! Honestly I’ll accept any comment as an entry, just trying to make it a little interesting, guessing baby names isn’t exactly a guy thing, is it? I’ll pick a winner next weekend sometime (it’s Mother’s Day, don’t forget!)
Anyway, I’m trying to decide between the enormous La Aurora Puro Vintage 2003 or the 107 Lancero for today’s walk, or there’s a really old Perferido someplace, or even a Bristol Especiales that’s probably 10 years old….
Until the next time,