Tag Archives: Ron Melendi

Fight for your Right to Smoke

It was nice to see the Cigar Rights of America come out in force at the most recent De La Concha cigar dinner. I’ve been pretty critical of the organization, as it’s really done nothing but raise money. There has been no presence, no action. Well, Ron Melendi tells me that the new executive director, J. Glynn Loope, has been working his ass off for the cause.

Loose Cig Tobacco Now for Pipes, Manufacturers Fight for Survival

In this interview with Ron Melendi, General Manager of De La Concha, you’ll learn about the differences between pipe and loose cigarette tobacco … not to mention how these products are taxed. The regulatory environment is driving a lot of change in the tobacco industry, and this will help you get a sense of it. You can read the full article on DailyFinance.

Do I see the light? Well, kinda

Held hostage by my chosen profession

Held hostage by my chosen profession

I haven’t put anything up here in more than a week. I have been absolutely upside-down jammed with working both jobs. I filed stories for New York magazine and British GQ since I last blogged, and I’m working on another for my dream publication (no names yet, sorry). And, of course, I’m still cranking out articles like crazy for CPA Magazine — I finished three last night and have another five or six to crank out this weekend.

But, I’m still finding time to have some fun. Ron Melendi, the manager of De La Concha, is launching a new blog, and I’ll be helping to fill it with content over the coming weeks, months and years. Also, though I haven’t been writing here, I have been writing. And pitching. I came close to Conde Nast Portfolio. It didn’t work, so I still have a kickass story to pitch around.

Day job has been keeping me pretty busy, as well, but you know I’m not going to talk much about that here. But, if you see my boss, tell him to give me the weekend off. I could use it.