Please head over to Cigar Reader and check out my latest project. I launched it with John Biggs a few days ago, and we’re definitely excited to bring a new voice to the cigar community. Already, we’ve generated some buzz, particularly because we scored our first exclusive — details on the Rocky Patel/Eddie Ortega merger, including an interview with Eddie before the transaction was announced.
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.
For once, cigar smokers can vote YES!!! Help continue the spirit of “hope” and “change” that is coming to Washington by signing a petition in support of the Tobacconist Preservation Act. So far, we have 97 signatures, which is a long way off from our goal of 1 million. Do your part, and then spread the world. Let’s help preserve what few rights we have left.
Well, I’m looking back on my first full day in Scotland, and yes, it has been full. I got on a plane last night after a truly hellish day at day job, few overnight and hit the ground running this morning. Now, I am utterly fucking exhausted and blogging when I should be sleeping. But, I had a great time today, and I feel the need to share.
Today is Veterans Day, as I hope you remember (and I hope you found someone to thank). Well, it should come as no surprise that many of our troops enjoy a good cigar, and in places like Baghdad and Kabul, they tend to be in short supply. After the jump, learn more about how to help our service members enjoy a good cigar and a few moments of bliss.
Well, I didn’t exactly make Gawker today, but an article that quotes me did get picked up. I was interviewed for a piece in Health.com about smoking habits following the collapse of Lehman Brothers, and my favorite smoke shop, De La Concha, got a great mention in the piece, as well.
I was hoping that De La Concha would get mentioned in the Gawker article on this, but alas, my friends didn’t get the nod. Maybe next time.
If nothing else, I hope this piece does drive more traffic to the article on Health.com, which in turn gets De La Concha a bit more play in front of consumers. Also, I have pitches in to a few other blogs, so my fingers are crossed that this will take off.
It was really funny. A reporter walked into De La Concha and mentioned that he writes for Health.com. Of course, we were suspicious. But, he assured us that he was writing about stress and smoking habits following the banking collapse of a few weeks ago. So, we worked with him, and the resulting story was interesting. The store got a mention as a networking spot, and a quote from me was picked up. Also, a guy from my old gig, Deloitte, got a shout-out.
Maybe the financial crisis isn’t so bad? Nah, it is.
I don’t think I look terribly approachable. In fact, I’ve always thought that I give off a “fuck off” vibe. Well, this apparently is not the case. Some lady saw me having a cigar while writing on a bench on Central Park West. Some other people were indulging on another bench nearby. “So, I guess this is the smoking section,” she greeted us. I shot her a “fuck off” look and left it at that.
I wouldn’t be an asshole if others didn’t invite it.