Herrera Esteli Brazilian Maduro Toro Especial Cigar

Have a Cigar: Herrera Esteli Brazilian Maduro Toro Especial

Name: Herrera Esteli Brazilian Maduro Toro Especial

Country: Nicaragua

Shape: Parejo

Size: (6 inches x 52)

Strength: Medium to Full

When I’m with out with the boys
putting some smoke in the air,
reaching the final third of the cigar
means that
we don’t have much time left.
It’s like a pub’s last call, if you like.

Coincidentally, when I reach the final third
of my cigar,
I usually order my last drink.

On average, I have three drinks with every cigar
I smoke.

Today, I had two cigars.
That means I had six drinks.

There are really two paths a man can take.

The first path is pairing the cigar with the drink.
The second path is pairing the drink with the cigar.

When I’m at a cigar lounge, I do the latter.
This means that I choose the cigar first,
and I order my drink only after I light my cigar.
Sometimes, I stick with the same drink,
and I have three of the same.
If I’m having peated whisky, for example,
I’ll have three glasses of the same whisky.
If I’m having rum, I’ll have two more glasses
of the same rum.
Et cetera, et cetera.

Other times, when the aficionado in me demands it,
I have three different drinks,
pairing one with every third
of the cigar.

When I’m at a gathering or a party, however,
I am forced to pair the cigar with the drink.
There, I choose my cigar based on the available beverage.
And that’s not a problem
because I always carry more than one cigar with me.

One must carry more than one cigar with him
at all times
so that one never feels like
he’s out of options
he doesn’t have much time left.

Quotes from Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius – Quotes

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius is a book that has been living on my desk for months, but it hasn’t been gathering dust like some of the other books I have on my desk. I actually frequently read from it, usually when I’m taking a short break from the computer screen. I rest my eyes reading beautiful quotes.

I’m not a stoic, but I guess there’s a little stoic in me whether I admit it or not. Moreover, I don’t know how or why, but there’s something subliminally Christian about Marcus Aurelius that I like. Reading lines from Meditations has a calming effect.

The first time I read Meditations was years ago. And I have underlined dozens of sentences. Most of the times, those are the sentences I read when I’m on my short breaks. They are either thoughts that I agree with or statements that trigger something in me.

Here are some of the quotes that I have underlined:

  • It is a king’s part to do good and be ill spoken of.
  • Perfection of character requires this, that you should live each day as though it were your last, and be neither excitable, nor lethargic, nor duplicitous.
  • Always live the finest of lives; and the power to do so lies in one’s soul, if one is indifferent to things indifferent.
  • I have often marveled at how everyone loves himself above all others, yet places less value on his own opinion of himself than that of everyone else.
  • Close is the time when you will forget all things; and close, too, the time when all will forget you.

September 25, 2022: The Last Quarter of 2022

For the first time this year, I feel free.

The year 2022 was full of plans (and duties). There were the bad days and the good days. The bad days may as well be forgotten, although I will not forget those who had to go to sleep forever. May they rest in peace.

As for the good days, here’s a summary: I traveled three times and attended six weddings.

The last wedding took place just two days ago, and it was my brother’s. I was the best man, of course, so I smoked my share of cigars and drank and danced like a best man should. Everything was perfect, and I was happy to see him happy.

And now comes the last quarter of 2022, and it looks like I’ll finally have time to catch up on my reading and writing. I’ll also focus on work and make sure my projects are all good and healthy. Losing some weight isn’t a bad idea either. I’ve been feasting since the beginning of the year. My stomach can also take a break… until Christmas.