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Old 04-28-2005, 07:49 AM   #1
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Big Smoke

Anyone attending the Chicago big smoke??

Alex and I will be at the Oliva Booth all night if you happen to go....

Another long night of endless cigar smoking!
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Old 04-28-2005, 09:09 AM   #2
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you have my sympathy...NOT!
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Old 05-03-2005, 07:06 AM   #3
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Big Smoke is Tomorrow!!! Topping this message.....Anyone going to be able to make it......?

I'd like to be able to meet some of you and have a smoke.....
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Old 05-03-2005, 04:37 PM   #4
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That would be one sweet trip to make. I'll be there in spirit!!
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Old 05-03-2005, 04:42 PM   #5
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New York City has two a year. A few years ago I went to four consecutive events, met some great people, had a great time every time, tasted some great food, some new things, had some new drinks, did some good drinking, and smoked some good cigars. I stopped going because the event's price went up while number of cigars given out went down over the years, but to this day I recommend every cigar smoker go to at least one near you before you die.
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Old 05-03-2005, 11:10 PM   #6
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It always sounds like fun, nearest one to me is Las Vegas. I'm just so damn antisocial, I don't know if I could deal with all the people. I guess there is no reason to have a big smoke if you don't invite anyone. The whole concept of cigar smoking being a social event hasn't dawned on me yet.
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Old 05-04-2005, 01:34 PM   #7
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It is a great personal experience, but I do enjoy good company and conversation over a good cigar!
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Old 05-05-2005, 10:07 PM   #8
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Nmcowboy, not to compete with you here, but I'm at LEAST as antisocial as you, and believe me, outside of The Big Smoke I went to with my ex-girl where we met up with DocBarry, I was alone at the other three. Yes, right there in the midst of hundreds of people, but all alone and enjoying every minute of it.

Yes, mah mayun, it IS possible to be in the midst of a passle full o' folks, still be all alone, and loving every minute of it. The moral of the story is, every cigar smoker should attend at least one Big Smoke before they die.
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Old 05-08-2005, 11:17 PM   #9
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[quote]Bloofington: The moral of the story is, every cigar smoker should attend at least one Big Smoke before they die. [quote]

Bloofington,

Thank you for your inspiration, I am going to the Big Smoke in Atlantic City this weekend (May 13).
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Old 05-08-2005, 11:31 PM   #10
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That's great. That's a really huge event, and I'm sure more exciting that the ones I've attended. Of course, I'm a low key, laid back kind of guy, so the NYC events were perfect for me. I will say this though, and I'm saying this to everyone, since the topic of The Big Smoke has not been addressed around here in quite a while.

There WILL be pushing and shoving. There will probably be a lot of cops, firefighters, union workers, etc. there, as well as office worker types, and of course executives. And yes, there WILL be pushing and shoving. Be careful to leave your sense of being offended outside, because it's all really in fun, and a lot of people have a tendency to become 13 year olds at these events. It IS possible to maintain a sense of humor and good naturedness at these events. It is easy to remember not to pick a fight with anyone when you realize in the scrum of 25 men there may be ten cops, three hit men, two ironworkers, five firefighters and a partridge in a pear tree.

So, don't be offended, don't get too macho, just go to have a good time. Did I just say The Big Smoke was akin to a cattle roundup, with a mild hint of stampede? It is possible to be on the fringes of these things if you are a laid back, slow mover like me, or you can be in on the roundup. Just don't get too ticked off, and most of the time the other cows are not really pushing you around to be personally belligerent, it's just everyone sort of hefting around for position.

Besides, after a nice cigar and a few visits to the whiskey tables, you won't care, you'll be a cow, too!!!



So, go at your own risk, and don't say I didn't warn ya. And anybody who does, please get back to us with your experiences. Personally, I'm interested in how much the event costs these days, and how many "free" cigars they were giving away. I want to know the BASE amount, not how many you got away with after you told Carlito how much you liked his watch, or conned Nick Perdomo with compliments on his hair, just the base amount they were offering for your total coupon book.

Have a great time folks.
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Old 05-09-2005, 07:16 AM   #11
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Yes you should go once... but after that take your 150.00 you would have spent on the event and buy some nice samplers and singles and enjoy a night out with your friends.
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Old 05-10-2005, 01:55 AM   #12
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so........? How'd it go?
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Old 05-10-2005, 02:11 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by Bloofington
Nmcowboy, not to compete with you here, but I'm at LEAST as antisocial as you, and believe me, outside of The Big Smoke I went to with my ex-girl where we met up with DocBarry, I was alone at the other three. Yes, right there in the midst of hundreds of people, but all alone and enjoying every minute of it.
No competition on my part Bloof, I'm fine sharing the title with you. In fact you can be most anti-social east of the mississippi, and I'll take the title for west of....

And by the way, one of the finer things about being anti-social is being able to share alone time in the middle of a crowd. Being able to sit with-in ones self and laugh at the world is a gift.
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Right you are!!!
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Id love to hear how the atlantic city big smoke was, anyone go?
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Old 05-16-2005, 01:38 PM   #16
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I bet it was fun with all those Casino's right around the corner...
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