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Old 11-19-2016, 12:45 PM   #2961
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Good afternon , it is Saturday a COLD wet SNOWING day here in da Burgh, yesterday it was 75 F , warm and sunny today just like a regular November day, wet , cold and GRAY. I am in the qtr.Deck and it is 70 here the stub of last nights masterpiece is jammed in my jaw, , no fire on it yet, just a great taste so why change it. , I dont know if I will be able to post on sunday , so I have some time today, , I might but as it looks now I will be away from the computer . nothing new in the family or with a cigar smokers experence, I am off to take care of the wife, she has the flu...
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Old 11-27-2016, 09:21 AM   #2962
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Good morning it is sunday 11/27/16 a chilly gray november day here in da burgh, all of 40F , its damp and a light wind the real feel temp is 31 F according to the weather channel . the wife is still down with the bug , I did take her to the doc last monday but she is no better today , it has been over a week that she has been sick , it is starting to get on my nerves, the hacking , sneezing , watering eyes , stuffed up nose, and thats just ME she is far worse,,,,,, its cutting into my cigar time, that is zero when she is in the car, my car is an ashtray with wheels !!! even the whisky isnt tasting as good, dammmmm
Thanksgiving day was a no brainer, I did a small bird , mashed potatoes, yams with pecans , stuffing and creamed peas , pumpkin cheese cake ... lots of left overs execpt for the cheesecake, no matter how bad you feel, the cheese cake slides down . haha .

Since we haven't felt well this week the breakfast was a grilled muffin with egg, cheese and bacon , i didnt finish mine , but I did eat all the bacon !!! , not going to cook today , to many left overs.

Grandson #1 took a road trip to visit a friend from Paris , that he went to school with in Columbia SA , she is here visiting so he went to Chicago to visit her ...... still waiting for photos . Grandson #2 is working the over night shift at Kmart and going to keep up his computer classes ,,,, between work, school and girlfriend , I wonder when he sleeps?

the wifes car is one week away from going to the body shop , we will drop it next sunday evening so they can start first thing monday, & on monday the Furnace, a/c and hot water tank will be replace, we had planned on doing it in the spring , but the fan motor is making all kinds of noise & a replacement is not being made any more, its OLD, so its time to replace it, since the furnace is comming out the hot water tank is going to go away at the same time, I havent touched the tank in 17 years , it had a 5 year warrenty , so it is getting replaces with a tankless system , and we are going from an 80% efficent furnace to a 95 % , so the a/c is getting an upgrade at the same time, HO HO HO Merry Christmas . ten five for the upgrades , 2200 for her car, all just before Christmas, there went my Convertable hahahaha

I have a pot of zimbobaway from a local roaster to finish then an Eathopian later today, No KONA , taste buds are flat why drink the great stuff when you cant taste ....

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Old 12-04-2016, 09:22 AM   #2963
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[B][I][COLOR="SeaGreen"]11;56 am Good morning , just made that but it will be afternoon by the time I am finished,
its a cold dry gray december day here in da burgh, , not much has changed since feb. 2004 when I started this thread, every one got older , that is the biggest change , my daily routine is almost the same but I dont get up to go to work anymore, retirement is OK at times but I miss the BS .
the wife still is not feeling well so I am not making the hunk O beef today , Soup is on the menu , right out of the freezer from the last time I made a pot of Veg/Beef , thats all she wants , so thats what she gets ,
Cream Of wheat was breakfast with rasins and craberrys for her & I had a little pineapple in mine , the coffee was a BIG change , I am not a fan of flavoried coffee but this time of the year she wants that holiday blend that we used to get from Hickory farms , but they stopped making it so I went out to the local roaster and we came up with a nice mix, 8 oz. Columbian AA , 4 oz, hazelnut, 2oz french vanillia and 2 Oz cinnimion, medium grind into the pot it went, , I say close enough , could used less cinnamion , add a little chocolate and maybe Patachio , I stay away from the ginger nutmeg thanksgiving style spices , this should be different than the fall blends with the light maple base, tastes come and go this years mix is verry drinkable , but Not good with a cigar , and the price of the KONA went up as well as the Blue Mt. so i am putting a halt on that , 50 bucks a pound is STUPID for coffee 65 for the Blue Mt. ,,, bring on the Maxwell house (NOT) , I hate to say it but I have been drinking a lot of CHARBUCKS , it sort of grows on you , I have been lazy lately & havenot roasted any coffee in a month, buying it all ready roasted, paying to much for it , but I still grind it fresh every morning
I do have some coffees from the Americia's , that needs to see the fire, a few African coffees also , & if I look deeper into the coffee locker I might have some Indian monsoon some place , but they all need roasted, well I need to get off the computer and get started with my day, still in my robe and slippers need to get into the shower & get dressed, its time for a cigar Enjoy, Vince








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Old 12-04-2016, 09:22 AM   #2964
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Old 12-11-2016, 10:07 AM   #2965
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Good afternoon it is Sunday 12/11/16 a cols snowcovered day here in da burgh, 24F with snow as fine as salt coming down, so tiy and fine almost like rain drops but since it is below 32 F and the ground is cold , it is stacking up the plow has gone by one time so far i hope it is the last as he stacks it up at the end of the drive way, its not heavy , it is all removed with a broom, no shovel needed YET.
the hunk O beef is in the oven after all it is Sunday & that is her favorite so it is the standard & will not vary all that much.
the New furnace was installed monday & tuesday , along with the A/C and a tankless hot water system, a new gas line was added and the guy tells me my drain line from the bathroom is leaking, so the new line is going in asap, , I had a fender bender last month , my wife hit the gate at the church parking lot , , so her car is still in the body shop, then friday , I got my second deer , with a car , not far from the first one I got a few years ago, so in the 40 plus years we have lived here , she has a deer, I have 2 and a turkey, countless possums, raccoons, squirells, and rabbits as well as ONE skunk.
I need a BREAK , maybe I should try the lottery hahahaha
we did go with the daughter last night to visit the grandson at work, we had sushi and this morning I had a GREAT Fishy extra heavy dump , it was Marvelous !!!!!!
I have the heat on and will be heading to the Qtr.Deck asap , the coffee is columbian and the kona is brewing cold & will be ready about 5 PM , just in time for after dinner with a little brandy on this cold Pittsburgh Day, this after noon I have a 12 YO Islay blend , 4 different Islay single malts with not enough of any of them to make a drams worth, so all 4 went into the same glass, , it is just a tad light of the one ounce serving size , but has that Islay nose , I will be tasting it soon with a don carlos #4 today , just a small change from the #3 well its time to add the potatos to the pot and fire up a cigar , enjoy , Vince





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Old 12-18-2016, 09:08 AM   #2966
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good morning it is Sunday 12/18/16 a cold snow & ice covered morning here in da Burgh , we had Rain last night it was up to 60F yesterday today it is all frozen & down right SHITTY out. , One week till Christmas , Broke & beat down , dammmm a bad time from Thanksgiving till now , I had a fender bender so did my wife & before we got hers out of the body shop I hit a deer, so thats 3 trips to the body shop , furnace, a/c replaced a tankless hot water system went in , & the plumber fixed a leak in the crawl space under one of the bathrooms, I hope it s fixed , and in the spring it looks like a roof will be going on ,,,,, dammmmm I retired to soon.

I know I am getting OLD , , went to see Rouge one , on friday morning , the cheepest show of the day, had to get up to PEE 3 dammmm times , missed the ending, by the time I was heading back to the seat , people were comming out.....

todays hunk O beef is in the oven , breakfast was a bacon & seven cheese scramble with Flac seed toast & our custom blend Christmas Coffee , with home made Pittezells , thAT WE MADE YESTERDAY, 9 DOZEN LEMON & NINE DOZEN ANNIS , 2 cookies at a time in the Iron, it was long but fun, with the aroma of licorice in the kitchen i mad some sweet sausage for supper with a bit of Vadillia onions and some spicy brown mustard, I have been lighting up the gas meter all day hahahaha


I have a Padron 64 anniv calling to me this morning so its time to pour the Kona and get busy with the rest of my day , Enjoy, Vince



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Old 12-25-2016, 09:55 AM   #2967
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Old 12-25-2016, 12:41 PM   #2968
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And a Merry Christmas to you, Vince.
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Old 01-01-2017, 09:23 AM   #2969
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Old 01-08-2017, 09:55 AM   #2970
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Good afternoon it is Sunday 1/8/17 a COLD snow covered day here in da Burgh , 14F with a wind chill of MINUS 2 . Just a normal winter day here in da Burgh to cold to go to the qtr.deck today , the cost & time to get it up to a comfortable temp.would be off the scale, so it is a day that I will be heading to a local bar some time today to enjoy a wee dram and A cigar , well maybe 2 .... depends on who is there , the Steelers play at 1 today ,wild car play off so I think the places will be loud and packed so i might wait till after the game so it is a bit quiet , depening on if they win , then the place will still be loud , so i might just forgo the whisky , substitute coffee & go for a cigar drive , like I did last night with the wife, stopping at CharBuck$ for her Chestnut , crem brulie half soy half cafe, hafe Bullshit , 7 buck cup of burnt coffee, I get a double espresso for 2 bucks and thats enough for me , along with the 20 ounce travel mug I make here at home before we go . We had a nice ride last night about 75 miles & went no place , just a nice ride to Butler Pa , and back to Ambridge Pa , stopping for more coffee at a Convinence shop/ gas station that has better coffee than charbucks but thats all they make is COFFEE , No capachinos, no espresso, , no frozen bullshit just great coffee , CHEEP a 12 ounce cup is 2 bucks ..... she got the Sumatra, I got the dark roast Zimbobway , almost got the Columbian , but I have it here at home, and have a mug of it now, so no big bold Z here at home so I went for it .
Since it is so dammmmm cold out we had Oatmeal with rasins for breakfast today , a nice change from the eggs and bacon , but I did make a few strips of bacon and crumbled it in the oat meal with a drop of maple syrup to sweeten it up a bit.
The price of Beef is getting out of hand, a small chuck roast was 15 bucks , out of sight price wise, a hunk of chuck just over 2 pounds BULLSHIT the Steaks were 9.95 a pound ,,,, just mind blowing , we got a .03 % raise , and the Pa gas tax went up 8 cents a gallon to the Highest gas tax in the country, a gallon of gas for the cheepest I can find (Costco ) 2.69 a gallon everyone else is 10 cents higher and you need to be a member of costco to buy gas or anything thing there , that is over 50 bucks a year for the Privlage of spending your money there. .... go figure.

so with the high cost of gas , beef and everything else I am going to make a hunk of FISH instead of the beef today , I will be wrapping Cod , with Phillo dough , spinich and feta cheese , giving it a bath in olive oil and baking it till it is Golden Brown .a ONE pot (tray) meal , it all goes in the oven , and with the spinich and dough shell with the cheese a slice of lemon is all the side dish I want or need .
NEWS FLASH , I went back to work last thursday, & will be working every thursday at Sheffield Lanes in Aliquippa Pa a local bowling alley , I will be behind the bar selling your favorite scotches and bourbons , beers and soft drinks , , if you want a martini of manhattan , go upstairs to the real bartender , I am just here to pour booze and open beers ,and Talk to the customers , so shut up and drink , smoke & listen to the Jazz.

Since thanksgiving I have burnt through cash like a drunken sailor , I had a small fender bender , 500 deductable , my wife had one a few weeks later again 500 bucks , the furnace went out and we upgraded to a 95 % effecent from the standard 80 % furnace, well the A/C was not compatable with the new heat sorce so that was replaced & since the hot water tank was the same age as the furnace it was replaced with a tankless system and the drain in the wifes bathroom had to be replaces and with all was done we spent all the cash we had set to the side for gifts for each other, the regular gifts were covered for the kids , grandkids , and other family members , but nothing for each other , & when we need some thing we just go get it if the cash is there , so it was not a big deal , after 46 years of married bliss ( hahahaha ) birthdays anniv. what do we need?
I hope 2017 is a better year than 16 was , Enjoy, Vince


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Old 01-15-2017, 09:15 AM   #2971
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Good morning it is Sunday 1/15/17 a cold clear day here in da Burgh , yesterday was # 2 Grandsons 19th birthday , ,,,, say what you will about getting old , the body is not holding up as well as I hoped for but the idea I have my Youngest grandson being 19 makes me feel OLDER than I should be , I wish I was 19 years younger than I am , but I would have missed all the good times I had with him growing up so I guess I will just stay the old man I am , lets face it I have no other choice hahahaha
we are getting back to the regular Sunday menu, the hunk O beef is in the oven , the heat is on out in the Qtr.Deck and I have the Kona in the press pot waiting for the arrivial of Don Carlos #3 , so it looks like & I hope it will be a DO NOTHING Sunday other than RELAXING , sure I will be cooking the rest of today's food, but I do enjoy that.
My car is heading to the shop Tuesday for the anniual state inspection and reaming from the garage , I am sure this is going to cost a ton AGAIN, and the wifes car is set for wed. , so a doubble hit , she has about 2000 miles on her car from this time last year I have about 25000 on mine , she gets an exemption from the emmisions test but you still have to pay for the sticker , BIG DEAL the testing center still gets paid but no trst is done , a great way to make extra bucks , but I get my moneys worth, of testing , exams , and computer read outs , I get my sticker for the windshield just the same as hers with out the exempt stamp on the face . Here In Pa we have the HIGHEST gasoline tax in the country the average price for a gallon of regular gas , is 2.69 , about 20/25 miles in Ohio or W.VA it is about 30 cents a gallon less , I might use a gallon each way to save 30 cents per gallon my average fill up is 12 or 13 gallons , it will take me about 45 minutes each way, , a nice cigar ride, coffee, Jazz and being able to give the finger to the governer of Pa ,,,,, might be a regular trip . I might not save a lot as per the time and distance but the satisfaction might be worth it .

for the past 2 Thursdays I have been tending bar and selling cigars at Shiefield Lanes in Aliquippa Pa, a basement bar called the Fall out Shelter , harkens back to the cold war times when everyone wanted to build a bomb shelter in the back yard , its not all the big but it has a nice sound system and fair ventalation for the cigars all be it verrrry loud, the owner is working on moving the fan outside and let it draw the smoke instead of pushing it out.

so far this winter has been on the mild side , there have been a few very cold spells and some snow , but not as bad as it could have been, the area to our south east has been getting the brunt of the bad weather about 50 miles away. Better them than US , in fact one day last week we had a dusting to about one inch here & just 5 miles from me to the NW , ZERO snow , thats how close the lines are .


today I am drinking coffee we got for Christmas from my brother , from a roaster in Pittsburgh , it was so wet & oily it made a mess of the burr grinder , the ground coffee stuck to everything , it is a medium dark roast called strip district , a section of Pittsburgh were all the wholesale produce & bake shops cheese shops & fish shops are located in a strip along the Allegheny river .


I need to get the hot water into the Kona asap as I forgot to do it cold last night , , enjoy , Vince





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