What’s that Ben Franklin quote about death and taxes? Oh yeah: “…in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”
Sure enough, even a 3-day reprieve didn’t stop Tax Day from getting here. Haven’t filed yet? I suggest you scramble to the accountant’s office or break out the calculator. Time is running short.
Whatever your political position, Tax Day serves to remind us that we don’t own everything we earn. This year stung even harder for me, since I owed my local taxing authority their ludicrous 1.5% cut of my livelihood.
But the good news is that it’s over!
The older I get, the more I realize that few occasions in life call for a good smoke like Tax Day. If there’s a sliver lining, it’s this: I’ll never be further away from Tax Day 2012 than I am today. Now THERE’S something to celebrate…Cue the cigars!
I’m still deciding on what to smoke, but for now, this Ashton ESG should help ease the pain nicely. What about you?
“If your wife doesn’t like the aroma of your cigar, change your wife.” – Zino Davidoff
Ha – that’s rich.
I love cigars. My wife hates them. But I love her, and keeping her happy ensures (or at least enables) my own happiness.
I’ve realized that I am never going to convince her to tolerate the smell of cigars, let alone enjoy their aroma. Bear in mind that I come home from work at Famous every day smelling of cigars, even on days when I don’t smoke any. Clearly this is a recipe for tension.
If you find yourself feeling like a star-crossed cigar lover, fear not. Over 7 years of marriage, I’ve amassed a repertoire of maneuvers designed to minimize her exposure to cigar smoke.
In no particular order, I present to you my list of Pro Tips.
- Stay away from open windows
- If it’s necessary to smoke in the garage, ventilate early & often
- Change your clothes outside, if possible
- Skip the cologne: a 2-minute shower can work wonders, especially rinsing out your hair
- Brush, floss, and mouthwash
- Avoid falling asleep (or passing out) in your “cigar clothes”
- Hand sanitizer
- Drive with the windows down
Some of these are obvious, others less so. Whatever the case, these have significantly decreased DW’s “cigar commentary.” Maybe they will for you, too.
P.S. If your spouse/significant other enjoys cigars, I don’t want to hear from you. No, seriously, stop rubbing it in.