What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

sit and spin baby

October 28, 2013 | Posted in Mens Issues | By

I just realized that those that know the answer to that question have an advantage.  If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.  We all have a finite amount of time to live.  In that space we are to  love, learn, fail, fall down, get back up, rinse and repeat.

I was called a “Renaissance Man” today again, this time,  by my guitar teacher who I just reconnected with after almost twenty years.  I think it means a man who has broad intellectual interests and is accomplished in areas of both the arts and the sciences. I have been called that before, but I think it really means “dude you are still alive,” but haven’t mastered any one thing.

I have had points in my life where I have mastered what I was aiming for but I shot too low.  My goals weren’t high enough to achieve anything of significance.  Maybe you have been there too.  We all started off like that.  Remember when all you wanted was to pass a test, drive a car, kiss a girl, etc.  Then it was to be “legal,” for whatever that meant to you.

I have been the best of my group at certain things but it was still all too trivial in hindsight.

I think the top three mistakes too many of us make first is not setting good goals.  The second would be settling for whatever comes. And finally that we sell ourselves too short.  We are capable of much more than we produce.

To change your situation you have to ask yourself some hard questions and answer them.  What and where are you now?  Where do you want to be in a year, three years, or five?  What do you need to do to get there?

Once you do that, it’s  on you.  Don’t fall into the trap of living for someone else.  Don’t borrow dreams.  Don’t settle for what comes easy.  Don’t stop or quit because what you want is not done in your neighborhood.  When I go fishing, if the fish aren’t biting where I am, I move.  You might have to move too.

You will have a hard time being a marine biologist in a city.  You might have to move to the water.  You might have a hard time learning to speak Japanese where there are no native speakers.

Too many of us sit and spin our wheels.  Sit and play games.  Sit and waste the valuable time God gave us, watching other people play, watching life pass us by.

Are you living a sedentary life?

sit and spin toy

It’s dangerous to move outside of your comfort zone but won’t grow if you stay in the same zone.   You know people that never left their hometowns.  Their conversations are limited aren’t they.  They talk more about other people than ideas, and places.  We all have a choice.  What do you choose to do with your life?  What are you going to be when you grow up.

 

 

“The way I see it Red, it’s like you said,  get busy living, or get busy dying.”- Andy Dufresne, Shawshank Redemption.

 

 

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Rev. Kenn Blanchard, internet radio broadcaster, online advertiser, veteran, concealed carry activist and harley davidson motorcycle enthusiast shares whats on the minds of hunters and concealed carry permit holders.

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Only Thing Left After Smoking A Cigar is a Big Butt

October 9, 2013 | Posted in cigars, Mens Issues | By

The place I told you about last in Gambrills, MD is coming along nicely. Aphelion Cigar Lounge owned by J. Price, is a nice spot to relax, have a business meeting or watch a game if you don’t want to be alone.

The selection has some both unique and familiar choices. I smoked the biggest gauge cigar ever and it was almost obscene. It was mild but the thing was too large to cut with my guillotine cutter. I used a punch. I think for ladies night out, it will be a novelty. I think it was the Asylum 13,  but “johnson” comes to mind.

Asylum 13

North of there is Titan Cigar where I found a new favorite called the Blanco.

Blanco Ligura Exclusivo

it is not as good as Obsidian nor my all time favorite Madura Obscuro I get from my buddy Angel at Cigar Town in Reston.

Obscuro Maduro from Cigar Town Reston

Only left after smoking a  cigar is a big butt

- John Leguizamo, The Pest

And I can’t forget the hospitality, ingenuity and all around good guy Anthony “Gun For Hire” Callandro, my brother from NJ that has his own brand called the “60 Cal” which is a mild but big gauge too.

 

 

Gun For HIre's 60 Cal Cigar

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A Place For Friends

outside the humidor

August 22, 2013 | Posted in cigars, Mens Issues | By

One of the features on my show that not everyone agrees with is my Cigar of the Week. There is no question that smoking can be detrimental to your health. Just like drinking alcoholic beverages or dipping snuff.

What draws me to it is the social aspect of it. Whenever cigar smokers are in a business meeting they patiently look forward to the completing the evening with a fine cigar. Cigar smokers are not addicts. If the meeting goes long, or no one will join us we usually skip the smoking. Its an avocation, a hobby in the quest to find a better cigar. That is why I have it on the show. If I was going to wine and dine my wife, or be around people that don’t like cigars, not a problem.

The older I get the more social I become.  I automatically like the people that enjoy cigars.  They are usually into business, thinkers, open minded, and positive people.

Social attitude have changed regarding cigarette smoking dramatically. Watching those poor souls huddled together like pariahs outside of government building is not cool. In contrast, cigar tobacco is very low in acidity when compared to cigarettes. There are some major differences in the two. Suffice it to say that the abuse of any product can cause health problems.

In the old movies it was always the tycoon, the banker the businessman and the gangster that smoked the cigar. Today, I see it as a gathering place for business minded people that I don’t see anywhere else. Its is entirely social. It is usually men although where there are well to do men, women will soon find them. My wife reminded me that most of the women that are there may be looking more than smoking.

I have found that the places where you can smoke a cigar has become such a meeting place. It is quieter than a sports bar where conversations can happen. I met a financial planner and a sports agent at the Titan Cigar bar I visited. Another time I met a listener of the show as he ask my opinion on starting his new training business in Annapolis.

Now I just discovered a really nice place in Gambrills, MD behind the Blue Dolphin Restaurant called Aphelion.

a·phe·li·on  (-fl-n, -flyn) n. pl. a·phe·li·a (-l-)

The point on the orbit of a celestial body that is farthest from the sun

aphelion- furtherest place from  the heat and stress of the day, this is a sanctuary, a social place-  James L. Price, Jr.  Owner

2510 Conway Road, Suite 106, Gambrills, Maryland  21054

 

 

What is cool is that I know the owner. He is was the owner of a Personal computer repair shop down the street from my house until it flooded and his business went under a few years ago. Now this place is nice. If I didn’t have a family, it would be a hangout spot for me for sure.

aphelioncigar.com

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Best Cigar I Have Ever Had

July 19, 2013 | Posted in Mens Issues, Urban Shooter Podcast | By

Cigar of the Week

I know that is a big statement. Ok, cigar aficionados, as promised last week, I want to tell you about the best cigar I have ever smoked to date. It caught me by surprise. I was just doing as I always do, randomly picking a cigar based on price, look and aroma –sometimes an expensive one, sometimes not. I try to pick something I think I would like, now that I am learning my taste and leanings.

I was in Cigar Town in Reston Town Center briefly and bought a house brand out of the bin to the left of the front door. it is called a House Blend Double Magnum Oscuro. The guy there said it was their top seller and could only be found there. It is a Dominican cigar, hand rolled with a pig tail at the end. it only cost $7.50. It has no label on it. It was almost black, i.e. maduro. labeled as a medium to full bodied cigar.

It was as smooth as the coffee I was pairing it with. It is the color of black coffee.

I really want you to try this thing. If you want me to send you one or two let me know, I’ll just go up there buy it and put it in a USPS box. I can send it wherever its legal to do so. You just have to pay a brother ’cause I ain’t got it like that. I expect for $15 for one or plus $7.5 + tax for how many fit in the box. Let me know. Maybe you can get them from the website. If you go there yourself, or call, tell them you heard it from Kenn Blanchard, the black man with a gun, they don’t who I am but they might remember that last part. I want to see if they notice when I go back if you do.

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House Blend Double Magnum Oscuro Sweet mellow tobacco blended with mild pepper and spice finish, Filler Criolio 98, corojo, habano Dom Binder Criolio 98 wrapper oscuro Dominican Republic, Medium Full Bodied $7.50

kickashcigars.com

Cigar Town
Reston Town Center
11903 Democracy Drive
Reston, VA 20191
703-481-0055

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Cigar of the Week Partagas 1845

partagas

July 3, 2013 | Posted in Mens Issues | By

Partagas 1845

This week I enjoyed a classic cigar called Partagás.  I had forgotten about this company but was reminded about it when I was looking at the prices of some of the cigars in a shop in Reston.  It was one of the least expensive cigars in the store (moderately priced) and  is among the oldest extant brands of cigars, that was established in Havana in 1845.  The ones The ones they sell are not produced in Cuba but from the Dominican Republic.   I was looking for a dark leafed maduro.  I liked this one.  It was not overpowering. It was a medium to full robusto that I enjoyed in the heat of a afternoon on the porch.

I got a chance to walk past the original factory once in my travels and wish I dropped in.  I would buy a box of these.

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