How Cigars Can Save You From Living A Boring Life

How Cigars Can Save You From Living A Boring Life

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Quality of People

The type of people who traditionally smoke cigars are the elite and successful. People I'd like to associate myself with and you should too. Right now they might not be much more than a business or pre-med major, but in 20 years it won't hurt to have known them.

(JFK)

Better sleep

Smoking a cigar before a well deserved night of sleep is a great way to wake up feeling worth a lot more than when you went to bed. My roommates and I smoke cigars at 10 pm every Tuesday night and I wake up every Wednesday morning after the best night of sleep all week. This isn't just due to the cigar itself but the act of smoking it surrounded by like minded individuals. After shooting the shit and talking about literally everything that interest or frustrates us for an hour or two you can sleep soundly.

(Mark Cuban)

Gets Business done

Every Tuesday me and my roommates smoke cigars. While we shoot the shit we think through some solid business plans too. This isn't isolated to us, you see cigars at big meetings in television and movies for a reason. Cigar smoking, great ideas, million dollar deals, and success are all related for one reason or another.

Social Discussions

Not gossip. Not complaining. We're talking actually conversation when you're smoking a cigar around like-minded people. Anything and everything from politics to just shootin' the shit. The best conversations are done over a cigar. After an hour of this high quality of conversation you feel as relaxed as ever.

Drink Less

Cigar smoking is commonly seen paired with a glass of whiskey. What most people don't actually know is you drink less when you're smoking a cigar. This could be a good or bad thing depending on how you view your current drinking habits, but cigars won't stop you from enjoying a nice glass of whiskey. People take advantage of this by drinking nicer whiskey and actually enjoying it.

Superiority

Cigars have been symbols of power for centuries. Fidel Castro didn't rule Cuba with a joint in his mouth. There's a reason we have a certain level of respect for people who smoke cigars (besides that communist Castro). A large number of successful and powerful people are known to smoke cigars once in a while or even frequently. Now this doesn't mean smoking cigars is what brought them their respect and it won't hoist you to the top of the food chain either, but their habits aren't a coincidence.

Forces people to either join or leave

When someone lights up a cigar the only people who usually can put up with the smell and smoke are fellow cigar smokers. Smoking a cigar forces people who don't smoke to leave without you even asking. The people you want to be there will stick around and the ones who don't bring anything to the table usually walk away.

Notably Aficionados

  • Rob Lowe
  • Winston Churchill
  • 'Smokin' Joe Frazier
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Mike Ditka
  • Mark Twain
  • Babe Ruth
  • Michael Jordan
  • Al Capone
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Bruce Willis
  • Sigmund Freud
  • Harrison Ford
  • Thomas Edison
  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Rudy Giuliani
  • George Patton
  • Elvis Presley
  • Sammy Davis Jr
  • Robert De Niro
  • Clint Eastwood
  • Wayne Gretzky

Read about more famous aficionados: http://www.cigaraficionado.com/webfeatures/show/id/Top-100-Smokers_8111

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I'm The Girl Who'd Rather Raise A Family Than A Feminist Protest Sign

You raise your protest picket signs and I’ll raise my white picket fence.
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Social Media feeds are constantly filled with quotes on women's rights, protests with mobs of women, and an array of cleverly worded picket signs.

Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

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Please stop.

Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

All these protests and strong statements make us feel like now we HAVE to obtain a power position in our career. It's our rightful duty to our sisters. And if we do not, we are a disappointment to the gender and it makes us look weak.

Weak to the point where I feel ashamed to say to a friend “I want to be a stay at home mom someday.” Then have them look at me like I must have been brain-washed by a man because that can be the only explanation. I'm tired of feeling belittled for being a traditionalist.

Why?

Because why should I feel bad for wanting to create a comfortable home for my future family, cooking for my husband, being a soccer mom, keeping my house tidy? Because honestly, I cannot wait.

I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

However, in no way does this mean that the roles cannot be flipped. If you want to take on the responsibility, by all means, you go girl. But for me personally? I'm sensitive, I cry during horror movies, I'm afraid of basements and dark rooms. I, in no way, am strong enough to take on the tasks that men have been appointed to. And I'm okay with that.

So please, let me look forward to baking cookies for bake sales and driving a mom car.

And I'll support you in your endeavors and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. It doesn't matter what side you are on as long as we support each other, because we all need some girl power.

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Dear America,

2018 was a year of political strife and conflict. The left and the right fought constantly. Republicans and Democrats blamed each other for the tiniest mistakes, and there were only a small number of successful bipartisan deals. Politicians and citizens alike seemed more concerned with sticking to party platforms, even ones they truly didn't believe in, rather than compromising with the other side to improve our society.Yet all this name-calling and hatred — what does it do in the end? What does it accomplish?

We've only seen an increased polarization of American politics and an expanded hostility towards "the other side." We don't consider the well-being of each and every person in America and the bettering of our society, or the building of a stronger world for our children and grandchildren.

We spend so much time insulting each other's political beliefs that we forget probably the most important fact that links us all together: We are all human. We all share the same basic needs, the same struggles, the same moments of happiness and sadness.

And yet we are willing to put our similarities aside and only focus on our differences. We are willing to thrust ourselves into the deep anger and loathing that comes in attacking those different from us. We are willing to parry insults behind the safety of a phone screen and forget all about what makes us alike. And we are willing to gloss over the fact that we have more similarities than differences.

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Yes, political beliefs make a person. Political beliefs define the values, ideas and thoughts of a person. But sometimes, we have to reach over those beliefs, as hard as that may be, and focus on the bigger picture at hand. What will insulting someone because of those beliefs do? It definitely won't change their views or make them see things from your point of view.

It's sad and frustrating that this endless fighting doesn't even occur between two countries or two governments or two nation-states. Instead, we see arguments and strife between two family members, two neighbors or even two strangers, all living in the same community and under the same government, all sharing more similarities than differences.

We need to stop focusing so much on singular ideas. We need to stop believing in the close-minded idea that only one thought is the best thought. And instead of wasting energy trying to change other's opinions, we need to use that energy and time to promote unity and emphasize our commonalities.

These past few years have truly divided America. Let's make 2019 a year of unity, because only through unity can we step forward as a country.

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