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Friday night, Memorial Day weekend, and a long hard week it was time to sit around the fire pit and have my ritual cigar and beer. The cigar is a Padron 80th Anniversay. Yeah, I went all out this Friday. The cigar is a favorite of mine. It is quite a strong cigar - not for first time smokers or even season cigar aficionados on an empty stomach! Very smooth, and very little spice on the palate. Highly recommended though. I accompanied it with a new to me beer called Juicy Ass. Juicy Ass is a Canadian craft brew produced by Flying Monkeys. Here is the back describing this particular IPA A very hoppy beer with a citrus after taste…

Last weekend I made a pilgrimage to Albany Paintball Experience (aka APE) in New York.  There was a fairly large event for stock class paintball that was hosted there, filled with quality (both in playing and personalities) people who I like to be around.  There was also a raffle to raise money for another paintballing friend who was going through stage 4 cancer.  Almost $4000 was raised.  All in all a great showing.   I took the scenic route to get out there, over the "hog back" on route 9 in Vermont.  I prefer that way over I90 due to the stops I can make and the views such as going through this covered bridge in NH As I get…

My wife and I recently purchased a new fire pit and we've been having and almost nightly habit of collecting deadwood around our house and lot and having a nice warm fire to sit by while the spring nights are still cold. Since tonight is Friday I decided to pull out a cigar. Tonight's choice is a Cohiba maduro number five. It's not a very large cigar. It's the type of cigar you would have when you realize you only have 20 minutes to enjoy it. It's the perfect size for that. It is a good cigar, but I have a hard time calling it a great cigar. Also the word maduro when applied to this cigar is definitely a…

Honestly it was completely due to burn out. I'm done. I did collect a bunch of sap and ran it through the RO machine. Probably obtained enough sap/concentrate to get 1/2 a gallon of birch syrup. I just couldn't find the time and it's no longer cold enough for the sap to keep for long periods of time. So there is much more to consider during this time of year when it comes to birch sap. Going to cut my losses, clean the buckets and put everything away and work on prepping a better way to retain my heat so I can boil faster next year.

This time of year a fair number of like minded paintball playing crazies like to make a trip to PRZ. It's a paintball park/field located in Picton Ontario. It's a long drive, followed by camping out, cold nights, paintball and mud, followed with regaling each other with the days' adventure and stories book-ended with a long and tired ride back home. This year started off ominous with dire weather: High winds and freezing rain (in large amounts). Despite an internal debate and a fair amount of debating with each other about going, we (The four of us; Paul, Luke, Nish and myself) decided that the trip was going to be worth it - as it usually is - and was.…

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