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I may be a little late for this one but I always try to make a list of things that I thought were really great over the last year.

Top 10 Cigars of 2014
1: Herrera Estelli Lancero
2: Partagas No. 4
3: Tatujae Brown Lancero
4: BOTL 2013 Lancero
5: Liga Privada Dirty Rat
6: Herrera Estelli Norteno
7: Crown Heads Jericho Hill
8: AJ Fernandez New World
9: Joya Petite Corona (18 months)
10: Oliva V Lancero

Top Bands That I Started Listening To In 2014
1: ’68
2: Chuck Ragen
3: Lucero
4: The Homeless Gospel Choir
5: Being As An Ocean
6: Beach Slang
7: Aadia
8: Chumped
9: Sleepwave
10: The Snarks

Favorite Live Shows Of 2014
1: Listener
2: ’68
3: Ryan Kerr
4: Pink Balloon Band
5: Haste The Day
6: Beach Slang
7: Chumped
8: The Homeless Gospel Choir
9: Jake Simons and The Little Ghosts
10: Hampshire

Top Beers of 2014
1: Two Hearted Ale
2: Arrogant Bastard
3: Dragon’s Milk
4: Lagunitas Little Sumpin
5: Lagunitas IPA
6: Liz Watson’s Nutella Oatmeal Stout!
7: The Poet
8: Deadeye Stout
9: Rail Splitter
10: Narwhal

God is Love, and Love is Real

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Lord, I’ve been foolish…

So much shit has happened to me in the last few months, and so many times I doubted my faith, and I doubted my God. All this time He had my back, and for the first time in months, I felt his presence. I wish I could learn to praise Him when things go south. It’s just much easier to say “Thank you God…” When things are going your way.

Growing old isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

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I have been so emotional lately, I’m still struggling to find some peace with Dodge dying… Every time I see a picture or a video of someone else’s dog, it reminds me so much of him and I lose it. I like to believe there is a heaven for both humans and pets to be together in some afterlife. Why
would God give us animals to love and become attached to, just for a short period of time and we not see them again? Just doesn’t make sense…

I also don’t like how fast my baby sister is growing up. 1 more year and she’ll be out of high school! I really didn’t start thinking about this till the other day. I always listen to music from my phone through an FM transmitter, and when it’s off all you hear is static from the radio. But I was picking up the next station over and it was faintly playing a song and I recognized it. It was the song Kaycee danced to during her Art of Praise number at her last recital. I changed the station so I could hear it better without the static, and I just pictured her dancing, and I teared up just like the day at her recital. Then I was reminded that next year is her last year dancing.

I’m finding out the older I get, the harder it is to cope with change… I understand how my parents felt when I moved out for the first time.

Music In The Making

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I’ve been strumming around a bit, and writing down every idea that pops into my head.

Stay tuned

It’s Been Awhile…

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I have ignored this blog for over a year now, mainly because I had forgotten about it.  I’ve decided I’d like to start blogging again, I’ve kinda sorta hit a rough patch, and I’d like a way to relieve some stress, or maybe even share some ideas and take my mind off things.

Lately, I have been questioning who my real friends are.  I have been blessed with many close and dear friends, but some of them like to go behind my back to unintentionally hurt me, hoping I will never find out.  And honestly, I could give two shits about those “friends.”  Friends are suppose to be there for you when you’re hurt, and they randomly call you just to see how you’re doing.  Never to stab you in the back.

Most of you know I am very active in the cigar/pipe smoking community.  I have met many  friends. Good, genuine people who are interested in a hobby I am fascinated with.  I feel like I’ve known these groups of people longer then my school friends that I’ve known for years!

I guess I just value friendship more than most people.  I hope to keep the close friends I have now for a long time.

Year End Reviews!

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Last year I started making top 5’s of my favorite tobaccos, cigars, etc. on my YouTube channel.  I decide to make it an annual thing and wanted to blog it as well.

Top 5 Tobaccos

  1. Mississippi River
  2. Frog Morton Cellared
  3. Villager “Late Night”
  4. Dunhill 965
  5. Rattrays Black Malory

Top 5 Cigars

  1. Brickhouse/Brickhouse Maduro
  2. Kristoff
  3. Undercrown
  4. Geurka Wicked Indie
  5. Acid Kuba Maduro

Top 5 Beers

(this doesn’t include the 20+ home brews I tried at the Kosciusko Kettleheads tasting, or the countless number of brews Buckley gave me, or the awesome beers I tried from the home brewers at cigar club, those trump any of these 5)

  1. Moosehead
  2. Newcastle Brown Ale
  3. Blue Moon “Pumpkin Harvest”
  4. Ranger
  5. Strohs

Top 10 Bands and Albums

(these are the bands and albums I listened to non stop throughout 2012)

  1. For Today “Portraits” “Immortal”
  2. Oh, Sleeper “Son of the Morning” “Children of Fire”
  3. Mumford and Sons “Sigh No More” “Babel”
  4. The Chariot “Long Live”
  5. mewithoutYou “Catch For Us The Foxes”
  6. Manchester Orchestra “Simple Math” “Mean Everything To Nothing”
  7. Memphis May Fire “The Hollow” “The Challenger”
  8. Brand New “The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me”
  9. Four Year Strong “Enemy Of The World”
  10. Norma Jean “O’ God The Aftermath” “Redeemer”

Top 5 Movies

  1. Lawless
  2. Pitch Perfect
  3. The Dark Knight Rises
  4. 21 Jump Street
  5. Dark Shadows

Honorable Mention:  Ted

A more detailed description of these lists will be uploaded on my channel. Have a blessed 2013!

Blessings

Good-bye To A Friend..

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About a couple months ago my girl, Janine, had to say farewell to her grandpa as he went to his final resting place. This hasn’t really hit me yet until just recently. I wasn’t able to go to the viewing or the funeral, and I never got the chance to say good-bye and my heart is heavy because of this.

He was a sweet old man, and welcomed me with open arms and treated me as if I was one of his grandkids. We had quite a bit in common, from being a Bears and Notre Dame fan to both being pipe smokers. We always had a lot to talk about, and I loved hearing his stories.

He’d always tell me his favorite tobacco was Captain Black 457 mixture (i think i got the numbers wrong) and how he and his friends would call the general store and ask if they had prince albert in a can, and if they said “yes” then he would say, “well you better let him out!” 🙂

It was really awesome seeing all his old pipes that he still kept, even though he didn’t smoke anymore, I knew he wanted to light one up with me. He always said once he turned 80 he would smoke again… :’)

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