My bud E.L. got me hooked on my newest vice about a year ago. Cigar smoking. I smoked cigarettes for 16 yrs and only managed to finally kick the habit when my youngest was born 16 yrs ago. In the intervening years I wouldn't touch any tobacco products for fear of getting addicted to the cigs again. But I have found that with cigars they are not addictive like cigs are. I guess due to the fact that you don't inhale cigar smoke. I have found that I can take or leave them with no problem. I tend to be sparing in thier use. I smoke about 1 a week. It is an event as opposed to a need. And something I have found that I thoroughly enjoy. A good cigar and a strong drink around the firepit, that is total relaxation. E and I have discussed starting a thread here to see if any other Monkeys share our passion. What does that have to do with survival? Well I for one have always been of the opinion that any prepping should include some luxury items. The rule of 3 states that you can only survive 3 months without hope. One thing that raises spirits and installs hope is a little bit of luxury in a dire situation. I have always included hard candy, toys and games, liquer, and now cigars in my survival preps. When my kids were younger we always kept candy, toys and games in the storm cellar for times when tornado's forced us to stay down there for long periods. In the most extreme survival situation a break from the toil and trials to share a candy bar, a drink or a smoke would do wonders for moral. So with that said I am starting this thread. I am starting it with cigars in mind but plan on extending it to all luxury items. Clyde has the beer covered so I think here would be a good place to include spirits. Seeing as how a good smoke requires a good adult beverage to accompany it. So I think I will call this the "Lounge" to include any of the finer things in life that we all enjoy. Wines, liquers, smokes, etc. So I start it off with a primer for cigar smokers, afficiandos or novices. I keep a journal and do a mini review of any new cigars that I try so that I can narrow down my preferences. I will add some of those in the next few days. Also my wife and I are very much the wine connoisseurs. So later I may add a wine primer and reviews. So here goes. We'll see if there's any interest.