A blog by W. Brian Murphy

Ramblings from a mind in overdrive

My First Cigar…

On July 6th, 2012, I delved into the world of fine cigars.  It was an experience shared with my best friend and was very enjoyable.  My first cigar was a Oliva Connecticut Reserve Toro.  It was a mild and very pleasant first smoke, and one I find myself going back to on occasion to revisit.

I had been very hesitant to try smoking cigars as I have been nicotine free for 12+ years after being a 3-4 pack a day cigarette smoker.  I (and my wife Karen) had been afraid that the reintroduction of nicotine into my system would set off cravings and drag me back to the world of cigarettes (drag- get it??).  I’ve always enjoyed the smell of cigars and pipes as well, and decided to give it a go.  I can honestly say that I have had absolutely no desire to have a cigarette since starting this recreation.  I usually have 1-2 cigars a day, of course no inhaling.

I like to have one midday when we’re outside on the deck, etc.  And my favorite smoke is late at night or early morning hours after my wife goes to sleep.  I sit outside on my deck (or my porch if it’s raining) and light one up.  I use this time to reflect on the events of the day, the future and to generally “veg out” watching mindless video streams on my BlackBerry PlayBook… (I’m a big Big Brother fan!).  The best part of this time is what it guarantees me.  I know that every day I will have a 1-1/2  to 2 hour “mind vacation” where I can totally relax and reflect if I desire, blow smoke rings up to the heavens and enjoy the stars.  It is a very pleasant experience and I encourage others to provide themselves with this.  Cigars make it easier for me to set the time aside.  They kind of force me to take the time to relax for a couple hours every day.  I think that’s something we should all do in the go-go world we live in.  We tend to rush around so much that we forget to enjoy living life.

So, take the time to reward yourself with a little “mind vacation” too, maybe have a cigar, while you’re at it.  You might just find that you like it!