Written by John Kirkwood on June 28, 2013

The third was the most memorable smoke that I never had. I purchased a Camacho Liberty 2012 to celebrate Mitt Romney’s dethroning of the boy king. Ironically the cigar came in a coffin and there it still lies, with my hopes of once again living in a free country.

And then there was this past Monday night. I arrived home, my body battered and aching from the usual Monday grind and a Tough Mudder injury that I’ve been nursing, when my youngest son broke out of the kitchen in a rush with a package in his hand. He entered the living room and a moment later so did the fragrance of my first order from The Safari Cigar Company.*

The aroma, even with the sticks still in the packaging, was mood altering. I took them in hand and inhaled. Like the scent of a woman, the fruit of the vine or a freshly brewed gourmet coffee, there are few things in life that can bring pleasure through the nose, as does the whiff of a fresh, exquisite cigar. My box pressed Maduros would be reserved for something special to be shared with someone important.

Little did I know that would come just hours later when the Blackhawks — my Chicago Blackhawks — would rally having been down 2-1 and score two goals within :17 seconds to clinch their second championship in four years. Seconds after the game ended I had a .500 Nitro in hand and a flame kissing its business end and my oldest son snapping a picture of his dad celebrating the 2nd plundering of Lord Stanley’s cup within my lifetime. As for smoking in the house, I’d pay for that later, but I must say it was worth it.

* In February of 2013 the internationally recognized manufacturer of PIO Resurrection Cigars joined forces with Brandon Vollorani and Doug Giles to launch Safari Cigar using Alberto’s original, award winning blends. These premium cigars, box pressed with a Maduro wrapper, are handcrafted in Nicaragua and can be ordered here: http://store.safaricigar.com/

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John Kirkwood
John Kirkwood is a son of Issachar. He is a Zionist, gun-toting, cigar-smoking, incandescent light bulb-using, 3.2 gallon flushing, fur-wearing, Chinese (MSG) eating, bow-hunting, SUV driving, unhyphenated American man who loves his wife, isn't ashamed of his country and does not apologize for his Christianity. He Pastors Grace Gospel Fellowship Bensenville, where "we the people" seek to honor "In God we Trust." He hosts the Christian wake up call IN THE ARENA every Sunday at noon on AM 1160 and he co-hosts UnCommon Sense, the Christian Worldview with a double shot of espresso on UncommonShow.com. He is the proud homeschooling dad of Konnor, Karter and Payton and the "blessed from heaven above" husband of the Righteous and Rowdy Wendymae.