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Cigar Aficionado       13 Feb 14

 6:30 pm, CCC

 

Single Malt Scotch Aficionado 

Arts Aficionado

 

Reading Aficionado          

Movie Aficionado

 

Past Cigar Night Meetings

Spiritual Values

 

Style Aficionado

(New Western Style)

 

 

 

 

Cigar Aficionado

Our cigar klatch gets together monthly--the first Thursday of every month.  If you want to attend, send me a note.

 

Next planned cigar night is:  13 Feb 2014, 6:30 pm, Thursday

                                Where:  Crestview Country Club

 

Last meeting notes:  2 Jan 2014 at 1704 N. Cypress

                                 8 members of the klatch were in attendance

                                                                 

Because of the new Kansas law that prohibits smoking in a private business, we are looking for venues to host Cigar Night.

     Crestview Country Club - Men's Lounge

     Irving Jack's Cigar Lounge

     Heat Hookah Bar - suggested

 

Visit www.cigarnight.org to celebrate our group and generate great topical conversation.

 

I attended:  The 2013 Fuente Event - I've attended every one so far

                   Sept 2013, 6:30 pm, Thursday

                   Flint Hills

                   This is one of the premier events in Wichita for a cigar Aficionado

 

 

I attended:  Father H's Cigar Dinner www.holy-smoke.com

                   Aug 2013, 6:30 pm, Saturday

                   Airport Hilton

                   This is the premier event in Wichita for a cigar Aficionado

 

The City Council of Wichita has implemented a restriction on the use of a legal substance--a takings of property rights of businesses. 

Continue to oppose the forces of communism and socialism in Wichita Kansas, support freedom and free men from government control.

 

The State of Kansas passed a law that restricts the use of a legal substance (tobacco) in a private business--join with us in opposing this fascist, nanny state work of the communists in the Kansas political system.  Help vote out any republican (and obviously any democrat) who voted for this restriction of our freedoms.  I'd rather have a democrat I can vote out and whom I know is a leftist statist from the communist party instead of a RINO who doesn't understand basic human freedoms.

 

Contact me

Our cigar group is making plans to attend a cigar event this winter/spring.

   
 

In the Humidor:

 

     Partagas IV Limited Reserve Decadas 1997

 

     Partagas Black Label Magnifico

 

     Partagas Serie S Exquisito

 

     Partagas Spanish Rosado Mitico

 

     Partagas No. 10

 

     Partagas Fabulosos

 

     Fuente Hemingway Signature

 

     Fuente Hemingway Short Story

Visit our favorite Cigar Emporium

Cigar Chateau

 

 

 

Single Malt Scotch Aficionado

In the cupboard:

Aged Rating

     Macallan

18

     Glenlivet

18

     Dalwhinnie

15

     Laphroaig

15

     Macallan

12

     Glenlivet

12

     Balvenie DoubleWood

12

     Glenmorangie Madeira Wood Finish

12

     Glenfiddich

12

     Laphroaig

10

     Talisker

10

     Aberlour

10

     Isle of Jura

10

     Blackadder

10

 

 

 

 

Reading Aficionado

 

So little time, so many books...

   

Books on the bedstand:

Interest Rating

     Twilight, Meyer

N n/a

     Liberal Facism, Goldberg

R++ +

     Miracles, C.S. Lewis

R+ +

      

 

Magazines on the stand:

Interest Rating

     Imprimis

+ +

     AOPA

+ +

     National Review

+ +

     Aviation Consumer

+ +
 

     American Bonanza Society Magazine

+ +
 

Books recently finished:

Interest Rating
*

     At Home, Bryson

+++ r2-3/5
*

     I Am Half-Sick of Shadows, Bradley

+++ 2-3/5
*

     A Red Herring Without Mustard, Bradley

+++ 2-3/5
*

     The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag, Bradley

+++ 2-3/5
*

     The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, Bradley

+++ 2-3/5
*

     Incarceron, Fisher

+++ 3/5
*

     The Demon Trapper's Daughter, Oliver

+++ 2/5
*

     Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment, Patterson

+++ 2/5
*

     Dark Mirror, Putney

+++ 2/5
*

     The Anti-Communist Manifestos, Flemming

R++ r2/5
*

     Theras and His Town, Snedeker (kid's book)

++ 3/5

     The Nag Hamadi Library

+ r3/5
*

     Silencing the Christians, Wildmon

+ 2/5
*

     Cool It, Lomborg

++ 3/5
*

     The Forgotten Man, Shlaes

++ r4/5
2009
*

     Slander, Coulter

++ 3/5
*

     Men in Black, Levin

++ r3/5
*

     Liberty and Tyranny, Levin

++ r2/5
*

     New Deal or Raw Deal, Folsom

+++ r4/5
*

     Economic Facts and Fallacies, Sowell

++ r3/5
*

     The Lightning Thief, Riordan

     The Sea of Monsters

     The Titan's Curse

     The Battle of the Labyrinth

     The Last Olympian

+++ 3/5
*

     Saving the Queen, Buckley

++ 2/5
*

     Eusebius, Maier

++ r3/5
*

     Starship Troopers, Heinlein

+++ 5/5
*

     Henri Tod, Buckley

+++ 2/5
*

     Cranford, Gaskell

+++ 4/5
*

     Guilty, Coulter

+++ 3/5
*

     The Story of a Bad Boy, Aldrich

+++ 2/5
*

     Showboat World, Vance

+++ 3/5
*

     Space Cadet, Heinlein

+++ 3/5
*

     Have Space Suit-Will Travel, Heinlein

+++ 4/5
*

     Starman Jones, Heinlein

+++ 3/5
2008
*

     What's so Great about Christianity, D'Souza

+++ r4/5
*

     Inferno, Niven and Pournell

+++ 5/5
*

     Heidi's Children, Tritten

++ 2/5
*

     Heidi Grows Up, Tritten

++ 2/5
*

     The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery

++ 4/5
*

     Basic Economics, Thomas Sowell

+++ r3/5
*

     Ever, Levine

+ 2/5
*

     From Stalingrad to Pillau (primary source Russian)

+ r1-2/5
*

     Greek Religion, Burkert

+++ r3/5
*

     The Two Princesses of Bamarre, Levine (Kid's book)

+ 2/5
*

     Fairest, Levine (Kid's book fun read)

++ 2/5
*

     Ella Enchanted, Levine (Kid's book fun read)

++ 3/5
*

     The Spiderwick Chronicles (great for kids)

++ 3/5
*

     Chariot, Arthur Cotterell (New history, very good)

+++ r3/5
*

     Dandelion Wine, Ray Bradbury (Best Novel in English)

+++ 5/5
*

     All Theology is Christology

++ 2/5
*

     The Amber Spyglass

+ 1/5
*

     Masque World, Alexei Panshin

+++ 5/5
*

     The Thurb Revolution, Alexei Panshin  

+++ 5/5
*

     Starwell, Alexei Panshin (A fantastic book)

+++ 5/5
*

     Rite of Passage, Alexei Panshin (One of my favorites)

++ 3/5
*

     Lord Darcy, Randell Garrett, (Another one of my favorites.)  

++ 3/5
*

     Dragonsinger, Anna McCaffrey, (I'm reading my favorites all over again.  If you like Dragonsong, Dragonsinger is more of the same.)

+++ 4/5
*

     Dragonsong, Anna McCaffrey, (I'm reading my favorites all over again.  This is a must read--great fun for everyone.)

+++ 4/5
*

     Tuf Voyaging, George R.R. Martin (couldn't resist, I've read this book many times before--it is a fantastic piece of SiFi.)

+++ 4/5
*

     The Subtle Knife

+ 1/5
*

     The First Catechumenal by St Augustine

+ 2/5
*

     The Golden Compass                         

+ 1/5
*

     The 5 Demon Prince Novels, Jack Vance

++ 4/5
 

     Julian's Against the Galileans

+ r2/5
 

     Porphyry's Against the Christians

+ r3/5
 

     Warriors

+ r3/5
 

     The Skeptical Environmentalist

++ r5/5

     Weapons

++ r3/5
   
 

Ratings

 

     0/5 Not worth the time or the money

 

     1/5 Reasonable read, literary issues, would not reread, will not reference

 

     2/5 Good read, good book, would not reread, would reference

 

     3/5 Great read, good book, not literature, might reread, will reference

 

     4/5 Fantastic read, great book, approaching literature, will reread/reference

 

     5/5 Incredible read, fantastic book, timely or literature, will reread/reference

 

     r/5 Reference book, obvious value

   
 

Interest

 

     R - Reading

 

     N - Not reading yet

 

     + - Interesting

 

     ++ - Very interesting

 

     +++ - Can't put it down

 

     - - Not interesting

 

     -- - Very not interesting

*

     Book review

 

 

 

Arts Aficionado

   
 

I have been a manager.  Any successful leader has to be a good actor, but I have taken this skill to a higher level.  I act on the stage for professional productions.

That said, you can't do better than to take your lady to the Nutcracker during the Christmas season. 

This year Friends asked me to perform, but I had a commitment during the performances.  I hope to return to the stage next year.  You should go see the Friends' performance--the dates and times are wrong below.

You can see me this year in the Friends University Nutcracker as Drosselmeyer (the magician).  This will be my second performance on the stage in Wichita.  I have filled this role 9 times for 5 different companies.  I have also played the role of Dr. Coppelia in Coppelia and the Tutor in Swan Lake.

Call (316) 295-5537 for tickets.  The performances will be:

Standby for updates on the performances!  This list is for 2008

December 12 at 7:30 pm, Friday

December 13 at 7:30 pm, Saturday

December 14 at 2:00 pm, Sunday

December 19 at 7:30 pm, Friday

December 20 at 7:30 pm, Saturday

December 21 at 2:00 pm, Sunday

Friends had 6 sold out performances this year--hope you came to one!

 

Acting Resume'

 

 

Date(s)

Performance

 

Dec 1997

Sorg Opera

Nutcracker - professional production

The Prussian Officer (Herr Raehn) (acting role)

 

Dec 1997

Whitewater Opera

Nutcracker - professional production

The Prussian Officer (Herr Raehn) (acting role)

 

Dec 1998

Sorg Opera

Nutcracker - professional production

Drosselmeyer (Lead acting role)

 

Dec 1998

Ponticorvo Ballet Studio

Nutcracker

Drosselmeyer (Lead acting role)

 

May 1999

Ponticorvo Ballet Studio

Swan Lake

The Tutor (acting and dancing role)

 

Dec 1999

Sorg Opera

Nutcracker - professional production

Drosselmeyer (Lead acting role)

 

Dec 1999

Ponticorvo Ballet Studio

Nutcracker

Drosselmeyer (Lead acting role)

 

June 2000

Ponticorvo Ballet Studio

Swan Lake

The Tutor (acting and dancing role)

 

Dec 2001

Gem City Ballet

Nutcracker Unlimited - professional production

Drosselmeyer (Lead acting role)

 

Dec 2001

Ponticorvo Ballet Studio

Nutcracker

Drosselmeyer (Lead acting role)

 

May 2001

Ponticorvo Ballet Studio

Coppellia

Dr. Coppelia (Lead acting and dancing role)

 

Dec 2002

Ponticorvo Ballet Studio

Nutcracker

Drosselmeyer (Lead acting role)

 

June 2003

Ponticorvo Ballet Studio

Coppellia

Dr. Coppelia (Lead acting and dancing role)

 

Dec 2004

Ponticorvo Ballet Studio

Nutcracker

Drosselmeyer (Lead acting role)

 

May 2005

Ponticorvo Ballet Studio

Cinderella

The King (acting role)

 

Dec 2007

Friends University Ballet

Nutcracker

Drosselmeyer (Lead acting role)

 

Dec 2008

Friends University Ballet

Nutcracker

Drosselmeyer (Lead acting role)

  April 2010

Holy Cross Lutheran Church Players

God's Favorite, Neil Simon

Joe Benjamin (Lead acting role)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Movie Aficionado

My favorites:

Interst Rating
*

     Kimi ni Tonoke, anime and manga

+++ 5/5+
*

     Gunslinger Girl, anime and manga

+++ 5/5
*

     To aru Kagaku no Railgun, anime and manga

+++ 5/5
*

     Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai, anime

+++ 5/5
*

     Shikabane Hime, anime

+++ 5/5
*

     Spirited Away, Miyazaki

+++ 5/5
*

     A Whisper of the Heart, Miyazaki

+++ 5/5
*

     Omohide Poro Poro (Only Yesterday), Miyazaki

+++ 5/5

     Kiki's Delivery Service, Miyazaki

+++ 5/5

     Matilda

+++ 5/5
 

     Howl's Moving Castle, Miyazaki

+++ 5/5

     My Friend Totoro, Miyazaki

+++ 4-5/5
*

     K-On, anime

+++ 4-5/5
*

     Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

+++ 5/5
*

     Much ado about Nothing

+++ 4-5/5
*

     Midsummer Night's Dream

+++ 4/5
*

     Hell Girl, anime

+++ 4/5
*

     Alice in Wonderland, Burton

+++ 4/5
*

     Nodame Cantabile, anime and manga

+++ 4/5
*

     Paradise Kiss, anime and manga

+++ 4-5/5
*

     Nyan Koi!, anime

++ 4/5
*

     How to Train Your Dragon, animation

++ 4/5
*

     Aoi Hana, anime and manga

++ 4/5
*

     Dance in the Vampire Bund, anime and manga

++ 4/5
*

     Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko, anime

++ 4/5
*

     True Tears, anime

++ 4/5
*

     A-Channel, anime

++ 4/5
       
 

Less favorite viewed recently:

   
*

     Itazura na Kiss, anime

++ 3-4/5
*

     Saki, anime

++ 3-4/5
*

     Mayoi Neko Overrun , anime & manga

+++ 3-4/5
*

     He is My Master, anime & manga

+++ 1-2/5
*

     Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne, anime & manga

+++ 2-3/5
*

     Princess Resurrection, anime

+++ 2-3/5
*

     Zero no Tsukaima, anime & manga

+++ 2-3/5
*

     Soul Eater, anime

+++ 2-3/5
*

     Kaichou wa Maid-sama, anime & manga

+++ 3/5
*

     Venus vs. Virus, anime

+++ 2/5
*

     A Cheeky Angel, anime

+++ 2/5
*

     School Rumble, anime

+++ 1/5
*

     Kaze no Stigma, anime

+++ 2-3/5
*

     Despicable Me, animation

++ 3/5
*

     The Ouran HS Host Club, anime & manga

++ 1/5
*

     The Wallflower, anime & manga

+++ 1/5
*

     Ponyo, Miyazaki

+++ 2-3/5
*

     Special A, anime & manga

+++ 2/5
*

     The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiy, anime

+++ 2-3/5
*

     Last Exile, anime

+++ 2/5
*

     XXXHolic, anime & manga

+++ 3/5
*

     Kare Kano, anime & manga

+++ 2-4/5
*

     Glass Mask, anime & manga

+++ 3/5
*

     Skip Beat, anime & manga

+++ 3-4/5
*

     Vampire Knight, anime & manga

+++ 3/5
*

     Fruits Basket, anime & manga

+++ 3/5
*

     Karin, anime & manga

++ 2/5
*

     Ah, My Goddess, anime & manga

++ 2/5
*

     Chobits, anime & manga

++ 2/5
*

     Tales of Earthsea, Miyazaki

+++ 2/5
*

     Ocean Waves, Miyazaki

+ 2/5
*

     Grave of the Fireflies, Miyazaki

+ 2/5
*

     Porco Rosso, Miyazaki

++ 3/5
*

     Quantum of Solace, Bond

+ 2/5
*

     The Dragon Hunters

+++ 3/5
*

     Igor

+++ 2/5
*

     Heidi, Disney

+++ 3/5
 

     Penelope

+ 2-3/5
 

     The Spiderwick Chronicles (very disappointing)

+ 1-2/5
 

     Enchanted 

++ 2-3/5
 

     No Reservations 

++ 1/5
 

     August Rush 

+++ 3-4/5
 

     National Treasure 2 

+ 2/5
 

     Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull 

++ 1-2/5
 

     The Golden Compass 

+ 1/5
 

     Bella 

+++ 4/5

     Castle in the Sky, Miyazaki 

++ 3/5
 

     Sabrina, 1954, Audrey Hepburn 

++ 3/5
 

     The Illustrated Man, 1969, Rod Steiger 

+++ 4/5
 

     Ella Enchanted 

+ 2/5
   
 

Ratings

 

     0/5 Not worth the time or the money

 

     1/5 Reasonable, issues, would not re-view, will not reference

 

     2/5 Good, good show, would not re-view, would reference

 

     3/5 Great, good show, not classic, might re-view, will reference

 

     4/5 Fantastic, great show, approaching classic, will re-view/reference

 

     5/5 Incredible, fantastic show, timely or classic, will re-view/reference

   
 

Interest

 

     + - Interesting

 

     ++ - Very interesting

 

     +++ - Can't put it down

 

     - - Not interesting

 

     -- - Very not interesting

       

 

 

 

Past Cigar Night Meetings

 

The 25 Sept 07 Fuente Toast across America was a fantastic event sponsored by our friends at the Cigar Chateau and Tom Jacobs.  The event was held at the Flint Hills National Golf Club.

Cigar Night - Click Here for a Map!

 

 

 

  L.D. Alford is the author of 41 technical papers published in international journals on flight test, military policy, flight safety, space, and cyberwar.  Technical Writing
   
  L.D. Alford has been a professional aviator for 27 years.  Aviation Writing
   

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