And… I’m back. I wish I wasn’t, but all good things must come to an end. Otherwise those good things would become average things. Since I’m already getting search hits for RTDA pictures, now seems like a good time to put up mine. Hopefully they’re up before everyone has lost interest! Once I have a decent night’s sleep under my belt, expect a more thorough write up of the event. (Yeah, yeah, I know, I’ll be the last one to write up my impressions. But like a good cigar, it’s important not to rush these things. And that’s as good an excuse as you’re gonna get.)
In the meantime, I forgot to mention my first review on the Stogie Review. Head over and check out my thoughts on the Rocky Patel Vintage 1992. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know I keep talking about writing up. Well, my friends, procrastination has paid off. When I was asked to fill in for Jerry on Fridays, I had a review all ready to go. Now I just gotta figure out what I’m doing for this week!
But back to the pictures. Here’s my RTDA experience, in pictures, roughly in the order it happened. Enjoy!
Downtown Houston, as seen from 3rd floor deck of convention center.
Some gentleman revelers at the Hilton Ballroom
Jim “Blue Havana II” Luftman (Atlanta-based retailer)
Fumee World Heather Waibel and entourage with Yours truly at Slainte Irish Pub
The CAO Flavorettes
Graycliff cigar roller
Tim Ozgener and possibly his biggest fan.
I dunno, but she was colorful…
Bert and Nathan, my favorite Oliva reps
Yours truly and Kinky Friedman, musician and maverick Texas politician
Mr. CAO himself, Cano A. Ozgener at the Escape With CAO event
Sondra Hankamer of Atlanta-based Ash Cigar Co.
Jesse “Cigar Jack” and Denise Nachtigal overlooking the dance floor
Wow, 18 pictures, and the crazy thing is that I missed so many great photo-ops!