Jack Bettridge

Jack Bettridge
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From Russia with Gloves Off

Posted: Jan 3, 2012 12:00am ET

Not much gets a rise out of me in the way of smoking paraphernalia anymore, but I have to confess to being knocked out by one Christmas gift this year. It's handsome, it's clever, it's diabolical, hell, it may even be illegal.

Walking in a Window Wonderland

Posted: Dec 8, 2011 12:00am ET

Almost two weeks into the season, and I’m already getting the holiday spirit.

Let me preface this by saying, this is very early for me. I’m not the guy who warms up for the next round of festivities as soon the last dish is cleared from the Thanksgiving feast. In fact, it’s usually late on Christmas Eve—just after downing several Egg Nogs and sobbing while watching It’s A Wonderful Life—that I can even bring myself to say “seasons greetings.”

Sense of (Smoking) Place

Posted: Nov 15, 2011 12:00am ET

A blog I wrote recently about having a cigar at New York's Explorer's Club got me thinking about smoking venues and the idea that where—and when—you smoke can be as important as what you smoke.

Re-Exploring the Room

Posted: Nov 14, 2011 12:00am ET

Back in June, I wrote in this space about missing out on a windfall cigar opportunity because I wasn’t packing heaters (as I normally would have been before all this cigar regulation nonsense).

Of Rock Legends, Tequila and Cigars

Posted: Oct 11, 2011 12:00am ET

“Oh, good luck taking over that gig!”

Mick Fleetwood is recounting one of his initial impressions of Sammy Hagar. He had just heard the Red Rocker was to replace David Lee Roth as the front man for Van Halen, and the founder/drummer of Fleetwood Mac, no stranger to difficult rock-band dynamics himself, was understandably empathetic.

Reunions, Reputations and Life Reassessments

Posted: Sep 26, 2011 12:00am ET

Three weeks ago I agreed to go to my high school reunion—scheduled for this Saturday—thinking that a month would leave me plenty of time to prepare. I would use those 30 days to do what I'd been putting off for decades: become a success.

An Open Letter to a Brother-In-Law

Posted: Jul 1, 2011 12:00am ET

Dear Thatcher,

Thanks for the invitation to bring my family to your place for Independence Day weekend. It's not every brother-in-law who is so generous to his extended family, and I would like to offer some small token of my gratitude.

To Pack, or Not to Pack, Heaters

Posted: Jun 22, 2011 12:00am ET

A lot of things have improved for cigar smokers in the past decade-better quality smokes, better availability. But one aspect has changed for the worse and it's had a profound effect on my behavior.

Back in the boom years, I wouldn't walk around the corner without a pocket humidor in case the opportunity for a smoke arose. When I was expecting to meet people, I'd carry a lot more than that in case some poor, unfortunate souls were without smoke.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Posted: May 5, 2011 12:00am ET

I celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Mexican victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1861, a day early with a visit yesterday from the Don Julio Tequila master distiller, Enrique de Colsa Ranero. He came to preview his latest creation, which will celebrate another anniversary when it debuts later in the year, the 70th birthday of the founding of Don Julio in 1942.

Fight Fire With Drink

Posted: Apr 26, 2011 12:00am ET

As a New Englander, I never expected to feel as though I were stepping out on a limb by taking an anti-Royalist position. But even here in the cradle of liberty the pending nuptials of a future British king is fomenting so much excitement that you wonder why we bothered with the War of Independence only to slaver over every detail of the very pomp and circumstance that we fought to free ourselves of.

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