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Out of the Humidor

CA Readers
From the Print Edition:
Gene Hackman, Sep/Oct 00

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Stuart Reed
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

Dear Marvin,

I was reading the "Out of the Humidor" section in your August 2000 issue when something reader Oren Adelson wrote struck a bad chord with me. He wrote, "Anybody who needs an explanation about the difference between shaped and non-shaped cigars probably is not going to be reading your magazine in the first place." That really shocked me!

I consider myself to be a novice smoker at best. I have been smoking cigars for about three years. The last two years I have been getting more and more serious about this wonderful pastime, but as I said, I am a novice at best, and I look to your magazine for guidance and to gain knowledge about the cigar world. I first picked up your magazine as a curiosity and I am now a subscriber and read it religiously.

I also applaud you for taking a giant and scary step towards a format change. I am sure all of your loyal readers, including myself, will stick with you through the new growing pains. Some readers may cancel, but as always with a publication as insightful as yours, there will be 10 more people to take their place.

The point I am trying to make is to please keep telling us the difference between shapes, sizes, colors, etc., in the cigar world. I will always look to Cigar Aficionado for new information about cigars and as a bonus I get to enjoy all of the other wonderful articles that you offer as well. Keep up the good work and keep on smoking!

Sean M. McGrath
Las Vegas, Nevada

Dear Marvin,

I have never written a letter to the editor before, but after reading Erica Jong's "Man's Best Friend" article in the June 2000 issue, I felt compelled to write. I found it very peculiar how dog lovers feel about their pets. The way they talk about their animals, you'd think they were talking about their children. I thought it was pretty sad, but my wife and I are not dog owners so I can't speak from experience.

If it makes them happy, more power to them. I must admit that my wife and I even discussed buying a dog, but felt it would be unfair to the dog to be left alone all day while we were at work. It's not that we don't like dogs, but I have a major problem that was not mentioned to any great extent in the article. When my wife and I come home from work or are relaxing in our yard on the weekend, the last thing we want to hear is our neighbors' dogs barking (yes, plural, we are surrounded by the four-legged creatures).

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