I have met some extremely interesting people at various cigar lounges within the last couple of years. Most recently i have had the pleasure of building a friendship with Dr. John Saint. John is a great guy, and a follower of Christ. Imagine my surprise when I discovered he is the cousin of Nate Saint, one of the missionaries famously martyred by the Waodani people in the 1950′s. The sacrifice of these missionaries was recreated in the movie “End of the Spear” a few years ago.
In addition I have met several of the reps from various cigar manufacturers, and even a couple cigar makers themselves, including José Oliva of Oliva Cigars and Sam Lecia, the creator of the Nub and Cain lines of cigars.
I regularly smoke cigars with a former Illinois state representative, a man that played backup banjo for Dolly Parton, a retired United States Army Reserve General, various lawyers, doctors, soldiers and ministers, and even a “mercenary” that regularly works for the United States Government in the Middle East. There are lots more, but that is a good sample. Moral of the story? Find a lounge, buy a cigar (locally if you can), enjoy.