A Hearty Thank You
To my friends, customers and just plain old BOTL I would like to be the first to wish you a happy new year. 2010 was a tough year for the cigar loving crowd with taxes, smoking bans and what seems like a never ending struggling economy but I cant tell you enough how much I appreciate everything you have done for Cigar.com or the cigar industry in general with your continued support. I am convinced that no matter what, cigars will always be the one affordable luxury in life. The folks that print our catalog asked me a month or so ago for the definition of a "cigar". Immediately I said, "A cigar is something as complex as a celebration or as simple as the time we take for ourselves within the confines of our busy lives. It has the power to seemingly stop time all together. It brings together friends or even those we may have never met." The person kind of stared at me blankly so I quickly followed up with "well it is also a blend of premium tobaccos blended together and rolled by hand for the purpose of smoking." After they left I had to laugh. My first response (and gut response) was frankly the correct one in my eyes but seemed to roll off the tongue as naturally as getting out of bed in the morning. What I love is that it is my fellow cigar enthusiasts and BOTL on this forum that taught me what cigars really are, what this culture means and a cigar's uniquely profound impact on life in general. Somehow, with every passing year I seem to embrace this idea more and more with very little conscious thought (and being marred to a psychologist, I can assure you unconscious thought is a regular topic in our household LOL). I guess what I am trying to say is more than just a thank you for your continued business which of course is greatly appreciated. That said, thank from all of us at Cigar.com for letting us be a part of such important moments in your life. Be it your everyday smoke to "seemingly stop time" or that special cigar that has been patiently aging in your humidor, waiting for the special occasion that justifies its long awaited bliss. Earning a living is a great, but sharing in such amazing moments with our customers is absolutely priceless. We look forward to being at your service in 2011.