I enjoyed two cigars over the weekend, a Warlock Corona and a Bolivar Cofradia Suntuoso.
But that’s not the important bit. No, the important bit is the work I was able to get done while working. More on that in a moment. Let’s get the smokes out of the way, shall we?
The Warlock was good, but it’s not my type. It had elements of spice and cocoa on light, which persisted in a gentler form throughout the smoke. I found it to be very tightly wrapped and with a tough draw. It burned with a nice cherry, but the tight construction made the ash cling and the edges went out from time to time. I don’t mind a heavier smoke, but this lacked the richness of a maduro and it’s just not a taste I prefer.
I enjoyed the Bolivar a bit more. It had a clean draw, I never had to relight it, and it had a smooth yet rich flavor. It kicked out some nice, thick smoke, and I had fun playing with it. I don’t recall whether this one was a gift or I picked it up somewhere, but it came in a glass tube and wrapped in a sheet of thin cedar. I think it’s the first Sumatra-wrapped cigar I smoked all the way down to the knuckles. Highly recommended if you can find one.
Back to the work.
The best part about cigar time is it’s total me time. I smoke my cigars outside, usually on the front porch, with the laptop or iPad close at hand. It’s usually after dark, after my kids have gone to bed, and the neighborhood is quiet. It guarantees I’ll have time to myself for at least an hour to think, to write, and to generally be creative.
In this video, John Cleese explains exactly how this works:
It’s 36 minutes long, but it’s well worth the time for anyone working in a creative medium.
Cleese explains the difference between open and closed thinking, the importance of play and humor, and the importance of setting aside time and space to get creative. Enjoying a cigar is one way of creating my time and space, and Cleese’s talk is a good reminder that I need to find more ways to do this more often, and to find the trigger that takes me from the closed-mode thinking at the day job to the open-mode thinking of writing.