Episode 192: Summa-Palooza and Other Fish Stories
– Local Spotlight: The Lake and North Conway Lounges; NH

Stories from Summa-Palooza weekend, Who fell in? Who caught the big ones? It’s a small world. The Hidden Herf draws a split decision. The Smoky Quartz Veteran’s event is Friday July 30th – Tickets available here.

Local Spotlight – The Lake, The Original Cigar & Bar, Cigar Shenanigans Cigar & Cocktail Lounge; North Conway, NH

Controversy Corner – Controlling the narrative and how it relates to the agenda.

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Episode 191: Summa-Palooza
– Local Spotlight: On the lake with the S.S. Low Voltage

It’s Summa-Palooza at the lake house where we sit out on the water to record. We are joined by Dave The Dentist from Nashville, Mark (Ernie) and Bret (Bert) from The Retrohale. We have a so-so Hidden Herf and more fun with the “fart machine” than we should.

Local Spotlight – Summa-Palooza

Controversy Corner – Landing vs. catching a fish.

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Episode 190: Edgar
– Local Spotlight: Excalibur Cigar & Scotch Lounge; San Diego, CA

Our special guest this week is Edgar, our local rep for Tatuaje, L’Atelier, JRE (Alidino), Regis, and Gran Habano Cigars. We learn a lot about all these lines while having the usual fun with the panel.

Local Spotlight – Excalibur Cigar & Scotch Lounge; San Diego, CA

Controversy Corner – Vaccines and UFOs

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Episode 189: Pee-Nuts on Enema Lake
– Local Spotlight: Crown City Cigars; Coronado, CA

We take the S.S. Low Voltage out for our first episode on the water this summer. Our special call-in guest is Korb, manager of Crown City Cigars and co-host of “The Cigar Smokers” podcast. The Monte De Leon Mobile Cigar Lounge pops up two doors down and we learn about “The Vibe You’re In” podcast. The Hidden Herf (with clues) stumps the panel. The “Retrohale” podcast goes on hiatus. The usual hi-jinks ensue and there’s no shortage of bathroom humor.

Local Spotlight – Crown City Cigars; Coronado, CA

Controversy Corner – Is the grid ready for electric vehicles?

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Episode 188: Jeremy Jack at the Shack
– Local Spotlight: The Tobacco Shack; Rowley, MA

Direct from The Tobacco Shack we have Mr. Black Bottle Beard Oil (a Shack regular) along with the Shack staff for this week’s episode. It’s a fun filled show with a cast of dozens – well, maybe only one. Nurse Rick brings us a boutique brand from his west coast visit as the (not so) Hidden Herf. The Jeremy Jack receives good reviews from the panel. Plenty of laughs in this one!

Local Spotlight – The Tobacco Shack; Rowley, MA

Controversy Corner – Black Rock and the price of silver

Episode 187: The Better Brother
– Local Spotlight: Ooops!

Nurse Rick is on assignment in sunny Southern California visiting future Local Spotlight lounges. Taco Steve, the better brother, joins us this week and we have a few laughs at Nurse Rick’s expense. The mailbag is full and the Hidden Herf is well received. We completely skipped over the Local Spotlight – oh well there’s always next week.

Local Spotlight – Ooops!

Controversy Corner – Extended Unemployment, the real reason for it.

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Episode 186: Wicked Cigars
– Local Spotlight: Route One BNG at The Breakaway; Danvers, MA

This week we are at the Route One BNG (Business Networking Group) open event. It is a gathering of local businesses that includes cigars, a bar and pizza. Impromptu, we are joined by Scott Whitley, BNG member and host of the Boston radio and TV show; Wicked Bites. Scott and the Hacks talk with various Rt. 1 BNG members, who just happen to be cigar smokers too. It’s like a pop-up cigar lounge on the back patio at The Breakaway. The cigar stories are great and the banter around the economic perspective from the folks in the trenches is priceless.

Wicked Bites Radio and TV
New England Tree Company
Saugus Karate Kung Fu
Northeastern Fence
First Class Processing

Local Spotlight – Route One BNG at The Breakaway; Danvers, MA

Controversy Corner – Some things are going up in price artificially.

Episode 185: Memorial Day
– Local Spotlight: Twins Smoke Shop; Londonderry, NH

It’s Memorial Day so we have some special segments and topics. The mail-bag is a classic this week, thanks Nick from RI. Plume research is in the future with a potential mail-in example. The Hidden Herf looks familiar but then it doesn’t because it’s box-pressed. Then there’s the “Storage Juice” story.

Local Spotlight – Twins Smoke Shop; Londonderry, NH

Controversy Corner – Did it come from a lab?

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Episode 184: Return to the Ranch
– Local Spotlight: Cigars R Us; Danvers, MA

Direct from the Mustang Ranch in New Hampshire on a perfect spring evening, the birds are chirping, the horses are out in the field, and the other wild life is about. It’s a perfect time and place for a cigar and some Tennessee  moonshine. Lots of cigar news this week. The Hidden Herf is a new release and it receives high marks overall.

Local Spotlight – Cigars R Us; Danvers, MA

Controversy Corner – Global Cooling

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Episode 183: You’re Not Southern
– Local Spotlight: Smoke & Flame; Pelham, NH

We get into how southern The Rev. Harvey is. The Hidden Herf goes in a different direction, we each choose a prefered vitola and we have panelists smoking three different sizes of the same cigar where it receives high marks. State flowers, birds and wild life are some of the side topics. We have fireworks in the background at just the right time.

Local Spotlight – Smoke & Flame; Pelham, NH

Controversy Corner – Elective Audits

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