Blog Action Day 2008: Imagine if you couldn’t afford a cigar

You know, I consider myself pretty lucky. I have a job, I have a great girlfriend, a couple of cats and hey, I even have a couple of humidors filled with great cigars. Imagine, however, if things weren’t so good and you couldn’t enjoy a good cigar. You might be relegated to the machine-made cheapo cigars that lack so much of what you enjoy about a good cigar. Or worse, it may be a long time before you ever try one. Can you imagine what’d it be like to have never tried a cigar or never have that ability again because your money has to go towards silly things like rent, food, fare to get to some low paying job where you’re under appreciated, over worked and have no benefits?

Today is Blog Action Day, a day where bloggers all commit to talking about one topic. The hope is that if enough people do then perhaps attention will be drawn to the topic and it might be addressed. Given the recent effects of Wall Street, it’s rather poignant right now. I remember reading a question posted on CigarPass about whether cigar prices would go down as a result of the economic downturn. I think I’d be more concerned as to whether I’d still be employed enough to survive the downturn and the prices we see. Things like hurricanes cause the prices to jump as do taxes. Cigars are seen as a luxury and associated with the wealthy, and to a degree, they are.

But this luxury provides for a simple method to relax at, on a per stick basis (if you’re frugal), a relatively cheap price for an hour or two of enjoyment (you can get good sticks at $2-4). If, however, even that is luxurious then it means that you’ve hit the point where you’re trying to decide which has precedence: food or the roof over your head. It’s a hard choice to make.

So on that note, I’m going to do a little contest (thanks to Tone-ny on CigarPass, who may not have realized he gave me this idear). Here are the rules:

1. You must be the 2nd, 8th, 10th or 15th person to comment on this post.

2. You must give a donation of $25 (US or Canadian) to either Feeding America (US Food Banks) or Daily Bread (Canadian Food Bank — make sure it’s for food use).

3. Email me confirmation of your donation at

If you meet these requirements (and I can match IPs to posts), I’ll send you a special blind fiver to enjoy and appreciate.

We may not end poverty in our lifetime but we can certainly make it easier for those around us.

2 thoughts on “Blog Action Day 2008: Imagine if you couldn’t afford a cigar

  1. @TarotByArwen: Thanks. Unfortunately no bites yet. 🙁 I may have to try this again, perhaps next week or something. Perhaps a monthly blind fiver for the comment of the week or something. 🙂

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