Thursday, July 2, 2009

Cigars - Sexy, Silly or Street?

As I was driving from my husband's place of work (where he had a lovely Thai lunch) to the grocery store on my way home, I saw a road worker with a cigar.

He looked a bit like these guys, except about 10 years older and Mexican. Oh, and he had a grey mustache. He was puffin his cigar WHILE SIMULTANIOUSLY hauling around gravel and grit to fill holes in the road.

He looked right at me as I was stuck in traffic caused, probably, by him in the first place. I couldn't help but smile at the guy. He looked really silly. I sort of wanted to tell him he looked really silly, but then I thought best not cause more traffic. He's probably just found out he's a new grandfather or something and someone gave him a cigar to celebrate and he just couldn't wait to start puffing away (I ♥ run-ons).

This odd cigar puffing construction guy made me think a little about cigars. I assume that most people think of cigars as an old man's habit. Cigars and bandy in smoking jackets after dinner?

Or perhaps you're one of those that associates cigars with gangsters. Scarface smoked cigars, B.I.G. smoked cigars. Bobby DiNero probably smokes cigars. And you wouldn't mess with any of those thugs. So many the construction worker guy was actually a gangster in disguise! Haha, I caught him out though, on account he couldn't give up his cigar.

This could be true, but I didn't immediately suspect him for a gangster. No,my instant association was actually with Toni Braxton. I know, weird right? I saw this round, late-middle-aged, mexican construction worker with a cigar in his mouth and that made me think of Toni Braxton!?

There is an uber-brief moment in the video below (seconds after the 3-minute mark) where she puts a cigar in a martini glass filled with the same color liquid used in tampon commercials. Yet somehow... it's kinda sexy. Or maybe it's just that white body suit she's wearing...


  1. The Toni Braxton comment and video duo is the funniest thing I've seen all day.

    I feel like cigars are a special event type of thing. Not necessarily only for really big special events like the birth of a baby but for mediocre special events like getting together a group of people to go out and stay in a cabin on the weekend or coming home from an art gallery hop with your friends, drunk on the free wine, and wanting to celebrate the fact you are incredibly hip and awesome individuals. Erm...

  2. the you tube gods got it!! but..i saw some dude (in his 20s) buy a stogie and smoke it up on the street in Newport. I find cigars to be classy in certain situations but when some cool kid puffs away on one in the street w/ his madra's and a&f shirt..he looks like a tool.

  3. Well, I'm going to be 'that guy' and say I thought immediately of Bill Clinton.... which clearly means I associate cigars with sexy. pfft or not. Phallic at any rate.

    My mom's cousin (who I used to always see at my grandmother's house) smoked cigars like cigarette smokers smoke cigarettes. I mean, like heavy cigarette smokers smoke cigarettes. So really the first thing I think of is STANK because they are so stank! He went outside at least every hour to smoke one. And I think of Delaware, because that is where he is from, and I think of WWII because the one time we saw him in Delaware we ate at a weird restaurant with lots of fighter jet etc paraphernalia, and I think of coin collections, because he gave me one (that smelled like cigars) when I was little. He is a pretty nice man. But smelly I tell you, smelly.