Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Smokes and Booze is growing

I want to take a minute to welcome my good friend TommyG to Smokes and Booze.  Tommy and I have known each other for a long time, and he has a love for our subject matter almost as big as mine.

Tommy is now “On Staff” here at S&B as a Blogger, Contributor and Staff Photographer.  He brings a great sense of humor and another perspective that I think will hopefully inspire and entertain us all.

Welcome Aboard.

Below is his first contribution -


I know that Ed is hard at work trying to get Charlie Sheen to be the official spokesperson for; but I think that a better choice for our spokesman would be Ron Swanson of the reality show Parks and Recreation. He is the head of the titular Parks and Recreation department of Pawnee, Indiana. Mr. Swanson is a right thinking American; he is a libertarian, meat-loving, whiskey-swilling, cigar-smoking, gun-loving, red-blooded mustachioed man. He is also quite the amateur carpenter and works a steady job. In short, he is nearly everything that we at strive to be in our everyday life. He here is, describing his ideal meal: "I call this turf 'n' turf. It's a 16-ounce T-bone and a 24-ounce porterhouse. Also, whisky and a cigar. I am going to consume all of this at once because I am a free American."

Don’t those words just echo true.

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I would like to think that we all have a little Ron Swanson in us and you can feel it swelling up every time you pour whiskey into your favorite rocks glass; as you cut and light a cigar; as you take your first bite of bacon and first sip of coffee in the morning; as you cut into that last piece of steak on your plate; or you take apart and clean your guns for no other reason than to feel it’s cool metal caress and to inhale the sweet perfume of oil and cordite. For all these reasons I feel that Ron Swanson is the man that most exemplifies the standard of manhood that we hold sacred at You can be certain that the next time I raise my glass it will be in his honor.

Be sure to watch Ron hard at work on NBC Parks and Recreation on Thursday nights.

Thomas "Tommy Gee" Gabel Contributor

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