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Winning Essay in Boyd's Father’s Day Tribute to Rush Limbaugh

Congratulations to Mike Pisecki, a long time customer and cigar lounge member, on winning our Father’s Day tribute to Rush Limbaugh contest.

Here is Mike’s essay.

The summer of 1997 was a pivotal time in my Marine Corps career.  I had been on recruiting duty for 15 months and started reaping all the benefits of the long arduous hours of what I called prospecting for future Marines to fill our proud ranks.  The recruiting years are based off the fiscal calendar which starts and ends on October 1st, so at the time there was about 3 months left for the recruiting year.  I mention these details because I was in the running to be one of the top 3 recruiters in the United States.

You would think, that finding myself in such a rewarding situation, that would be what made the year so memorable?  This was the year that I got the distinct pleasure and honor of speaking with the Great Rush Limbaugh.  I was driving down McHenry Ave in my nostalgic 1995 Chevy Corsica government vehicle, the avenue that was known to be cruised by George Lucas, and the spot that gave birth to the iconic cult classic movie, American Graffiti, when Rush Limbaugh's radio show was kicking off another insightful segment.  The topic of the segment was based on intangible traits such as honor, respect, poise, professionalism etc.. possessed by, or their lack of, the youth of the time. 

To my surprise, Rush was challenging that if the parents of the day failed at instilling these types of traits in their rearing style, that it seemed impossible that the military could overcome such shortfalls in character in such a short amount of time, during initial training, otherwise known as boot camp.  You have to understand that I was a young 26 year old Marine recruiter basing my career, and sells pitch, on that very fact. 

The time had finally come, I got to utter the words to Rush that I thought would never happen, "Good morning Rush, my name is Sergeant Mike Pisecki, I am a long-time listener, first time caller."  I considered myself a silver tongued devil, but I remember feeling nervous about speaking with Rush and possibly stumbling over my words.  After all, I was calling in to challenge the opinion of one of the most respected voices on public radio.

I was pulled over on the side of the road, turned up the AC in the govy to keep from sweating out my dress Deltas, and proceeded to deliver a perfectly orchestrated argument to the contrary.  As a professional representative of the Marine Corps, I only spoke on behalf of the Marine Corps.  I used personal examples of my, at the time, short recruiting career, to explain to Rush, that the young people that I was sending away for 3 months of training, did indeed come back changed.  Individuals that lacked certain traits that are important to future success, were now present.  The honor, courage, commitment, camaraderie, pride of belonging, self-discipline, poise, respect and leadership was just oozing from these young Marines pores.  You could smell the confidence, you could feel the enthusiasm, and you could hear the gratitude, not only from the Marine, but also from their parents and family.

The Marine Corps doesn't give an individual these traits, the Marine Corps uncovers these traits and polishes them.  Every Marine recruit has to show enough potential to make it through basic training, and their is no argument that, the potential came from their parents.  As a very successful Marine recruiter, if I didn't see that potential, I had to make the hard call and disqualify the applicant for service in the Marines.

At the end of my rant Rush admitted that he was enlightened and proud to know, that the Marine Corps does indeed live up to its motto, "The Few, The Proud, The Marines." 

"Many people go an entire lifetime wondering whether or not they made a difference, Marines don't have that problem." - Ronald Reagan.

Thank you Rush for all of your years of commitment to keeping your public informed on the politics of the day your words of wisdom will go down in history, you will be missed.  I hope you found a cigar lounge in heaven.

July 4th Raffle with AVO Cigars

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Celebrate the 4th of July with a legendary Avo cigar, made at the Davidoff factory in the Dominican Republic.

Avo was an Armenian-American cigar manufacturer, jazz pianist and composer who penned “Strangers in the Night” for Frank Sinatra.

Purchase one of Avo’s favorites and get 1 raffle ticket per cigar.

The raffle will be held on July 4th and will include some great items like an AVO windbreaker, ashtray, and humidor.

Boyd’s will also serve a light luncheon on Independence Day for those who call (805) 239-8701 to reserve a space in the Boyd’s lounge.


"Father's Day Tribute to Rush" with Vintage Hoyo de Monterrey Cigars

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Join in the great debate with a Vintage Hoyo de Monterrey cigar on Father’s Day!

Vintage Hoyo de Monterrey Double Corona & Sultan cigars will be featured at Boyd’s Tobacco & Elegant Gifts from June 7th to June 20th to help celebrate Father’s Day.

20% of all sales of the Hoyo de Monterrey cigars will be contributed to a special charity in honor of Rush Limbaugh’s love of cigars and his life.

And in honor of Rush, Boyd’s will serve a light luncheon on Father’s Day June 20th for those who call (805) 239-8701 and reserve a space in the Boyd’s lounge.

Share Your Memories of Rush

rushcoverRush never shied away from a great debate and entertained millions of Americans during his illustrious career.

We encourage you to write a letter of remembrance, explaining the impact Rush had on your life, then bring it by the store so we can feature select letters on the Boyd's website.

SAGA Cigar Reviews

Below are some SAGA cigar reviews from our team members:


SAGA Short Tales No. 6 - Review by Justin

"The wrapper was dark, a little oily and it burned evenly. Cigar was firm. It burned steady, slow and evenly. On the palate were hints of dark chocolate, wood, hazelnuts and a small hint of spice. As the cigar got half to 3/4 of the way through, there was a hint of cream. I enjoyed this cigar as it was medium to full in body."


SAGA Solaz Gordo - Review by Vince

"At first glance, the Solaz has a premium construction to it. The Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper looks mellow and inviting. I was surprised to find that at first light up, it provided much spice which I would attribute to its Dominican binder and filler. The draw was a little too loose and took effort to provide a bellowing smoke. The burn was consistent with a premium cigar. After the first third of the cigar was done, the spice took a back seat and paved the way for the creaminess that I was originally expecting. For the rest of the smoke, it seemed very consistent with the creamy mild to medium flavors and I seemed to pick up on some notes of wood and cedar. Overall, it was a very good cigar and I rated it at 89."


Don Julio Robusto - Review by Vince

"The Don Julio’s appearance is phenomenal; from the band to the rich leaf. The wrapper possesses a medium to dark brown color with a hint of reddish cinnamon and gave me the impression of a rich and complex smoke. Upon lighting up, I was invited with a peppery taste with some hints of cedar and citrus. The draw was open but not too loose which allowed minimal effort to bellow smoke. Burn was a little inconsistent and the cigar seemed to want to canoe despite my best efforts to keep it consistent. The next third of the cigar yielded a creamy and chocolatey duet as the pepper slowly took a back seat. Finishing, the cream and chocolate persisted and notes of espresso and tobacco entered the equation. Overall, a fantastic stick and very complex. I rated the Don Julio a 94."


SAGA Solaz - Review by Jordon

"Incredibly cool and easy on the palate, and mild from beginning to end--qualities of the cigar's claro shade grown wrapper. Grassiness, cedar and a hint of black pepper predominate the initial lighting of the cigar, with the pepper giving way to more unusual herbal and mineral notes that appear in intervals to the end. A spring cigar, light and airy, a touch of cream, and perfect for anyone wanting an unobtrusive experience."