well, now i went and did it. i bought an entry-level humidor. which of course means i've been out buying more "snobbish" (i.e., not supermarket-level) cigars, and i'm actually planning on trying to keep them in good shape instead of letting them dry out. don't worry too much about me though, i've still got some swishers around here somewhere.
smoking a cigar every now and then is an unnecessary but enjoyable act. it's not to get a buzz or anything. in fact, i pretty much work to avoid that. i like the way cigars smell (i like pipes even better, but i'm too impatient to put up with the ongoing work that's involved in smoking a pipe...maybe someday), and sitting and smoking a cigar tends to be a contemplative time for me (especially if i'm outside).
i also picked up some comic books. of course i bought indie and "weird" comics. i've got a reputation to keep up, you know! people who buy comics are just dorks if they don't buy the right ones. it's sort of like walking through a reputation landmine as an initiation -- not much room for error, but if you succeed then the cool kids accept you. (the fun part of this paragraph will be seeing who thinks which parts are sarcastic.)
the last few times i've bought comics, i've bought several from oni press. i was pretty impressed with last exit before toll and one plus one (both written by neal shaffer, both on oni). today one of my purchases was no dead time (oni). not incredible, but enjoyable and causes thought and/or emotion. it's always nice to run across something that does that. oni also re-released madman: the oddity odyssey, which is written and drawn by mike allred and is awesome. (but i already have the old release, and i tend to love allred's stuff.) and this isn't on oni (i read it maybe a year ago) but blankets (written and drawn by craig thompson) was really good.
thursday night was the first time in awhile i'd really felt a good amount of self-pity about my current life status. oh well, it comes and goes. it only hurts when i think about it. :) while i personally think i have the right to be having a hard time dealing with things, that doesn't mean it doesn't suck, and i would like it if i could pull things together better and move forward in a positive direction with my life. i could go on and on about this subject, but i'll refrain for now.
so until a cool-looking girl with high moral standards and a belief in G-d comes knocking at my door and makes me feel all squishy inside, i've got my cigars and comic books to keep me company. and mithras to keep me in line. (see the "rita swag" comments)