Help! I'm drowning in cigar bands
At first I just saved the fancy ones - those with a lot of gold embossing and interesting symbols. But eventually I began saving all of them regardless of their design, and even if I already have more than one of the same band. The only exceptions are torn bands which go right into the wastebasket. I've lost a couple of good ones that way.
I think what encouraged me to continue saving cigar bands was my wife, an artist, who said that one day she would make me a collage of all my cigar bands in the shape of a giant cigar. I guess I wanted to make sure she had plenty of material to work with.
Just the other day I was putting a band in one of three cigar boxes I keep my bands in. There must be at least a few hundred in that box alone. I couldn't help say to myself, "My God, did I really smoke all those cigars?!"
Then there's an envelope I keep on my desk at the office. It's one of those big old yellow "Inter-Department Delivery" envelopes with the lined spaces for writing-in the names you pass it on to and the red lace for sealing it. Does anyone still use those envelopes? I thought email replaced them. But I digress. There must be close to 1,500 bands in there alone!
Do I have a favorite band? It's hard to say. I guess my current favorite band is the one that dons the Perdomo Habano cigars. Placed against those dark, oily wrappers, it's truly elegant, to say the least. Some of the most artful cigar bands are the Plasencia Reserva Organica, La Vieja Habana, La Unica Cameroon, and the La Aroma de Cuba, to name a few. CAO also has some great-looking bands on their cigars.
Do you find it as hard to toss cigar bands away I as do? Do you have a particular favorite? After all, they are nice little pieces of artwork in and of themselves. Just curious.