Thursday night I met up with a friend at the Smoke Ring in Sugar Land to catch a cigar and sit back and enjoy the moment. Of course, I brought my camera to get some shots while I was there. Jerry, the owner of the The Smoke Ring, graciously welcomed me to take photos of the cigars that we were there to enjoy. They have a great selection of cigars and the atmosphere is such that if you were to come alone, you would be leaving after making friends. The Smoke Ring is a great place to just let the world pass you by and take in a cigar. They even have football nights and special events sponsored by different cigar manufacturers. I went a couple of weeks ago when Davidoff was there pimping their line. They make some good cigars, but for some reason, I am attracted the Padron line of cigars.
Jerry showed me the different humidors that they off and other accessories. They will be adding some private cigar lockers and an additional humidor, so I am looking forward to seeing when that will be completed.
My buddy Dave introduced me to some others and pretty soon, we were so busy chatting that I put the camera down, but not before getting some great shots.
Before meeting friends at the Smoke Ring, I went over to the Sugar Mill in Sugar Land and took some pictures. I love the Sugar Mill; I grew up in its shadow and I feel a strong connection to that building. I still remember the way the Sugar Mill smelled, while not pleasant, it was a smell that brings back great memories. They used to sound the steam whistle at 6am every morning Monday – Friday and then on Friday afternoons, they would test their air raid signal. I miss hearing that.
Now, the Imperial Sugar Factory sits idle and unused. They tore down part of it recently and only the main building remains along with some silos. I wish I would have gotten some pictures before they started dismantling that part of the complex. I am still trying to figure out how to get permission to go inside of the Sugar Mill in order to get some pictures. I remember taking a tour of the building when I was a kid and I am sure that it would be a photo rich environment. There were large boilers where they would boil sugar cane in order to extract that sweet sugar. The Sugar Mill is literally what put Sugar Land, Texas on the map; now it dwarfed by the size of the city that has been born of such humble beginnings.