I’m not sure where this is going, but I’ve never let that stop me in the past.
The other day, while looking up some statistics on pipe tobacco production (it’s down so far this year), I ran across a website which calls itself HealthDay, News for Healthier Living. Just another one of those zillion of expert sites telling you how to live your life in a more healthful way. Yeah, right. I got it.
There was posted a lengthy piece by a doctor who raged against the evils of pipe smoking–this after having been a pipe smoker himself.
Why, if you buy in to what the doc is pushing, smoking a pipe is the root cause of every heinous health problem since the bubonic plague.
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So, Kevin tried his best to prepare me for an overwhelming experience at The Chicago Pipe Show, and he asked me to write an article about my first experience at the largest pipe show in the world for PipesMagazine.com. I have written a few articles for Pipes Magazine before, but was very nervous about this venture because of all of the warnings that I was going to be totally overwhelmed…not just from Kevin but from several others as well. This show is HUGE! To be completely honest, I was dreading it. But I am so grateful to have expected the worst, because it was the exact opposite … I had a blast! I was ready to go home on Monday, but sad at the same time. I met some amazing people, bought eleven pipes and entered the annual Slow Smoke contest, which included with the entry fee an amazing Artisan pipe by Luigi Viprati … that makes twelve newly acquired pipes. I had only four pipes before we left for the show.
Hungry-Man dinners, really? I couldn’t believe it—or rather, I could believe it, all too easily on second thought. The celebrity host of a popular fashion-themed show frequents the same supermarket as a colleague, who sees him in there a couple times a week stocking up on the packaged meals. On the one hand, it was contradictory—here was a fashionista of the first order, someone who probably spent more on a tie than I do on an entire suit, the spokesperson for a lifestyle that demanded egregiously expensive self-branding in order to be de rigueur; a scion of taste, a taste-maker, in fact. On the other, I could easily understand that the guy’s professional schedule likely dwarfed mine by the same margin as his ties in terms of being hectic. Perhaps his lunches were all of the power variety, spent at the city’s finest five-stars, and when he was finally home from a long day all he wanted was a sodium-laden box of comfort food. I get it, I really do, and this confirms to me the value of not being a snob when it comes to taste—that even if it’s demanded in one’s professional life, it needn’t be in one’s personal life.
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Marshall "Butch" Armstrong
Getting in touch with people who enjoy the same things you do has been made almost effortless these days because of the internet. Those of us who where born in the dark ages before the time of computer enlightenment know that this wasn't always so easy. Today there is an online group or website for virtually anything you're interested in from dating services to cooking websites to politics and religion. Not only websites but groups and forums too, where the average person can get involved in asking questions, offering their own viewpoints, and giving and receiving new and old ideas. The entire world lies just at your fingertips provided you have an internet connection and a computer or smartphone.
A few years back Google made headlines for deciding it was going to index the world's books. Authors and publishers roared over their content being searchable and posted online. Some of their fears were probably well founded, and Google has proven itself to be anything but void of evil. Nonetheless, Google Books is something I've grown to love over the years.
I've always had a fascination for old books. In college I would roam the archives of our massive school library and pick out the volumes that were two hundred or four hundred years old. Sometimes the thoughts of people back then caused me to laugh because their worldview felt so foreign. And other times I would shudder at the familiarity of their thinking—how little had changed in so long of a time.