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  1. conlejm

    Penzance vs Margate....

    I always thought Penzance was the C&D Captain Bob's Blend to Margate's Captain Black Grape? Was I misinformed?
  2. conlejm

    First week - Many, Many Questions... Beginner help pls!

    This article on pipe smoking for beginners just came across my news reader: How to Smoke a Pipe Like You Know What You're Doing
  3. conlejm

    First Smoke in 13 Months

    It is good to see you enjoying Life’s little moments, Foggy!
  4. conlejm

    The Rainbow Bridge - For Shelby

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Shelby. She was a beautiful cat and you were both blessed to have each other for a time. May she Rest In Peace.
  5. conlejm

    Silver VIP At SP

    Just checked and I am “Mithril” status! :lol:
  6. conlejm

    2018 MLB Playoffs

    NH Red Sox fan here. There was a time in my life that I would be like "oh no, here we go again - 1-1 vs the Yankees, it's gonna happen again!". But I've lived to enjoy three World Series championships in the last fifteen years so I am not complaining ever again. I cannot even describe the...
  7. conlejm

    Shelby Foote's Civil War Trilogy...Any Good?

    I want to thank everyone for this thread. I remember watching The Civil War documentary many years ago, and I just watched it again thanks to this thread. I also started reading Shelby Foote's Civil War trilogy and I am hooked! What an excellent writer. Thank you, thank you, for turning me on to...
  8. conlejm

    Favourite Musicians and Acts Still Going Strong

    We've seen a lot of good shows this year. Steve Earle, Robert Earl Keen, Lyle Lovett, Keb Mo, John Prine, Patty Griffin, Colin Hay, Mavis Staples, for “old timers”. We've seen a lot of newer acts, too. Emmylou Harris is still touring; she has a concert coming up with Steve Earle soon. Elton John...
  9. conlejm

    Favorite Type/Brand of Knife

    I collect Benchmade, Spyderco (those made in the USA), and Zero Tolerance knives; both fixed-blade and folding. For the kitchen we use New West Knifeworks out of Montana. We have a Wusthof Blackwood block set and a few Bob Kramer Henckels, too. But the New West Knifeworks knives are really...
  10. conlejm

    What Do You Do For a Living? 2nd edition

    I just retired at age 51 after 27 years as a health economist for one of the largest health insurance companies in America. I accomplished absolutely nothing, and was paid absurd amounts of money to do so. And the people I worked for accomplished even less than I did, and were paid even more to...
  11. conlejm

    Finally, Employed

    Congratulations, and welcome to NH! Your moniker suggests you'll be working in the Seacoast area? It's beautiful there, and the seasons are milder than inland.
  12. conlejm

    Favorite English Pipes

    Northern Briars and Ferndown. I have about twenty of each, wide variety of shapes, and I love each one. My favorite smokers.
  13. conlejm

    Jim's Peretti Cambridge Flake Review.

    One of my favorite flakes from Peretti. Thanks for the great review, Jim. I love to read your review of a blend while I am smoking the very blend. I try to taste what you describe; usually with little success, but it does make the smoke all the more enjoyable.
  14. conlejm

    Ric Farrah of Briarville Pipe Repair on Radio Show of Jan 2, 2018

    Ric repaired a Ferndown pipe of mine a year or two ago, and it was "like new" when he had finished. The price was very reasonable, and there was a very quick turnaround, too.
  15. conlejm

    Smoking outside in a Maine Winter

    Tried to do a little logging today here in central NH. Managed to do very little, as temps were similar to Banjo's arctic conditions. Took the wife out for some seafood and local brew instead, and now sitting in the garage with my trusty space heater smoking some OJK and thoroughly enjoying life...
  16. conlejm

    A Year without Tobacco: 6-Months In

    I work for a health insurance company, and in our employee health benefit policy there is an exemption for tobacco use if it is used for "religious or ceremonial" purposes. So... I am enjoying a little tobacco ceremony right now.
  17. conlejm

    RIP: Malcolm Young Of AC/DC.

    I was 13 and 14 when Highway to Hell and Back in Black were released. I believe that these two albums represent one of the best consecutive album releases ever. I was never a huge fan, but I do greatly enjoy these two albums.
  18. conlejm

    Veteran Parking!

    I like the idea of veteran parking. As to the "dishonorable veterans" that don't deserve a spot, I say there are always a few in every group that spoil things, but we should not let that deter us from respecting the rest. There are probably some disabled people that cheat on their taxes or beat...
  19. conlejm

    Active Members Reply Here

    I think I am in the right place ...
  20. conlejm

    Healthy Foods You Eat?

    Mostly vegetarian here as well; not militant about it though. Lots of "plant-based whole foods". It took a few months to shake the craving of fatty, salty and sweet foods, but now I only crave unhealthy food about once a month. Beans, greens, flax, chia, quinoa, fruit, veggies, whole grains make...