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lraisch

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An interesting pipe sighting in a movie I was watching tonight. In post WW2 America, Clark Gable is an advertising man who volunteers to speak to a society matron and convince her to endorse his clients product. On his way out the door he grabs a pipe from a rack and says "I'll take a pipe. Women always trust a man with a pipe."
Of course, these days I mostly get strange looks from the ladies when I smoke a pipe. But maybe it's not the pipe?

 

ejames

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Of course, these days I mostly get strange looks from the ladies when I smoke a pipe. But maybe it's not the pipe?
That's about what I get also! :lol:

 

shawn622

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Haha... I was smoking my pipe in the park last night and it drew all sorts of attention. You could tell which kids had parents that used pipes for stuff other than tobacco. lol They were saying stuff like "I can't believe your smoking weed in the park. Aren't you afraid the cops will bust you?" I was rolling. I had to whip out my tin and show them that people actually use a pipe for tobacco. What is this world coming to???

 

kris

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I had similar comments last weekend when I took the family (all female) shopping to a new Super-Duper Department Store that has just opened near us. Naturally, I took one step inside and decided "Honey, I'll be back at the car having a smoke..."
The range of comments went from a pair of elderly ladies saying "Oh look, that young gentleman is smoking a pipe, doesn't that take you back" to a Wife asking "Oh, what's that smell...it's lovely" Husband "It's that guy over there smoking a pipe" to the hippie parking attendant coming over to warn me "Be careful, this place is absolutely crawling with Police" to which I informed him that what I was smoking was "just a pipe". His answer? "Wow. Really???"

 

numbersix

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Back in the day I would say that it was true - people trusted a pipe smoker.
Sad to say, but today, I'd bet many would view anyone (at least anyone under the age of 50) as a bit odd looking. :puffy:

 

numbersix

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The range of comments went from a pair of elderly ladies saying "Oh look, that young gentleman is smoking a pipe, doesn't that take you back" to a Wife asking "Oh, what's that smell...it's lovely" Husband "It's that guy over there smoking a pipe" to the hippie parking attendant coming over to warn me "Be careful, this place is absolutely crawling with Police" to which I informed him that what I was smoking was "just a pipe". His answer? "Wow. Really???
lol - those are great comments!

 

keith929

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That was great kris. The only comments I get are "you know that's bad for your health". To which I always reply my grandfather lived to 108 years old. "Was he a smoker" they say. No I reply,but he knew how to mind his own business! That usually ends the conversation.

 

fnord

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What an excellent response, Keith, and quite possibly the best laugh I've had during an already joyous day.
Where does a busy body go after being handed that comment?
It's just the perfect squelch.

 

topd

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I very seldom see another pipe smoker around my area, so I guess that means they aren't very

plentiful. But I don't get any odd looks or comments. Maybe I'm just not paying attention

closely enough.

 

clyde

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As a side note. Savinelli still makes a model called "Clark's Favorite" as he was known to like that slightly unusual shape.

 

mkelaw

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This happens to me with amazing regularity: I'll be outside smoking and some sweet young thing whom I've never met will walk up and coo, "Ohhhh, I just love the aroma of your pipe." Just as I straighten up and puff out my chest a bit comes the inevitable second line: "My grandfather used to smoke a pipe."