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A Day With Harris/Cigarmaster

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  • Started 6 months ago by hoosierpipeguy
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  1. hoosierpipeguy

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    Harris and I go back 21 years. I'm in Florida and was able to visit Harris today. Beautiful home, I was greeted at the door by his American Bulldog who demanded lots of pets and cuddles. Harris promptly opened a really old (2002?) tin of F&T CVP, we loaded up. Harris's immediate consumption area of tobacco would make most cellars envious. His pipe collection cause some severe envy. Second bowl was 2008 Escudo. A fabulous steak dinner with the fixings was then served to me. We closed things out with a 2006 bowl of Astleys 109. Also got to meet Harris's Son Matt who was about 4' tall the last time I saw him. He's been raised very well, Matt has grown up to be a mature and polite young man with a very bright future.

    The tobacco and food was great but was nothing compared to being able to spend 6 hours with a dear old friend. Most people here have no idea what a good person and friend Harris is. Thanks for the incredible hospitality Harris!

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    All I got out of all that was steak, pipes, and tobacco.... did you say something about Harris?

    Arrrrr, shiver me timbers! International Talk Like a Pirate Day is September the 19th!!!
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    I love this forum!

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    ...and a good time was had by all; sounds like fun!

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    Has anyone ever seen both of you in the same place, at the same time?

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    You both deserved that visit. Many rivers crossed.

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    Wish I could have made it Mark, Harris is the salt of the earth.

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    All I got out of all that was steak, pipes, and tobacco.... did you say something about Harris?
    There was also a nice bulldog- the four legged variety.

    I know that you believe you understood what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
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  9. hoosierpipeguy

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    All I got out of all that was steak, pipes, and tobacco.... did you say something about Harris?

    There was substantial conversation obviously, or we would have smoked five bowls instead of three. I'm also posting this typing on an iPad while sitting outside in Florida, freezing my butt off while smoking a first time bowl of Pirate Kake. In other words, brevity was needed.

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    There was substantial conversation obviously, or we would have smoked five bowls instead of three. I'm also posting this typing on an iPad while sitting outside in Florida, freezing my butt off while smoking a first time bowl of Pirate Kake. In other words, brevity was needed.
    I kid.

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    Sounds like a fabulously good time! Congratulations to you both!

    It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt. - Mark Twain

    It is pointless to argue with a fanatic since a dim bulb can't be converted into a searchlight. - Jesse Silver
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    Looks like you guys had fun. And I am happy to hear that he can smoke, it means he has healed. You guys who live in the States are so lucky that you can meet and attend the pipe shows, etc. I envy you. The only person I was able to meet from this forum was Kanse - a Georgian (country) member of ours - during my visit to Georgia.

    Javan
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    So Harris, when is it my turn for a visit? And I like my steaks medium, please.

    Pipestud
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    Sounds like a nice time! Nice pipe, nice meal, nice conversation.

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    Great!! I'm glad that you guys got to hook up. Sounds like an amazing time and amazing tobaccos.

    So, the pressure is on me to cook you a steak next time you are in Birmingham? Ha ha!!

    Michael
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    Nice job, Hoosier. Harris is so clueless I bet he never even suspected that you were casing the place for our joint operation code-named Tobacco Liberation. So I assume you know what security he has and where the tins are kept? Will we be able to circumvent the lasers?

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    Nice job, Hoosier. Harris is so clueless I bet he never even suspected that you were casing the place for our joint operation code-named Tobacco Liberation. So I assume you know what security he has and where the tins are kept? Will we be able to circumvent the lasers?

    I figured out how to easily disable the electronics. Disabling Brutus the 100 lb American Bulldog and Harris's shotgun might present a challenge.

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    Sounds like a great time!.......... Harris seems to be quite the troublemaker character!!..........

    "We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of the dream..."
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    Sounds like a fabulous visit Mark. Hope his health is good. Last time I saw Harris was around 2001 at the Don Cesar Hotel St. Petersburg for the Cigar Family Celebration. Assume he still is ugly as ever!

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    Sounds like you guys had a great time!

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    Disabling Brutus the 100 lb American Bulldog and Harris's shotgun might present a challenge.

    I'm not worried about the bulldog. I figure we will just show it some affection - something I am sure it doesn't get with Harris - in order to win the dog over. The shotgun is a potential problem. Harris is as blind as a bat and only marginally less so than Stevie Wonder, so that may be the best we can hope for.

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    Thank God you didn't bring the bondage tape with you. That would have been a very uncomfortable post to read.

    Neal
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    Funny stuff guys.

    Mark, it was really nice seeing you again and I had a great day. Thanks for all the nice comments, if I was really a good host I would have had a 1000.00 an hour hooker for desert for you. I am slipping in my old age.

    tnfan, that was a good time at that CFC.

    Harris
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    if I was really a good host I would have had a 1000.00 an hour hooker for desert for you.

    I'm considering another visit this week, not too late to make amends.

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    Mark, I'll get right on it. Just let me know what day.

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    I love to hear these kind of visits!

    Al

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    Wow! A rare backstage look into the secret lives of The Patriarchy.

    I'm kidding.
    But seriously, I wish I knew another person on planet earth that smokes pipes. Enjoying a few bowls and a delicious dinner with a friend sounds like a great time. Yes … I'm jealous.

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    Mark, I'll get right on it. Just let me know what day.

    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday ..... LOL

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    Glad you got a chance to meet up, Hoosier! I have great memories of meeting Npod on a trip to Atlanta last year. Unlike you and Harris, Neal and I had met only briefly once before in Chicago --actually similar to the meetup you and I had, Hoosier. Now, I consider Neal a genuine friend.

    I know it's said often, but I'll say it again. Even more than the beautiful pipes and the delicious tobacco and the contemplative moments, it's the friendships I've developed as a result of smoking a pipe that have been, by far, the most valuable and important to me.

    I have been a hard-working, committed family man for virtually my entire adult life. As a result, the majority of my real, lasting friendships had been developed early in life, with a few more along the way at work and church. Valued, certainly, but after becoming an empty nester at 56 and a retiree at 57, developing more friendships wasn't something I sought, but am damned glad I did. As a result of friendships developed through the pipe hobby, I've spent more time with male friends in the last two years than in the previous 30 combined. I can't tell you how important that's been during this transition period. What's really cool is the wide variety of backgrounds we pipe smokers come from. Among my pipe smoking friends are retirees, market researchers, HVAC guys, lawyers, doctors, veterinarians, woodworkers, teachers, I.T consultants, professors, pipe carvers, pastors, missionaries, Muslims, chefs, tobacconists, white and blue collar, conservatives and liberals, straight and gay, and the list goes on and on. As a result, conversations are endless and always interesting.

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    That is a wonderful response, Craig. Very well written and full of personal experience that most pipe guys can relate to.

    I will also say that the pipe community is a very special group of individuals. And for me it has also been a life saver. After a pretty bad injury and a major life event I was kinda lost and had no real support or social network to help out. Despite being a busy professional and very active in my work life, I had no friends, no children, no one to talk with other than distant family. It was during that time that I took up the pipe, initially out of boredom and longing for something to pass the time. I liked cigars, but failed to connect to the guys in a meaningful way. However, the pipe guys were my people, and a beautiful motley crew. Skip ahead 5 years and my life is very different. Through this community I have met many true friends, have traveled to far off places, have regular communication, have helped 2 people get through very tough times, have exchanged or gifted or received numerous tobaccos/pipes, and have been to two funerals for dear pipe friends that would never have been in my life were it not for the love of leaf and briar. This stuff matters. God only knows why, but it does.

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    I don't know Harris, but a long time ago he helped me find some cigars I was having a problem finding.
    I appreciated it.
    He has an interesting past (From what I learned here) & bet many funny ass stories to tell.

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    Craig great response. There is certainly a fraternity of pipe smoking that I enjoy as well, even if it is only through the forum.

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    This is really cool, Mark - and funnily enough, Harris is one of the dudes I'd love to meet in person one day - we share a similar story in our pipe journey; which starts out in cigars over 20 years ago and ends up in full blown over the top Pipe love!

    A number of posts in this thread also resonate heavily with me! As an Australian, in a very anti-tobacco part of the world, it is often hard to meet like minded folk.... Which has meant I have had to travel a lot to meet my fellow BOTLs..... Every year or two I make a trip to the US and Cuba just for this.... Up to 40 hours travel time (each direction) - and worth every second of it!

    It was only 2 months ago I got back from my trip to meet brothers in Boston, NYC and Havana.....and I'm already planning on making it to this years Chicago pipe show in May.

    No kidding, and heart on heart I can assure you all - the tobacco, pipes and cigars are secondary to the reason I go the extra mile..... The life long friendships formed are the reason I play the game - I chat with my buddies on the other side of the world almost daily!

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    robcapp, I hope to meet you at the Chicago Show. If everyone follows through on their intentions, there will be around 6 of us from Cigar Family that will be there. We aren't as experienced with pipes as many here but I can assure you we do know how to have a good time. Look for the table that may be a little louder and is laughing a ton, good chance that could be us. Sit down and join the party.

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    Beautifully said, Neal.

    Let this thread serve as a reminder to keep this forum positive and welcoming. I'm glad to say that on the whole, the reminder isn't necessary here.

    "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle." - Philo of Alexandria (20 BC-50 AD)

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    Looking forward to meeting a bunch of you this May in Chicago!

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