I sold a painting yesterday and decide to treat myself to some tobacco and take my husband out for dinner. He still thinks it's hot that I smoke a pipe and keeps telling me how much better I smell. Anyway there's a decent shop in town near our favorite restaurant so off we went.
We get inside and a bunch of me are sitting around smoking cigars and watching sports and talking. The clerk comes around the counter and sees me looking at the pipes, my poor nonsmoking husband is just standing there. The clerk asks him if he wants to see any of the pipes and how they have a new shipment in so if he's looking for something specific they may have it. My husband says he's just there with me. Finally the clerk looks down at me.
The shock on his face was priceless, but to be fair he's only about 20-25 so I'm sure a lot of things shock him.
I'm 5'2" tall and a little heavy with short hair and a big hickory stick. I'm 35 but everyone says I look younger. My husband is 6' and built like a wall. He's the one you would normally think smokes. He hates smoking and makes me do it outside.
I was just there for some tobacco but, I couldn't help messing with the poor clerk, I asked to see the biggest pipe in the case. It was a churchwarden with a bowl that was almost bigger than my palm. I think it was at least 10" long. All the men in the place stared at that point, even my poor husband. The place was silent except for the TVs. I looked like a child holding that thing and laughed at the way it looked and gave it back. Conversations restarted and all went back to normal.
The clerk kindly pulled out a box of mini churchwardens for me to see. They were cute, but seemed flimsy so I passed.
I got a few ounces of different kinds to try and left the clerk a tip in his jar. They did have some nice looking pipes and I'll definitely have to go back soon.
I would call it a successful second trip to a real tobacco shop.
They weren't rude, just shocked that I smoke a pipe. I'm still so new at it that I'll take my little pipe into the bathroom to admire the way it looks still. I'm such a dork.