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  1. deathmetal

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    So... last night, a thread about My Mixture 965.

    I woke up early as usual -- trucks removing flood debris still, since about a quarter of the city essentially abandoned their homes -- and put away the shotgun, then went to load a bowl.

    As usual, my fingers play their little skipping dance over the jars, and they stop on... well. If it isn't my old friend 965, which I thoroughly enjoy anyway, along with two other Dunhill standouts, Nightcap and Royal Yacht, in addition of course to many great blends from other houses.

    I recall in the past having read the "What Is Your Ego Smoking Today?" thread and having noticed what some of the posters that I read regularly are smoking, then finding that somehow that one needed to find its way into my pipe as well.

    Is that one of the purposes of a forum? Basically a shopping list for our own closets and clandestine mail orders?

    "My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whiskey." -- William Faulkner

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  2. tschiraldi

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    This forum influences me very often in several ways! I have tried different packing and smoking techniques, pipe repair and maintenance techniques, different pipe brands, and several new tobacco blends based on these threads. You guys have had a huge influence on my love for the Briar! Example; I write this as I load a wad of Cosmic Twist into a Regina Scarlatta!

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    Smoked pipes, on and off, since I was 16 yrs. old (1968)....but never seriously....and my pipes have laid comatose in a drawer for the last 20 years. Then, in July, I came upon this forum and the idea of smoking my pipes once again hit me. But now, I actually took the time to learn HOW to smoke my pipes, thanks to the suggestions, postings, and some You-Tube videos found on this forum.

    I also "learned" how to choose better, higher quality tobacco mixtures/blends. The only tobaccos that I smoked when I was a kid, and through the years, were the usual OTC choices. I was almost always disappointed by the tongue burn, and lack of any flavor.

    Now, I read thru forum posting that I think might be interesting....sometimes they are, sometimes they aren't, and I especially enjoy the tobacco reviews and discussions. This forum substitutes for a morning newspaper. It's a newspaper that covers only one subject....pipes.

    Yes, forum postings have influenced the way I now approach smoking my pipes, and tobacco selection. I'm more aware of what I'm doing. Wish I had a forum to go to for advice back when I was a kid. Computers did not exist back then, and I had no one to ask if I was pipe-smoking correctly or not. Also, had no way to to learn about different tobaccos and different blends. It's a whole new world today compared to to years ago. Just a simple "click" and all kinds of information appears on a screen. You can pick, chose, and order anything, from anywhere! You millennials have no idea how lucky you are!

    Thanks for all the postings, past, present, and future.

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  4. cortezattic

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    You're all a bunch of shameless enablers!

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    as if I could kill time without injuring eternity. -- Thoreau
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  5. briarblues

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    100% Cortez !!! I hate you guys. Yesterday I read the Coins thread. Off to smokingpipes and an order is headed my way for 3 blends I had not tried! Every time I think I'm out, you guys pull me back in!!!!!

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  6. prairiedruid

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    Early on in my pipe smoking adventure the forum was invaluable for learning the techniques of how to smoke and guiding me toward blends I would like. Lately it's pipe porn and camaraderie that keeps me checking in a couple of times a day. Plus when threads go off the rails you never know where you'll wake up.

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  7. chasingembers

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    Was smoking a pipe several years before the internet. Had a cellar building and was having pipes commissioned long before even knowing forums for pipe smokers existed. I would not, however, have known about the FDA deeming were it not for forum discussions.

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    You bastards! You've ruined my life!

    I get plenty of influence from here, thank you.

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  9. warren

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    Not very often. I was a long time pipe smoker, set in my ways, before discovering this site. A Jim Inks review, now and then, might pique my interest in a new blend to try.

    A man without a shillelagh is a man without an expedient.
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  10. mackeson

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    This Forum has really broadened my tobacco selection. I was stuck in a rut of Haddo's Delight, Westminster, Irish Flake, University Flake, Orient 996, McC 27, 1792 and Nightcap before joining. All great tobaccos I enjoy BTW, but limited to just that handful and an occasional few others. I've really enjoyed branching out a bit more. Jim's reviews and posts by others have really brought back the TAD... you bastards

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  11. jayski

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    This forum has shaped my habits considerably. New to piping and always looking for information this forum is my go to source. It has exposed many blends that may have taken me forever to find on my own. I will say that after spending a few minutes here I tend to leave and smoke. Reading and talking about it can only be worth while if it leads to a pipe!

    "[Kipling] sees clearly that men can only be highly civilized while other men, inevitably less civilized, are there to guard and feed them."
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  12. daveinlax

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    Not much at all. I was pretty much a one trick pony long before Pipesmagazine.com came on line.

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    Is that one of the purposes of a forum? Basically a shopping list for our own closets and clandestine mail orders?

    Absolutely! We're a market to be delivered to the site's sponsors. Not like it's any kind of secret.

    Being on this forum has broadened my knowledge of blends, so my holdings have broadened accordingly, and the site's sponsors have prospered accordingly.

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

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    All power to site sponsors!

    I've learned of new blends, and more about some long time blends. I've learned some shape names, and more about construction, who the best resellers are, and where's the next pipe show.

    I've learned how opinionated we are, and how resistant to change or new ideas are we all. I had confirmed that our group encompasses all walks of life, education and location.

    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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    Now and then I may have a monkey-see-monkey-do moment, when a blend sounds irresistible or someone sends me to a pipe sale. I often log in when I light up, not habitually but often. Usually the influence is subtle. I will act in the contrary. Show me a six hundred dollar artisanal pipe, which I admire and appreciate, and I'll get out my Dr. Grabow Royalton. Sometimes a post will remind me of a blend I have on hand and I'll smoke it in response. I especially appreciate reminders of the constituent tobaccos in various blends, since if you have two dozen blends in rotation, and sample others, you can lose track. So Forums definitely influences me, but in ways direct and indirect.

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    Reviews here or on TR.com perk my interest in blends that I haven't tried. If there is a discussion of a certain blend or type of tobacco happening in a thread, I have felt inclined to reach for it after reading or discussing it. Also I have learned a few helpful hints and tweaks about pipe cleaning and routine maintenance through this forum. But I have been a pipe smoker since 1994, and so many of my ways were learned and habituated through my earlier piping experiences, especially with my father and grandfather. Yet this place is where my tobacco enabler dwells, and he does help to flame my love of the leaf

    After some time he felt for his pipe. It was not broken, and that was something. Then he felt for his pouch, and there was some tobacco in it, and that was something more. Then he felt for matches and he could not find any at all, and that shattered his hopes completely.

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    Well, the thread on Auenland and chasingembers's pics of tins of it made me place an order.

    Not the sweet, new grass with flowers is this harvesting of mine;
    Not the upland clover bloom...
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    I began smoking a pipe back in 1997 way before I joined here in 2012. I remember the old alt.pipes news groups and learned some back then. Some of us began one of those Yahoo chatrooms( around 2000) for pipe smokers, that is where I met my good buddy pipestud. We had fun enabling each other back then. I also used TR back then to find different blends that I might like. It was a great resource and still is.

    I had begun collecting way back when but it was this site that turned things around for the better for me.
    I finally learned why some blends felt like acid on my tongue where others were perfectly fine. My learning about red virginia's and their effect on me was an epiphany. If not for this site I would still be trying blends that were just not good for me. I found all kinds of blends with no reds and began cellaring big time in 2012.

    I also learned about No American artisan pipe makers from a guy here named Big Van. He was instrumental in my finding Rad Davis and others of that ilk. My collection completely changed as did my criteria for buying pipes.I also recently began buying Pre Transition Barlings because of Jesse. I would have never tried them but his insistence that they were awesome smokers made me want to try them, and I am glad I did. I definitely have this site to thank for where my cellar and collection are.

    Harris
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    I certainly have got 99% of all my pipe and tobacco knowledge from this forum and the patient and knowledgeable folks on it. When I'm looking at new blends to try I always look around here first and then tobaccoreviews.com because I don't know enough on my own.

    I guess it's different for those who have been piping forever, but for new guys like me this place is an invaluable tool.

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    mike,

    I guess it's different for those who have been piping forever, but for new guys like me this place is an invaluable tool.

    I don't care how long someone has been "piping", anyone can learn new stuff all the time if they keep their eyes and ears open. I still learn new stuff on this site all the time.

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    The friend that turned me on to the pipe also turned me on to forums. I've learned a great deal from others and have also had a place to ask questions, of which I had many during the first years.I still learn from forums, and even though I don't agree with everything others advocate, what they think makes me think.

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    Less often than it influences the music I listen to, shows I watch and my drinking habits. Don’t get me wrong, I have discovered a lot of great tobaccos from this forum but the first thing I look for every time I log on is the “what music are you listening to” thread. But maybe that’s just me.

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  23. warren

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    cigarmaster has it nailed. Keep an open mind and one can learn forever. I'm not the blend testing type, my likes are pretty well set. Yet, every now and then, someone writes something and I'm off to see if such works for me.

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    I am influenced by this site most in that I feel as if I need a pipe before or soon after reading threads on here. I think I would not smoke as often without this forum. Reading the thoughts and stories from fellow members is enjoyable, and sharing a bowl in time helps me to have a feeling a camaraderie.

    POSSIBLY, contentment is not only the chief element of life, but also one of the very foundations of society. If this be so, then as Tobacco is the enemy of malice, friend of virtue, and a direct cause for content, its use should be encouraged. -J.W. Cundall 1901
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  25. mikethompson

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    Cigrmaster, I wholeheartedly agree, I just meant that when starting out this forum and those in it can get you off to a good start discovering what you'd like. A seasoned pipe smoker would have already gone through those "growing pains".

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    I am 100% influenced by this site.

    "I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."
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    Information on technique ( I needed a lot of help ) and tobacco reviews got me here. The sense of camaraderie keeps me here.

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    I came seeking advice on repairs, and stayed for a dozen reasons, including camaraderie. Not much influence on day to day smoking, but without this forum, I'd never have gone to a pipe show, nor taken part in the tobacco crawls of a couple years ago. I'd have missed out on some great blends, and the re-introduction of Smyrna and Bengal Slices.

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    This site has caused me to step outside my comfort zone and try different tobaccos and carvers.
    It also reacquainted me with the simple cob that I started out with many years ago.

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    A wise man learns from his own.
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    I’ve been lurking here for many years. I need to stop being a lone wolf. Yes, this site is a great community and it influences me. Sometimes I feel like I know everyone here only because I’ve followed Y’all for so long. Many (many) pearls of wisdom if you pay attention.

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    I just looked at my stash of tobaccos and I seem to be able to connect certain forum members to certain purchases. So, my answer would be that the forums have shaped my preferences a lot.

    Here's a good example:

    The OP = Royal Yacht.

    Never would have tried it if Deathmetal hadn't written so much about it. Now it's possibly my favorite and I own many, many tins.

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    How Often Do Threads At PipesMagazine.Com/Forums Influence Your Smoking Habits?

    Very frequently and significantly. Since the time I was just looking into taking up pipe smoking, I always seemed to end up on this site. It didn't take long for PipesMagazine.Com/Forums to become my "go to" site for reliable pipe smoking information; a virtual gold mine for the newbie crowd. Over the years, this site has become as much a part of my pipe smoking enjoyment as the pipes and blends themselves. I send out a big thanks to all those, for better or worse, that participate, as this community always has something to offer: everything from facts to fantasy, from comedy to tragedy, from mystery to drama and much, much more!

    Dot
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    More often than not this forum and the tobacco reviews site influence me in this way- when I see a tobacco I think I'd enjoy, I'll obtain a tin. If I like it, I then start looking for related tobacco's that folks like(if you like A, you'll love B). I've been able to expand my experience this way and find many tobacco's I might have otherwise overlooked. For instance, and I can't remember exactly how this happened, I got from OGS to Wessex Burley Slice this way, and discovered that I loved Burley Slice. I tried maybe 4-5 other flakes between these 2 to arrive at this point.

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    100%

    Pipesmagazine has has opened my senses to a wonderful new world of different tobaccos. From the early 80s till a few years ago, I only smoked what my local cigar shop offered in the jars. Most likely Lane products. Now with your reviews and suggestions, I have enjoyed an uncountable number of new blends and I keep finding more with each suggestion you folks make. Thank you Pipesmagazine for a great forum and thank you all for the suggestions and fellowship.

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    This community helped me out of my forced hiatus from pipes. The generosity of folks here as well as the knowledge has helped me through a tough year.

    And, I live vicariously through seeing everyone's pipes. I will one day replace my Dad's and Grandad's Dunhills destroyed by my ex. Or at least my birthyear. But until then, I will keep learning about proper pipe smoking, tobaccos, and seeing the magnificent pipe collections here.

    Happy New Year!

    "If you resolve to give up smoking, drinking and sex, you don't actually live longer; it just seems that way."
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    Doc, hope 2018 is rewarding for you.
    Eric

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    Thank you Eric! Same to you. Hoping 2018 is a great year!

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    Not really but then occasionally something on here will raise my interest to a point where I say ghosh I had better try a tin of that stuff.

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    I the past year these fourms have influenced me by introducing a couple new pipe makers/artisans I was not familiar with before. And a few new pipe tobacco blends to try out.

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    The Forum has aided me greatly in all things baccy. The members are very helpful, knowledgeable and don't mind answering the same questions 2,386 times.

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    The members are very helpful, knowledgeable and don't mind answering the same questions 2,386 times.

    We draw the line at 2,387 though.

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