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  1. smokeyweb

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    Greetings!

    Total newbie here, and I have a question. When I smoke pipe tobacco it makes me feel really relaxed and happy. Also, I only started pipe smoking a month ago and have already purchased 4 new pipes and a various assortment of tobacco. All I want to do is smoke my pipe and buy new pipes and tobaccos. Is this normal? If so... This could get expensive!

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    Yep, completely normal, I'm afraid.

    On here (and most places online), it's called "PAD" and "TAD", which stand for Pipe Acquisition Disorder and Tobacco Acquisition Disorder. We all suffer!
    Just wait til you find all the different pouches and accessories, it can get worse...

    Anyway - what pipes, and which tobaccos? Bonus points for pictures...

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    Welcome smokeyweb. And yes, you now have completely normal irreversible expensive disorders.

    “Bipartisan usually means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out.” – George Carlin
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    Rofl welcome to the madness! Say good bye to all your extra cash too! Welcome aboard

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    We all suffer from PAD/TAD, but none suffer more than our spouses.

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    That's what I was afraid of. Oh well... Best to just embrace it. Joeval, as far as pipes go, I now have a caminetto rusticated bent brady, a boswell poker, a Big Ben, and a stanwell. I will post pics if I can somehow figure out how. As for tobaccos, so far I have only tried aros, like C&D autumn evening, sutliff maple street, stanwell vanilla & melange, boswell peaches & cream, CAO cherry burst, and sutliff wild cherry and rum and maple.

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    In an insane asylum, everyone there is "normal"--i.e., just like the others. Welcome to our looney bin.

    Eric
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    Thanks for the greetings, guys. My wife may think I'm nuts, but I'm glad I'm not the only one who's infected.

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    For God sake man whatever you do don't tell her there are more of us! That can't possibly help your case in the future. Not to mention your new found addiction to this place. I was just going to post a couple of questions nearly a 1000 posts ago!

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    Hahaha

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    Well congrats on joining up, the folks here are real bad enablers, also never fight PAD and TAD they will always win in the end.
    ~Ron

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    Perfectly normal, both PAD and TAD are chronic, and without any known cure. The thing is, the worse they get, the happier you are! Welcome, you are amongst sympathetic friends!

    Dave
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    Thanks, Ron. My wife is already flipping out because I "dedicated" one of her kitchen cabinets to my new found hobby.

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    Thanks, fellas!

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    My wife is already flipping the "F" out because I "dedicated" one of her kitchen cabinets to my new found hobby.

    Lol! My wife thought I was crazy when I bought cases of mason jars to store tobacco in!

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    Welcome aboard! And yes it can get outta hand. But only if you let it ...

    The pipe eases you into the present moment - savor your pipe & you'll savor this moment.
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    Welcome to the forum. You will enjoy being a member here. Feel free to ask questions as they can and will be answered.

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    Welcome aboard! And yes it can get outta hand. But only if you let it ...

    Come on Kash, we all know that resistance is futile. It's like the force, buy pipe and tobacco you will.

    I'm not complaining.
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    Welcome!!!
    I had a same "normal" symptom a year ago and so far reached 47 pipes.
    Now? I am very happy when I am smoking.

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    Thanks, everybody. You guys are awesome.

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    True enough old red beard. True enough.

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    It's a SICKNESS(I Love IT) ...

    "the weez"...
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    I have actually had dreams about pipes! NUFF SAID

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    I got out of bed the other night at two AM to have a bowl cause I couldn't sleep!

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    Hi Smokeyweb. Yup, normal. If you're like me you'll try some baccy that you're unsure about, and end up loving them and wanting more. You'll also prolly collect an assortment of Zippos and other cool butane lighters. Prepare your budget!

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    Well, glad I'm not the only one on here who's lost their marbles. Now that my kids are in bed, time to go turn on some Sinatra, mix a stiff drink, and spend the evening in the garage!

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    "My wife is already flipping out because I "dedicated" one of her kitchen cabinets to my new found hobby."
    Oh man, no shop or cabnet in the garage? That would never fly here!
    Dan
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    Wait till the restoration bug hits you.....that's a lot of fun.

    I got back into the hobby just over a year ago. I decided to celebrate this with a December birthday present....my first Dunhill. Never have I spent this much money in one spot for anything pipe related.

    Scores for me though, I have my own dining hutch that is now a tobacco hutch, and I can smoke indoors freely. The woman has an appreciation of my tobaccos, and has 3 pipes herself....

    Warren
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    Normal, what's that? I just work it into the monthly budget ...like utilities.

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    smokeyweb: You seem about as normal as most of the denizens of this site. It's a diverse group of ne'er do wells with one or two aingiseoirs, a handful of wags, a couple of almost too serious pipers, and more than its fair share of ____________ (fill in the blank). Enjoy the ride!

    A man without a shillelagh is a man without an expedient.
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    What a sweet disease this is that we all suffer! Your PAD/TAD are in full swing man, enjoy!

    Welcome aboard!
    Dan

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    I believe you've been biten by the bug like the rest of us hahaha!
    I started back into piping a year ago and haven't looked back. Within the first 5mo I had colleceted 10 pipes. I was buying one every other week just to build up a rotation. Now I focus more on tobacco than pipes. I am eyeing up a few pipes for puchase this summer (smokeybear and pruss I'll be looking to you guys for some more nice Trypis' ) Beyond that I just enjoy my tobacco and pipes when I get a chance. The entirety of the hobby is what keeps it interesting and new to the brain.

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    The "happy and relaxed" is the nicotene settling in; like the buzz from good wine, that is not strictly why we follow this, but it's a not altogether unpleasant side effect. Also, the act of smoking itself is calming and meditiative, the cadence of the draw and the reflection on each texture, taste, and aroma, so the act of pipe smoking in itself can have that effect.

    The mania to aquire, learn, and absorb as much as possible as quickly as possible, is the aforementioned PAD and TAD. As I am one year in on my serious pipe journey, and already 30ish pounds deep, i feel you on that! Keep it in perspective, and in budget, and you're good; just like anything else, if you enjoy it and it isn't obstructing your real life and your relationships with family and friends, it's all good. o)

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    I think we all been there, lol

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    Lol... All good advice my friends. Pretty sure I'm hooked. What a fun hobby though. Even the ritual of the process is extremely enjoyable and relaxing. I would love to find a good tobacco that smells/tastes like campfire or smoked meat. Any suggestions?

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    No question then you are looking for a Latakia blend. It is made by smoke drying the tobacco leaf which gives it the characteristic smokey smell and unique taste. My kids like it cause it smells just like campfire. Don't believe what you read about camel dung, it hasn't been made like that for 100 years. There are two types Syrian and Cyprion the latter being the most common. Look for blends that are "English" as they will typically be your blends with Latakia. Dunhill Nightcap is easy to find and is a good start. One I really like is C&D Pirate Kake.

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    Awesome. Thanks, Piper. I will definitely try those.

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    You are completely normal since most of us have been where you are now. The problem is that this urge to buy pipes and tobacco may last for 25+ years. Welcome to our wonderful world.

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    @smokeyweb good luck man, I hope it works out for you. I'm struggling myself.

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    ^^^ HO-LY CRAP!!! ^^^ hahahaha

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    Welcome Smokeyweb. Remember its not about winning, its about playing the game - in both relation to resisting PAD and TAB as well as arguing with the Duchess.

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    At this point, you should take a break of buying and think about, how you are going to extend this hobby. If not, you will soon be surrounded by pipes and tobacco tins in a short time, and you will start to sell something off.

    The best way is to build a small (less than 40) but exquisite collection of pipes and tobaccos, which really get some good use. I like the way, Harris built his collection, and think, this is the best way to deal with it.

    Kind regards,
    Peter
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    Food for thought...

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    I'd like to echo what Michael (cosmicfolklore) said about fitting it (tobacco mainly) into a monthly budget. If you allow yourself to spend $100 a month on tobacco, you'll have a fairly decent cellar built up in no time. This will then allow you to transfer that budget to some nice pipes without worrying about running out of tobacco. That's my plan anyway... Once I'm up to ten pounds I'll start focusing on pipes. If you have no need to budget your tobacco spendings, then by all means, go crazy.

    Jerod
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    Another victim has been claimed!

    Perfectly normal. Welcome to the crazy pipe town!

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    smokeyweb said:
    My wife is already flipping out because I "dedicated"
    one of her kitchen cabinets to my new found hobby.

    Tell her that your new found hobby will soon outgrow her kitchen cabinet and you'll be getting a set of cabinets of your own, at which time she can have hers back ...

    That may or may not be helpful, but at least it is truthful, so she'll not be able to later say you'd lied to her.

    SteveS
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    After spending an hour in the garage last night freezing my @$$ off I made a suggestion to my wife that the basement would be a much warmer place to pipe... (that didn't go over so well)...

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