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Jim's 43 years of Pipe Smoking.

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  1. jiminks

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    In celebration of my 43rd anniversary of being a pipe smoker, I am smoking Edward G. Robinson's Pipe Blend in the very first pipe I ever smoked (which was my father’s pipe), a late 1950s smooth with etched grooves straight Willard long stem adjustomatic Canadian with a black vulcanite stem.

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    Congrats Jim, and not just for the years you've enjoyed the pipe, but for your active part in pipe smoking that we get to enjoy! Hope you have a great time going down memory lane.

    The pipe smoker formerly know as agnostic pipe
    "Fried food, hard liquor, and tobacco, that's the holy trinity!"- Stacy Keach
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    Congratulations, Jim. Good choice of tobacco.

    But a question: After all those years of smoke, tar and nicotine why aren't you pushing up daisies?

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    Congratulations Jim, I'll be joining you in a bowl of EGR

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    Jim, I'm tempted to congratulate you for 43 years of smoking ... and doing it in only six months! I can't identify anyone who has tried more blends and single leaf and reviewed more blends than you. Certainly no one has more posts on "What Are You Smoking?" than you. You really set the pace for vast pipe smoking experience.

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    Elpfeife, if I had a nickel for every time I've been asked that, I'd own half the country, man! All I can tell you is I love pipe smoking, and can't imagine not doing it. With today being a special anniversary for me - I celebrate it every year - and as I've made it this far without any health problems (every year I get a check up, the doctor says my lungs are completely clear), I'm figuring I was born on Krypton!

    MSO, DaveT, and Orley: Thank you for the kind words. I'm glad to be your company.

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    But a question: After all those years of smoke, tar and nicotine why aren't you pushing up daisies?

    Tar is a preservative! With all the smoke Jim is curing himself from the inside out.

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    I am adding you to my list of "proofs" that the dangers in pipe smoking are often greatly overstated.

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    Congratulations, keep up the good work..

    For tho' at my simile many may joke,
    Man is but a pipe—and his life but smoke.
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    JimInks congrats on another year. I love how these pipes will outlive us.

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    Congrats Jim. Thank you for all your contributions to the pipe and leaf group here and elsewhere. I've learned a lot from what you have said, and am looking forward to your next 43 years. Thank you sir!

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    David, I am very appreciative of your kind words, and happy that I have been of help to you. Thank you.

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    Jim, I can't thank you enough for your vast contribution to the pastime. I consider myself a lucky beneficiary of your keen palate and lucent writing. Never, for even a moment, think that the attention and effort you put into your reviews goes unnoticed or unappreciated.

    I find myself sitting idly on the line dividing past and future,
    as if I could kill time without injuring eternity. -- Thoreau
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    Cortez: you humble me, sir, and I am so happy to be a part of a forum with such great people like you.

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    Jim, I always enjoy your posts! Enjoy the pipe and the memories it brings!

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    Jim, I've benefited from your years of smoking. Thank you. You are an asset to the vice.

    A man without a shillelagh is a man without an expedient.
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    Jim-

    Congratulations on a distinguished dual (at least) careers as an inker and pipe smoker par excellence. Thanks for your many contributions.

    John

    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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    Jim, congrats on another year of pipe smoking. Since it is hard for me to find people to smoke with here, I have used your reviews consistently when shopping new blends to try and what to cellar. You are awesome!

    Thank you.

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    43 years with the pipe and top-shelf reviews!

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    Congratulations Jim and a special thank you for being a active contributing member to the pipe smoking community. I for one have learned a tremendous amount about pipe smoking and tobacco from you. Here's to many more years of enjoyment.

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    Congrats Jim. My first pipe was my dads Williard as well.

    Jason
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    Congratulations! And thank you for all of your reviews and advice found within...

    "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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    Congratulations, I hope I can make it that many years smoking a pipe.

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    Thank you for the kind words, fellas.

    Voorhees: that is really cool.

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    Congratulations on your 43 years of smoking a pipe! I read some of your reviews in another site before making a decision!
    You have been smoking a pipe from before I was even born!

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    Congratulations Jim.... If you remember way back when, on another forum, I mentioned you as one of the most Famous Pipe Smokers. Now, I would confirm that more than ever. Move over William Conrad, Fred MacMurray, Mark Twain, Albert Einstein, Lee Van Cleef, et al..there's a new guy in town by the name of Jim Inks!!!

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    Oh my!!!!

    Well, I own one of Conrad's pipes, wear sweaters like McMurray used in My Three Sons, share a birthday (different year, mind you) with Mark Twain, prove that Einstein was smarter than me every day, and can wear a hat like Lee Van Cleef. There is where all resemblances end, man!

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    Forgot to mention the great sense of humor and self-effacing! That's what makes Jim extra special....

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    Congrats Jim! You have been my taste tester for a while now. Always relied on your reviews to make purchases and you have never let me down...

    "the weez"...
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    Congratulations Jim. I have been a great beneficiary of your experience and willingness to give back. Keep on puffin and keep on reviewing!

    ". . . I am the master of my fate:
    I am the captain of my soul."
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    I just turned 43 years old in March

    Arrrrr, shiver me timbers! International Talk Like a Pirate Day is September the 19th!!!
    Brothers Of The Black Frigate
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    Happy Anniversary Jim! 40 year of pipe smoking finally explain the insane amount of terse tobacco reviews you're enriching the pipe smokers world with.

    Keep on puffing, kick the death in his grumpy ass!

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    Jim,

    You bowl legged, knock kneed, cross eyed, egg frying varmint! Your friendship is one of my great joys! Congratulations on 43 years of ongoing bliss! Here's to 43 more!

    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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    Jim

    We have never had a dialogue in my fairly brief time around here, but I can tell you that on my very frequent trips to tobaccoreviews I invariably scroll down to find your take on any given blend. For blends I know well, and ones I am going to try, I find your tasting notes always helpful and accurate even if I do not always agree on the number of stars a blend deserves. Yours is a voice always worth listening to. Long may it continue.

    Mike

    "Pipe-smokers spend so much time cleaning, filling and fooling with their pipes, they don't have time to get into mischief." - Bill Vaughan
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    Congrats Jim! I find your reviews useful and accurate........... keep it up Brother!........

    "We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of the dream..."
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    I'm figuring I was born on Krypton!

    And you once said I had Kryptonian DNA over saying Bold Kentucky was mild. We're brothers! Congrats on the 43 years, just passed 26 years with the pipe here!

    Damnation seize my soul if I give you quarters, or take any from you.
    -Edward Teach
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    Didache: assigning a rating to blends is the most difficult part of reviewing for me, outside of figuring out the toppings in some mixtures. Sometimes, I spend hours, and at times, a day or two to decide what rating to give a blend. There have been times I have gone back and re-rated a blend when I revisited one. I decided early on not to rate for my personal taste, but to rate blends against others in the same genre, e.g., cherry blends against cherry blends, peach against peach, light English against light English, full English against full English, etc. That's the most accurate way I know to do it. It's not fair to rate, say, Dunhill London Blend against Penzance as they were designed for different effect. Hope that helps you understand my ratings.

    As for Sablebrush: I do not fry eggs. If I did, you would have never been hatched, Turkey!!! Thanks for being my friend and one of the best people I know on the planet.

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    Hell, I might as well chime in here as well.

    I first met Jim, virtually, on another pipe forum. Soon after I learned of the then upcoming annual Triangle Area Pipe Smokers (TAPS) pipe and tobacco expo in Raleigh, NC. We exchanged a few pm's and agreed to meet up.

    I brought my youngest son and pipe pal Nick, 20, with me. After arriving I asked around and was pointed to where Jim was sitting. Believe it or not he was sittin out in the smokin area with a pipe hangin outta his mouth talkin with about half a dozen fellow pipe smokers. I introduced my son and myself and told him we'd try to visit a little later.

    Before the day was out I'd got to know Jim, his wife and I believe his father-in-law. Super folks.

    Jim also took time to help me out with stocking my cellar, being as there were many blends I'd yet to try.

    Before the day was over we were leaving the expo with 4 or 5 new friends, a dozen tins of tobacco, oh, and a brand new Luciano pipe. (I won the raffle )

    Jim, I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to share in the knowledge you've selflessly shared with all of us here and fortunate to call you a friend.

    Looking forward to another 43 years of those excellent reviews.

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    Thank you for the kind words, Dino. I certainly enjoyed spending time with you and your son, and I hope to do that again. One correction: my father-in-law was not there. I just sat with old folks so my lies about being 39 were more believable by comparison.

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    I don't think I'd enjoy smoking a pipe quite as much without the social aspect provided here in the forum and the contributions of our Veterans.
    Jim's expertise is a gift he's shared with us here, along with his unabashed enthusiasm for pipe smoking.
    Thanks Jim!

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    Thanks, Newbroom. I have to say my enjoyment of pipe smoking has most certainly been enhanced by the sociability you noted. In all the years I have been a pipe smoker, I believe I enjoy it more now than any other time in my life. All you folks are partly responsible for that, which means a lot to me, especially on my yearly pipe smoking anniversary, because I can share the celebration of my important day with friends.

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    Congratulations on the milestone! It is good to have a person like yourself in our community.

    Javan
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    Congrats Jim, prior buying a new,unknown me tobacco blend, I always check out your reviews on any given tobacco blends,I do find them very informative yet objective ,your tutoral within tobacco world is very much appreciated&valuable

    Paul The Scandinavian'
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    Hell you been enjoying a pipe longer than I've been alive, as I turn 40 this year.
    Congrats on the anniversary and thank you for your contributions to this forum.

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    To an icon in my world, congratulations and thank you

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    Thank you, fellas. That big smile on my face right now is because of all of you.

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    Congrats Sir. Always look forward to your reviews.

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    Well done sir. Your endurance is matched only by your pace.


    Qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum
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    Congrats Jim! you sir are an inspiration to all.

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    Thank you, fellas. That big smile on my face right now is because of all of you.

    Glad to know that set of choppers you bought at the corner drugstore come in handy.

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    Jim, congrats and you reviews are stellar. I have also enjoyed our conversations and I am sure we will have many in the future. The best to you and the family for many more years.

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    Jesse: your teeth were taken from your pet dinosaur, Methuselah.

    Zito: Thanks, man. My best to you and yours, too. We'll talk again soon, buddy.

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    All those years smoking, all the reviews, a billion posts over the many years you and I have been on this forum, and I've never seen a picture of you. Humor me please??

    "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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    Didimauw: since you are obviously a glutton for pain, don't blame me if your eyes sue you for cruel and unusual punishment.

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    I was waiting for this one actually

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    I was very tempted to use that very photo, see. I was younger then, see. Myeah!

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    So you are a real person! Hahah! Nice putting a face to the legend! Thank you!

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    Wow congrats Jim. I would be lost without your fantastic insight into pipe tobacco's.

    I still need to try some of that Edward G. Robinson blend.

    "These are ghosts that are more at home in a girdle-filled drawer than one of my pipes." Quote by Neil Archer Roan on lakeland ghosts
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    Jim gave me a sample of Edward G. at the TAPS show three years ago and it is excellent, a fine old Americana tobacco-forward aromatic, an all-day smoke with character. I have a tin at the ready, aging to perfection.

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    Btw, Mr.E.G Robinson was such a great actor,wasen't he?

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    Ok so to put you under pressure Jiminks... Single Favorite tobacco, and favorite pipe?

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    My all time favorite tobacco is the old VaPer Three Nuns.

    It's hard to pick a favorite pipe. For sentimental reasons, there's my dad's pipe as well as the first one I bought, which is a 1974 Dr. Grabow Omega. It cost $2.49. I had one dollar. My neighborhood buddy, Dale, was going to mow the family lawn, for which his dad paid him $3. I talked him into letting me mow two dollars worth of the yard so I could buy the Grabow, and had money left over to get a pouch of tobacco, which was Borkum Riff Whiskey.

    My best smoker is probably my straight sandblasted pre-transition Barling Exel 249 Fossil T.V.F. black billiard with a silver band and a black ebonite military bit. That also has a lot of sentimental value as it was once owned by one of my best friends (Donald). When he passed away, I inherited his collection of seventy pipes, which includes most of the expensive ones in my collection (Ardors, Rinaldos, Karl Eriks, etc.). I was with him when he bought the Barling, and I said to him, "You know, this is the first pipe you bought that I have a little envy for." Donald said, "Well, if anything ever happens to me, it will be yours." He passed away from pancreatic cancer six years later, and every time I smoke the Barling, I remember that conversation, and miss my old friend.

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    Wow Jim. I'm sorry to hear that. I hope that pipe brings you many years of joy thinking about your friend Donald.

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    That's a great Grabow story! Grabow pipes are one of my favorites, as I'm smoking one right now. How about a favorite or special tamper?

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    I bought a Yellow-Bole tool with a tamper, pic, and spoon in a metal sheath for 99 cents right after I bought my first pipe in '74, and I still use it.

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    Thanks for sharing all of your reviews and such over the years, JimInks!

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    Congrats on the milepost, Jim.
    I have a similar marker coming up in a few weeks.
    It may not seem it by the number of posts with which I'm credited, but some years ago, I had a blog here and was a regular reader and contributor to the fora. I lost track of this board, amongst others, for a few years and they were, logically, deleted. So, when I say I've enjoyed your posts, I really have seen quite a few, and it's been good catching up with you, other regulars, and newer confreres, if lurking for a while.
    A very happy anniversary to you, and here's to another quartet of decades enjoying the pleasures of the pipe, and the fellowship which so often follows.
    -doc-

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    Thank you Balkis and Doc. I intend to stick around and smoke as long as I live, and it durn well better be a long time!

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    Jiminks, Got any group shots of your pipes and tobacco?

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