So I’m standing there with regret looking into my desk cupboard at my stash. Though I only get to smoke my pipe about twice a week I feel I’m going to win at least one round soon. Like any beginner I grab my pipe and I sit down to begin packing. Everything bad is going through my head. Am I going to pack too much or too little? Am I even doing this right? I have my doubts but I am going to press on. Right before I begin packing I look up to my open cupboard and see my Estate Ser Jacopo (Bulldog) that I just recently bought but am to afraid to take out of the box. I think if I do this right it has to be with Mr. Jacopo. I reach for the beautiful bulldog and now I’m really nervous. I pack my bowl the whole time going through my head baby, woman, man. I say out loud just as long as I do not damage this pipe I will chalk this up as a win. Damn! I cannot find my lighter. I really do not want to do this with a match but I have no choice. I load pipesmagazine forum and look up match techniques and watch a quick youtube video. I am going to F*ck this up I already know.
I get out to my garage strike the match and take deep breath. Puff Puff get a good char. Tamp, Tamp not to hard not to soft. I probably did this wrong but I’m committed strike my second match, the cherry lights really nice. Tamp Tamp. Nice smooth puffing. Thirty minutes later I taste things in the tobacco I have not before and I also realize I haven’t been focusing on what I am doing. I am just doing it right. An hour in just tamping no relights just tamping, shortly after it dies I know I can relight this and keep going but I do not and that’s ok because I won. I would like to thank all of you for your help. This will be a memorable day.