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  • Started 3 years ago by gloucesterman
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  1. gloucesterman

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    I logged on today and discovered that I had finally achieved the coveted status of Preferred Member. I now excitedly await the arrival of the special package Kevin sends to all who achieve this exulted rank. Several things stood out in the journey to this milestone that I think I would share. First, when I clicked on my avatar and arrived at the page I discovered that I had spent 3802 hours, 39 minutes on the forum in the pursuit of this goal, the equitant of 158 days or about 45% of the year it had taken to reach this lofty status. It’s alright though as I’ve been in counseling for OCD for six of those months. The doctor has advised me that the enticement is really worth the compulsive effort it has elicited. I thank Kevin for recommending this fine clinician, who specializes in on-line services. You simply log on, state your concern and within minutes you will receive a very soothing reassurance.
    Secondly, I noticed a significant rise in PAD and TAD attacks during this period. The cause is still uncertain but the doctor has also advised me that those impulses can sometimes be triggered by unknown outside sources and assured me that they have no connection to this web site. The fact that there is a continuous rotation of beautiful pipes and all manner of tobaccos available from sponsoring retailers and that these resources can be acquired with a click of the mouse is merely coincidental. He suspects there may be an underlining “hording issue” at play. Until we pinpoint the real problem he has suggested I continue without interruption, citing the possible consequences of withdrawal. His logic seems impeccable.
    Lastly I have noticed a strange stimulation when reviewing posts by SS Jones, Dave G and other talented restorers. That of course had led to a continuous survey of Ebay in search of prospects that would allow me to follow in their footsteps. My doctor has advised me this pursuit that will greatly help in the identification of my underlining issues. He’s recommended I continue this practice as well. He also recommended a source for needed supplies but suggested I advise them Pipesmagizine.com. was the source of the link. He cited professional concerns about being identified as the person responsible.
    Much of remainder of the year was consumed in following the rich supply of links to be found in the posts of other members. Indeed I have folders of them just so I can reread them at will. Knowledge is a wonderful thing and I can’t seem to get quite enough. Here my doctor has advised me that this quest is quite admirable and requires absolutely no action. He has compared it to the time required in pursuit of a Ph.D. and assured me this effort is reasonable.
    So in conclusion I want to thank Kevin, not only for awarding me this wonderful title but for connecting me to the specialist that has put my concerns to rest and allowed me to continue unabated for yet another year.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  2. cosmicfolklore

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    Welcome to the purple side!!!

    Michael
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  3. fordm60

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    gloucesterman, congratulations and thank you for a wonderfully informative post!! I think I need the URL to the helpful clinician. I suffer from many of the strange illnesses you suffer from it seems and need help! Thank you again for a great post!

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    Purple is Good..Congratulations

    Life's most valuable treasure is..Love
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  5. sablebrush52

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    Actually, how it works is that you have to send each of us 8 oz of our favorite tobacco.

    At least that's what I was told when I acquired the purple.

    Cost a lot of money...

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

    It is pointless to argue with a fanatic since a dim bulb can't be converted into a searchlight. - Jesse Silver
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  6. cobguy

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    Actually, how it works is that you have to send each of us 8 oz of our favorite tobacco.

    At least that's what I was told when I acquired the purple.

    Yep ... same here. PM sent with favorites list.

    LOL. Congrats!

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  7. cynicismandsugar

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    Congrats! From how I understand it, nobody really listens to you until you finally get a lil' purple under your avatar.

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  8. didimauw

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    Oh...the purple side..what us class B members dream too be...

    "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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  9. hawke

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    Whahoo! However, let the record show that I have twice the membership time than you yet less posts. Therefore I must not be as bad as you. I feel better now.

    Are those Tobacco Brownies?
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  10. peckinpahhombre

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    Congrats.

    Ah, the purple side.

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  11. derfatdutchman

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    Congradations, as Peanut says "Once you purple, you never go back!"

    "The value of tobacco is best understood when it is the last you possess, and there is no chance of getting more."
    Bismark
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  12. cigrmaster

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    Congrats on your exalted status. You are now officially a Pm Magazine geek, welcome to the club.

    Harris
    Posted 3 years ago #
  13. fmgee

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    Congrats of purple! I snuck in last month... oddly I made purple status having spent -51 hours, 41 minutes on the site. So clearly when I hang out here I gain time. I'll have to remember that next time I am late for something.

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  14. badger

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    I think I'll quit while I'm ahead...

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    Congrats, it is a level that carries heavy responsibilities. I'm not sure what those are but that's what I've been told.

    Blowin' smoke since 1970.
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  16. shikano53

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    Congrats! Happy puffing with your new status!

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    Congrats. Be wise with your new power.

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  19. deuce26

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    fmgee, I'm glad to see I still have hope to attain the purple even though I'm more of a lurker than a poster.

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  20. fmgee

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    fmgee, I'm glad to see I still have hope to attain the purple even though I'm more of a lurker than a poster.

    deuce26: purple status takes 1 year and 500 posts so you have the time covered. If you just get all chatty for a week or two you'll be there.

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  21. sablebrush52

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    Congrats! From how I understand it, nobody really listens to you until you finally get a lil' purple under your avatar.

    I got news for you. Nobody really listens to one even with the purple.

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  22. jvnshr

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    I got news for you. Nobody really listens to one even with the purple.

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  23. jpmcwjr

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    Hah! Good thread, and congrats, g-man!

    I'll disagree slightly with The Brush: Most purple wearers put out less BS than the rest of us per post.... A theory, anyway, which I am sure can be disputed!

    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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  24. cortezattic

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    Woo-hoo!
    Congrats on your new status!
    Your Official PipesMagazine.com Preferred Membership Packet is in the mail!
    It contains your Official PipesMagazine.com Secret Decoder Pin. We use it only for very important secret communications.

    Next, you get the very hi-tech Official PipesMagazine.com Cellaring App. Very useful, but the pencil is not included.

    And now that you are a Preferred Member, which implies impeccable taste, you'll be able to proudly store your tobacco in this
    Official PipesMagazine.com Twin Canister Set designed by Kevin Hisself.

    Further, you may now wear the Official PipesMagazine.com Propeller Beanie, proudly proclaiming your elevated status, and letting folks at pipe shows know that you aren't merely a boggle-eyed, clueless Ish Kabibble wandering among the tables.

    Lastly, you are now the proud owner of the Official PipesMagazine.com Multi-Pipe Tote And Accessory Bag, another item custom-designed by Hisself. Yes, it's been used, but it's still pretty serviceable.

    Enjoy your new status! We really appreciate your endurance -- if not your loyalty and participation.

    I find myself sitting idly on the line dividing past and future,
    as if I could kill time without injuring eternity. -- Thoreau
    Posted 3 years ago #
  25. badger

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    Haha, that's great Cortez, especially the twin canister set.

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  26. gloucesterman

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    Cortez, I can't wait. I've been looking forward to receiving that package for a year now. Thanks for the insider's overview. The only disappointment has been that Kevin invoiced me for $24.95 for sipping and handling, explaining it as a cost containment measure for 2016.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  27. danielplainview

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    What a coincidence. I too had a massive increase in PAD/TAD shortly after joining PipesMag.

    Congratulations buddy. You are indeed a preferred member. I always enjoy reading your posts.

    Make aromatics great again.
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    Congratulations Dutch!

    I always enjoy reading your posts and hope to read a lot more of them.

    Cheers,

    J

    Posted 3 years ago #
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    Someone teach him the secret handshake.

    "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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    Posted 3 years ago #
  30. jkrug

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    Very cool! Looks like some great swag headed your way. I'm a couple weeks away myself and I'm so excited about the preferred member swag bag. Life is good!!

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  31. gloucesterman

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    Thank you, one and all. On a more serious note I can't begin to say just how great an experience this forum has been. We have in residence all manner of talent, each with a willingness to share. What I've learned this past year exceeded the past fifty of pipe smoking. My sincere thanks to you all. Dutch

    Posted 3 years ago #

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