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The (Un)Official Secret Santa 2018 Thread!

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  1. woodsroad

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    Well, I’ve met John, and he looks exactly as he does in his avatar. Jesse’s photo, on the other hand, is actually that of a well-known male adult film actor.

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    Woo-Hoo! Four pages!

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    Jesse’s photo, on the other hand, is actually that of a well-known male adult film actor.

    Ah yes, the infamous Harry Balzac, porn superstar and Barling maven.

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    *Balling

    Ubi Ignis Est?
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    Gunner, Black Frigate. Say "Hello" to my little friend!
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    Where's Rudolph the red-horned yoonikorn, Jay??

    Head Black Frigate keelhauler, boss powder monkey, & troublemaker 1st class.
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  7. mikethompson

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    Just for you Bill:

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    Well, I'm not joining and you can't make me! Can you?

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    What about now?

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    Well, I'm not joining and you can't make me! Can you?
    Well, actually we can. But wre hoping to avoid that.

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    Signed up but haven't had an email, have I done the registration incorrectly? .

    Faugh a Ballagh
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    Fear not, you sign up and register, then when registration is closed (November 12) everyone gets an email with their recipients address.

    Thanks for signing up!

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    Thanks, Mike!

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    Thanks Mike

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    I was actually sort of expecting a unicorn with a pipe spoon or tamper for a horn. Like it, though. It's got kind of a Nightmare Before Christmas vibe to it!

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    Ok, Mikes Jedi mind trick worked I am in.

    For tho' at my simile many may joke,
    Man is but a pipe—and his life but smoke.
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    UPDATE!
    47

    Woodsroad
    donjgiles
    addamsruspipe
    Eggrollpiper
    scloyd
    sablebrush52
    haparnold
    Josephcross
    jaytex969
    lastango
    Mikefu
    crashthegrey
    pruss
    Username
    tschiraldi
    TwoOneFive
    didache
    Lincolnsbark
    wyfbane
    keith929
    Davet
    Npod
    prairiedruid
    CohibaJoe
    Smittyd
    peckinpahhombre
    jvnshr
    BluegrassBrian
    shaintiques
    d4k23
    Glassjapan
    weezell
    jpmcwjr
    Ashdigger
    mikethompson
    bnichols23
    Samw74
    markthelad
    Onestrangeone
    dermotfahy
    BryGuySC
    Condorlover1
    Bouwser
    rmpeeps
    shanez
    Piper64
    bluegrasspipe

    Way to go!

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    The great toy robbery

    “listen: there’s a hell
    of a good universe next door; let’s go”
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    It will take more than a simple Jedi mind trick to pull me in.

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    Hey, I'm a victim of historical negationism. I joined on page 3!

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    Hmmmmm.......

    I don’t see your name anywhere, John. Don’t know what happened. Sign up again, will you please?

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    No problem

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    I'm in.

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    Please remember that in order to join in, you have to sign up, using the online form. Please see the first post in this thread for directions!

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    Directions?? We don't need no stinkin' directions!! Not as bad as having to read a manual though. Yes, the sign up is quick and easy.

    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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    The Secret Santa directions are easier than The Box Pass was. I’ll just leave it at that.

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    It will take more than a simple Jedi mind trick to pull me in

    You must be Toydarian. Fair enough elpfeife, I will say this. It is the easiest way to try a new blend that you otherwise wouldn't consider, or even know about. Its also a good way to share your favorite with another member and maybe broaden their horizons a bit.

    Its also a lot of fun when we start posting what we've gotten and seeing the reactions from other pipers. Not too many forums are like this one, and the sense of camaraderie is one of its strong suits.

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    Please remember that in order to join in, you have to sign up, using the online form.
    . Form signed, thanks for all the hard photoshop work.
    Last year was really fun!

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    I've been putting much thought into my gifting options. Problem is most of the small tins in my cellar are blends I've yet to try so I'd likely be gifting something I've never tasted. I suppose I could BUY something else but mb wait till I see my giftees preferences?

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    Not as bad as having to read a manual though.

    But I like reading manuals.

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    Agreed that once we get assigned, the real task of finding the best blend will begin.

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    Santa does leave coal, sometimes.

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    There is still plenty of time to join up!

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    Let's welcome Chris Sharp to the fold!

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    I would like to participate but I am too young (not enough posts). Would anyone be willing to adopt me so I can join in? I am mostly potty trained and don’t bite too hard...

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    I would like to participate but I am too young (not enough posts). Would anyone be willing to adopt me so I can join in? I am mostly potty trained and don’t bite too hard...

    Does anyone here know you in person? Any friends, friends of friends, family members here?

    Javan
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    No I do no know anyone on this forum in person. I am fine with that. I will just wait until next year.

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    milehighpiper, you are welcome to join in if you have a forum member with at least 150 posts vouch for you. Otherwise, there is always next year. We set a post minimum to avoid potential problems with people who aren't invested PipesMagazine. It's a lesson learned the hard way from years of deals gone bad and missing Box Pass goodies. I am in no way implying that you wouldn't be a great addition to the Secret Santa, I'm sure that you will be, next year. there are participants this year who were in the same position as you last year. Please hang around, make yourself known, do some trading when your post count grows a bit more, and we'll see you back again, same Bat Time, same Bat Channel.

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    Still lots of time to sign up folks, it is quick and easy.

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    there are participants this year who were in the same position as you last year.

    I was exactly in the same position 3 years ago, joined the forum in September and learned about this event in October with a little post count.

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    MHP, never fear. The one constant you will find with pipe smoking is this forum. You will have many many years to participate in the Christmas exchange, maybe get involved in a resurrected form of the box pass in the US or Canada, or just get to know people you can meet up with IRL. The pipe lifestyle is a marathon, not a sprint. Take your time and just enjoy it.

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    Take your time and just enjoy it.

    This is pipe smoking in a nutshell.

    De Gustibus Non Est Disputandum
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    On the flip side, members who have 150 posts and have been here a while, now you can join in!

    What is the grand total at now Dan, have we reached 50 yet?

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    This is my first Secret Santa. Do two pipers exchange with each other or is it a total mix up...example: does John and Bill gift each other or does John gift Bill and bill gifts Tom and Tom gifts Ed and so on?

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    does John gift Bill and bill gifts Tom and Tom gifts Ed and so on?

    ^^^^ This.

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    John gift Bill and bill gifts Tom and Tom gifts Ed and so on

    This is how it works. [Clarified]

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    OK...thanks.

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    Think of it more like a daisy chain than a monogamous relationship.

    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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    A freeway of love, if you will...

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    We're now at the 50 mark!

    But we need more Kiwi's!

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    I hate to hear when a new guy can't participate because of timing on joining, but it only makes it all the more worth it next year. This is looking like a solid group this year. I am fresh out of kiwis.

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    What kind of kiwis Dan?

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    I do love kiwi. The birds are cute, but not as good-tasting as the fruit when sliced into a fruit salad.

    Our Former Leader, Pruss, stands alone in New Zealand. Let me be the first to say that if I end up paired with Pat (it IS a totally random selection process, right Pat?), I will gladly take a pound of his coffee over any tobacco blend.

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    What about Australian members? There must be some that can join and are eligible. I dont want to wade into the whole AUS/NZ thing, but merely mention the geographical proximity.

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    Pat, drag some of your neighbors in here!

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    The birds are cute, but not as good-tasting as the fruit when sliced into a fruit salad
    But have you really tried slicing the birds up in a fruit salad?! You never know what you are missing.

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    It's the feathers that I don't like. It's a texture thing.

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    You probably peel the fruit, too. Weirdo.

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    You have your handmaiden to remove the feathers, Dan! On on a salad, supreme, especially when smoked and sliced thinly (in a smokehouse, not a pipe).

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    it IS a totally random selection process, right Pat?

    Every time there's a discussion on here about someone's humongous cellar full of hard-to-get tobacco, I find myself hoping they get picked as my Secret Santa. Pick me a good one, random selection engine!

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    I had Peck obe year, and all he sent me was a box of Nicorette gum.

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    someone's humongous cellar full of hard-to-get tobacco
    You don't think it got that big sending it all willy nilly to us, do you? Those are the scrooges.

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    But Dan, I heard it was rare & exotic vintage Nicorette gum, datable by the “Whip Inflation Now” sticker on the package

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    That Ford was an Edsel, to be sure.

    (I can't believe that anyone besides me remembers those "WIN" stickers!)

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    Aha! Happy All Hallow's Eve! Glad to see this thread has more legs than the "how to microwave" one.

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    Enjoyed last year, looking forward to this years Secret Santa exchange.

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    Well. we're happy to have you back again, Chris!

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