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Who Will Remember Pipes a Century from Now?

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  1. chasingembers

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    Some family came in this weekend for an early Labor Day get together as daily schedules and work prevented such things the day thereof. All went well, cookout, passing the pigskin, seeing family's new babies, but something happened that struck me. Now, fifty years ago people would smoke pipes in hospitals, their office cubicals, and there are even photographs from NASA during the moon landing of scientists, and ground control with a pipe in their jaw. One hundred years ago, you see yellowing, sepia photographs of gentlemen proudly holding their pipes in hand. The event that occurred today, was a seven year old nephew inquiring what I had in my mouth after dinner. I told him it was a pipe, and that you smoked tobacco in it, and that did little to soothe his look of bewilderment. He did say that it smelled better than his parents' cigarette smoke, but he had no idea what a pipe was. Fifty years from now, will there still be those enjoying a warm pipe in their hand? Will people a century from now pick up a pipe and wander what the little wooden curiosity was ever used for?

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    I think it will still hold a strong memory, and I'm sure there will still be pipe smokers. Maybe not as many as now, perhaps not as many as years back, but then you never know. Even despite the FDA BS going on right now, it seems to be gaining in popularity again. Perhaps it will grow to be stronger than ever. Often times, if something is frowned upon (as it is by the FDA right now)that something just grows more popular. Remember... when rock and roll hit the scene it might as well have been the devil. In the 60's it was even more of the devil. In the 70's it was the great big mean devil but still better than disco. In the 80's the devil grew up and was a sex crazed druggy Satan worshiping devil (what?) The 90's don't count so we'll skip it... and then in 2000 and beyond to now, rock and roll is Satan's big daddy, Lucifer. But more people love rock and roll because more people think it's the devil. So according to the FDA, pipes are the devil, apparently. So it can only get bigger.... and I have no earthly idea where I'm going with this, it's 2:49 in the morning, and I should be sleeping yesterday.

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    About a year ago I was sitting in the park enjoying a smoke on my pipe when a kid comes up to me and blurts out in confused awe, "People still smoke those things?"

    However, I do believe this age-old ritual will continue, at least for a few more centuries; if not it would be a tragic loss for mankind.

    Our species has enjoyed the sacred tobacco leaf since time immemorial, not to mention its contribution to the building of America.

    Gentlemen, raise your pipes to the tradition!

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    Gentlemen, raise your pipes to the tradition!

    Amen

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    They will probably become ancient history. When was the last time you saw a spittoon anywhere? Chewing tobacco was the absolute most popular way to consume tobacco. With it's demise so went the spittoon. And lets not forget more and more insurance companies test for nicotine so why would people want to pay more for their insurance because they get dubbed as a smoker?

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    I hate to admit but pipe smokers are a dying bread, but as long as there are those curious 7 year old nephews the outlook is optimistic.

    Nowhere in the world will such a brotherly feeling of confidence be experienced as amongst those who sit together smoking their pipes
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    Pretty sure I won't...

    "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way" - Mark Twain

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    I smoke in public as much as possible. Trying to imprint the image in people's minds for years to come. It's all I can do.

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    As the Buddha once said(highly paraphrased): "The only constant in life is change". I can think of thousands examples of things that were considered necessities to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in civilizations long gone by... hmmmmmmm... let me grab a pipe and start writing them down!

    “Deep peace of the running wave to you.
 Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
 Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
 Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
    Deep peace of the infinite peace to you." - Fiona Macleod
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    50 years from now, I will be rotting in the cold, cold ground, and I could care less what the people on this planet do. As far as memories of me that live on, I hope that my pipe is just a side note. If forgotten, so be it. I'd much rather have people remember me for the things that I made, the things that I did, and hopefully for the positive affect that I had. Me smoking... that was just one of the few things that I do (did) out of pure selfishness, my one vice, so to speak.
    Honestly though, I think that tobacco will go the way of the dodo bird, eventually. I would really really be shocked if I took a peak in and people were still smoking anything. I might even be a little disappointed if they were.

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    People have been smoking since... the invention of fire. To believe we are now so evolved that all smoking ceases.... I doubt it. It'll ebb and flow, becoming rare and eventually becoming common again as society evolves and then devolves again.

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    It does seem like it's a fading trend. Let's consider this, how many of the new smoker, maybe even the older ones, have started the pipe because they reminisced their elders smoking it. Less people smoking it, less reminiscing, less future smokers.
    On the other hand, many new smokers have started in these recent years because they're intrigued, because, they don't like the evolution of the world and smoking the pipe is a sort of "rebellious" act to show that "before it was better" ...
    Should we push it forward, try to convince more people ? we can't do ads but we can definitely share
    but seriously, what do I know ?
    I know that I smoke now, I enjoy it.

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    Jitterbugdude, I know chewing tobacco has fallen off in metropolitan areas, however...in rural areas it's as big as ever. I'd say at least one in every three adult men out here in the boonies likely chew, dip, snus, etc.. There are no more spittoons for sure, but you can see nasty tobacco spit filled Mountain Dew bottles aplenty! As for the future of pipe smoking, it will carry on, but in much reduced numbers, this FDA deeming act is accelerating the decline even more. Unfortunately more and more B&M's will close, due to lower sales from Internet competition and more cumbersome rules and regulations from the FDA. Less B&M's equals less new smokers....it's that simple. There will still be the odd fellow who will go to the trouble of taking up the pipe, but the less a thing (object or activity) is seen, the less it is remembered and practiced.

    "So it goes." - K.V.
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    Yes me

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    Trying to see into the future and know what will be socially acceptable or not is hard to judge. The thing about smoking is that mankind has been smoking since ancient times. The Native Americans began cultivating tobacco in the Andes mountains over 7,000 years ago. 2,000 years ago the ancient Egyptians were smoking pipes, just not tobacco. We tend to think that anti-smoking campaigns and the spread of the health risks of smoking tobacco is a modern phenomenon, but actually tobacco smoking has always had its detractors:

    Have you not reason then to bee ashamed, and to forbeare this filthie noveltie, so basely grounded, so foolishly received and so grossely mistaken in the right use thereof? In your abuse thereof sinning against God, harming your selves both in persons and goods, and raking also thereby the markes and notes of vanitie upon you: by the custome thereof making your selves to be wondered at by all forraine civil Nations, and by all strangers that come among you, to be scorned and contemned. A custome lothsome to the eye, hatefull to the Nose, harmefull to the braine, dangerous to the Lungs, and in the blacke stinking fume thereof, neerest resembling the horrible Stigian smoke of the pit that is bottomelesse. — King James I of England, 1604

    However, even King James wasn't able to stomp it out and like some many governments since, learned that there was revenue that could be generated taxing this "wicked" leaf.

    It's hard to say how people will view pipe smoking in the future. Humanity seems to ebb and flow over the decades and as such the popularity of certain hobbies and habits change with them. With the advent of the cigarette, especially with its rise in popularity after World War I, pipe smoking ceased to be the primary means by which people enjoyed smoking tobacco. Yet, today (FDA aside), we probably enjoy far more blends and varieties of smoking pipes, than our granddads did back in the 1930's thru the 50's.

    What will the future hold, perhaps in another 50 years advances in medicine will come up with the magic pill that "cures all cancers" and without such a risk being hung as an albatross around the neck of tobacco smokers, then more folks may more readily partake in the pleasures of pipe smoking without any of the perceived health risks. Or society may evolve to become more "libertarian" and we move away from our current regulatory "nanny state" overreach. Only time will tell. Until then, I will continue to enjoy my pipes and tobacco.

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    Hey, it's good to see you again, virginiacob.

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    Yes, hello! Great quote of King Jimmie. I'd like to see that admonition on the FDA warning labels!

    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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    Thanks Cosmic. I've been around, just been rather busy and haven't had as much time to post as I did in the past. I'm going to try and start making the time though.

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    The hobby is demonstrably on the rise...

    Dunhill will return.
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    The hobby is demonstrably on the rise...

    And, as with all things that get admonished, the FDA will inject even more life into the hobby. Just look at how vaping took off when the news started running articles on how dangerous they are. Look at how the church helped Harry potter become number 1 best sellers, rock and roll, porn... anything that gets labelled as banned, forbidden, or dangerous sky rockets in popularity. It happens EVERY SINGLE time.

    The best that we can hope for is to have smoking banned entirely. That would give us absolute freedom to grow in outrageous proportions underground.

    And, I've said it a million times... legalizing pot is going to hurt that industry way more than help it. It was better off in the closet.

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    I'll be 164 years old in a century. I'll be lucky to remember to drop my draws going to bathroom.

    Blowin' smoke since 1970.
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    No one. Today's clay pipe is tomorrow's briar.

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    Today's clay pipe is tomorrow's briar.

    Hey, I have a clay pipe. In fact it's a museum quality certified replica of a pipe used in Mexico from before the Europeans arrived.

    Humans will always smoke tobacco, it's in our nature!

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    As a certified, card-carrying Curmudgeon, I am pessimistic as to the future of pipe smoking & tobacco use in the USA. The relentless march of Social Engineering, taxes, rules & regulations, & ultimately prohibition will drive legal tobacco sales & consumption from the USA. I suspect that private cultivation will also be restricted. I do not think that tax revenues will be sufficient incentive for the Social Engineers to allow for tobacco's existence beyond a few decades or sooner.
    Though prohibition usually does not work, as seen last century with Alcohol Prohibition, & the ongoing recreational drug prohibitions, there will not be a sufficient underground or black market to sustain illicit tobacco production, smuggling, & use. Unlike cannabis which enjoyed a significant black market & illegal cultivation, tobacco does not have the tacit support of the Soccial Engineers. Nor do I think that tobacco will experience a resurgence of acceptability & incremental legalization as currently does cannabis.
    Since the Social Engineers are quietly revising history, especially as taught in the government controlled propaganda institutions (e.g. education system), the history of tobacco will be relegated to the status of an evil substance with no redeeming qualities (not withstanding that an Ebola vaccine was propagated in & extracted from tobacco plants).
    Pipes in the future will disappear from usage, even as historical set-pieces in movies or TV shows, & as implements of cannabis use due to non-combustion delivery (vaping, dabbing, edibles, etc) will be superior to & prefered over smoking cannabis (except perhaps where home growing is allowed).
    RIP tobacco.
    These are my opinions, grim as they may be.
    I think that I have a sufficient tobacco cellar until my demise. If not, I can at least buy or grow cannabis here in Colorado, & stock up on tobacco seeds as a hedge.

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    Hey, I have a clay pipe. In fact it's a museum quality certified replica of a pipe used in Mexico from before the Europeans arrived.

    Excellent! Could you please post a photo or two?

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    You have a very dark outlook, Cossackjack. You should eat more chocolate.

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    Never know, he could be right. Are we looking at a future of tobacco tolerance, or complete oblivion. All very interesting replies. Keep 'em coming.

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    Just for the fun of being a contrarian, I'm saying that in 100 years, pipe smoking will be a specialized activity enjoyed by a limited customer base supported by workshops making "factory pipes," but smaller workshops than now, and a good many artisans still carving pipes by hand. Cigarettes and probably vapes will fade more completely and quickly because of their publicly conspicuous presence. Pipes will adapt to the restrictive regulations, local statutes, and laws, and if that means the price of tobaccos is way high, it will mean that smoking pipes will be more of an occasional thing, once or twice a week, and at pipe clubs and (very modest) pipe shows. What makes me think so? Unlike other modes of smoking, pipes have a lot of artistry and lore that will continue to fascinate people, much more so certainly than cigarettes or vapes, and more than cigars, which are more dependent on volume, traffic, and hand-crafting in quantity. I don't expect pipe smoking to expand, although it may have resurgences before it becomes more stable but smaller. But I think the mystique and (yes) artistry will sustain it in a particularly durable way. It's like coach building and harness horse racing, not mainstream activities by a long shot, but hanging on for their interest and essence. (Yeah, I know, harness racing is about as competitive as professional wrestling, but the wheels on those "bikes" still spin. )

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    It could be driven underground. There are already underground RYO factories. There is one down the road from me that I do not understand how it stays open. They have rooms full of machines cranking out cigarettes, run by sideways nose guys with lots of scars, know what I mean? Pipe could take easily take on an underground role, blenders mixing up small batches and spreading them more easily than cigarettes. tobacco is not as much of a sore thumb growing as marijuana is. Marijuana gives of a distinct ultraviolent spectrum in the daylight that law enforcement uses to track it. Tobacco is exactly the same light spectrum and color as tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and many, many other plants derived from the same source. It would be way easier to disguise a field of tobacco than it would be to disguise pot.

    I have no fear at all. I grow my own already, and trying to thwart growing really would be nearly impossible. Pot sticks out like a sore thumb, but yet it thrived in prohibition.

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    @cosmic: or maybe some CO cannabis!

    Yes, bleak future. At least @mso489 is more optimistic, which I hope will be closer to the future of pipes & tobacco, perhaps even better.

    I do not trust Social Engineers. No conspiracy theories, just observations of their methods & divining their intent. The past is prologue, so to speak.

    I envision the same, though more draconian, future for firearms & the Second Amendment.

    So for now I will continue putting in stores of ATF + TP (alcohol, tobacco, firearms, & toilet paper), as well as tobacco seeds, & perhaps cannabis (though I do not partake) for future needs.

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    What is a social engineer?

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    A math/mechanics geek with friends.

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    Ha ha!! I should have seen that coming.

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    You really should've. The open door felt almost suspect

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    Note that cannabis is a fence row weed that grows just about anywhere and can be cultivated with little to no effort or intelligence. Tobacco on the other hand is very labor intensive. Both in cultivating and processing and in blending and producing the end result.

    It's cannabis that will be here forever. How ironic.

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    Note that cannabis is a fence row weed that grows just about anywhere and can be cultivated with little to no effort or intelligence.

    Or at least that's what jmatt told the cops when they raided his grow-op

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    Ha ha! Well, I grow tobacco, and find it rather easy. Except maybe the cure process. But, even that isn't exactly rocket science, or else I wouldn't be able to do it.

    I have no idea what pot involves.

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    Social Engineers design the things that keep you from getting social diseases.

    Social Engineering

    Miriam-Webster Dictionary:

    The practice of making laws or using other methods to influence public opinion and solve social problems or improve social conditions

    Management of human beings in accordance with their place and function in society : applied social science.

    Tech definition

    An attack vector that relies heavily on human interaction and often involves tricking people into breaking normal security procedures (I.e. Phishing/Spear Phising, Baiting, Pretexting, Scareware)

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    Social engineering is college educated, large scale manipulation

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    Ditch weed:

    cannabis is a fence row weed that grows just about anywhere and can be cultivated with little to no effort or intelligence.

    The genetics, growing, curing, & processing of quality cannabis for legal dispensaries is quite intensive, highly developed & constantly evolving. My wife's college friend work for a lab that extracts, processes, & analyzes THC & CBD (cannabidiols - the actual medically active chemicals) for non-combustible products.

    Yeah, anyone can grow ditch weed or even tobacco, but skill is needed to produce quality products from either weed.

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    People may forget tobacco, except as a curiosity. But given the rise of cannabis, pipes of some sort will still be around.

    Truth to tell, I have my collection and my stash and honestly don't much care about the future over enjoying a nice smoke right now.

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    As long as people are alive, people will smoke. Just don't make "butter" out of your baccy. But if you do, remember, butane is heavier than air and the parting arc on your refrigerator will be the parting arc of existence.

    Ubi Ignis Est?
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    "Who Will Remember Pipes A Century From Now?"

    A more salient question was posed by the late author Jean Shepherd who asked, "Can you imagine 4,000 years passing, and you're not even a memory ? Think about it, friends. It's not just a possibility. It is a certainty.''

    Love Me, Love My Pipe
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    Four thousand years? For most of us, those not in history books, six months at the outside. Well, except for those we stiffed with an IOU.

    A man without a shillelagh is a man without an expedient.
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    The genetics, growing, curing, & processing of quality cannabis for legal dispensaries is quite intensive, highly developed & constantly evolving. My wife's college friend work for a lab that extracts, processes, & analyzes THC & CBD (cannabidiols - the actual medically active chemicals) for non-combustible products.

    Yeah, anyone can grow ditch weed or even tobacco, but skill is needed to produce quality products from either weed.

    I couldn't agree more with everything you posted.

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    Fifty years from now, will there still be those enjoying a warm pipe in their hand?

    Well, at my current age, with a little luck I might still have another 50 years to live. If I'm still around in 50 years, I'll almost certainly be enjoying at least an occasional bowl, FDA willing of course ...

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    Someone posted, not long ago, a link to an article about the discovery of a camp site out west that dated back more than 12,000 years. Amongst the artifacts found were ancient tobacco seeds. Humans and tobacco have been linked for that amount of time, even if the FDA has their way, and pipes are forgotten, I have a glimmer of hope that tobacco will find its way back in one form or another. Ah, here it is.

    http://westerndigs.org/ice-age-hunting-camp-replete-with-bird-bones-and-tobacco-found-in-utah-desert/

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    Great article Captain. Now what would Pease pay to get hold of some of those seeds. We could be smoking a 12,000 year old plant in our pipes.

    In all seriousness though, this confirms that man's relationship with tobacco is far deeper than whatever the Anti-tobacco Crusaders want to make it out to be.

    We are a very privileged elite to be continuing this truly ancient tradition. Smoke on brothers!

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    Those are probably Nicotiana rustica seeds. Our distant ancestors were smoking some powerful stuff!

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    Yeah, anyone can grow ditch weed or even tobacco, but skill is needed to produce quality products from either weed.

    For freakin' centuries, men with no college, most with no high school have grown tobacco and cured it in their barns. I grew up in it watching and helping other men who grew up in it. There is no rocket science involved. It probably takes more science in keeping a tractor running. And, for hundreds of years we have had "quality" tobaccos. The main reason more people don't get involved in growing their own tobacco is "pure and simple" laziness.
    Yes, yes, we have some fine tobacconist mixing and blending. But,. there are also chefs that do the same with food, and many, many people can cook just as good and sometimes better food than five star chefs. And, if a person tried, they might find that they can blend the cured tobacco better than a five star tobacconist.
    The notion that all of this is some kind of "out of reach" process for the average Joe just makes me laugh.
    Why, I've tried some blends jitterbug on these very forums has made, and they are way better than most of what you can buy. Some times home cooking is the champagne wishes and caviar dreams that the five star folks are reaching for.

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  51. cosmicfolklore

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    Heck, most of the work that goes into a blend was done by a farmer, and the tobacconist that blends these things has no idea what all the farmer has done. They just buy the cured leaf and mix it. Just as a chef may have no idea what all was done to a tomato or cow before making it into a dish. Not to disparage the chef, but to give some kudos to the dirt farmer.

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    Cosmic, you're missing my point. Of course people CAN grow tobacco. But to your point, they're too lazy. To which I agree. I just said it differently. I think we are both saying it will take more effort than people are willing to put in.

    As you even note, the blender probably doesn't know half of all the things the farmer did to make his tobacco as good as it is. Exactly. Most people can plant a couple rows of corn from a packet from Lowes too. That doesn't make them Monsanto though.

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    Oh yeh, I thought that I was arguing with Cossackjack... well not arguing... discussing.
    Oh, and Nate. It doesn't look like we are arguing, but deep inside we both know that I am right.

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    Actually Cos, I believe deep down you're all kindsa wrong, but your genetics aren't your fault.

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    ...see what I mean. He is love with me.

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    Tobacco farmers are highly educated in tobacco farming. You grow up with it and the teachers of weather and the fortunes of the market are severe. Farming is among the riskiest and most dangerous of careers along with mining, fishing, and soldiering.

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    I'm lazy because I don't grow tobacco?

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    Ha ha, yes Warren. After a life of serving and protecting us citizens, you are obligated to farm for us now.

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    Fifty years from now, will there still be those enjoying a warm pipe in their hand?

    Yes. Some things are eternal.

    "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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    All that is old becomes new again. I think we will see the roller-coaster of popularity, with it gradually becoming less and less popular. I would like to think that we will never see a total demise of the briar.

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    Decided to bump this one out of the grave for some events that happened yesterday. We have a fall festival where I live called October Court Days. In days of old, it was when court was held, and during the proceedings, anyone and their families involved with the court hearings would gather in the courthouse square to trade and buy livestock, fire arms, food, and odds and ends. As time moved on, and transportation became more widely available, for the past several decades, the event has turned into a weekend long, town sized flea market. Being down there yesterday to consume my annual carnival food cravings, I lit a pipe to give my stomach time to settle. Ten or fifteen minutes in, I had drawn a small crowd of Millenials. Questions of, "What is that?" "Is that a weed pipe?" "You can smoke tobacco like that?" "Tobacco smells like that?" (I was smoking Luxury Twist Flake) And comments like, "I've never seen one used for tobacco". Or, "I thought pipes were made out of glass". It was silly, and even though I am a mad 904 collector, my eBay 904 purchase last night was more prompted by those events than anything.

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    I can't believe I didn't sees this thread before. Thanks for bringing it back up! That's an awesome post you started this thread with Duane.

    That's one of the things I wish people remember me by. The fact that I'm a pipe smoker. People like us need to keep these memories going! A tradition like this needs to be remembered.

    "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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    I had drawn a small crowd of Millenials. Questions of, "What is that?" "Is that a weed pipe?" "You can smoke tobacco like that?" "Tobacco smells like that?" (I was smoking Luxury Twist Flake) And comments like, "I've never seen one used for tobacco". Or, "I thought pipes were made out of glass".

    Wow...just wow. Not sure what else to say about that. A disturbing level of ignorance. And I strongly suspect it only scratches the surface. Not sure I'd want to know what all else they are clueless about.

    “Bipartisan usually means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out.” – George Carlin
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    Brian I'd venture that's a fairly common reaction.

    I mentioned at work that I enjoy a pipe and everyone assumed I meant weed from a glass pipe.

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    ^ But if they saw you smoking a tobacco pipe would they actually not know what it is?

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    ^ But if they saw you smoking a tobacco pipe would they actually not know what it is?

    My long time coworkers know, but younger new hires have often asked about my pipes when they see them on my desk like it's something they've never seen before.

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    Boy, I hope I've managed to be lazy at some points in my life. Was it Ogden Nash ... something like: duty duty duty, why are you such a beauty, why are you such a cutie? Be lazy when you can, if you can.

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    I have a feeling there will be many pipe smokers a century from now. Probably more than now. There will be a breaking point where more and more people will finally say 'no more!' to the socialist nanny states trying to control every aspect of our lives. Yes, I think the backlash is coming. 10 years from now? A century from now? I don't know. But it is coming.

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    A century from now, nothing will resemble the present. Something ran the course of its arc. And so, I predict more pipes and fewer cigarettes.

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    The backlash will be ugly and huge. People will finally just say 'no more!' The pendulum will swing back and it will be a LOT different. But, I will be long gone. Just remember, if you ARE here when the flush handle is pulled, HANG ON TO THE RIM!

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