Goodbye, summer—hello autumn. An interesting theory is summertime is only wildly and emphatically celebrated for one reason: for a long time, many schooling and education models were designed to both leave room for learning and then agriculture, so families could rely on help from their children during harvest season. When agriculture productivity changed, the several months of summers off persisted, and lo, we turned it into a “vacation.” It was the only time we believed we could, or should, take time off or enjoy ourselves. Thus is born a tolerance of soaring temperatures, scalding sun, unpredictable weather all for the sake of a few moments to extract as much skin-bearing joy as possible out of a lot of daylight. I never particularly understood it or enjoyed it. I’m an autumn guy, and I have been since I was a lad.
Welcome to The Pipes Magazine Radio Show Episode 471! Tonight we have an exceptional show that kicks off our 10th year with our special guest-host, Rich Esserman. Rich is quite well known in the hobby. He has been smoking, collecting, and writing about pipes for over 40-years, and he is best known for collecting large-size Dunhill pipes. We will turn the tables and have Rich interview Brian. Brian is our regular host, and both Rich and Brian hold the title of Dr. of Pipes. At the top of the show, Rich will answer the question, “When should you get a high grade pipe?” He’ll also tell you the smart way to go about it. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!
I hear the rumblings already. “What a load of codswallop, Pease? Of course the pipe matters.” Sure it does, but I can’t count how many times I’ve read similar words to those in the title, and it always makes me a little crazy. Maybe you’re one of those who believes that the briar thing is a load of bogus, that a pipe is nothing more than a vessel in which tobacco is combusted to deliver its smoke to your taste receptors, and once broken in, they’re all about the same. Whichever side of the street you might be on, now that I have your attention, let’s go spelunking a bit, and see what might be found in those dark and spooky caves.
Say, what is that aroma wafting about? Latakia? Yenidje? Izmir? Maybe. But could it be college football season is in the air and tailgate cookouts are smoking up the place?
Or, yes, the World Series is just around the corner, and it’s time for brewskis, bratwurst, and bragging rights?
Perhaps it is all of the above. To the Pundit’s way of putting things together, there is not much better in this strange world than a fresh pipe bowl of an English blend or a pure Virginia on a coolish college football Saturday.