I have mentioned in the past how there are many variables that can affect the pipe smoking experience.
I also frequently refer to pipe smoking as an experience, because to me that’s what it is … an overall experience that touches on all 5 senses.
You see and feel the tobacco. You smell and taste it, and you can hear the match or lighter, and sometimes the crackling, and hopefully not the gurgle.
Some of the variables that can affect the smoking experience are; time of day, what you ate or didn’t eat, the weather, climate & season, how relaxed or not relaxed you are, and many more not to leave out the obvious; like the tobacco and type of pipe.
I am sitting here at 8:00 AM on a mid-weekday morning smoking Dunhill Early Morning Pipe in my Ardor Giove Ninfea – 114 (YS), and I am thinking back to last year’s Chicago Pipe Show.
I recall sitting in the smoking tent on Sunday afternoon with our Associate Editor Bob Tate and Rick Newcombe (pipe collector and author of In Search of Pipe Dreams). Rick pulled out an aged tin of EMP. I can’t remember how old it was, but I think it was something like 20-years old. He was generous enough to let Bob and I fill up our pipes not once, but twice. I am enjoying the pipe of EMP that I am smoking right now, but I do recall how amazing the very old Early Morning Pipe tobacco was that Rick gave us.
I love the one Ardor pipe that I have. It is that special pipe that no matter what I smoke in it, the tobacco always tastes better in my Ardor.
Then it hit me.
No matter what the pipe or tobacco, every pipe that I smoke while at a pipe show is always more enjoyable.
I think it’s because of the great mood it puts me in to be around hundreds of other brothers and sisters of the briar. Being around tons of pipes and tobaccos helps too.
In today’s world the opportunities to be around other pipe smokers in person, rather than virtually online, are far and few between.
Pipe Shows are truly a wonderful experience.
I know that some of you may have restricted budgets as the economy and jobs market is still not so hot to put it mildly. Plus, many new pipe smokers are 20-something college students on a tight budget. However, I would like to suggest that you do whatever you can to make it to at least one pipe show this year, even if you have to put it on a credit card or borrow money from mom & dad.
An important ingredient to truly living your life is to create experiences that turn into fond memories.
I offer you my personal guarantee that attending a pipe show will do this. If you think smoking your pipe at home while reading this website is enjoyable, I direct you to the lyrics of a ’70’s song (from back in the last heyday of pipe smoking), where Randy Bachman of Bachman Turner Overdrive sang … ‘You ain’t seen nothin yet. B-, b-, b-, baby, you just ain’t seen na, na, nothin yet. Here’s somethin’ that you’re never gonna forget. B-, b-, b-, baby, you just ain’t seen na, na, nothin yet.’ This is an oldie that some of the younger readers may not be familiar with, so if you’re interested, here you go.
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