Good afternoon to all from Clayton, NC. I have been a pipe a pipe smoker off and on for close to 30 years. Now that the kids are grown (I use that term loosely) and I seem to be spending more time at home, due to circumstances beyond our control, I have learned to appreciate this wonderful hobby at a slower pace. I have been to the Raleigh TAPS meetings and enjoyed them immensely, but alas we have not met up in several months. I am fortunate to work two blocks away from Pipes By George, for those of you in the area, and make it a point to stop by at least once a week. I visit this site frequently and decided to become a member. To be frank, I am sure my wife is tired of my ramblings on pipes, tobacco and the history of pipe smoking. I look forward to being a part of this community.