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  1. mikestanley

    Broken Pipe? Art Ruppelt (Ming Kahuna)

    It would appear that a man I called Friend, Art Ruppelt, passed away in March of this year. I used to be a police officer in Solon, Ohio and became acquainted with Art when he and his lovely family lived there. He eventually moved to the Atlanta area but we were friends on social media. Hadn't...
  2. mikestanley


    I've been a member since it was the Ohio Pipe Collectors. Things don't seem to be run nearly as well as they used to be. You just don't replace guys like Bill Unger, Regis McCafferty and John Tolle very easily. For several decades, the February issue has been my prompt to send a check. This...
  3. mikestanley

    Left Handed Forum Members

    The only thing I do right handed is play the guitar. Or, rather played the guitar. It has been a while. Mike S.
  4. mikestanley

    What is Your Fondest Memory Related to Pipe Smoking?

    For me, there is no single one. For years, starting with the first Ohio Pipe Collectors (now NASPC) all the wonderful folks I've shared conversation over pipes and tobacco. The late Charles Frank, a pipe maker from Zanesville for instance. We worked the front table together for a number of...
  5. mikestanley

    Carter Hall by Middleton

    Carter Hall is one of those tobaccos that I appreciate someone else smoking it in my presence. A fellow I play golf with occasionally smokes it. I enjoy when he does. Mike S.
  6. mikestanley

    Old Gowrie vs Hal O The Wynd vs Brown Clunee?

    Hal O the Wynd is more stoved Virginia. I find a stoved Virginia difficult to smoke. Packing and a proper burn rate just elude me with them. Usually leaving me a rather hot, flavorless smoke. I haven't smoked either Old Gowrie or Broun Clunee fresh or even from recent productions, preferring to...
  7. mikestanley

    Thanks to the Pipes Magazine Radio Show!

    The radio show generally makes the weekly lawn work tolerable. In the Winter, it does the same for one treadmill session. Now, if only it were daily in the Winter! Mike S.
  8. mikestanley

    Coffee Check

    We have been drinking Kirkland Coffee for years now. I like it with Half and Half. Mike S.
  9. mikestanley

    Amphora Thoughts

    My Grand Dad smoked Amphora Brown exclusively from the time my memory kicks in (1965 or so) until 1984 when he passed. I was of course, drawn to it when I first tried a pipe over Thanksgiving break my Freshman year in College (1981). I eventually smoked the Amphora line and settled on the Red. I...
  10. mikestanley

    Some More of my Jess Chonowitch Pipes

    I don't expect you to tell me but, I sure would curious as to the annual household budget for pipes! Mike S.
  11. mikestanley

    McClelland CC Editions

    Its been at least 25 years! It was a bite free, smooth Virginia flake prone to crystal forming on the flakes. As the tin emptied, the flavors just got better. Absolutely no sharp edges. I've yet to find any Virginia Flake to compare. I would love to know the origin of the leaf and the sugar...
  12. mikestanley

    McClelland CC Editions

    I've smoked all up to 2008. Haven't cracked those yet. I don't have anything older than 2008 left. Oddly enough, the blend they did instead of a 1993 Christmas Cheer, Nutcracker Flake, is by far my favorite Christmas blend by McClelland. Mike S.
  13. mikestanley

    Richards Sheffield Pipe Knife Find

    I have one and, I like it. I just wish the tamping surface was a wee bit larger. Mike S.
  14. mikestanley

    C&D Folklore

    I will TOTALLY be on my computer at midnight to buy as many tins as possible! Mike S.
  15. mikestanley

    Anybody Smoke a Pipe while Playing Golf?

    I occasionally golf with a guy who smokes a pipe while playing. He smokes Carter Hall in Grabows. He always takes a cart. I walk. If I'm playing alone, I sometimes smoke my pipe. I walk so, it's a bit of work though. I usually buy two bundles of J. R. Alternatives in the Winter for golf season...
  16. mikestanley

    PayPal (et al) and New IRS Regulations

    I once had a case in which a book keeper for a local company stole $400,000. 00 from her employer over about three years. She used her husband as a vendor and printed dozens of checks which he cashed. Neither received a single day in jail and, in fact, they were only obligated to pay back...
  17. mikestanley

    Have Tobacco Prices gone up?

    I remember getting a flayer advertising Barry Levin's LPI tobaccos, blended by McClelland. Must have been the early 1990s. You had to order three 4 ounce tins. They were $9.40/tin. I really struggled with paying that much for a tin of tobacco. lol Mike S.
  18. mikestanley

    Old Boy Question (Can I do it myself?)

    I will say this. With the rubber band in place, holding the lift arm snug between uses, it holds the gas. Mike S.
  19. mikestanley

    Old Boy Question (Can I do it myself?)

    Hello All; I realize I can send this back to Arrango, have the form printed and everything but... The lift arm isn't closing tight enough, allowing the butane to leak out. I get one day to a fill. I don't see any obvious way to tighten the way it seats. Anyone have any insight before I box it...
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    What’s Going on with Lane Limited 12 oz Cans?

    Wouldn't surprise me one bit if some less profitable sizes and blends were dropped after the sale of the line. Mike S.