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  1. phred

    First Rope - Recommendations?

    So there I was, out on my back patio last night with my meerschaum and some Frog Morton "Across the Pond", scribbling down some ideas for short stories that I want to get outlined for an upcoming writing seminar, and it occurred to me that for research purposes, I should probably try some rope...
  2. phred

    Pulled the Trigger - PAD/TAD

    I've been good, really I have... I've been working through my backlog of open tins and samples, smoking my current modest collection of cobs and briars, getting some color on the one meer, and being satisfied with what I've got (which does include some cellared blends and a few unopened tins for...
  3. phred

    Seasonal Allergies...

    Well, it finally happened. Colorado's allergy season has kicked into gear (although it is snowing in Denver today), and between the increased pollen count and the fact that my humidifier has sprung a leak, I'm skirting a bronchitis outbreak and coughing again, as my body tries to convert every...
  4. phred

    Bjarne Viking blends - Odin's Wind

    I've been delaying writing this one up, as I still haven't quite teased out the specific flavors in the aromatic fruitiness, but at this point, I suspect they don't really matter to those of us whose palates are not yet trained in the details. This is the first of 4 blends produced by STG Lane...
  5. phred

    January TAD...

    Thank goodness my wife can't seem to pass up the loose-leaf tea vendors at the conventions we go to - anytime she questions my TAD, I can simply point to the Shelf of Tea in our pantry... :D Anyway, I'd been wanting to pick up some of the H&H Sugar Barrel Match blend, and then I got the e-mail...
  6. phred

    Two Years In

    This past weekend, I went out to Red Rocks Park to watch the sun rise on Solstice morning with my wife and some friends, as has been our habit for the last 15 years or so. The circle of friends and/or family members has shifted over time, and we've been snowed out a few times, but it's become a...
  7. phred

    PAD/TAD And A Head Cold

    So - I've been saving up for my first Meer (see this thread), which has cut into my available PAD/TAD funds. Last week, though, I finally had enough left over to accommodate an order with P&C, so I took the plunge on a new Mark Twain cob and the "Buy 3 Get One Free" deal on the Bjarne Viking...
  8. phred

    Taste Test - A Tale of Two Frogs

    There have been a couple of questions lately about how to go about learning to distinguish tastes when smoking, so I thought I'd do a quick write-up of yesterday's taste test... I discovered Latakia blends relatively early on for a newbie. I've only been smoking for about a year and a half, but...
  9. phred

    Drug Store Pipe - Spotted One At Last!

    So after hearing about people buying pipes at drugstores (and the recent kerfuffle over a major chain ending tobacco sales), I've been keeping my eyes open whenever I find myself in a Walgreen's or Rite Aid (the two big players in this area). Until today, I had yet to see any of the stores...
  10. phred

    Unexpected Wifely Approval

    So my most recent TAD order finally arrived, and I broke out the pouch of Prince Albert on Friday to see how it compared with the other "codger burleys" that I've been working my way through, slowly. I had to double-check to verify that I had, in fact, received original Prince Albert, as the...
  11. phred

    First the Dental Hygienist, Now the Doctor

    So I just had my annual physical, first time with a new doctor. The medical history form actually does include an item for tobacco use, and specifically mentions pipes and cigars, and the campus is now a "no tobacco use" area, so I was wondering what I might be letting myself in for... I went...
  12. phred

    New Jobey

    At long last, here are some shots of the new Jobey I picked up at the B&M a few weeks back... This is actually my pipe bag - a Maxpedition Fatty in black. Two to four pipes, depending on size and how much other stuff I try to cram in, plus a couple of lighters, some books of matches, my Brigham...
  13. phred

    PAD/TAD - Finally Gave In

    I've been saving my pennies, with an eye toward a couple of pipes that I wish to order, but I made the mistake of stopping by a couple of B&Ms over the last two weekends... On a quick trip to Bellevue, WA for SteamCon, I was delighted to discover a Tobacco Patch within walking distance of the...
  14. phred

    Told My Dental Hygienist About My New Pipe Habit...

    ... and all she said was "Can you put something on the mouthpiece to soften it?" I've got an old piece of crown work up front (central incisors and right lateral incisor, right bicuspid) that has a little bit of wear damage that she's been keeping an eye on, and she didn't want me chipping off...
  15. phred

    One More Piece of the "English" Puzzle...

    I'm doing some research, in part to expand and reinforce my own knowledge of tobacco terminology and in part to learn more about the history of tobacco use and social attitudes (especially among Victorians), with an eye toward possibly presenting on the subject at Steampunk gatherings in the...
  16. phred

    Props to Kashmir

    Just wanted to express my thanks to Kashmir for the advice contained in this thread and this thread. Over the last several weeks, I've been working on clenching more (unless smoking one of my churchwardens) and puffing less (or at least more slowly), and it's been paying off. My tongue is in...
  17. phred

    More PAD - Mr. Brog, WBW Forever Stem

    So - this having a paycheck thing is kind of nice... Here's my 'new' cobwarden - it's the Country Gent that I received from patiobum, with a new 8" Forever Stem from Walker Briar Works. Took a little judicious sanding to fit it properly, but it's gorgeous... Also got a Mr. Brog churchwarden -...
  18. phred

    Pipes at the Renaissance Festival

    Went to the local Ren Faire this weekend, and saw a surprising number of pipes (i.e. more than one... :D ). I suspect it's partly the fact that I'm now a pipe smoker, and thus more aware of them in general (just as when, after you or someone you know buys a particular make/model/color of car...
  19. phred

    New Stanwell

    So - my cash flow problems have been resolved (i.e. it's payday at my new job!). To celebrate, I headed on over to my local B&M to pick out a celebratory pipe to commemorate being gainfully employed once again. So after looking through the Crowns, Rossis, and Bjarne Viking Classics, I found a...
  20. phred

    New Chapter...

    So - just after I bought my first pipe and joined this forum, I lost my job. Fortunately, TAD and PAD had already kicked in, so I had a selection of cobs and a tobacco sampler to keep me going, and PatioBum kindly enabled further explorations with several more samples and a lovely Country...