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  1. jafo1989

    What are You Looking for at the Chicago Pipe Show?

    Air travel mask mandates just came down. Take it as a sign you’re supposed to go. 🥸
  2. jafo1989

    What are You Looking for at the Chicago Pipe Show?

    Since I took up pipes during lockdown, if I’m able to make it I’ll just take in as much as I can. I enjoy all kinds of hobby & collectors’ conventions & this’ll be a new one.
  3. jafo1989

    Other Hobbies & Activities

    I’ve collected & spiffed up very old baseball gloves & mitts for about eight years now. (As philthy & frustrating as estate pipes can be, I haven’t yet acquired one that’s too plagued with mold & dry rot to stay in the collection.)
  4. jafo1989

    Hello from IL

    Welcome from Chicago formerly from Champaign-Urbana originally from LaGrange Park. 👍
  5. jafo1989

    Tobacconist in New Orleans?

    Actually that may not be nearly as random as you might’ve thought. In the 19th century NOLA was a major immigration port & there was a wave of Germans in the 1840s-1850s. Most kept going up the Mississippi to settle in the Midwest (my own family’s history) but I gather plenty stayed in the NOLA...
  6. jafo1989

    Tobacconist in New Orleans?

    Bumping this to give it new life, cuz my wife & are are talking about going to NOLA next month for a long weekend (February in Chicago: those who know, understand). Not just pipe & tobacco merchants, but antique shops that might be a good bet for estates?
  7. jafo1989

    Show Us Your Savinelli Pipes!

    Maybe keep an eye on eBay for awhile? Truckstop smash & grabbers probably have their go-to pawnshop that doesn’t ask a lot of questions. But you never know, they might get cleverer than their native intelligence and list them online. ?‍♂️
  8. jafo1989

    Antique find!

    It starts out rewarding. Then it quickly becomes obsessive. ?‍♂️
  9. jafo1989

    Antique find!

    Ayup. That’s how it starts. “It’s not such a bad pipe, Charlie Brown. It just needs a little love.” ?
  10. jafo1989

    ***What Are You Smoking, January 2022?***

    Hearth & Home First Snow in a GBD Tapestry Collector 1720. -4 windchill.
  11. jafo1989

    Six of the Best & Three of the Rest......Rock Guitarists

    Favorite six “rock song” guitarists: David Gilmour, Mark Knopfler, Alex Lifeson, Jimi Hendrix, Criss Oliva, Eddie Van Halen, George Lynch. And have to throw in two more: Dave Murray & Adrian Smith. Favorite “plus three” rock instrumental guitarists: Joe Satriani, Buckethead, Gary Hoey.
  12. jafo1989

    Show Us your Zippo Lighter

    I didn’t know that. Solid. ?
  13. jafo1989

    What is Your New Year's Pipe Resolution?

    Might as well add: get better at bringing brown vulcanite stems back to black. Have a few where no matter what I’ve done, they just want to stay the color of what I pick up in the yard after the dog. ?
  14. jafo1989

    Show Us your Zippo Lighter

    Really need to get my old Zippo collection out of storage & do exactly that, swap in some pipe inserts. ?
  15. jafo1989

    What is Your New Year's Pipe Resolution?

    Really should pull my pipe & tobacco collections into a good display. Outgrew what worked before & now it’s kind of an OCD-triggering sprawl.
  16. jafo1989

    Goodbye to my Furry Little Friend

    Sorry to hear it brother. I get it. We had to send the cairn terrier in my profile pic to stay on the farm the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Missed him like crazy when we got the VID over Christmas.
  17. jafo1989

    Frustrating Estate Pipe Acquisitions

    With my earliest fleaBay estates I didn’t much care how filthy they were - half the point for me was to learn how to really go to town cleaning a pipe. So now my standards might be somewhat higher, but my expectations really aren’t, if that makes sense. ?‍♂️
  18. jafo1989

    Show Us your Zippo Lighter

    Only pipe Zippo right now.
  19. jafo1989

    Show Us your Zippo Lighter

    Noice. Ft. Sill class of ‘89 myself.