- Feb 28, 2013
Are you too old and seasoned now to care? Yup.
I must be lucky. My neighborhood everyone knows each other. All our kids grew up together and played together on "The Green" area in the middle of the development. We have a neighborhood wide block party every year where everyone brings food for themselves plus some extra to share. By the way this is recent. We moved into that development when it was built in 2004 and our son was 4.Think about it. If you live on a street in a neighborhood, how many neighbors do you know? Do your kids play with their kids? Do you have neighborhood cookouts or gatherings? Think back to the fifties or sixties when almost everyone on your street or block knew one another. Now you're lucky if you know 2 out of 10 neighbors. People don't get out and meet the neighbors anymore.
I think Sablebrush is right in that pipe forum members are maybe a subatomic part of the real pipe smoking community. Think about it. Kaywoodie and Dr. Grabow are still making and selling pipes. Look at all the old drugstore brands like Prince Albert, Carter Hall - and, yes - Borkum Riff and Captain Black, that are still on the market. They are still making money for the manufacturers because people are still buying them.Forum members are such a vast minority, things start to make more sense when you take a step back and look at the retailers and manufacturers realizing how small this part of the community is, and how large the part of the community is which consists of guys like your neighbor who smokes a pipe but you never knew because he only smokes after dinner or in the back yard.