As I sit here in the early morning daze with coffee and a bowl of leprechauns liquor burning in a Missouri Meerschaum hardwood aptly named “old reliable” I begin to reminisce the last year and ponder the new one.
Great tobaccos came forward to be tested and reviewed. Some good some not so good. New pipes passed thru my mouth. Some passed while some were passed on.
What remains constant is the plethora of people that I have become acquainted with over the last year thanx to social media and my conserted effort to “get out” more and venture to the social gatherings that take place daily in my local lounges. Almost on a daily basis I am able to interact with these people who have accepted me in to their niche because of the affinity for the leaf. This is a hard world for the smoker to exist in. To share our love for each other and enjoy the comraderie the love of the leaf brings forth is a commendable as well as a traditional endeavor. Male bonding.
The masses do not like smokers. They shun us like lepers . Discard us as a pest or worse like a bag of garbage. Yet we persist. We grow stronger. Our influence grows deeper. The rise of young smokers finding their way into our arena is a hopeful sign of the future.
New pipe makers are amassing and bringing their wares to us daily. Some will succeed others will not. Their talent and the out of the ordinary designs I see are astounding. Their creativity hold no boundaries.
All because of the leaf.. God’s creation.
Others have taken the endeavor to small craft and hand blend new tabacs. Some of which I have tried. Another worthwhile effort . Bringing fresh minds to fresh palettes always willing to try something new and exciting. I commend these endeavors also. Carrying on the tradition of their forefathers .
All for the love of the leaf.
“of all the things in the garden shall ye partake” Tabac is there. Whether it be used to roll cigars , smoke in a pipe, smoke as a cigarette or just enjoy the fragrance of the plant itself . It is Gods plant for us to partake of.
Does it have health risks? Yes as has been said many times. But what doesn’t.? Too much of anything will cause health damage. This is a well understood concept. AS long as we accept those risks and continue to enjoy the friendships we make and brotherhood we share life becomes tolerable and a good smoke is palettable.
SO as we look ahead to 2015 let us also look forward to the new designs of the pipes that are coming out. The new tabacs which we shall partake of and enjoy or dislike. The ability of our immediate social groups and our not so immediate social groups on Instagram and Facebook will keep us aware of it all and let us all interact, debate, share a portion of our lives together. All because of one thing.
The love of the leaf.