A return to the pipe
Eight years ago I had a heart attack resulting in a triple by-pass and the cessation of all nicotine-related activities, then, just about a year ago, I realized just how badly I missed smoking a pipe. No thoughts of cigarettes (I had been a two-pack-a-day fiend) but now, today, a mere whiff of cigarette smoke sends my gag reflex into high activity, but I sure did miss the comfort and meditative relaxation of a pipe.
SO–I invested in a couple of corn-cob pipes, which led to several “Civil War Era” clay pipes & reed stems. Yeah-yeah, I know, but I live in South Carolina and sitting under my favorite shade tree in a magnolia-scented evening smoking a pipe that may well be a replica of the pipe smoked by a Good Ol’ Rebel Soldier home recovring from wounds, maybe sitting in the same place he did over a hundred years ago—well, they don’t call them “pipe-dreams” for nothing.
Then, I progressed to ordering pipes and tobacco on-line. My most favoritest smoke in my earlier (pre-heart-attack) life was C&D’s “Baalbeck,” but, now I find that has gone with the wind. I was also kind of hung up on “estate” pipes (which I had given away,) But, I ordered several Savinelli “Duca Carlo” pipes, and am planning to order several more. They fit my retirees budget and smoke most excellently well. I’m stiil hunting for that “perfect” latakia blend and have, for the moment anyway, settled on Russ Ouellette’s “Sunjammer” with a mug of strong chicory coffee for my sunrise smoke, and his “Larry’s Blend” with a cup of Lapsang souchong tea as a sundowner. Throughout the day, weather permitting, I indulge myself with various corn-cobs and excruciatingly plebeian “Carter Hall,” which I picked up at the local super market months ago when I had nothing else (It was either Carter Hall or Captain Black) and have been devoted to the quiet, gentle, Middleton, and have no intention of changing. I’m almost seventy years old, and a retired Marine Sargent, I’ve had enough excitement and adventure –I want magnolias, gentle, warm days, and a quiet, meditative pipe. Selah.