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Subject: Pipes Digest #15 - June 18, 1989

			Pipes Digest #15 - June 18, 1989

In the pipeline:

 - Elias Mazur, with a request for some job-hunting help from the pipenet
   (and of course some notes on pipes!); 
 - Ron Natalie, with some carving info;
 - Phil Gustafson, with some notes on smoking etiquette, and some fun things
   to do with a bicycle;
 - And yr. obd't. servant on meeting the members, summer smokes, and tobacco
   and food (but not aircraft).

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From: ??????????????????????? (Elias Mazur)
Subject: Congratulations, help and of course, pipes...

Dear fellow pipe smokers:

   I would like to apologize for not being active in our group for
such a long time.  These past weeks have been pretty busy, and crazy, but
thanks to the peace of mind that my pipes always provide me, I didn't
get any serious stress.  Well, I would like to congratulate my friend
Steve (a little late of course) for the completion of the degree, and
wish him good luck in his persuit for his Ph.D. I'm sure that your new
pipes will help you through those long nights of research and writing the
dissertation. I hope we could all meet and celebrate, with our
favorite pipes along. (Maybe I just planted a seed for the future
meeting of our pipe group. Ideas ???).

I am also finishing my Master's degree, and will be defending my
thesis two weeks from today. Of course I was going to buy myself a new
pipe as the graduation gift 'after' the defense, but yesterday I saw a
beautiful Ben-Wade free-hand with an oustanding straight grain and did
not resist. I bought it, and in a few minutes will be lighting my new
friend for the first time.

My graduation, although something long awaited for, poses a serious
threat on my participation in our pipe group; unlike my friend Steve,
I am not going to continue towards the PhD, and therefore implies that
I have to find a job. I've been looking for a while, but with no
success. Last week I had a couple of interviews, but nothing yet.  The
problem is that if I don't find a job I'll probably go back to Brazil,
which means I won't be able to communicate anymore with the group.
For all these reasons I am asking the group for some help.  If someone
knows of a position for software engineering in the graphics/image
processing field, or any area that requires C programming or
assembler, and would like to have a pipe smoker fellow to puff a nice
bowl of the favorite tobacco with, I would really appreciate any
contacts you might have. Please contact me if you need my resume.

Smoke in peace. ~\U

Elias Mazur.

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From: Ron Natalie <???????????????????????>
Subject: Carving

There was an article in Better Homes and Garden's Wood magazine
about a year ago on pipe carving.  From my recollection of the
article the rounded bowls were not made using a lathe, but just
carefully carved in that shape.

The magazine only comes out quarterly, so you ought to be able
to dig up a copy.


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From: ????????????????
Subject: Smoking at Work and Eating Out

I could probably get away with an occasional pipe on the job, but I
don't bother.  I haven't smoked at work for six years or so
and don't miss it.  Since this is balmy Northern California,
I do occasionally nip out to the courtyard with some reading material
and a pipe or cigar.  There's no phone, nobody grouses, and I learn something
or plan something.  This would be less satisfactory, I think, in
Minnesota in January or Houston in August.

I also usually choose to eat in no-smoking sections.
Eating good food, smoking good tobacco, riding my bicycle, and 
having sex are all great pleasures, but some of them don't mix.
Food and tobacco seem to cancel each other's pleasures out.

Smoking between courses is barbaric.
I've never even tried sex on a bicycle.


				Phil Gustafson, Graphics/UN*X Consultant
				{uunet,ames!coherent}!aimt!phil ????????????????
				1550 Martin Ave, San Jose, Ca 95126

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From: ????????????????
Subject: Where to Smoke, and Suffering Sphincters

Most of the time I'm pretty polite about not smoking around people who
find it unpleasant.  The only places that are universally OK are my own
turf (house and car), an occasional bar, and outdoors.  At other people's
homes, I'll light up only on the porch or deck unless I'm specifically invited
to smoke indoors.

These policies have for the most part avoided any hassles about when and
where I smoke.  Every so often, though, things get annoying.

Last March, I was waiting for a later plane at the Pheonix airport.  I
had an hour to kill, plenty to read, and a $3 Partagas cigar.  I care-
fully found the designated smoking area, found a chair distant from
most other smokers (I don't care for cigarette smoke, though I'm far from
being a Nazi about it), at lit up.

A party of five or so came up and stood _directly_under_the_"Designated_
Smoking_Section"_sign_.  They were complaining about the temperature, about
the late plane, about this, about that, and about my smoking.  Not directly
to me. You know. Gagging noises, "This SMOKE is AWFUL," and so forth.  These
clowns came to the one area in the entire lobby specifically set aside for
my hobby and started howling.  They could have moved twenty yards in
any direction and found a no-smoking spot.  But they preferred to @#$% and

I thought of confronting them, but I was in too good a mood.  I leaned back
and puffed harder.  I made smoke rings.  They got madder and went away.

IMHO,it's good for the psyche and the blood pressure to assume that you
will run into three or four (ahem) sphincters a day.  That way when you bump
into one, you just cross him off that day's list.  On good days, you still
have one or two left over.  That was the first time I had worked my way through
my whole day's ration before noon.


				Phil Gustafson, Graphics/UN*X Consultant
				{uunet,ames!coherent}!aimt!phil ????????????????
				1550 Martin Ave, San Jose, Ca 95126

(Sorry to leave so soon.  I have to catch the 2 PM Panaterigible....)

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From: Steve Masticola (?????????????????????????)
Subject: A meeting proposal, and some rejoinders

Elias, congratulations on your new Ben Wade and good luck on your Master's
defense (may the one help the other!) Also, good luck in your search for a
job. I'm sure we all hope you'll be able to stay on the net. Ladies and
gentlemen, if you have some job info for our esteemed founder, please let
him know.  (I will!)

Also, to follow up on Elias's suggestion, I'd like to propose a meeting at
the New York Pipe Club for their next meeting (the first Tuesday in July,
which would be the 4th --- no, that can't be right, I'll have to call.) I'll
let you know the details the next Digest.

Phil's notes about smoking etiquette pretty much parallel my opinions.
Before I went to grad school (when I worked for a living :-), I used to nip
out to the car at lunchtime for a briar and a book. When the car got too
hot, I found a grassy, secluded spot near the plant which was ideal for such
things ( except for some random poison ivy, which I never quite wanted to
try to smoke 8-O ) Not to belabor the point, but the airport scene you
described makes me think that there should be a statement of good manners
for both smokers and nonsmokers. I may concoct one, if someone else hasn't
already written it!

Working at the computer seems like the perfect occasion to smoke, so I often
light up when I'm at home. It helps me to concentrate quite a bit, besides
giving me something to chew on, other than junk food (or a good, meaty
problem!) But that's my own space, and I do without at school or work.

An update on Rick Shoopak's question about summer blends: I just got a
brochure about some blends from Robert McConnell in London. The firm has
been around for 150 years, and are "hand-blended, stem-free, and
glycol-free." They recently became available in the U.S. after some absence.
If you can find a shop that sells them, the "Maduro Superb" and "Special
London Fine Cut" look like what I'd want for a summer smoke - mild, but
tasty. (I'll be looking too!) 

If you'd like to get a copy of McConnell's brochure, send a self-addressed
stamped envelope to:

	W. N. Powers and Co.	(Ref: Summer '87 - Spring '88 _Ephemeris_).
	14026 Leadwell St.
	Van Nuys, CA 91405

Finally, a comment on Phil's note on smoking proximate to eating - it works
both ways, according to Gayl Liebman, also in the last _Ephemeris_. Here's
what she's got to say:

[Regarding a brochure from "Tobacco Express", Box 25773, Lexington, KY 40524]

"... I have also gained insight as well into the role digestion plays on
smoking, proving one is never too old to learn something new. It took the
form of learning which tobaccos to smoke when, depending on one's diet. For
example, if one has eaten foods of a spicey nature (such as chili, garlic,
onions) within the last 24-72 hours one's palate and taste buds will be
seriously affected by those foods which in turn will affect the taste of
certain tobaccos as well. The impact of the above information upon my
smoking has been phenomenal! Thanks to this consideration, I now know which
tobaccos to avoid after eating Italian or Mexican food, etc., and have
enhanced my enjoyment immensely. I no longer judge a new blend hastily, but
rather weigh its characteristics against whatever foods I ingested recently
then wait before trying it again. This has saved countless time and tobacco
and resulted in more enjoyment on my part."

Wish I had that booklet; I've mailed Tobacco Express, but no answer yet.
Soon, I hope! I also hope to hear from y'all soon, too. Until next time,

	Smoke in peace,
	~\U Steve.

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Article Index

  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #15 - June 18, 1989
  2. Subject: Congratulations, help and of course, pipes...
  3. Subject: Carving
  4. Subject: Smoking at Work and Eating Out
  5. Subject: Where to Smoke, and Suffering Sphincters
  6. Subject: A meeting proposal, and some rejoinders
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