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Subject: Pipes Digest #32 - December 24, 1989

		 Pipes Digest #32 - December 24, 1989

Today is a lot of different days - the day before Christmas (or X-mess
for us Grinches), the 2^5 issue of the Digest, and the day we welcome
a new member, Bart (or Pestilence (I print 'em as they come in,
folks!)), who's also new to the pipe. I'll get out my Ben Wade and
join you in a smoke, B/P!

Bill, thanks for the words on Tim West. I've written him a letter
asking for a price quote - so far no reply, but I said not to hurry,
so that's not surprising. In the meantime, I discovered that both
Peterson and Savinelli make churchwardens, and have found a source for
the Sav's for about $30. Not bad! I have to take issue about smooth
vs. rough surfaces, though... I have an oversized carved-surface bent
I bought from Connoisseur in NYC, and it's now one of my favorite
pipes. Rough surfaces make it possible to afford good quality briar,
sans fills. The textures can be interesting (though I admit birds-eye
is pretty), and the pipe acquires a patina as it is smoked and
handled. However, I'm still too proud to buy a pipe which has been
lacquered. Never have owned a sandblast, so I can't comment on my
prejudices owing to not having any. :-)

As some of you may know, "Pipe Smoker and Tobacciana Trader" folded
last month - bought by the Old Virginia Tobacco Company (publishers of
"Smoker's Pipeline.") People are being encouraged to convert their
subscriptions, and they've sent out a preliminary issue of S.P. Can't
say I'm thrilled with what I've seen (they seem to aim at collectors,
especially those into buying perfect pipes at $250 and then leaving
them on the shelf! Talk about conspicuous consumption!) But I'll
suspend judgment until I see their full Xmas issue, which should be
coming out in early January (!).

Also, I must admit that I sometimes read one of the "alt" newsgroups
associated with hedonistic use of "certain substances." I have noticed
a lot of surprising (and I think hypocritical) anti-tobacco arguments
there, along the lines of "<Substance> killed 3000 people last year,
cigarettes killed 300,000, so we should legalize <substance> and
outlaw tobacco." Yes, tobacco is a d**g, but cigarettes are not the
only way to use it. Cigarettes are to pipes as guzzling beer is to
sipping fine wine - and are a dangerous and highly addictive form at
that. To conclude this missive, I don't mind if those guys have their
favorite herbs legal, just so mine is too. Like anything else with
some danger potential, it's all in how you handle it - if you can
enjoy a cigarette every now and then without getting addicted, I'll
light up my pipe and join you.

If any of you read this before Christmas, please let me know - I'm
just curious. And if you do, I hope you'll find a good friend on
Christmas day, and join him or her under the tree for a pipeful of
your best.

					Smoke in peace,
					~\U Steve.

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From: Pestilence <??????????????????????>
Subject: Re:  Requesting membership to pipes.

Well, to be honest, I haven't been into pipe smoking very long (and probably
by many standards, I have started yet).  In the middle of this summer, I was
walking around a drug store near where I live, and I  saw about 15 different
kinds of pipes.  Seeing as I was almost always completely broke at the time,
there was only 1 pipe I could buy: (yes, I know you guys are probably laughing
already but...) a Dr. Grabow corn-cob pipe and some Borkum Riff cherry
blend tobacco. :-)  I didn't even get a tamper until last week (either when
I had the money, I couldn't find one, or when I was broke, I couldn't).

Anyway, even this li'l corn-cob (told to me to be a good beginner's pipe) does
give me sufficient smoking pleasure, so when I heard about this newsgroup, I
jumped on the chance to join so I could find out the best that I can get (yep,
finally got a job).  I love spending time walking around the nearest pipe
shop (a "Tinder Box" at a nearby mall).

Well, that's about all I can think of at the time.  That and I'm very happy
to be in this little group (little? no idea how big).

Later, all . . .
- Bart

From: Pestilence <??????????????????????>
Subject: Mailing list . . .

	Sorry it's so close to the holidays, but I just wanted to ask
whether the group has been dwindling, or has my address been lost in the
network somewhere (has happened before, alas).
	Anyway, sorry to bother you.  Happy smoking!

- ~\U (if I may plagerize) Bart (Pestilence)

[ Bart - Congratulations on your admission to the Order of the
Smoldering Bowl (Corncob Coterie)! Plagarize away, too - whatever
lights yer baccy. Readership hasn't gone down - I only remove people
when they request it or when their mail repeatedly bounces and I can't
contact them. Talkership, however, has declined some recently. There's
only one cure for that, though... to put in yer own two scents (make
one of mine Latakia and the other Virginia :-), as you've just done.
Thanks! -S. ]

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