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Subject: Pipes Digest #37 - March 25, 1990

		  Pipes Digest #37 - March 25, 1990

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Subject: Re:  Pipes Digest #36 - March 2, 1990

>After many hours, many books, and many bowls of baccy, I managed to
>pass my Ph.D. exam this week. 

Congratulations !  

>As a reward, I'd promised myself a new pipe, of course. At Bill
>Thacker's suggestion, I'd written to Tim West, a carver, around
>December, and sent him a rough sketch of a "wizard pipe".

Let me know how it turns out; sounds excellent !

>On related topics, on the front page of today's Central NJ "Home
>News", is an article about a "smokers' rights" bill sponsored by
>Assemblyman Willie Brown, D-Essex, which prevents employers from
>discriminating against smokers when hiring or firing personnel. The
>Senate sponsor, Francis McManimon, found it "offensive that the
>companies might try to fire somebody just because he smoked on his
>time off." (I agree!)

The reason is simple; insurance companies give them lower insurance
rates if they don't hire smokers, because they'll pay statistically
less benefits.

I wish people would distinguish between cigarette smokers and pipe/cigar
smokers in measures like this !

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From: ??????????????????????????????? (Martin Ott)
Subject: subscribe request

would be happy to receive :  pipes
thank you

Martin Ott
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From: Steve Masticola (???????????????????????)
Re: Sublets, insurance, civil rights, and of course pipes...

I'm still checking the mailbox anxiously, Bill, but no package from
Columbus yet. In the meantime, I bought a nice little bent from an
Israeli company named Alpha last week - cost was $10 on a 50%-off
sale. It looks fine - has some Dremel work on the bowl which probably
hides sand pits, but no visible fills, and it's an interesting shape
(stem meets bowl about 1/3 of the way up.) So there still are bargains
to be had. (I got it at John David's in Quaker Bridge Mall, if anyone
in NJ wants to catch the sale.)

Also to our NJ population: I'm looking for a summer sublet near
Rutgers (but not in high-crime areas) where both I and my pipes would
feel welcome. If you have any leads, please let me know! (I 'm clean,
pay rent regularly, and don't live with a stereo, pet, or child :-)

Regarding the insurance question: I think you're absolutely right. And
in the future, we may expect to see companies performing pee tests for
nicotine, if they're not doing so already (gaah! more civil rights
down the tubes!) On the other hand, I read somewhere (think it was the
Ephemeris) that cigar and pipe smokers are still considered nonsmokers
for insurance purposes. But should it matter? Some people can smoke
cigarettes occasionally, without getting nastily hooked, and I don't
think they should have to pay the insurance either.

By the way, I heard a report on NPR (of all places!) about this
phenomenon. There seem to be two types of cigarette smokers - those
who smoke on certain fixed occasions (like after dinner), and those
who basically smoke "while they're awake." If anyone else heard the
report, I'd appreciate details. In either case, I'd venture to say
that very few cigar and pipe smokers are in the second category.

If you've heard any news on pipe smoking and legislation to
decriminalize it :-), please write in! Until next time, (which should
be sooner to this time than this time was to the last),

					Smoke in peace,
					~\U Steve.

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