Jump to article index
From: ????????????????????????
Subject: Pipes Digest #124 - December 23, 1993

		Pipes Digest #124 - December 23, 1993

Welcome to new members:

	Ted Clark		(Edward. ??????????????????????????)
	Jim Richmond		(????????????????????????)
	Vichu Tanta-Nanta	(???????????????????)

And welcome to the Holiday Issue of the Pipes Digest! The guy in the
red suit has left me the Comeback of the Week:

	"Is it the smoke that bothers you, or the sight of someone
	 enjoying himself?"

				- From "101 Ways to Answer the
				  Question, 'Would You Please Put Out
				  that #(!&*!$ Cigar'," Hague et. al.,

He also left a cookie file of the shortest and best of the 101 Ways,
which I'll put in the header every now and then. The file should be
suitable for use with fortune(6), perhaps with minor tweeking
necessary. If anyone wants a copy for their own personal use, please
send mail and we'll ship it out Reindeer Express.

In the meantime, we'll continue the Cuban Debates, indulge in some
hamming activities, review some fine cigars, and of course have plenty
of good smokes for the holidays. Enjoy! -S.

~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U

From: "Matthew B. Landry" <????????????????????????????????>

Re: Question about bringing Cubans into the US

	If anyone wants, I would be more than happy to contact US
Customs and ask them the details of the official regulations about
bringing Cuban cigars into the country. (It's nice to live in the home
town of the Federal Government. :) )

	But I need to ask you to change my subscription address from
????????????????????????????????? to ????????????? The machine I use
now will be inactive between tomorrow and January 8th, and any mail
sent to an address here will bounce. Sorry for the inconvenience.

	(I will assume that people are interested and contact Customs.
Unless I hear otherwise (at the address above), I will assume that
people want me to send the results in for publication.)

Matthew B. Landry
President of Project SAVE

[ Address changed, Matthew. And I'm sure there would be many people
here who would be interested. Bill Thacker to the contrary, this is
becoming a FAQ... :-) -S. ]

~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U

From: Todd
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #123 - December 17, 1993


As for the question on hams, count me in!


[ Contact! R R N8ODP DE KF2IO K ]

~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U

From: Robert Jay <???????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #123 - December 17, 1993

Steve- ran across a few questions in digest #123 that I can respond to. 
Cuban cigars in Mexico?  Good luck folks!  I looked high and low during at
least three different trips in the 1980s.  On one of these trips I spent a
lot of time in Mexico city and even there could not turn up a single
Havana.  Personally, I am not at all fond of the Mexican brands sold in
the U.S., but I tried a few down there which are not available here that
were remarkably good.  By the way, there is one way that most any American
citizen can get to Cuba- that way being directly from Mexico.  You get the
visa for Cuba in Mexico, and from what friends have told me, neither the
Mexican nor the Cuban authorities  cause any problem.  Of course, if one
somehow ended up with a Cuban stamp in a U.S. passport, the U.S.
authorities might not be amused upon one's return from Mexico.  I tried a
large Avo cigar recently and thought it was excellent- they do seem
awfully expensive however.  As for the Hoyo's burning unevenly, I have
always had that problem with them.  I think it may have to do with their
wrappers- at least in the maduro.  Has anybody tried the new Rey del Mundo
line just out from the Dominican Republic?  Happy Holidays.

Bob Jay

~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U

From: ????????????????????????? (Stephen A. Malott)
Subject: Another ham

QRZ de N8JYV - QTH Columbus, OH - nm hr is Steve!
   Yes, another pipe-smoking ham here.  After 15 years of cigarettes, I
took up the pipe in order to give my idle hands something to do.  For the
past 8 years or so, I have enjoyed my pipe.  My favorite pipe is my trusty
little Dr. Grabow Bucko - a small bowl, and half-bowls are enough to make
me happy during my breaks at my "smoke-free environment" workplace (however
recently the outside temps here in the Midwest make me hurry thru them a
lot quicker than I would like!)

   My favorite blend is called Cade's Cove Cavendish from the Gatlin-Burlier
in Gatlinburg, TN - it's a nice aromatic with a pleasant taste - not the wet
taste one finds with the commercial domestic aromatics!  It smells so nice
I can usually get away with puffing it in no-smoking zones such as department
stores without criticism - usually someone will go out of their way to say
how nice it smells!

   The big advantage is while at the keyboard (I am sysop for a packet BBS
here) I can set the pipe down while I type, and when I need a moment to get
my thoughts on the right track I can light it back up again, take a few puffs,
and continue - not like letting a cigarette burn away in the ashtray!  And no
longer do I have to smell the harsh chemicals the cigarette manufacturers use
to keep the paper from burning faster than the tobac - no formaldehyde or
other nasal irritants!  Just a nice, natural burning smell.

   I was a bit miffed when I went to a nice restaurant in the area recently
and found printed on the front of their menu that cigarette smoking was ok,
but pipes and cigars were not allowed!  Of course, we all have smelled some
rank cigars, and some pipe tobaccos aren't real pleasing either (I personally
can't stand Latakia - smells and tastes like soap to me!) - but I was real
tempted to fire up my cavendish to see if anyone would complain!  I didn't,
but I can almost bet I would have gotten more compliments on the smell than

   Ham radio is both my hobby and my business (which I don't want to go into
right now), and interfacing my radios to my computers gives me long (and late)
hours of entertainment!  I don't do much HF, and VHF/UHF repeaters are a turn-
off to me for the most part.  I do participate in some ham/computer nets in
the area on a regular basis, and spend most of my time on 2-meter simplex -
occasionally some SSB, but not very often.  My interest is digital communica-
tions (PACKET RACKET!!!) on VHF, and am currently experimenting with TCP/IP
gateways from ax.25 packet to the Internet.  The major drawback is that any-
thing going from Internet to the airwaves MUST be read and approved before
transmission so as not to jeopardize my license - but we have the gateway
free-running from the airwaves to the Internet, so who knows?  We may see
some more hams using their radios to access lists like this one!

   Surely there are some more pipe-smoking hams out there - CQ CQ CQ?

   73 to all, and best wishes for a great holiday season!

      Stephen A. 'SAM' Malott      Packet:  ????????????#CMH.OH.USA.NA
                                   Internet: ?????????????????????????  

[ N8JYV DE KF2IO R R ES TNX QSO 73 . . Maybe I'll publish the list!
-S. ]

~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U

From: Maverick <???????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #123 - December 17, 1993

I can't remember who makes it, but I saw a distinctly right-handed
pipe a few days ago.  Also it's left-hand counterpart.  If you use the
wrong hand, you'll cook yourself practically.  It ran about $400.00 or
so.  Had a deep bowl, and a nice grain, but seemed awfully heavy;
however, it looked like a nice "outdoor" pipe.


p.s. I only have my novice, but I'm moving on up.  KA2WKL.

[ I have a distinctly right-handed Ben Wade "Hand Pipe" also! And good
luck getting your next ticket. How'd'ja get the KA2 call? KA2WKL DE
KF2IO K. ]

~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U

From: ??????????????????????????????????????? (Micah Anderson)
Subject: Pipe tobaccos

        I just recently aquired a used pipe, a very interesting one to say
the least. Its got a leather "coating?" around the whole thing except the
inside and the part you put in your mouth (I know NO terminology, sorry!).
Does anyone have any ideas on how I can identify this pipe?

        Since this is my first pipe I am shopping around for some pipe
packing that I might like. I have no idea what to try and am looking for
some suggestions. I've seen at stores large bags of tobacco (rum smoked?
that one caught my eye) at Fred Myers and such but I didn't want to commit
to a large bag of the stuff especially if I found it especially repulsive.
Does anyone know where I can get some sampler tobaccos for the pipe? It
would be nice to have like several little baggies of say a pipe full that
you could experiment. This sort of thing probably does't exist however...

Any suggestions on some good ones to try?


[ Well, I'd say try a nice mild aromatic cavendish to start... you're
definitely right not to buy a huge amount of tobak until you know your
own tastes. Most smokeshops would be happy to make up a sampler for
you. Among national brands, Amphora Blue, Sail, or Skandinavik would
all be good bets. And, re terms, I think "cover," "tobacco hole," and
"stem" are the coating, the inside, and the part you put in your
mouth, respectively. Though others might have a different preference
:-) -S. ]

~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U

From: ???????????????????????????????? (Edward N. Clark III)
Subject: mailgroup

		I attempted to reach you through the Internet.  It
wasn't co-operateing, so I made a stab on E-mail.  I would like to be
added to your list for people on the cigars,&c. mailgroup.  I have
been an avid fan of good cigars for about 2 years.  I mainly enjoy the
Temple Hall line, as well as, a number of Fuente's Hemingways.  I also
smoke Dunhill cigarettes, sparingly, and am interested in exploring
other imports or good domestic products (if there are any!).  Thanks
for the news and I hope to be hearing from you soon.  My mailing
address is:

           Edward. ??????????????????????????

		Ted Clark

[ Done, Edward! And there certainly are others. Finger
??????????????????????? for a _long_ list and a good .sig... -S. ]

~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U

From: ????????????? (Eric McKinney)
Subject: Greetings / Cigars / Handrolling?

First off, my belated introduction to the list.  I've been reading for
a while now but never got around to introducing myself.  Anyhow, I'm a
student at the University of Texas.  I joined this list after hearing
about it during the rec.tobacco CFV.

I must confess that I was primarily interested in discussing quality
cigarettes rather than the more upscale stuff like pipes and cigars.
However, much of the talk on here has got me interested (see below).
Does anyone here roll cigarettes?  If so, what type of tobacco do you
like to use?  I am extremely fond of American Spirit.  It's amazingly
smooth, a handrolled AS goes down smoother than some "light" big-name
cigarettes.  Three Castles is nice, but expensive.  Very tasty, to

With all this talk about cigars floating by me, I decided to head down
to the tobacconist and see what it's all about.  I bought three
cigars: a Partagas (very small around, I think it was called "No. 1"
but not sure), a Arturo Fuente (I think this one was called "Gaucho",
it was bigger than the Partagas with a dark wrapper), and a generic
Jamaican with a light wrapper. The Jamaican was OK, but I liked the
darker cigars better.  The Partagas and the AF were both great.  I
tried these two based on the reccomendations I'd read here.  I don't
know what it's worth from a virgin cigar smoker, but I would heartily
second the reccomendation.  The AF was big, tasty, and cost only
$0.85.  It was a little hard to smoke, though, and toward the end it
was running rather badly and getting hot.  The Partagas was great too.
Tasted even better than the AF and didn't have any of the burning

So, I'm hooked.  My cigar-smoking experiment was thoroughly enjoyable.
Can anybody tell me what the cigars "representative" of the various
styles of tobacco are, so I can check them out too?

And sorry to the pipe smokers, but I don't think I'm quite ready to
have a go at that yet.  I have all the equipment I need for a stogie
(mouth) but I'd have to go buy a pipe to try pipe-smoking.

Eric McKinney (?????????????)
Matrix Information & Directory Services
Department of Dirty Work

[ Thanks for the belated intro! There's been some discussion on
alt.smokers about hand-rolling; again see Laszlo above. -S. ]

~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U

From: ???????????????????????????
Subject:      cigar thoughts

Hello All,

I have recently began enjoying the fascinating world of fine cigars.
What an incredible hobby! I am beginning to see that one can truly
enjoy and respect fine tobacco without abusing it, like I did for so
many years with cigarettes. I am truly enjoying all the good pipe and
cigar reports from you who are more seasoned in this world! Keep 'em

I've tried three good ones at this point. The first was an Arturo
Fuente. I believe it was Churchill sized. It was from the cheaper
Fuente line, in a natural wrapper, and it was a good, mild smoke.
Cost about $.70 as I remember. I then tried a Montesino, with natural
wrapper. At about $2.75 it was well worth the money...a mild and
flavorful smoke. The best yet, was an Arturo Fuente Flora Fina 8-7-8
in a maduro wrapper. This cigar was nothing short of delicious! Its
burn was completely even, and it held up all the way. I enjoyed it
down to about two inches, but I could have gone further with more
time. This is without a doubt the finest cigar I have smoked to date.
At $1.60, it is *well* worth twice that, IMHO.  It is the first one
that I have considered buying a full box of. Anyone else have any
experience with this cigar? If it gets any better than this, I cant
wait to smoke 'em!

Happy Holidays....a box of good cigars would make a wonderful
Christmas present....!

Mark at UGA

J. Mark Jones, Accounting Manager
Georgia Center For Continuing Education
The University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia 30602 USA
(706) 542-6616
INTERNET: ???????????????????????????

"He will be the Truth that will offend them one and all; a Stone
   that makes men stumble, and a Rock that makes them fall."'
   Michael Card-Scandalon

[ Why'n't'cha suggest the cigars to your SO, or treat yourself? And
Happy Holidays too! -S. ]

~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U

From: ???????????????????????? (Jim Richmond)
Subject: Re:  pipes mailing list


   Thanks for the prompt action on adding me to the group. I'm 39 yrs
old, married w/children, pipe/cigar smoker, wine drinker esp. port.
I'm a system engineer but NOT a computer geek. Consider myself a
regular guy. I have about a dozen pipes but I seem to be on a cigar
kick lately. Reading Cigar Aficionada really gets me in the mood. At
this time I'm fond of Onyx 750s or 650s and I just tried a Dunhill
that I loved but know little about. It was 6" with approx. 50 ring and
a natural wrapper. It was great. Looks like I should try Pauls in
Flint if its legendary since I live in the area. thanks again.


[ Welcome aboard, Jim, and if you do visit Paul's, please let us know
how it is! -S.]

~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U

From: Neil Flatter <???????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #123 - December 17, 1993

>several good blends...Burlington Arcade is an old blend Holt's took
>over, a flake cut easy to pack with nice flavor and aroma.Their
>blend 101 is mild but very aromatic...a good beginners smoke.
>Concerning Tobacco shop blends it has been my experience that they
>are often too moist, I tend to leave several ounces spread out on
>newspaper or in old baking tins to dry out, this gets some curious
>looks in my office and we won't go in to what my wife has to say
>about it at home.  I'm wondering if anyone out there has tried
>drying out tobacco in an oven or if they would suggest or discourage
>such an activity.  I prefer a dry tobacco I think it burns better
>and makes for a more relaxed smoke.

At work we use a large oven to dry beakers, powders, etc.  When I
started here, the manager would empty his fresh tobacco into a large
size beaker and put it in the oven for ~10 min.  He then would add
alcohol to re-moisten it for smoking.  This process didn't remove
much of the flavorings he liked, it was still moist so it was easy to
fill a pipe, and the ethanol made it burn faster.

Another coworker kept peach brandy on the submarine he was stationed
on to moisten his tobacco.  At least once a week, the captain would
stop by to "see what we were smoking tonight."  After a chat, the
captain would go on with his rounds.  And who says you can't have
your whiskey and smoke it too?
  Neil Flatter                 Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  Chemistry - Math (CMA)       Department of Chemistry
  Novell Supervisor            Chemistry Stockroom Manager
  ???????????????????????????      (812) 877 - 8316

[ Alcohol? And it didn't go FOOM? And they let your other coworker
smoke a pipe on a submarine? I'm impressed! -S. ]

~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U

From: Neil Flatter <???????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Thompson sampler

>I just got the Gold Medal sampler from Thompson.  It has 6 different
>styles of cigars, 42 cigars in all, for $12.90.  If you're looking
>for a quick way to try several styles of reasonable cigars, this is
>it.  Most seem to be short filers, but all have a nice taste.  (Even
>my wife didn't object to smell of all but one style!)

>[ Great, Neil! To save the flood of requests, how does one order the
>Gold Medal Sampler? -S. ]

Since it was in the Resource Guide, I omitted it, figuring that was
common knowledge.  Here it is:

Thompson Cigar Co.           (Cigars, pipes and
5401 Hanger Court            accessories. Free brochure
Tampa, FL  33601             available.)

[ Showing that Your Moderator can have momentary lapses of reason...
-S. ]

~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U

From: ??????????????????? (Vichu Tantananta)
Subject: Re: Moderated mailgroup for cigars, pipes, fine tobacco

Hi Everyone

	I'm just getting started on this newsletter, this is going to
be wonderful.  Well lets see a little about me.  Well I'm a chemistry
student at Boston University and just started smoking last year (both
pipes and cigars).  It started from curiosity (how can people like
burning a plant so much) and now I just plain love it.  I like larger
cigars ~50 ring and 7+ inches is nice (Avo, Glorias, Punch, Griffin,
are some of my favorite).  As for pipes I haven't quite developed and
attachements (for pipes or tobacco) yet and would love any

	Hey thanks a bunch :)

Vichu Tanta-Nanta

[ You're welcome a bunch! -S. ]

~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U

From: Martin A Miller <?????????????????????????>
Subject: Cigar reviews, and other assortments..

Hello Steve, et.al...

Enjoyed digest #123, and thought I would make some comments, and
also review some of the cigars I've tried lately.

But first..

Ron Nadel (???????????????????????) says:

>I am a Macanudo and Hoyo fan.  Been smoking Macanudos for over 15
>years now.  I particularly love a smoke accompanied by a good Island
>Malt Whisky (like Lagavulin or Laphroaig).  I prefer the ring sizes
>around 50 and 6-8 inch in length.

I haven't really tried Macanudos, but Hoyas are a favorite; never
a dull smoke with them, that's for sure.  My SO thought Lagavulin
tasted like a dentist's office; I love Lagavulin - gofigure :)
I also love a fine cigar with a great bourbon.  I still have a
small bit of Maker's Mark Gold Top 101 left.  Too bad it's not
being made for American consuption anymore :( .  Maker's Mark
Red Top will have to do (it's excellent too).  I also prefer
larger ring sizes and 5-8" length.

>I recently purchased a couple of 18 inch (! that's right !) Generals
>(ring size 60).  Has anyone dared to try one of these yet.  I'm
>waiting for a 5-6 hour stretch when I can sit down and light that
>model up! 

Oh my lord..I have read about these and thought it was a misprint..
seems like one of these battleships would be an exercise in staying
power.  I have to admit that it would be *fun* though.

>I have had a problem with a large percentage of my Hoyo Excaliburs
>lately.  They do not burn evenly, and frequently unravel!  Is anyone
>else experincing this difficulty?  Great flavor, but the construction
>seems to be poor lately.

Hmmm, I haven't noticed this, but it has been a while since I've had
one.  I'm due for more soon; I'll be curious to see how they are.


David Chesler (????????????????????????) wrote that he picked
up some Henry Clays...
I would be interested in knowing how you liked them (Henry Clay 
is one of the cigars that I'll be reviewing later in this tome).

>And Marios H. Agrotes <???????????????????????> in response to: 
>>Any suggestions for other varieties I might enjoy?


>I have two suggestions for you: 1) Try some of the Honduran handmades;
>they are generally more robust in taste, and closer to the old style
>havanas.  Some of the best values right now IMHO, are the "Hoyo de
>Monterrey" and "Punch" (actually made by the same factory) brands.

Powerful cigars that pack enormous flavor.

>2) Try some of the higher quality, more complex, but still not very
>heavy, Dominican handmades.  Two of the best lines in the world right
>now (again IMHO), are the "Arturo Fuente" and the "Partagas" brands.
>Try any of the thicker than 45 ring Fuentes, or the Partagas #10.

I agree completely!  I have not smoked a Fuente yet that I didn't 
thoroughly enjoy. 


I recently enjoyed some time off from the "how many lines of code can
one write per day" rat-race and spent a very relaxing long weekend in
Chicago.  Spent way too much on fine food, wine, jazz, cigars, and other 
decadent pleasures. (Any Mose Allison fans out there?)

A number of friends recommended that I check out the legendary Iwan
Ries & Co. tobacconists.  Had a hell of a time finding the place (as
an out-of-towner, it's bad form to crane your neck up at the buildings,
so I don't - maybe if I had, I would've found the shop easier. They're
on the second floor of a tall building.)   Was worth it though.  Here
are the particulars (forgive me if this is old news):

Iwan Ries & Co.
19 South Wabash 2nd Fl.
Chicago, IL 60603
phone: 1-800-621-1457 (24hours, 7days a week); (312) 372-1306
Fax  : (312) 372-1416
Talk to Tony Palacios (who was very helpful and made me feel welcome)

[Disclaimer: Richness, flavor, and smoothness do it for me.  I'm   ]
[not necessarily looking for a "mild" smoke. Your mileage may vary.]

H. Uppman Churchill : 46 x 5.5" 
Thought I would say a few words about these; I had posted an address
a while back to get a nice box of them for cheap.  After smoking all
ten that I received, I must say that overall, an excellent cigar.  
Moist almost to the point of softness, they were flavorful and rich
with a draw that was at times perhaps too free.  A good firm ash (only
Fuente Hemingways are firmer in my experience).  My only criticism
was an occasional uneven burn. It's sometimes said that a soft cigar 
with a loose draw is an example of poor construction; I tend to
believe that it's more an example of freshness.  They certainly were
not "mushy".

Don Diego Conn. #300 : 44 x 5.5"
Very nice, not particularly special.  Got a bit harsh too early.

Henry Clay Breavas Conserva : 46 x 5.5"
A very pleasant surprise. Enormously smooth, but not wimpy either.
Tasty, tasty, tasty..I had to remove the label to finish it :) 
One of my more "relaxing" smokes..

Cabanas : 44 x 5.5"
A good solid, very rich cigar wrapped in blackened Mexican maduro with
Java, Dominican and Mexican binder (is it common to have a "blended"
binder like this?) Even burn and a free draw. Tasted great with port..

Davidoff Gran Cru #2 : 43 x 6" ($7.85 each!)
I've found it impossible to find Davidoffs in Milwaukee, so when I
saw these at Iwan Ries, I thought, "why not?".  A fabulous smoke - 
rich with lots of power and intense flavor.  While this was objectively
as good as I've ever smoked, it wasn't worth $3-4 more than anything
I've ever smoked either.  Ash was nicely firm, nearly snowy white,
but for some reason, at about the 2-3 inch mark, it began burning
very unevenly and continued to for quite some time.  A bit disapointing.

A final note..I've been finding it very difficult to find Fuente
Hemingway Classics lately - Edward's here in Milwaukee has been out
for a couple of months now, and it looked like they were running
low at Iwan Ries.  Is this happening all over?

Thanks for listening,



Martin A. Miller
Bon Vivant-At-Large & Part-time Rasta 
Internet: ?????????????????????????
Bitnet  : ??????????????????????????????????
UUCP    : ???????????????????????????????

[ Many thanks for the review, Martin! -S. ]

~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U

From: Steve Masticola (????????????????????????)
Subject: Happy Holidays!

Hi, all,

Just a few holiday notes. Last weekend, I bought myself the Annual
Presents: A large Peterson sandblast Dublin with nickel shank, an
eight-pipe teakwood rack, the "`#(!&*!$ Cigar'" book, and three
cigars.  This purchase was made at the smoke shop near Somerville
Circle, which was surprisingly well-stocked. If I can remember the
name, I'll throw it into the next Digest.

One of the three cigars was an Ashton maduro, which was a surprising
disappointment. _Very_ hard draw. But a different Ashton with a
lighter wrapper smoked fine.  Well, maybe it was a Bad Stogie Day...
The third is still waiting in my desk.

Also contacted a couple of the local organizations listed in the
Autumn Cigar Aficionado about cigar get-togethers. CCC had an
interesting idea - a casual Saturday afternoon meeting rather than the
formal dinner. Not being a tuxedo type, I appreciate that approach!
More info as it becomes available.

I'm off until January 3. Hope you and yours have a happy holiday, and
may your cigars draw easy, your pipes burn cool, and the smoke
encircle your head like a wreath. And if anyone should be so rude as
to demand that you put out your #(!&*!$ Uppmann, just lean back, puff
thoughtfully, and let loose a merry reply:

	"No, and all God's blessings this holiday season."

					Smoke in peace,
					~\U Steve.

P.S. I slightly updated the sig; see below. -S.

 U/~ U/~ U/~ U/~ U/~ U/~ U/~ U/~ U/~ U/~ | ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U
 )				       *   *                                 ( 
( Pipe smokers will rule the world!      *      Internet Pipes Mailgroup      )
 ) (if they don't run out of matches...) *       (for all fine tobacco)      ( 
(					 *        			      )
 )   Steve Masticola, moderator          *     (????????????????????????)    ( 
(				       *   *				      )
 U/~ U/~ U/~ U/~ U/~ U/~ U/~ U/~ U/~ U/~ | ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U ~\U

Article Index

  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #124 - December 23, 1993
  2. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #123 - December 17, 1993
  3. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #123 - December 17, 1993
  4. Subject: Another ham
  5. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #123 - December 17, 1993
  6. Subject: Pipe tobaccos
  7. Subject: mailgroup
  8. Subject: Greetings / Cigars / Handrolling?
  9. Subject: cigar thoughts
  10. Subject: Re: pipes mailing list
  11. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #123 - December 17, 1993
  12. Subject: Re: Thompson sampler
  13. Subject: Re: Moderated mailgroup for cigars, pipes, fine tobacco
  14. Subject: Cigar reviews, and other assortments..
  15. Subject: Happy Holidays!
Previous Home Next