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Subject: Pipes Digest #168 - December 10, 1994

		Pipes Digest #168 - December 10, 1994
		     Circulation this issue: 669

Welcome to new members:

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And the long-awaited (and increasingly-clamored-for) Pipes Digest #168
proves that Your Moderator occasionally gets very busy _and_ flubs it
once in a while, too. First, I got a submission from Olaf and
overwrote, rather than appended, his submission to the file. I waited
a week for the Siemens sysadmin to restore the file from backup, but
no response, and he's now on his way to India. :-( 

Not wanting to be fooled twice, however, I now have some measures in
place which should prevent the same accident from ever happening
again. If you submitted to #168 and your article hasn't appeared here,
possible, please re-send your submission and I'll include it in #169.

And now, as I have the pleasure of enjoying a bowl of Escudo (and,
later, MacBaren Burley) in front of my one-month-old RePentium-powered
Linux homebase, let us all likewise enjoy the good things of life as
we ponder the mysteries of sex (thought that'd get your attention!),
golf, coffee, Cambridge (our fair city), coffee, rishathra, wine, and
other sources of good cheer...


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             Help Stop Prohibition -- Keep Tobacco Legal
                        Call -- Write -- Vote
                        Then, Smoke in Peace.

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From: ??????????????????????
Subject:  Pipes Digest subscription 

Thanks, Steve, for the subscription. I did receive
issues of the Pipes Digest as a consequence of my
membership of the Dutch cigar group, but I feel
more comfortable with a direct connection to
the source. I'll be in touch.
Een tevreden roker is geen onruststoker!
(Translation of this old Dutch saying would be
something like: A satisfied smoker is no mischiefmaker.)
Olaf Meesters

[ ObAmericanSaying: "What this country needs is a good 5-cent cigar."
I have no idea how to say that in Dutch. Thanks, and welcome! -S. ]


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From: ???????????????????????????
Subject: Brand-name or no-name

Hi Steve -

Nothing interesting, for the digest, I'm afraid, but maybe could be 
passed along anyway.  Local tobacconist (leavitt & pierce of Cambridge) 
has for sale several reasonably priced pipes, brand names Brebbia and 
Ehrlich.  I know that Ehrlich is the name of a tobacconist here in 
Boston, but have seen neither name mentioned in the digest thus far.  
Does anyone (including you) have thoughts about/experience with these 
pipes? My budget is limited for now, which is why the prices, 
particularly for the seconds, are appealing.

Thanks,

Jeremy S. Woodburn

[ Brebbia is a large Italian pipe manufacuturer; some decent quality
stuff. -S. ]


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From: CRAIG HAAS 202-564-8682 <??????????????????????????>
Subject: I'm ready to take the plunge

          Having smoked and enjoyed pipes for a few years now, I think I'm 
          ready to explore the world of cigars.  I know this question has 
          been asked before, but with what, and how, should I start?  My 
          pipe tastes run to aromatics with enough latakia to make it 
          interesting but not overpowering.  Does that help?  I'd also like 
          to get a friend involved who's never smoked anything, as far as I 
          know.  Suggestions for him?
          
          Thanks for the words of wisdom I know will pour in!
          
          Craig
          ??????????????????????????

[ I'll let the more experienced cigar enthusiasts answer this one,
Craig... -S. ]


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From: ????????????????????? (David S Chesler)
Subject: For mailing list: Flavoring question

  Something has tasted differently lately in my Turkish cigarettes
(maybe it's me, maybe it's the Georgopolu->Andron transition,
maybe it's the harvest.  Anybody else notice?  They're not as
sweet...) so since I decided to go back to pipes.

  I used to smoke a David P. Erhlich (Boston) blend called Mango
Cavendish.  It's not made anymore (Tobacconist, Ltd. has a blend of
the same name that is close, but I don't get there often).  Erhlich's
Judge's Mixture is supposedly mango flavored, but it's too mild for
my taste.
  What could I blend in or add to give more of an acid bite?  I
don't know the right word for what I'm looking for.  I'm not
talking about numb tongue/constricted throat, but the sharp flavor
in a lime or a pickle.  At the suggestion of the tobacconist I
tried some Latakia and some Perique (much loved on this list) but
that, and some other very dark stuff, and a Balkan blend, didn't
have the flavor I'm looking for.
  They've got plenty of cherry-flavored tobacco, but I don't like
my smoke to taste like a cough drop.
  Any suggestions would be welcome.

     - David Chesler (???????????????????????, and sometimes
        ?????????????????????, until the Jurisoft division
        of Mead Data Central [soon to be of the Lexis/Nexis
        division of Reed-Elsevier] gets connectivity.)


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From: ???????????????? (Richard E. Byer)
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #167 - November 23, 1994

Some time ago, I promised to get information for the pipes faq/resource 
list regarding Mark Tinsky, the maker of American Pipes and an excellent 
repairer of all manner  of pipes.

I ran across Mark at a showing of his pipes today at John B Hayes Tobacco 
in Fairfax, VA.  Mark said he would be pleased to have his name and 
address listed for pipe repairs (he does truly excellent work, in my 
experience):

Mark Tinsky
HC-88, Box 223
Pocono Lake, PA 18347

For custom pipe orders, he insists that orders be placed through pipe 
merchants, as he does not want to get into the business of undercutting 
the shops that sell his pipes.

One merchant who carries a lot of Mark's pipes is:

John B. Hayes, Tobacconist
11755-L Fairs Oaks Mall
Fairfax, VA 22033
703/385-3033

By the way, John's store is one of the most warm and cordial pipe shops I 
have visited in my 22 years of pipe smoking.  I highly recommend a visit 
if your are in the Washington, DC area.

By the way, I did not list Mark's phone number because he does not want 
phone calls.  He prefers to deal with business by mail.  He is very 
reliable, and his prices are very reasonable.

-- Rick Byer <????????????????>


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From: ???????????????????????? (Steve Masticola)
Newsgroups: alt.smokers.pipes
Subject: Re: Pipes: Extension Of Penis ??

[ Slight edit to eliminate borderline flamage. -S. ]

Tom Line writes:

>	Any thoughts on the idea of a pipe as a phalanx symbol; a 
>symbolic extension of one's penis?  

Happens I've done a little library research on the subject.

A little-known study conducted by Masters and Johnson in 1958 [1]
showed that the sexual partners of pipe smokers, on average,
experienced orgasms that were 17% longer and 20% more intense than the
partners of nonsmokers. M&J credited this to the presence of a
compound they called "enkapnelin," present in the blood serum of pipe
smokers and persisting for up to 72 hours after a smoke, which acts
both as a pheromone and a blood vessel relaxant (the latter having the
effect of increasing erection size in males and breast size in
females.)  Enkapnelin can also be passed orally between sex partners,
with roughly the same effect.

M&J also experimented with the introduction of small amounts of
enkapnelin into the bloodstreams of nonsmokers and antismokers. On
nonsmokers, enkapnelin had no measurable effect. On antismokers, it
induced temporary impotence and psychotic panic, much as has been
found in related field studies [2].

In other words, pipe smokers are just sexier than nonsmokers. And
_especially_ sexier than the antis.

					Smoke in peace,
					~\U Steve.

[1] Masters, W. and Johnson, V. "Enenkapnelin-Induced Erogenous
Stimulation Amongst Sexually Active Users of Pipes and Cigars Between
the Ages of 6 and 98." J. Exper. Sexology, 18:7, July 1958, 302--314.

[2] Friday, N. "The Relation of the Social Use of Tobacco to Sexual
Suicide Fantasies and Panic Reactions Among Antismokers." Ann.
Sociosexology, 24:3, March 1971, 116-119.


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From: ???????????????????????? (Richard H. Galineau)
Subject: New Member

Steve, I would like to introduce myself.  I am Dick Galineau.
I reside in Midlothian, Virginia.  I am originally from
Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin.  I have enjoyed a pipe since 1961.  A
fellow worker introduced me to pipe smoking when I was working
construction during a summer break from the Univerity of
Wisconsin-Madison.  I have approx. 100 pipes.  My pipe of
choice is a Savinelli.  I alternate pipefulls of McBarren's
Scottish Blend and Amphora Red.  I rotate four pipes every week.

I am married with three daughters graduating from VCU and The
U. of Virginia this spring.  I am a writer and golfer.  If I
smoked like I golf I would be living in the local hospital's
burn center.

Keep the Pipe Digests coming.  They are very enjoyable and
informative.  I am interested in working on my vucanite stems.
Please, subscribers, keep your suggestions for cleaning and
sealing these stems coming also.  Thank you.

Dick Galineau

[ Some collection! Welcome, Dick! -S. ]


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Newsgroups: alt.smokers
From: ??????????????????????? (David S Chesler)
Subject: Smoke-friendly coffeehouse in Cambridge

 I just wanted to bring to the group's attention to smoke-friendly
places (and one unfriendly place) in greater Boston.
 
 Right here in the People's Republic of Cambridge, the newly-opened,
and aptly-named Liberty Coffeehouse (497B Mass Ave, Lafayette Square
end of Central Square) does allow smoking.  (I didn't inquire about
pipes, cigars, or clove cigarettes.)  As far as I'm concerned
coffee and tobacco are two great alkaloids that go great together.
 At a recent visit the smoking side was filled with smokers, enjoying
their pleasures.  The ventilation was good, and the owners want to
make things better with smoke-eaters.

 I've been disappointed that the funky Someday Cafe in Davis Square,
Somerville (one of the first Pacific Northwest imported coffeehouses
in this area), self-righteously refuses to allow smoking, even now 
that they've expanded into two rooms.
 
 And for fine (yuppie? nouvelle?) dining, the Union Square Bistro,
in an old pool hall in Union Square, Somerville, has a smoking section
along one wall, and non-smoking along the other.

 The moderately expensive Barrett's on Boston Harbor does serve as
the site for cigar evenings I believe.
 
 Yes, this could have been distribution: ne, but I though y'all might
be interested in the state of things in this part of the world, or
places to patronize if you visit.
-- 
    - David Chesler (???????????????????????,
       paying for chesler.world.std.com, until the Jurisoft division
       of Mead Data Central [soon to be a division of the Lexis/Nexis
       division of Reed-Elsevier] gets its own connectivity.)

[ I've taken the liberty of copying your article from the newsgroup
and putting the friendly coffeehouses in the Resource Guide. Thanks
for posting them, David! -S. ]


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From: ??????????????? (THOR NYC)
Newsgroups: alt.smokers.cigars
Subject: Cigar Bar Coming to NYC

Was walking around the general vicinity of Beekman Place and saw the
following poster in the window of an upscale bar --

Opening Soon
THE CIGAR BAR
at Beekman Bar & Books
Featuring the World's Finest Cigars
Exclusively From the Humidor of Alfred Dunhill
889 First Avenue [at 50th Street], NYC [212] 980-9314

The bar, what you can see from the street windows, is a handsome,
comfortable room with club chairs and bookshelves lining many of the
walls.  They have a large menu of over a dozen different wines and
champagnes and another 15 or so ports, cognancs, and armangacs available
by the glass for $5 - $45, and a menu of light fare for $8 - $15, as well
as coffees.

I have no affiliation with the business, just wanted to alert other NYC
residents and visitors to a cigar-friendly establishment.

I wonder if they'll allow you to bring your own cigars to smoke, and/or if
they'll have the counterpart of a "corkage" fee.... :~!

[ Again, too good to pass up, Thor! -S. ]


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From: ????????????????????????
Subject: Re: pipe sweetner

Steve,

   The bag I purchased says "BJLong 100 Extra Long Tapered Pipe Cleaners"
and cost me $1.50 at:  Jernigans Tobacco Village
                       Monroeville Mall
                       Monroeville, PA  15146
The phone number is (412) 372-4114.

Enjoy your bowls,
Joshua C. Sasmor

[ Actually, it turns out that a local tobacconist had 'em at $1.00 per
100. Here's their address:

	Tobacco Hut
	PO Box 155
	31 Rt. 206 North
	Raritan, NJ 08869
	(908) 725-4440

They're not in a mall, so they'll never get kicked out. -S. ]


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From: ??????????????????
Subject: Misc  Pipe Mail Group and Coffee

Steve,

This came to me from the airwaves of my son's college.  Thought
you might find it funny, if you have not seen it in another
form.

By the way, those four pipes I bought for $60 total, sent two
to JT Cooke.  Now they look like new.  A Charaton Executive for
$25 total and a Savinelli Auto 6 for the same.  Also sent him
two pipes I got from Nikos owned by a person who used the bowl
to drive nails when a hammer was not nearby.  Also look like
new for $7.50 each.  Cannot say enough good about them.

Steve Wyman

[ Reformatted for a wide-awake impact. -S. ]

In October 1992, the ABU support team in Bellevue sent care packages
of Starbuck's coffee, chocolate covered coffee beans, and Frangos to
the North Carolina and Texas ABU teams.  This is one NC engineer's
account of what happened next....

From: Anthony Pacheco
Subject: Thanks for the Care Package!

Bryce,

I say, the care package you sent was a big hit here, thanks!  Below is
a chronological description of the care package consumption:

Sometime before Friday: The Care package arrives.  I resist all
temptation to open the package and consume an entire box of Frangos.
Very impressive.

Friday 9:45 AM: I arrive early to work and open the care package that
was hidden under my desk.  I 'm amazed at all the good stuff in side,
but somewhat disappointed to find that there were two boxes of Frango
(or what ever they are calling them now) chocolate mints: I could have
eaten a box and nobody would have known.  Oh well.  I make a pot of
coffee using the robust Yukon blend, and eat three or four chocolate
covered expresso beans.  I send a message to NCABU announcing the
goodies.

10:00 AM: The pot of coffee is gone and ErikaPh, my manager, makes
another, which of course I have to sample.  All the items are a big
hit with everybody so far, except the chocolate covered expresso
beans, which are only popular with the real coffee fans (who
absolutely love them).  Not letting a good thing go to waste, I have a
couple more, a mint or two, and start on my second cup of coffee.  I
notice Erika actually drank two cups from this pot, and I start to
wonder how I could approach my manager about making sure she leaves
enough coffee for the rest of the queue.

10:10 AM: The pot of coffee is out again so HarveyY makes another.  I
of course must sample the Cafe Verona blend and indulge in a few more
chocolate covered expresso beans.  Erika again drinks two more cups of
coffee.  I frown but say nothing and in my depression eat another
Frango chocolate mint.

10:30 AM: There has been a single cup of coffee left for some time,
and not to let it go to waste, I drink it.

11:00 AM: KevinCo sees the empty coffee pot so he makes another, and
then fills my cup under protest.  Erika again drops by and fills her
mug, and pilfers some chocolate covered xxpresso beans.  For some
strange reason, my typing speed has increased from, 25 WPM to 60 WPM,

11:45 AM: For some (unknown) reason, I feel agitated.  To bleed of all
the excess energy coming from nowhere, I do 92 pushups while helping a
University of Oregon grad student with Excel.  Out the window I notice
Erika is on her second lap running around the building.  After all
that exercise, I feel thirsty, so I drink another cup of coffee and
for a snack down a few more chocolate covered expresso beans.

12:10 PM: I now notice that there are people dropping by my cube that
usually don't, in fact, I've seen the entire queue come by and sample
some goodies.  I try to chat, but for some reason people seem
interested in just sampling the various yummy Frangos and the
chocolate-almond mocha's.  Erika stops by for more coffee and we
exchange unpleasantries.  I don't recall the exact conversation, but I
do remember the phrases "useless stingy middle-manager" and "whinny
engineer".  For therapy I eat a few more chocolate covered expresso
beans and try to look up how to make a car bomb on Internet's
rec.pursuits.anarchy.

1:00 PM: I skip lunch, but do drink another cup of coffee and make
another pot by request.  Getting bored, I pick up the Charlotte phone
book and start dialing people at random, asking if they need any help
with Excel.  Erika comes by for another cup of coffee.  I miss her
with the stapler, but she wings me a good one with one of those cube
coat hooks.

2:00 PM: The entire queue, I believe, is wired with caffeine and
sugar.  I, being a Seattle native, am immune to these effects.  MikeNa
is 10 minutes into teaching his 2nd impromptu aerobics class.  It is
very interesting to watch engineers do jumping jacks while holding
their Aspect phones.

3:00 PM: HarveyY has built a small shrine for the coffee pot in the
empty cube next to me, and the low humming has started to get on my
nerves: "Huummmmm <sip> Hummmm <sip> Hummmmm <sip>."  Some people, I
swear.

3:30 PM: The Starbucks Guatemalan blend has been polished off, and a
fight has ensued in the hallway on whether to ration the chocolate
covered expresso beans for later or continue with the consumption.
Hastily, I build a laser pistol out of my MS Mouse card and the power
supply from my Mac II CI, and the fight quickly ends.  MikeNa shows up
and drags the unconscious rebels back to their desks.

4:00 PM: If I could just talk to the cleaning people into lending me
some Drain-O, I can complete the car bomb before Erika goes home.  The
coffee pot is empty again so of course I make another.  Nice guy that
I am, I drink a cup to sample the brew and deem it Most Excellent.  I
have a couple of Frango mints to compensate for skipping lunch.

5:00 PM: KevinCo informs me that Erika has been slipping by in
camouflage spandex to siphon off coffee with a long straw.  I thank
him for this valuable intelligence information.  In a time-honored
Seattle Male Bonding Ritual, we eat 5 chocolate covered expresso beans
each.

6:15 PM: I send mail to the entire queue announcing a fresh pot of
coffee (after drinking a cup first) and await Erika to sneak by with
glee.

6:20 PM: I caught Erika red-handed.  I dodge the pen she tried to stab
me with, and landed a good blow to her left kidney.  As she is
crawling back to her desk I hear her mumble something about "time to	
write a review".

6:25 PM I panic and in desperation, log on to the mail server with a
VTP connection.  I hack my way into Erika's Xenix mail spool file and
quickly write, in the Xenix Borne C Shell, a program that will send an
email message every 30 seconds using Erika's email name.  I address it
to the only people on campus at the time, Corporate Security, and
title the message, "I Want Bill Gate's Love Child!".  I "cc"
?????????????????? and ???????????????????????? just for giggles and
grins.

7:30 PM: Two security guards show up, one drags Erika away and the
other starts packing her desk.  I laugh hideously at her shrieks of
protest, and in celebration jump in my girl friend's sports car and
drive around the Charlotte Coliseum several times at 120 MPH.

8:00 PM: I'm feeling really tired.  KevinCo points out that there
still an entire box of chocolate covered expresso beans left.  Not
wanting them to go to waste, we each eat half a box.

9:00 PM After successfully typing my 3rd impromptu novel while helping
Betty from Orlando with a data consolidation, MikeNa announces that
the queue has been shut off.  After the phone call I drink 14
complementary beers, and for some unknown reason, still couldn't get
to sleep that night.

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From: "A.W. Donovan-Shead" <?????????????????????????>
Subject: Smoke Signal #9

Smoke Signal #9
November 27, 1994
?????????????????

With Pipes Digest #167 we welcomed a young fellow who is partial to
large cigars. Welcome he is too, for who cares whether a person is
young or old, male or female, Martian or Venusian. We don't care if
we share the aether with the "Triple Breasted Whore of Eroticon
Six" as long as she can keep a civil tongue in her head when
talking of Cigars and Pipes. E-mail saves us from being prejudiced
by the strange visage of the pipe-smoking Warthog, all we know of
him is from his gentlemanly postings to the digest and it is by
these the gentle soul is judged, not from the container in which
the soul resides. Welcome one, welcome all.

Let us continue with "The Book of Pipes and Tobacco" by Carl Ehwa,
Junior, and his chapter "Pleasures of the Pipe." Here is his
introduction.

"A person unaccustomed to any form of tobacco smoking may find pipe
smoking much less satisfying than he anticipated. A taste must be
developed. As with fine wines, cheeses, and well-prepared foods,
one learns slowly to appreciate subleties of taste and to
experience the full enjoyment they can provide. Each form of
smoking has its devotees and it is easy to see that it is all a
matter of taste."

"For me, the pipe is the most enjoyable form of smoking. I know of
no other that can stimulate and satisfy as many of the senses as
well as it does. The wide range tobacco types and the many cuts
available provide the pipe smoker with an almost endless variety
and with the capability of adapting his smoke to different
environmental conditions. Briar, gourd, meerschaum, and clay pipes
provide increasing visual pleasure as they season slowly, shade by
shade, into their simple or intricate patterns, as well as
excellent taste. Merely holding a fine pipe is one of life's
pleasures  for many smokers."

"There is a feeling in today's hurried world that pipe smoking is
something of an inconvenience. The fact that there aren't enough
knowledgable sales people to guide smokers properly has contributed
to the increasing number of pipe smokers whose expectations go
unfulfilled. Pipe smoking is a somewhat more involved pleasure than
cigar or cigarette smoking. You must prepare your own smoke and
keep your pipes clean. Yet the enjoyment you derive in return makes
the effort well worth your while."

"The New Pipe Smoker -- The initial approach to pipe smoking may be
a baffling affair because of the great number of pipes available in
varying shapes, finishes, and materials. When a new smoker sees a
broad selection of pipes, he may assume that each of them has a
completely different set of smoking qualities from the others. This
is not true. Inner bowl designs are the same in many pipes which
differ in outward appearance. If a smoker is dealing with high-
quality, well-designed pipes, almost every one will provide a good
smoke."

"The new smoker should not spend a lot of money in the beginning.
Only the most essential articles -- a pipe, tobacco, a tamper, and
cleaners -- need be purchased. One can then learn how to smoke
properly and become accustomed to using these basic items without
the confusion that results from having too many 'tools.' Also, if
one finds after an interval that he does not enjoy a pipe for one
reason or another, he will not have ventured more than $10 or $12
[$20 or $30 today]"

Ehwa recommends that the new smoker select a first pipe from one of
the many fine "seconds" of the better English, French, Danish,
Irish, and American pipemakers. He goes on to say that: "The
beginning pipe smoker should not concern himself with exploring all
types of tobaccos and pipes immediately, because he probably will
not notice the subtle differences of flavor and aroma that various
tobacco mixtures and pipes produce. Rather, he should concentrate
on how the pipe will smoke best for him."

"I suggest that you limit yourself at the beginning to medium-sized
bowls, as larger bowls will hold more tobacco than your appetite
will accommodate. Also they may be too heavy to be comfortable in
the mouth. . . . Thicker-walled pipes will be cooler to the hand
and heavier in weight than those with thinner walls. Pipes with
bent stems often will put less leverage on the mouth and, even if
they are a few ounces heavier than straight pipes, may be more
comfortable to hold in the mouth."

An aside: My experience with bent stems is that the sharper the
bend the more difficult it is to pass through a pipe cleaner,
particularly if the cleaner is made with soft wire. Cleaners from
Parkers of London are stiffer than those from Bryn Mawr Smokers
Sundries, say. In my early days with the pipe, I soon appreciated
the benefit of a bent stem. My first pipe was straight, but after
one or two experiences of sucking sludge from the heel of the bowl
into my mouth I changed to a pipe with curved stem. Today, I have
pipes bent and straight now that I have learnt how not to smoke
like a pirate, and to avoid over-moist tobacco.

Ehwa recommends: ". . .that the new smoker select a rather light-
bodied tobacco, such as a Cavendish, light English mixture,
straight Burley, Maryland, matured Virginia (English or Scottish),
or a high-quality aromatic mixture from a reputable tobacco shop.
By beginning with a high-grade tobacco, you will avoid problems you
may encounter with the majority of popular blends, which are
generally inferior both in the grade of tobaccos used and the
degree of attention to detail in cutting and seasoning. The light
tobaccos will be less irritating to the new smoker's mouth. Yet,
there are those who demand more fullness of flavor from the
beginning. Good, full mixtures are not harsh, but their rich flavor
has a tendency to wear the new smoker out, affecting him in much
the same way too much of a very rich dessert affects a diner." Here
he is suggesting that instead of being over-the-moon you'll be as
sick-as-a-parrot, so watch out.

"A cigarette smoker should consider himself a new smoker and follow
these guidlines. He in particular should stay with light tobaccos.
Cigarettes are almost always made from light, mild tobacco leaves
because they are less harsh to the throat and lungs. When one
smokes a cigarette, the pleasure he derives is not one of taste so
much as the physical exhilaration of the nicotine from the smoke
entering the blood through the lungs. The tongue and soft palate,
which are so important in pipe smoking, matter very little to the
cigarette smoker. When he begins smoking a pipe, he will react as
if he had never tasted smoke. Because he has developed the habit of
inhaling, it may be more difficult for him to get used to a pipe.
By choosing light tobaccos, the taste and feeling he will
experience from pipe smoking will not be terribly unlike that of
cigarette smoking. It is not uncommon for newly converted cigarette
smokers to inhale pipe smoke; when this happens, richer mixtures
are overwhelming."

An aside: I have heard of voracious smokers of cigarettes being
advised by their doctors to quit in favour of a pipe or cigar,
these being less injurious to health.

"Filling and Lighting the Pipe: One of the most important lessons
to learn is how to fill and light the pipe correctly. If the smoker
masters these first steps and practices other good smoking habits,
all of the rest eventally will fall into place. The smoker will
have no problem keeping his pipe lit and will then be free to enjoy
the taste of the tobacco, which will improve as the new pipe is
smoked."

"To insure a good smoke, one must create an even, close porosity
aomong the strands of tobacco so the pipe will draw almost as
evenly as a good cigar before lighting. There are, as far as I am
concerned, two methods of filling a pipe: the pinch method and my
own."

"With the pinch method, one fills the pipe in stages, making sure
that each third of the bowl is evenly and firmly packed down, from
the draft hole to the top. With my method, the smoker places enough
loose tobacco to fill the bowl in the palm of one hand, filling the
pipe by gently but firmly working the tobacco into the bowl with
the forefinger of his other hand until the bowl is filled slightly
over the top and the tobaccos feel firm when pressed (slightly
springy, as a cigarette does). The smoker should make certain the
tobacco strands are separated and free of clumps which would block
a free draft. This method avoids pressure around the draft hole,
permitting and easier draw throughout the smoke. In addition, the
tobacco will burn consistently, with little effort on the part of
the smoker. If the bowl has been filled correctly, it should draw
firmly, with a little resistance, and the smoker should be able to
hear a little air hissing through the pipe."

"In the case of very moist tobaccos, fill the pipe more loosly than
usual. Otherwise, they may pack down to densely, preventing a good
draft and making it necessary to refill the pipe."

"While drawing through the stem, light the pipe evenly across the
entire surface of the tobacco; then, take your tamper (not your
finger) and while you continue to draw, press the expanded tobaccos
down evenly all around the bowl until the pipe draws similarly to
a cigar -- firmly, with no air hissing though. The use of the
tamper will dampen the fire to a degree, so at this point relight
the pipe to get the entire surface of the tobacco burning again.
After this second lighting, your tobacco should burn evenly and
hence coolly, with little effort. You will probably have to tamp
again as the tobacco burns down, since it loosens as it is smoked.
Try to maintain the firmness of draw which you started throughout
the smoke. The process is quite easy to master, and with practice
will soon become effortless."

"When the pipe is packed too loosely, the tobacco burns
inconsistently and the smoker has to draw harder to keep it lit,
creating more heat. Soon there is nothing but moisture and heat
coming through the mouthpiece and the bowl may burn your hand. At
the opposite extreme is the pipe which is packed too firmly. It
won't burn at all, no matter what you do -- it is as hard to light
as a tightly rolled newspaper."

"Each tobacco type and cut will smoke slightly differently. The
broader, denser types of tobacco are harder to light but they burn
more slowly and are particularly good for outdoor smoking because
they are not so easily affected by wind as other types are. The
reverse is true of the finer cuts, and occassionally they are
difficult to handle. Use fine-cut tobaccos with care. They are
sometimes recommended for inexperienced smokers because they remain
lit no matter how poorly the pipe is filled, but they may blister
the tongue."

"These two extremes of cut are seldom used alone in preblended
tobaccos. They usually are incorporated in blends where their
burning qualities complement each other."

"When a bowl is filled and lighted properly so that it smokes
slowly and evenly, one can derive the intended taste from the
tobacco and consider both it and the pipe on their true merits.
Many pipes and tobaccos have been mercilessly condemned for causing
a variety of problems simple because the smoker failed to
understand and master these first steps."

Well, I think we will take another break here. In my next puff we
will read what Carl Ehwa, Junior, has to say about "Care of the
Pipe" and, finally, consider "Some Problems and Solutions."

Andrew
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[ Many thanks for the re-send, Andrew! -S. ]


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From: ?????????????????
Subject: GREETINGS

Steve, it is possible that you never received my previous message, but I asked
at that time if anyone on this board remembered S.S. Pierce's tobacco mixture
called OPM, and since Pierce is no longer in business, if anyone knows who
might now be selling the mixture. Also, I am looking for a pipe rack which will
hold up to 100 pipes. Altho I don't have that many, I am nearing it and need
someplace to keep them. BTW, what was your last transmission? I may be missing
it. Cheers, Ben Frank

[ See the header regarding the PD#168 fracas... -S. ]


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From: ??????????????????
Subject: Season Greetings!

Seasons Greeting from General Jym!

The "Smoker" at the ROMA this past Saturday Night was a wonderful success.
 The food was superb and from the early reports, the cigars were outstanding
and, as usual, the comraderie of fellow cigar smokers was great.  All who
attended had an unforgetable evening.

I wanted to let everyone know of my current travel plans to Central America.
 I am leaving Tuesday, December 13th for Costa Rica and points south.  I will
be gone for four to six weeks.  

For those of you who don't know,  I will be visiting numerous cigar factories
in my quest for the ideal cigars.  I will also be visiting the fincas, or
farms, where our coffee is grown to inspect this years crops, as well as my
usual tour of our roasting facilities.  This will be an easier trip, related
to coffee, since we perfected the blends that we are currently marketing in
the US.  I will also be visiting our chocolate factory where our Belgian
Chocolatier has produced numerous specialties for the Christmas season and
the New Year.

I will be sending everyone our Newsletter in early January updating you on
our activities and important upcoming events.  It will also have a review of
the December "Smoker" complete with Cigar Reviews from the event.

At this time,  I am not sure if I will have the same E-mail address through
the University of Costa Rica  as last time. I will try and keep you informed
if I do, if not, please continue to use my America Online address,
{???????????????????}. 
I may be using my Compuserve address, {??????????????????????????}, but it is
much more expensive to access and use in Costa Rica, so lets all hope that I
have an e-mail address through the University or the Government to eliviate
these expences.  What ever happens, I will try and keep everyone informed.

Tis the season
Full of merriment and cheer,
Sigle malt scotches
And micro brewery beer.

So many people
Going so many places,
The season of giving
And smiling faces.

Remember to buckle up
And if you've had one too many,
Give your keys to a friend and take a taxi,
Spend a few extra pennies.

Where ever you go,
What ever you do,
Have a Merry Christmas
Relax and smoke a cigar
And have a Happy New Year Too!

I want to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Keep On Smokin'
General Jym


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From: "William R. Shroyer" <????????????????>
Subject: My first (good) cigar.

	This is actually my introduction message and a cigar story rolled 
into one.  (whoops, ....pun alert!)
	I work for a mid sized Sonoma county winery (I'm the landscape 
maintenance engineer. Hey, sounds important huh?  Ok,...gardener.) Last 
year, the president of the company handed out cigars after his wife had a 
baby.  Fonseca. (the cigar, not the baby)  Sounded very impressive and I 
decided to smoke it even though I am not a smoker and haven't smoked a 
cigar since high school.  And those were UGLY! Big, green, harsh,..but 
when you're drinking beer with your friends on the beach, they were the kind.
	After looking at the Fonseca for a couple of days, I decided to 
smoke it on friday night; as revenge.  My pool buddies were always 
smoking cigarettes while we played, almost choking me out of the room. 
	That night, after a few smoky games of pool, I whipped out the 
stogie and lit it up.  They both said "what the hell is that?"  I just 
puffed away.  Their cigarettes couldn't stand up to the prodigious smoke 
of the cigar and soon they were waving their hands before shots and 
yelling at me to "Put that lousy thing out!" (explitive deleted)  It was 
so funny that I could hardly stand it.
	Well, about a quarter the way through that cigar, I discovered 
that it was MUCH different from those ugly green things we used to smoke.
And I liked it.  At the time, I was drinking William Grants 12 yr old 
scotch on cracked Ice. I found that if I took a big puff of smoke into my 
mouth, let it out slowly, and then took a sip of ice cold scotch,...wow!
	With the aid of a couple more scotches, I smoked that cigar down 
to the ring and my friends out of the room.  I guess you could say that 
regenge is *sweet*.  
(Btw,...one of those guys now smokes cigars with me a couple times a week!)
	After that I started trying every different brand I could find 
before settling on Henry Clay and anything by Arturo Fuente.  I have even 
started a mowing ritual every thursday by lighting up a Henry Clay at 
about 8:00 and jumping on my riding mower.
	Well, enough for now, my wife just yelled that Seinfeld's on.

Cheers,
Bill Shroyer


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                       Today's Snappy Comeback:

(The Postprandial Cordial:) "Oops, I don't have an ashtray. Would you
pass me your plate?" 

                                - From "101 Ways to Answer the
                                  Question, 'Would You Please Put Out
                                  that #(!&*!$ Cigar'," Hague et. al.,
                                  1987. 

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Article Index

  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #168 - December 10, 1994
  2. Subject: Pipes Digest subscription
  3. Subject: Brand-name or no-name
  4. Subject: I'm ready to take the plunge
  5. Subject: For mailing list: Flavoring question
  6. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #167 - November 23, 1994
  7. Subject: Re: Pipes: Extension Of Penis ??
  8. Subject: New Member
  9. Subject: Smoke-friendly coffeehouse in Cambridge
  10. Subject: Cigar Bar Coming to NYC
  11. Subject: Re: pipe sweetner
  12. Subject: Misc Pipe Mail Group and Coffee
  13. Subject: Thanks for the Care Package!
  14. Subject: Smoke Signal #9
  15. Subject: GREETINGS
  16. Subject: Season Greetings!
  17. Subject: My first (good) cigar.
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