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From: ????????????????????????
Subject: Pipes Digest #194 - July 2, 1995

		   Pipes Digest #194 - July 2, 1995
	     Copyright (C) 1995 by Stephen P. Masticola.
	   All rights reserved. Commercial use prohibited.

		     Circulation this issue: 1221

Welcome to new members:

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	 Tobias Bachmor			(??????????????????????????????????)
	 Ashish Ranpura			(?????????????????????????????)
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	 Brian Ostrander		(?????????????????)
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	 D. Moore			(??????????????)
	 M. R. Meister			(?????????????????????)
	 Howard Marder			(???????????????????)
	 Jack Scheible			(??????????????????????)
	 Jay Murphy			(???????????????????)
	 Chris Joyce			(???????????????)
	 Curt Krier			(???????????????????)
	 Brian Crow			(??????????????????????)
	 Bob Baier			(????????????????)
	 Timo Kuusela			(??????????????????)
	 Michael Terrigno		(???????????????????)
	 Dan Fargo			(????????????????)
	 Keith Bennett			(????????????????????????)
	 Jerry Ming			(??????????????????)
	 Wally				(???????????????????)
	 Donald Gordon Jr.		(???????????????)

[ADMIN] If anyone here can contact David W. Shaw (???????????????????????????),
please let him know that I have received his mail, and would like to
put him on the list, but that mail to him bounces with "User unknown."
I hate it when that happens...

And, on this Independence Day weekend (in the U.S.), enjoy your
freedom to light up your favorite mosquito repellent and join us for
some good club news from California and Cincinnatti, as well as
Charlie Jewell's notes from the blue highways and the tale of a dead

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

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From: ?????????????????????? (Norm Carpenter)
Subject: Tobacco Mixtures

>Everything's fine, Norm! And I'm surprised you haven't been getting
>the Digest, since it's been going to your old address at Olivetti all
>this time without bouncing.

Well Steve and everybody else,

The good guys at olivetti have taken care of me and let me keep my old
account. However,  they changed office locations and I was not able to log
into the system.  It's been a year up here in WA and I just got email access
again (We do things the old fashioned way at Olivetti).  Anyway,  they told
me the other day that I need to clear out 8MB of email to save them some
room.   It was then that I suggested that they forward my mail to this
Olivetti Subsidiary.

Okay,  enough of that nonsense.  I frequent a particular pipe shop here that
sells their own tobacco brands.  I've found that I have grown to favor those
brands that have the word 'English' in them.  Typically they are not
aromatic, at least in the sense that no flavorings have been added.  Anyway,
this shop has a brand called 'Old English' which I like a lot and one called
'English Luxury' which is flavored so much that I feel like a kid with an
ice cream cone everytime I pack my pipe with the stuff (sticky fingers!).
Anyway my mind is certainly going because about every other visit I pick up
a pound of the wrong tobacco.  And because I'm cheap I smoke it. 

I'm thinking it's time to start mixing my own.  What opinions do you all
have over your own blends versus buying it in a shop.   Does it keep?  Will
a tobacco shop sell you the necessary stuff to mix your own blends?  Any
good recipes out there?


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From: Joseph Wojtowicz <??????????????????????>
Subject: compromise humidors

[ Good idea, Eeyore! One of these days, someone is going to market a
decent plastic "compromise humidor," somewhere between Tupperware and
Spanish cedar lined mahogany. -S. ]
	I was in my local tobacco store the other week, and they had plastic
humidors, nothing special, didn't look like they'd do the job as well as the
video case, but they were only $23, so that might be a start.  I'll be heading
out there tomorrow, so I'll look into it then.  If you want, I'll forward the
info so that it can be included in the next digest.
	One other thing, now that I think about it, they came with a Credo type
unit....again, more info once I make an effort to see it.	
	Joe Wojtowicz
	first Cuban: 6/16/1995  (finally!)

[ Nah, don't bother... I was wondering if there was a well-designed
unit at a modest price, available to someone who's not leading a
jet-setter lifestyle.  Perhaps there's really a point to the highly
polished hardwood... -S. ]	

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From: ????????????????
Subject: Stuff [PIPES]

Yo, Steve!

It's been a while, so I just thought I'd check in with the latest.
 Preparations for our upcoming 

Expo (September 9 and 10) continue apace, and we even have a travel
agent who'll get discounted airfares for those who want to fly in for
the ocassion.  Anyone who wants more info on our show can e-mail
either me our our club's secretary/treasurer Jerry Lustig (Smokey

In the meantime I wanted to pass along our latest newsletter which
follows.  BTW #1 - those of you in So. California take note that there
is indeed a pipe and cigar club in the area, and we'd love to have you
join.  BTW #2 - here's the particulars on tobacco blender Roy Fazalare
who's mentioned in the newsletter:

V.S.O.P. Tobacco & Gifts
P.O. Box 1335
Agoura Hills, CA  91376

A tobacco price list is available (includes 25 V.S.O.P. blends plus 34 tinned
tobaccos).  Please add this to the resource guide.

Ihr Rauchenfreund,

Bruyermann (Steve J.)

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                         THE SOUTHWEST PIPE AND CIGAR LEAGUE

                                                  JULY, 1995


	Yes, friends - things are shaping up very nicely for our
upcoming Pipe & Cigar Expo.  We'll give you an update, but first
here's some general news of the club...

	Our May meeting was held once again at the Scotland Yard pub.
It was a small turnout thanks to yours truly being late in getting the
newsletter out (sorry about that!), but a very pleasant gathering
nonetheless.  Congratulations go to Gordon and Sherri Soladar on the
birth of their new son, who happened to be born on the day of our
meeting!  Gordon rushed in just long enough to give us the good news
along with some very nice cigars to celebrate the ocassion.  Thank
you, Gordon - the cigars were great, and once again congrats from all
of us!

	Roy Fazalare was with us at the meeting, and once again
brought samples of his tobacco blends.  Now that his business is up
and running his selection of samples included some of the blends he's
now selling.  I tried some of his #902, which is a light English
blend.  This is a delightful mixture, and what I noticed especially is
that there is a very good balance between the Latakia and the Virginia
base.  What surprised me was that the balance was maintained
throughout the smoke, whereas with most English blends it seems the
Latakia tends to predominate, especially towards the bottom of the
bowl.  Roy told us about the various ins and outs of tobacco blending,
and as I heard what he had to say (while enjoying my bowl of #902) I
was impressed by his knowledge, which I think certainly shows in the
finished product.  If his other blends are as good as this one, then
all I can say is they're definitely worth experiencing!

	For our next meeting will will return to our old stomping
grounds at Fratello's.  We haven't met there since January.  Given the
fact that AB 13 has been in effect I didn't know they'd feel about
having us back, but the owner has given his "thumbs-up" to the idea,
so I thought it only fitting that we should have another meeting at a
place that's been supportive of us for the last three years.  Let's
show our appreciation by giving 'em a nice, big turnout!
	And now on to news of the Expo.  I talked recently with Shane
Pappas, who's arranging the cigar-related stuff for the show.  So far
it looks like we'll have representation for Punch, Hoya de Monterey,
Troya, Legacy, Hoya de Nicaragua and Don Tomas cigars, with more to
follow.  Shane is still in the process of nailing down some other
things for us, and we'll have a more complete report in the next
newsletter.  He has indicated that our cigar coupon book should net
the purchaser at least 20 cigars, and quite possibly more.  The price
of the coupon book will be $44.99 at the door, but can be
advance-purchased for $34.99.  This discount will be extended to all
club members regardless of whether or not they purchase their coupon
books in advance, but this applies ONLY to club members - everyone
else will have to pay the full price if they buy their coupon books at
the Expo.  By the way, even at full price this coupon book is a very
good value since it will be redeemable for at least $80 worth of
merchandise.  If you would like to purchase your cigar coupons in
advance please contact Shane at (800)232-1323. CREDIT CARD ORDERS WILL

	As we get closer to showtime a few reminders are in order.
First of all, there is the matter of publicity.  If you have pipe
and/or cigar-smoking friends, coworkers, etc. be sure to let them know
about the Expo.  We also need people to talk with the smokeshops they
do business with - whether or not they're local.  We are no longer
just a regional show and we need to let the people in the business
know this.  Also, it has been perceived that our Expo is mostly about
pipes.  I've wanted to change this, but before Shane got involved it
had been difficult.  Now that he's assisting me it is becoming clear
that cigars will be a more significant part of our show than they have
ever been.  Don't get me wrong - I'm still committed to promoting
pipes, but with the Expo my aim has always been to promote everything
having to do with pipes AND cigars.  Now we need to let all the cigar
smokers know that there really is a reason for them to come to our
event, and you can help do this.  Please remember that we have flyers
for the show, and we'll be glad to give you however many you want as
long as you use 'em.  If you want flyers please get in touch with
either myself or Jerry Lustig.

	The second item concerns donations to our club table and the
tobacciana auction.  Once again, this is a reminder that the proceeds
from the sale items at the club table directly benefit the club, and
the auction proceeds go towards defraying the show costs.  Please
search your closets, basements and any other storage areas for
anything you can donate - pipes, racks, humidors, books or anything
else related to pipes and cigars.  We have already received some very
nice donations, but we can always use more - and believe me, they will
be very much appreciated!  Our tobacciana auction will also be
including fine spirits, and we would also appreciate donations along
those lines (such as cognac, scotch, etc.).

	The third and last item concerns volunteers to help work the
club table, admissions table, and general assistance.  Jerry informs
me that only a few of you have responded with the sign-up sheet sent
out in the last mailing=2E I cannot emphasize enough how important it
is that we have your help at the show, and frankly we need a much
better response.  We aren't asking anyone to give up all or even most
of their time at the Expo to help us out - an hour or two would be
just fine.  Also please keep in mind that all volunteers will receive
a FREE cigar coupon book.  I know that we're still two months away
from the Expo, but that really isn't much time (as the organizer I can
attest to how fast it goes by!), so we need your response as soon as
possible.  We are including another sign-up sheet with this mailing.
The more volunteers we have the better the show will be run, and we
need all the help we can get!

	That's it for now.  See you on the 9th!

Steve Johnson

[ Thanks for the note, Steve! It may bear some edit marks, which were
needed to get out some special "=92" etc. characters. Best of luck on
the Expo -- please let us know how it goes! -S. ]

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From: ????????????
Subject: Pipe Digest- Pipes


Enjoy reading every isuue of Pipe Digest. I have not contributed in a while,
but today I shall briefly cover several issues:

1) In response to the question concerning pipe sweeteners, I believe that a
high quality pipe does not need any artificial sweeteners.  Just smoke a
favorite aromatic during the break-in period.  If one feels that a sweetener
is desirable ( a must for cheaper pipes) I have found that a mixture of
brandy and honey makes an excellent sweetener. I usually mix 90% brandy and
about 10% of honey.  One can use more honey to build the cake quicker and

To apply just dip a finger into the mixture and apply a thin coating. Let the
coating dry about  10 to 15 minutes, then, smoke the pipe in a normal manner
with your favorite tobacco.
The flavor of the sweetener can be varied by the brandy used.  Appricot
brandy can be used if you like a fruity flavor for the smoke.

Experimentation with different mixtures can be a lot of fun.

2)  Tightening the stem for a tighter fit into the shank can be achieved in
several ways. I generally heat the part of the stem that fits into the pipe
over a medium gas flame (stove) while rotating the stem. When the vulcanite
is softened I press the tip against a cutting board or kitchen counter to
spread the stem. Then, quickly run cold water over the heated area to set the
new diameter.  Try the fit and repeat if required.

If one is afraid of melting the stem, the same method can be used by dipping
the stem into boiling water and applying pressure to enlarge the diameter.
 Again, cold water to set the new diameter.

3)  Kudos to Charlie Jewel for reporting his trip and the "Smoking
Encounters"....no matter which kind.  I hope he will travel near Durham, N.C.
and visit the "Duke Homestead".  This is a small museum operated by the N.C.
Division of Archives and History, and exhibits the development of tobacco
industry in the Carolinas.  Reenactments of growing and processing tobacco
are part of the exhibits and the history of the Duke family is chronicled.
We all know or have heard of DUKE UNIVERSITY ( painful words for a UNC
graduate) which the Dukes endowed.

If anyone is interested in more detail, here is the address:

Duke Homestead
2828 Duke Homestead Rd.
Durham, N.C. 27705

Tel. (919) 477-5498

Summer Hours:  Tue-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5, Closed Monday.

If anyone is traveling via Interstate 85 through Durham, just take the GUESS
RD. exit and you are almost there, and it is FREE.  

(Steve: the above for the resource guide??)

4)  The work on the CORPS EXPO is moving forward. It will take place in
Richmond, VA on Columbus Day weekend, October 6-8, 1995.  Holiday Inn,
Central  will be hosting our exposition. This site was the location of our
exposition when Rick Hacker paid a visit to Richmond.  I still treasure my
copy of the collector's edition, THE CHRISTMAS PIPE,...autographed, of

This year the CORPS is honoring the SANDBLAST PIPE.  The show marks the
beginning of the second decade expositions sponsored by the Conclave of
Richmond Pipesmokers and  each year the show has grown in size (# of tables)
and attendance.  I am glad we were able to obtain the location.  It gives us
400 sq/ft more of exhibit space than the location of past four years.

I am currently updating the "CORSHOW.FIL" file.  It is the mailing list for
the show brochures. If anyone anticipates attending the show and is not
already on the list, please E-Mail your "Snail Mail" address for the flyer
providing full details and registration form.

I shall keep providing information and news about CORPS  and the EXPO via the

Its time to light my Nording filled with tobacco purchased from an
interesting shop in Temple, TX....The shop had a reasonable selection of
pipes, tobac, and pipe accessories.  The interesting part was that it was
located in the back of  a gun shop .... I had to travel past the gun racks,
weave my way through gun cases and vaults (some very large) to get to the
shop area.  I picked out some tobaccos and paid for them in the gun shop,
after leaving my card and CORPS information on the counter.

The tobacconist (owner) was available Monday, Wednesday, Friday....9AM-

Briarwood Pipe and Tobacco Shop
2701 Ira Young Drive
Temple, Texas 76504

I was planning to visit during the "office hours", but my grandchildren had
other plans and was unable to chat with the owner.  Next time!

Until then......SMOKE WELL!  

[ Yes indeed! The Duke Homestead is now in the "Museums" section of
the Guide. -S. ]

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From: ???????????????
Subject: Fwd: Sherlock Holmes

Had an incorrect address for you at first----Sorry!
Forwarded message:
Subj:    Sherlock Holmes
Date:    95-06-25 12:41:47 EDT
From:    RoadRep

Thanks to M. Arndt for Hicks'  article about Sherlock Holmes. As a former
English Lit major I enjoyed its thoroughness. 
It also prompted several thoughts-

1) do I remember Holmes being an Opium smoker?? I know very little about the
use of this drug- Isn't it smoked in a pipe?  Could the clay pipe have been
an opium pipe??

2) The article mentioned that Holmes had a cherry wood pipe. I have read
several things about Cherry Wood pipes- What is the real word on them? Do
they smoke well? Where can I get a good one to try out?

Thanks for the advise in advance!
Barry W Bevis

P.S. This is my first post and I am a new member- The PD that Steve sent are
great!  I am a pipe/cigar (smoker leaning toward the pipes), 26, a sales rep
for a furniture manufacture (Wholesale Only-Sorry :-)
and an avid duck hunter/fisherman/outdoorsman and womanchaser! Looking
forward to future issues! 
I also like to use ecclamation points!!!!!!!!

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From: ???????????????????????????? (Thomas A. Hendricks)
Subject: You oughta be in...

It has been a very long time since I have contributed anything to the Pipes
Digest (# 170-something or so...) and, once again, before I explode, I offer
the following...

I attended the PCI in St. Louis last month, which makes a grand total of two
shows I have ever been to.  This time, I came with two friends, Jeff Rients and
Andrew Drapp (both of whom have been lurking in PD for several months) and we
had a blast!  I planned to only purchase a few nice pipes while there, but, in
the face of my biggest weakness--that is, pipe buying--- (and Rex Poggenpohl's
table :-{)> ) I ended up purchasing fifteen pipes (including a wonderful Preben
Holm for $8 from Gordon Vogel of the Kentuckiana Pipe Club)...I had a great
time meeting other members of "OOPS" (Online Organization of Pipe Smokers)
including founder (and Bonfiglioli fanatic!) Dr. Ray Bromley...
I was also pleased and surprised to see Pat Callaghan, tobacconist and
all-around great guy, at the show...he told me it was only his second ever, as
well...(have I dropped enough names yet? :-{)>  )  It was *definitely* the best
two days I've enjoyed in quite some time!  (...and I recovered from the
pipe-smoking contest in only a few hours instead of a few days this time)
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Recently I received a phone call from a man named Robert Langsam, who is the
publisher and editor of a small, though growing magazine called "The Double
Corona" which is the "for the smoker, by the smoker" medium for the
International Association of Cigars Clubs (IACC)  Robert sent me a copy of the
Spring '95 issue, which contained several interesting articles, most of which
were written by members of the cigar clubs/groups which they formed.  These
articles, which describe the organizations and how they were formed, are meant
to help others who are have formed/are forming a cigar club/society/speakeasy
(in Keith and Dan's case :-{)> )  If anyone is interested, I have the
address/phone for the IACC and the Double Corona as the following:
                            The Double Corona
                            2706 South Horseshoe Drive, Suite 213
                            Naples, FL 33942
                            (813)-649-9655 (IACC)
I hope this info will be of help!

Also, through an incredible stroke of luck, I have been given the means to
own and manage what will become Bloomington/Normal's only pipe and tobacco
shop.  In approximately one year's time, my shop will be open for business (I'm
working with floor plans at the moment--and, any suggestions for a name? :-{)>
 Finally, Steve...caught your picture in the A&M (along with wineboss) and the
"tabloid" entry....hehehehe...congratulations!  Keep up the good work!  he
to/\/\             |   CIGAR AFICIONADO = A CORONA IF I DIG CA...
413 Carter St.     |   TOM, I SEE MOON DRUGS FRYIN' CHICO'S LEG!
Stanford, IL 61774 |
(309) 379-4491     |

[ Thanks for the note on the IACC & the St. Louis show!  BTW, on the
flip side, Wineboss has threatened to put a picture he took of
Yrs. Truly _after_ the Big Smoke (and looking suitably bedraggled) up
on the Web somewhere -- ouch!  Is this my 15 minutes?  -S. ]

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From: David Roberts <??????????????????????????>
Subject: Berlin Pipe Shops

Dear Steve,

inn the last PD, J. Paine asked about Berlin pipe shops.  The best, by
far, is Kaernbachs, which was also in the last PD.  There are 2 others
that deserve a mention.  There is a Davidoff Store at the Kaufhaus des
Westens (KaDeWe).  Nice selection of pipes and tobaccos in all price
classes, especially Dunhills and Davidoff pipes.  They also have a
very well stocked humidore with just about every cigar made.  The
people that work there are more or less friendly, but don't know much
about tobacco and pipes ("I've never heard of Peterson pipes, young
man."  "Sorry 'mam, but there's 7 of them in your display window."
"Oh, Peterson...").

The other pipe shop worth visiting is Kiwus (Kantstrasse 56, 10627
Berlin).  They don't have a huge selection, but do have a little bit
of everything.  They have a lot of Savinellis and Bentleys, and a few
Dunhills, and, apparently, a decent suply of cigars.  The owner is
very, very friendly - a nice place to go just to talk and smoke a
bowl.  There is one other pipe shop that is supposed to be very good -
I plan on going there sometime this week, so I'll let y'all know.
'Til then, smoke in peace, Dave

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From: ?????????????????????? (Paul Murphy)
Subject: Hello from Atlanta

June 27, 1995

Dear Steve:

I've been a subscriber to Pipes Digest for about a month and wanted to let
you know how much I enjoy reading it every couple of weeks. I am a cigar
smoker (seriously for only about a year) and tend towards maduros. Most
recently, I've enjoyed Fuente's 8-5-8 s, Licenciados 400(?, 6 by 50), as well
as Hoyo de Monterey Excaliburs and Partagas. The Licenciados were puzzling:
some really fantastic, others rather loosely rolled, fast burning, very open
draw. I haven't tried their highly touted Toros, but was wondering if others
had experienced this type of variation in their product.

I also wanted to mention an interesting side trip I recently made. While
visiting in-laws in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, I remembered that
the warehouse/outlet for JR Tobaccos was in Statesville, NC. I got a little
bored so I made the hour drive over there, and I'm very glad I did: I was
like a kid in a candy store! A very good selection and, even more so, a very
courteous and helpful staff. They gave me maybe a half dozen good quality
cigars to try; in fact, I smoked two of them in the store during the almost
two hours I just browsed and talked.It was a very pleasant experience that I
thought perhaps others passing through the area might enjoy. JR's is located
on Interstate 77, one exit south of Interstate 40 in Statesville, NC. They
also told me they plan on opening a store in Selma, NC, on I-95.

Again, thanks for the subscription; I look forward to every issue.


Paul Murphy

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From: ????????????????
Subject: Update from Gaithersburg, MD

Hello All,

For those who came in late, I'm a PD subscriber who has been on the road for
about a month, and am sending in an occasional update on the trip progress --

Since I left Kansas going east, here's what's happened:

6/22 - I got on the road at about 8am, just as my Aunt Jennie was going to
work and her husband and son, Phil and Corey were starting some more moving.

[This email message interrupted by a breaking weather bulletin: ** Wow!!! I
just heard a terrifying CRACK of thunder, and it must have been right over
the top of the condo complex here at my brother's where I'm staying.  It
probably wasn't, but boy was it loud!  It's pouring down rain, and if anyone
ever tells you that it doesn't rain in Maryland, let me know and I'll
straighten them out.  It's torrential here! ** Back to our regularly
scheduled emailing]

Anyway, as I was heading out of Emporia, I realized that I left some sandwich
fixin's, along with my squeeze bottle of mayonaisse in Jennie's refrigerator.
 No problem, I thought.  I'll just get some more of that stuff at the store.
 Would you believe, NOBODY has mayo in a squeeze bottle.  So, I stopped at a
number of stores along the way, trying to find a squeeze mayo, because when
you're making sandwiches on the road, it's a godsend.  Also, I was trying to
find block ice because the cooler is costing $1 a day to keep that crushed
ice in it!  I thought maybe a block would keep longer.  There's less total
surface area  to expose to melting.  I thought I'd give it a try, anyway.

When I stopped at the Dillon's store in Topeka, I was looking for it with the
help of a store-type person, and as I told the story to him about how I had
bought it in Boise, and accidently left it in Emporia, an old lady
interrupted and said, "You know, if you got that in Boise, there's a good
chance you won't find it anywhere else in the country."  I thought, "Huh? Did
she forget to take her medicine today or something?"  Then she went on to
explain:  "Boise and Salt Lake City are test areas for Safeway and Smith
Foods, which are the two big grocery chains in the country.  If they're just
testing something there, you probably won't see it anywhere else."  Wow...You
learn something new every day!  So, I got squeeze butter instead.  No block
ice there either.

Then I went down to the local "Grease Monkey" quickie lube place and got my
3,000 mile service.  Also, I asked there if anyone knew a place to get block
ice.  They suggested that if I wanted it bad enough, I could go down about 7
miles to the icehouse and maybe get it.  I didn't want it bad enough, I
guess.  Everyone keeps telling me, "No, nobody sells block ice anymore."  I
told them that I see it back home, but they didn't change their story. <sigh>

I got back on the road and eventually came to a little place in Missouri, I
think it was called Clinton.  I decided to check there for a solar shower.  I
decided that I couldn't go without at least washing my hair once a day, even
if I was living in the backwoods.  I'd stopped at various KMarts and Walmarts
along the way, and they always either were out of solar showers or didn't
carry them.  The last KMart I stopped at had one, but it was a really big,
thick black plastic bag and wasn't what I'd seen in the past, so I passed on
it.  At the Walmart in Clinton, there was also no solar shower, but I DID get
a little fisheye mirror for the pickup for $.97, and it was a dollar well
spent, although I wish I'd got the $1.67 model, in hindsight :)  While I was
there, I saw a cooler like one that my dad has that plugs into the cigarette
lighter, only it was about 1/2 the size (18 qt.)  Perfect!  It was $69.95,
but I figured that since I'll be on the road for another month or so, I'm
going to spend at least another 10 or 15 dollars on ice, so it's really that
much cheaper to get it now.  I've been using it and it works like a charm.
 But wouldn't you know it?  I walked out of the Walmart, put the cooler in
the pickup, plugged it in and was pleased with myself.  I closed the door,
walked over to the "Consumers" grocery store, and what did they sell there,
right out front?  You guessed it...block ice, $.89 a block.  I couldn't help
but be amused.  You know what?  I saw it in the next THREE stores along the

That night, I slept in the parking lot of a little picnic area of a place
called "Long Shoal".  It was pitch dark, and lots of little fireflies flying.
 It seemed pretty well out of the way, and I figured that it was going to be
a nice, peaceful, quiet night.  I got in the canopy and laid back and lit up
a pipe.  It was very relaxing watching the fireflies, and as I puffed, to see
a soft glow come from the bowl in the dark.  After an hour or so of that, I
heard a pickup truck come barreling down the road, and I immediately got kind
of tense, thinking it might be some kind of park ranger coming to tell me I
couldn't park there.  It wasn't.  Turns out to be a couple of kids who hopped
out and were out for some extracurricular activity in the grass.  I guess I
was too far a way to hear for sure, but seemed like there was a bit of female
giggling, punctuated by an occasional "Stop it!"  I don't know if the guy
ever got anywhere or not-- believe it or not, I fell asleep and never did
hear the noisy truck leave.

6/23 - I was headed through Northeastern Missouri, heading for Kentucky.  I
stopped to get gas, and the wind was blowing something wicked, like it does
back home where I live in Kennewick, WA, only the sky was real dark and grey
and as I looked east, it go greyer.  I thought, "Oh neat, I'll get to see
more heavy duty rain."  (I like rain, but only when the canopy is sealing
good).  It was real blustery, and the sky looked different that I am used to
seeing, but I just chalked it up to it being a different area, and drove on.
 I stopped for gas and as I was pumping, the guy in the next car over said
that the clouds I was seeing were "funnel clouds", which are the predecessor
of a tornado.  Just as I finished pumping the gas, another guy said that he
just heard on the radio that a tornado touched down in the next town down the
road, only 9 miles way.  It was real windy, but we didn't see any tornado,
and we listened to the radio but didn't hear any kind of update on it.  I
would have parked my "house" in a safe place and waited, but we were pretty
much right out in the open, and I figured that being under the roof by the
gas pumps wasn't such a great place to be either, so since I couldn't hear
anything on the radio about any instructions otherwise, I waited for a few
minutes and when the wind died down a little, I just headed back down the
road, toward where the tornado was sighted.  I figured that if it were
sighted there, it would have to be gone
by the time I got there, and if it was coming west, I'd have seen it by then.
Besides, on the road, at least you have highway overpasses that you can park
under for a little protection.  Where I was, I felt a little vulnerable, with
the gas pumps, electricity and big metal roof over the pumps.  As it turned
out, I saw a road sign or two twisted up at the next town, but I have no way
of knowing if that was related or if someone just hit them with a car :/  I
didn't stop in that town, it was raining so hard and still windy, so, I went
on down the road without incident.

After that, I crossed the mighty Mississippi, and proceeded to head up into
Illinois -- You read right...No, I didn't intendd to go to Illinois, I meant
to go to Kentucky.  But I was going to Illinois.  By the time I got to a
place in the road that I could turn around (exit, actually), it was shorter
to go up the road another 12 miles and then back down to where I was headed.
 It turned out to be a very nice drive through the country.  I even saw a
little historical site, if you want to call it that-- I saw the grave of
"King Neptune", a pig that was a naval mascot that was auctioned off (?) for
war bonds during WWII to raise money for the war effort.  He died and was
buried out there in the country, along where the road is now.  I don't know
how he happened to be buried here, of all places.  Hmm...Apparently King
Neptune didn't rate a place in my AAA tourbook, but it was an interesting
diversion nonetheless.

I pulled into the "Land Between the Lakes" state (?) park, just as it was
getting dark.  It's a 50 mile (or so) mile stretch of land that's sandwiched
between Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake (I think they're called).  I was
pessimistic about what I was going to have to go through to find a place to
camp, but I was pleasantly surprised!  I drove down about 15 miles, pulled
off onto forest road #113, drove down a tunnel of trees for about a mile (I
don't know how much further I could have driven down that one road of many
that I saw!) and then turned off onto a bare spot next to a dry creek bed.  I
pulled out Dad's trusty Maglight and also my 50,000 candlepower spotlight and
between the two was able to get the pickup settled in.  I turned off all the
lights and the engine and just listened.  It was dead quiet except for birds,
crickets and other forest noises, and pitch black besides.  Ahhh...so

There seemed to be very few, if any, mosquitos, and other bugs stayed away
until I left a light on for more than about 5 minutes.  Once I got settled
under the canopy, they didn't collect on the windows or anything.  I don't
understand why, but it made for a very pleasant evening.  I opened both side
windows and got a nice cool breeze coming through.  I didn't see another
person after leaving the main road, until the next morning (Saturday 6/24)
when I was getting ready to leave (even then, when those people saw I was
across the road from them, they packed up and moved down the road and I never
saw them again.)  That night was the most peaceful night I've spent in the
canopy, since leaving on the trip.  The other nights I survived just fine,
and wasn't uncomfortable, but I was always wondering who was going to walk up
and say, "Hey, you can't sleep here." or something like that.  Not at LBL (as
they call it)-- It was great.

6/24 - The next morning, I woke up and took my new solar shower and filled it
with the only water I had, other than good drinking water:  That was the
water from the big ice chest.  It had little floaters in it, but other than
that, it was basically clean.  In addition, I was unable to rinse the solar
shower out with baking soda and water, as the directions had said.  I didn't
have the luxury of having baking soda and a good source of water.  I walked
down to where some sun was coming through the trees, down in the dry creek
bed, and laid the solar shower on the rocks with the clear plastic facing up,
and black down against the rocks, as it said in the directions.  I went back
and rearranged the pickup a little, ate some grapenuts with bananas on it
with milk, cold from my new battery powered ice chest.  After that, and
cleaning up the cab of the truck, and studying the maps for a while, it had
been about an hour and a half.  I went down, collected the solar shower and
it seemed warm enough.  I threw the rope over a tree branch and tied it off.
 I threw a towel over another branch and was ready to wash my hair, finally--
Originally I had expected to just wash my hair, but it turned out to be such
an isolated location and was probably about a warm 74 degrees out, I decided
to tear a plastic grocery sack and make it into a makeshift shower floor, and
I was pleasantly surprised to find that the little solar shower, with only a
gallon or so of water, made for quite a nice shower!  I just wet down, then
soaped up, then rinsed off.  It was great to be clean again--  It was an
excellent $8 investment!  I figure that at the very least, if I can wash my
hair each day, I'll feel much better.

I debated about just staying there through the day, relaxing and then staying
at  LBL another night, but saw on the map that I could make it to a much
bigger park, and progress east at the same time.  The Great Smoky Mountains
National Forest was my next target!  I figured that if this park was so nice,
and the Smokies was so much bigger, it would be all the better for finding a
quiet spot to park and relax.  So, I got on the road and headed down the
remaining 35 miles or so of the LBL, stopping briefly at the LBL visitors
center, only to find that they wanted $.50-$.75 for a postcard! I said,
"forget it, I'll get better cards for less than a quarter at the grocery
store," which was true.  On top of that, the postcards weren't all that
great.  So, off to the Smokies I went.

I didn't get there until dark, although I had plenty of time.  I'll explain
later on that-- But when I got there, the first thing I read as I pulled into
the Smokies was, "Welcome to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park",
followed by another sign that said, "No Camping Except in Campgrounds" --
Well, I couldn't FIND any campgrounds, and there didn't seem to be any signs,
so I ended up driving half way through the Smokies in the dark (not seeing
any of the views, of course), then pulling into the parking lot at a
trailhead and sleeping in the canopy, regardless of the consequences.  Nobody
bothered me, but I'm sure it's only because they didn't know I was in there.
I got up at 6am and got on the road again. Before I got to the Smokies, I hit
a number of neat little towns along the way, including a place called Pigeon
Forge.  I'd never heard of it, but as it turns out, it's something of a major
attraction.  I would call it a cross between the lights of Las Vegas and the
atmosphere of Knott's Berry Farm. The traffic was unbearable, so I figured
I'd stop and look around.  An hour or so later, I was back on the road, and
it had cleared up a bit, only to get worse at several points, reaching
ridiculous proportions by the time you hit Gatlinburg, TN.  What a nightmare!
 Literally, you could walk from end of town to the other faster than drive.
 It would probably be a lot of fun if you WERE walking.  The streets were lit
up bright, clear into the night.  Something to consider if/when anyone wants
to go there sometime.  Remember, though, summer (schools out) is their real
big time.  The lady I talked to recommended coming just before/just after
school lets out/starts.

6/25 - After hours of zigzagging the Blue Ridge Parkway, I decided to get
off.  It was going to be a scenic tour all the way up to D.C., but it's a two
way road and when you've got to watch the road, and drive at 45 MPH or less,
you can't enjoy the scenery that much anyway.  I figured I'd seen enough
scenery and made an exit at a small town, the name I don't recall.

I stopped for gas in Johnson City, TN, and just as I was leaving noticed a
little laundry-mat, and I had a lot of clothes that needed some sweetening.
 I stopped and got the clothes going, then went down to a pay phone to try to
call my PD friend who offered to visit.  I wanted to meet with him, but I had
kind of accelerated my schedule and couldn't get ahold of him in time to
arrange something.   I tried several times while I was waiting for my clothes
to get done, but to no avail.  I finished my clothes, finally, and got back
on the road.

Later, I stopped at a rest stop and called again.  I guess he was out of town
this weekend because this time someone answered, but it sounded like his son
or daughter (it was hard to even hear through all the noise at the rest stop)
answered and said that he was out of town until the next day (6/26).  The
fine doctor from PD had offered me a place to stay, a shower and hot meal
if/when I made it through there, but it didn't look like it was going to work

So, I called my brother, Andy, and he said, "Come on up!"  We figured that
since it was already about 7pm, I was going to have to be driving into the
wee hours anyway.  In light of that, I'd just take a nap and arrive at his
place just before he had to get up for work, rather than drive straight
through and arrive just after he'd gone to sleep.  So, here's what I did,
after Andy gave me PERFECT directions (no small feat, considering 1) the
complexity of the D.C. road system and 2) the short time he's been here):

I got off the phone with Andy, then looked at the map at the rest stop,
trying to transfer as much information as I could onto my LX.  There was
about 220-270 miles between me and D.C., and I wanted to make sure I stayed
on the right roads.  After that, I got on the road and made my way up toward
D.C., getting off on the wrong road once, and adding about 10 miles to my
total that didn't need to be there.

6/26 -  At about midnight, I was REAL sleepy.  It had POURED rain (and I
can't possibly overstate how much rain was falling.  I almost pulled over a
couple of times, and probably should have, because I couldn't see where I was
going, even with the wipers on high-- I followed the tail lights of the truck
ahead of me), and finally I thought to myself, "I have about 3 hours to kill
before getting to Andy's, or else I'll wake him up," so I decided to sleep
some of that time.  As I said, at about midnight I was real sleepy, so I
pulled off on a very convenient dead end road, set my alarm for one hour, and
about 10 minutes later (or so it seemed), the alarm went off.  I decided to
let myself sleep a couple more minutes, and when all was said and done, and I
got up, it had been 1 1/2 hours!  I got back on the road, afraid that I would
miss Andy and/or hit bad D.C. traffic if I got there too late.  When I got
back on the road, I was still tired, but I made it to the D.C. area and could
see that I had at least another hour before Andy had to leave, so I pulled
off at the last rest stop and slept for 1/2 hour.  It made all the
difference!  I followed Andy's directions, which were perfect, and I got here
at 4:30am.  Andy doesn't get up until 5:30am, but I couldn't remember if he
said 5 or 5:30, so I got out of the truck and found his front door.  He lives
in a real nice condo here with a couple of guys from Poland, Jacek
(pronounced YOT-zik) and Christopher.  Andy had left me a note on the front
door saying to come on in and find his room and wake him up :)  I came in,
went up the stairs to his room and woke him up--an hour before he had to be
up-- It worked out OK though because we talked a very little bit, and before
I knew it, he was ready for work.  While he got ready, I was worried about
how all of his things that I was bringing him had survived the torrential
rain, and whether or not the canopy leaked.  It did leak, but his stuff
didn't get too wet.  I brought it all in, and now I have TONS of room in the
canopy.  I didn't realize how much I was bringing until I got going on the
trip.  Andy had told me to just bring what I had room for, but I didn't
realize just what I had done.  But it worked out good because for the first
half of my trip out here, I haven't spent much time in the canopy, and now
Andy has all (I think) of his things in D.C. that he wanted to get out here.
 Now HE'S got to find some room here.  All his boxes are stacked up all
around in his room.

Anyway, Andy went off to work, so we hot-bunked it.  He took off and I
crashed in his bed and slept until about 11am, which wasn't too bad.  I got
up and Christopher wasn't here and Jacek was gone too, so I spent the first
day by myself all day.  I enjoyed it.  I caught up on my email and did a
little business over the phone (VISA, stock broker, ordering some tapes I
need, etc)

Last night, just before I fell asleep on the couch, Jacek and I were talking
and he asked if I minded if he smoked, as he lit up a cigarette.  He asked if
I smoked, and without really even thinking, I said "No", but then went on to
say that I took up pipe smoking about six months ago (it's interesting, and I
don't think too unique, that I don't think of myself as a smoker).  He said,
"Yeah, I smoked a pipe for a while, about two years ago."  He got out a bent
sandblast with a (hmm...what do you call it...)  gold swirled plastic (?) bit
on it, and a pouch of that "Borkum Riff" (is that right?) that is all dried
out (does anyone have a way that I can revive it without any special
equipment?)  His girlfriend showed up just about that time and we (or should
I say, "he") got sidetracked and we didn't get back to it.  I'll be sure to
get back on the subject tonight when he gets home.  I fell asleep on the
couch and woke up kind of late this morning.  And now, I just got up and am
just finishing this little update (maybe not so little ;)

So, that's about it for now.  I'll probably get to a pipe shop at some point
while I'm in the area.  If anyone has any suggestions for the D.C. area
(actually, the closer to Gaithersburg, in the Montgomery Village area, the
better), drop me a line.  My brother and I will certainly get out and about.
 I'm looking forward to spending time with him.  Right now, he's working, so
I just have to keep myself occupied inside, out of the rain.  So far, there
seems to be plenty for me to do, and when the rain stops, my brother says
that there are a number of places, such as the $1.50 movie matinee, within
walking distance that can keep me busy and help me avoid looking for a job ;)

I'll be in touch!  Drop a line if you get a chance.  My brother has a great
computer, so I've got wonderful email handling facilities at my disposal and
time to reply :)

[ I know a lot of Digesters are following your odyssey, Charlie!
Sounds like you ran into a real case of Murphy's Law with the block
ice... -S. ]

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From: ????????????
Subject: Re: Speculation

[ Following edited to avoid potential libel trouble. -S. ]

?????????????? (Gregory Pease) writes:

"During the early 1980's, as I recall, a major scandal hit the collector 
circuit.  All at once, actually over a period of a few months, unsmoked
patent number Dunhills in large sizes and unusual (read rare) shapes 
found their way, like so many little piggies, to market.  High grade 
Charatans, mostly Coronations also appeared in some numbers.....
Interestingly, all these pieces came through the same source in the US.
Needless to say, the fellow who masterminded this scandal was cast out 
from the collector's realm, but not until he had made a tidy sum taking
advantage of the trust of his fellows."

New pipe collectors should know more about this to protect their
hobby.  According to my collecting friends who were active during the
period mentioned above, this black period set pipe collecting back
several years.  While this is only quietly mentioned today among the
collectors who were there, the individual was a prominent
wheeler-dealer-collector, [X]. [Info about X deleted. -S.]. [X] has
surfaced a few months ago and come online in alt.smokers.pipes
introducing himself as a knowledgeable "old-timer" collector willing
to answer questions about pipes!  He claims getting out of smoking and
collecting due to a minor heart attack in July of 1985. Now you know
why there has been a stigma about using [a certain pipe product].

[ Anyone wishing to know who Jrpo meant should contact him directly.
And PUHLEEZE, don't submit incriminating or potentially libelous
material!  The individual involved could sue either of us for libel,
if I were to publish your letter intact and your allegations turned
out to be unfounded.  I'm willing to spread the news about known bad
eggs, but not to indulge in speculation of this kind.  -S. ]

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From: ??????????????
Subject: Resource Guide


    I've just signed on to your Group and would like to say that I've got a
lot of reading to do!  The comments and tips from other members are very good
and quite informative.  I own a Tobacco/Collectibles shop in North Carolina
and am always looking for tips on how to advise my smokers on how to get the
most from their smokes.

     I would also like to add my store's name to your Resorce Guide.  If
anyone needs a specific type of cigar, pipe, tobacco accessory, or
collectible gift item, which they cannot find in their local area, we are
happy to mail order.  Gift items can be giftwrapped in our store and then
shipped to save wrapping hassles!

     International House Ltd.
     108 Holly Hill Mall
     Burlington, NC 27215
     (910) 288-9113
     (910) 282-7850 - Fax
     M/C and VISA accepted

     Thanks for providing a forum for discussing what is quickly becoming a
lost art in this country.


[ No problem! It's in the Guide. -S. ]

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From: ??????????????????
Subject: Pipe Stuff

I wanted to update an address on the resource guide for you.  The Private
Smoking Club in Cincinnati's address is:
Mt. Lookout Square
3195 Linwood Ave.
Cincinnati, OH  45208
(513) 321-3278

I have gone to PSC off and on since it first opened and it is truly one of
the more unique establishments I have encountered.  It is not actually a
private club, which I initially thought, but a store, bar, lounge
aptmosphere.  Located in a former bank, the PSC offers three smoking lounges,
a full service bar, and a walk in humidor (that used to be the bank vault -
the large steel bank vault door is still there).  They have many many cigars
which is the main focus of their establishment, although they do carry some
pipe tobacco and pipe tobacco accessories (no pipes however) and various
imported cigs.  The first night I happened to go there (opening night) I
walked in and was greeted by a blue cloud of cigar smoke.  The men were
sitting around and looked as happy as pigs in mud to be able to smoke in a
comfortable environment without someone hassling them about the smell.  I
must say it was nice to have a cup of coffee and smoke my pipe without anyone
giving me dirty looks, but rather commenting on how nice it smelled.  They
have offered in the past brandy tastings, brunches. and the like.  If any
readers are interested in things of this nature or are passing through the
area, it is worth checking out.
     I also wanted to thank all those people who sent advice on how to fix
not only my melted stems but the calabash pipe I have.  I am happy to report
that both problems have been fixed.  I used a citronella "bug" candle for the
pipe stems  and it worked great.  Not only did the stems fit in the shank
tighter but I no longer have problems with mosquitos when I smoke.  I
dicovered how to fix the calabash by reading the Pipe Smokers Ephemeris.  I
don't remember the English gentleman's name who wrote this idea to the
Ephemeris, but it was so clever I thought I would pass it along.  One needs
to go to a desk office supply store, book store, or school supply department
in a department store and find stuff called plastic adhesive, which is the
material people use to hang up posters, etc. on the wall instead of tape.
 Take a bit of this and roll it out till it is like a long string.  Then take
the adhesive and wrap it around the bottom of the bowl of the calabash.  Once
it is wound completely place the bowl on the gourd and press down.  It seals
the pipe magnificantly!  Furthermore, it appears to be heat resistant and has
not marred either the gourd or the bowl in the time I have been using it
(about 20 smokes or so).  I only wish I would have thought of it first. . . .


[ Sounds like a great place, Lenrd! I do have a different phone number
for them in the Guide, but I've replaced it with the one you gave
me. -S. ]

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From: ??????????????????????
Subject: WWW site

Hi Steve,
	Please don't feel that I'm being picky.  I just wanted to mention 
that the 'search all articles' function on your WWW site causes a core 
dump on my account every time. (I use lynx by the way).  Before you had 
to move to your current site it worked wonderfully (I loved it dearly), 
and I use to consult it before I made any purchases.  It would be great 
if I could do that again, but even if I couldn't I would still value your 
contribution to pipedom.

					   Ben Schainker

[ I'll mail your letter to Steve Beaty, the Web site maintainer.
Thanks for letting us know! -S. ]

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From: "??????????????????" <???????????????????>
Subject:       Interesting reading


I found the following article on the WWW page for The Free Radical, a 
libertarian newspaper from New Zealand.  Amoung the things these guys 
really hate (taxes, silly property codes, etc) are anti-smoking 

I have the article on disk, if you feel it's too long for the digest, 
I'll be happy to e-mail it to whomever requests it - 
?????????????????? - in that case, you may want to include their home 
page location  - http://newton.otago.ac.nz:808/~darnton/freerad.html

Otherwise, here it is!



David Cohen

They never seem able to make up their minds which is the most beautiful word 
in the language - 'compulsion' or 'forbidden'.

Robert O. Ryder

There's no getting away from it. We tobacco puffers must face facts, chief 
among them that passive smoking - literally, the putting into the environment 
of our cruel fumes - has become the world's leading cause of silly 

Getting there hasn't been easy. Over the years there have been any number of 
nonsense figures, circulated by any number of nonsense spokespeople with 
nothing to back their claims up other than a certain belief in the power of 
statistical repetition to make an imprint on society at large. In the case of 
New Zealand, that belief is well founded.

Thus, on the basis of loose speculation by an excitable Indiana
sexologist, it was once widely claimed in this country that 4 percent
of the population was homosexual. The figure then climbed to 10
percent. By the time this article reaches print, it will probably have
bulleted to 25 percent. Any of these figures may well be accurate; the
point is that no one really knows for sure, least of all the claimants
themselves - upon whom the burden of proof logically rests.

>From a libertarian point of view, of course, it really doesn't matter
if 4, 10 or 25 percent of the population is homosexual. The numbers
are of no political moment. But when groups such as Greenpeace enter
the fray with fanciful findings on the damage allegedly being wrought
by big business to the environment - the extinction of one actual
species every day, according to a recent press release - they should
be called to account because they wish actual political harm on the
industrialists. Scrutiny of the same order is also due to the frenzied
brigade whose style it is to use unproved and unprovable assertions on
the dangers of passive smoking to bring about a prohibition on
cigarette consumption among adults.

Take, for instance, a crude claim put about this year on most of the
international and local wire services concerning the harm suffered by
"passive cigarette smokers". Extensive research, it said, has
conclusively established that the incidence of lung cancer is an
astounding 20 percent greater among non-smokers who live with smokers
than it is among those non-smokers who do not.

The research was taken from two sampled groups of 100,000 non-smokers. 
Among the first, whose members has not cohabited with a smoker, ten 
developed lung cancer. Among the second, whose members had cohabited with 
a weed fiend, 12 developed the same.

In other words an entire statistical edifice was constructed on the
basis of two deaths over 100,000 lives!

Professor Peter Lee, an epidemiologist who has interpreted many cancer 
studies, and who presumably is not in the treacherous employ of the tobacco 
industry, clearly felt it was a case of smoke and mirrors!

"The 20 percent link is so small it is impossible to say it does not
arise from various other known sources of medical bias," he told
Britain's Daily Telegraph

"The politically correct climate of our time," he added, "has created
a corrupting bias, making scientists nervous of publishing a paper
that establishes no connection between (passive smoking) and cancer,
lest his career be held back."

So much for the 20 percent increase in deaths caused by passive
smoking.  So much, too, for another illustrated report carried
internationally this year on another death caused, we are told, by
passive smoking in an English household.

For reasons of family sensitivity, the victim in this case could only
be identified as Polly. She succumbed to lung cancer after sharing her
adult life with a chain-smoker, it was reported.

Poor Polly. Her obituary was, in every way, intensely moving, except
for the inconvenient fact that it was completely untrue. For one
thing, she was a budgerigar [ anyone have a definition? RA] - arguably
the most deserving candidate for Greenpeace's endangered list. More to
the point, however, no post-mortem ever took place on the dead bird,
leading sensible people to treat the report for the arrant fiction it
clearly was.

(One hilarious study, published in Holland shortly after Polly's final
squawk, cheekily suggested that keeping birds can increase one's
chances of lung cancer nearly seven times. The Dutch anti-smoking
fraternity was reportedly unamused!)

This didn't stop the local protestations of those who have made it
their life's calling to censor the habits of others of which they
personally disapprove.

"I have so many reports to show that animals are at risk from passive 
smoking," Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) spokeswoman Janie Weir 
told The Free Radical last month. "They did do an autopsy on that bird, and 
they found the bird had been smoked out."

Ms Weir promised to supply verification - it hasn't yet arrived - on this 
autopsy which never took place, and which has, in Britain at least, been 
denounced by veterinary pathologists as a foolish hoax. At the same time she 
wanted to underscore for readers that her 1000-strong organisation was not in 
any way opposed to personal liberty.

"We're not authoritarian," she said. "We're doing no more than
challenging the tobacco industry to be more honest. We're challenging
their credibility if you like.

"I think ASH was perceived as radical when it began in 1982. But as
the Western world has moved, that's changed. I think you'll find that
in the United States they're more radical than we are."

On the last score, she is probably right. A queer paradox of
contemporary America is that while it boasts, rightly, to lead the
planet in the ways of individual liberty, it has from time to time
behaved as one of the most ludicrously intolerant political entities
imaginable.  Suspected communists and known alcohol drinkers have
already this century felt the weight of American-style
authoritarianism; now it is cigarette smokers who must face the feds,
headed in this instance by FDA commissioner David Kessler.

"Give us your tired and your poor," the likes of Mr Kessler enjoin us
from Washington DC, "give us your huddled masses yearning to breathe
smoke-free, and we will give them bureaucratic rest!"

Indeed they will. A recent edition of Time turned over one of its
precious covers to the very real likelihood of a new tobacco
prohibition in the States, speculating that it is no longer a matter
of if but when an interdiction with take effect.

Quoted in the same issue was Jonathan Fielding, a public health
professor currently based in California but ultimately destines, one
assumes, for Teheran.

"Smoking has become associated with lower educational attainment and
lower social status," he argued. "It becomes divisive in a sense. In a
country where we have too many things that divide people, this is just
another dividing us."

Can a geo-religious strain be discovered here? Or is it just
coincidence that all the world's most sternly anti-smoking countries -
the United States in particular, but also Canada, Great Britain,
Australia and New Zealand - happen to be largely Protestant, with all
the self-flagellation and paralysing guilt that such a tradition

Certainly, within Roman Catholic countries such as France, cigarette
users almost universally cry "Egalite! Liberte!" and smoke on. Pretty
Jewish soldier boys and girls in Jerusalem cradle Uzis and puff Kent
filters with impunity on the Mount of Olives, while Prime Minister
Yitzhak Rabin chain-smokes his way through Knesset meetings. And in
Shinto-Buddhist Japan, not only do more people smoke than anywhere
else in the industrialised world (roughly twice the rate of New
Zealand, according to the World Health Organisation) but they also
enjoy a greater life expectancy that anywhere else and have one-third
of the West's per capita incidence of lung cancer!

Yes, WASP countries such as our own do seem to have an attitude that's
all their own.

Last summer, by way of example, I was seated outside one of those
faddish Wellington cafes where the tables are placed along the
sidewalk of Willis Street to lend the establishment what the
proprietors evidently hope to be a funky European feel.

Presently, a couple was shown to another outside table. Once seated,
the guy looked through his menu. His partner, on the other hand,
seemed distracted by an object which someone had left before them.

Motioning to the waitress, she asked if the disgusting object - an
empty ashtray - could be removed. This the waitress did, even as I
stole a glance at this drab creature relaxing her features and
proceeding with her mate to enjoy an undisturbed hour of food, drink
and exhaust fumes from the passing traffic.

What are the roots of such frankly bizarre behaviour? Is it nature,
nurture or Nietzsche? No doubt, psychiatrists' case books shed light
on this difficult question, but just common sense, it seems to me,
suggests that valley girls who passively imbibe vehicle pollutants
cannot be taken seriously in their objection to passive smoking (or
passive ashtrays).

Towards those private New Zealanders who choose to remain so
self-deluded, one can have tolerance, but, for those who currently
give political weight to their displeasure, there is a much more
important response: contempt. For it is they who are the true
undesirable smokers - emerging, as they have, from underneath a purple
haze of cooked statistics, quarter-baked notions of proper individual
behaviour and burnt-out Stalinoid impulses, polluting the air of
liberty with their discontent.

There is an overwhelming body of statistical evidence that the
proliferation of such types is very dangerous for any individual's

"These leaves make friends, and celebrate with gentle rites the vows
of peace.  They have given consolation to the world. They are the
companions of the lonely - the friends of the imprisoned, of the
exile, of workers in mines, of fellers of forests, of sailors on the
desolate seas. They are the givers of strength and calm to the vexed
and wearied minds of those who build with thought and dream the
temples of the soul.

They tell of hope and rest. They smooth the wrinkled brows of pain -
drive fears and strange misshapen dreads from out the mind and fill
the heart with rest and peace. Within their magic warp and woof some
potent, gracious smell imprisoned lies, that, when released by fire,
doth softly steal within the fortress of the brain and bind in sleep
the captured sentinels of care and grief.

These leaves are the friends of the fireside, and their smoke, like
incense, rises from myriads of happy homes."
     -     Robert G. Ingersoll
R.A. Dawson
College of Lake County
Grayslake, Il  60030

"Let the truth of love be lighted,
Let the love of truth shine clear"
                            - NP

[ I think a budgieregard is a small bird, like a parakeet or a canary,
often kept as a house pet. The spelling may be off, too.  Thanks for
the article!  -S. ]

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From: ????????????
Subject: Cigar Newsmagazine

CIGAR Connecticut Monthly is a monthly newsmagazine featuring general
articles, reviews, and information about cigars. It will also have listings
of cigar related events throughout Connecticut and surrounding states. It is
available at tobacconists, newsstands, and by subscription. 

For a yearly subscription of twelve issues, send a check or money order for
$21.95 to: AJS Publications, P.O. Box 9, Clinton, CT 06413

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From: ??????????????
Subject: New  Stores, cigars and pipe

Hello Steve, 

Thanks for all the great Pipe Digests over the past couple of months since I
joined the group. I look forward to these more and more. I have particulatly
enjoyed the Sherlokiana and other literary contributions of the members.

I thought I would pass on a couple of my " finds " in tobacco establishments
 that I have enjoyed lately in the San Francisco area on the peninsula.

The First is a new shop in the Willow Glen area of San Jose, actually in the
South Bay , This is mainly a cigar establishment that plans to offer pipes in
the future The unique aspect of this family run operation is a smoking room,
complete with overstuffed furniture and a big screen TV. I hope this is a
trend starting in stores. It is great to have a place to smoke among friends!
I enjoyed an Avo Preludia in the smoking room while there but could have used
some more company. The store is open 7days a week and has the possibility of
becoming an oasis for southbay cigar fans. The address is:   
                                   Willow Glen Cigars and Tobacco
                                   1068 Lincoln Ave   (at Garfield)
                                   San Jose, CA  95125
                                   Phone  408 283 9323

Another find is the:        Burlingame Smoke Shop 
                                   1400 Burlingame Ave
                                   Burlingame CA 94010
                                   Phone 415 343 3363

This store has actually been in business since 1930 but has been recently
remodeled and expanded. They have a great selection of cigars and will rent
keeps (small lockers)  that are part of their walk-in humidor. Although they
don't have a smoking room this location is fast becoming a hang out for cigar
afficianados, there are benches in front of the store where one can enjoy a
leisurely smoke, some conversation, and watch the passing scenery. 

On a recent visit a matronly woman with a nice smile stopped outside to chat
and suddenly realized that her olfactory senses were experiencing something
different, "Am I standing in front of a cigar store" she exclaimed.  After a
pause and a smile she added, " It smells good" .  I think she was surprised
that her senses were telling her that cigars had a very enjoyable aroma.( I
was smoking a Zino Mouton Cadet #6 at the time and there were several other
cigar smoking customers inside adding to the scented draft wafting out of the
store's entry) . We had a pleasant exchange and she left smiling.

They have a selection of Dunhill pipes and several house blends of tobacco,
The selection of tinned tobaccos is limited to some Dunhill and McBarren
blends. I tried the Mild English house offering and it was excellent. 

Thats all for now 

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From: ???????????????
Subject: Re: #3(4) Pipes Digest #193 - June 22, 1995

Dear Steve:

Does anyone have any info. on the new Arturo Fuente cigars called Opus X..
Specifically would like to know what will be available, when and where as
well as cost and specs.  I presume a premium Dominican, but questions abound
about a new cigar.
Reply to ????????????????

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                       Today's Snappy Comeback:

(The Phil Donahue smarm-out:) [loudly] "Thank you for sharing. Let's
open it up. [using cigar as microphone] How does the rest of the
restaurant feel? Help me out here!" [This can backfire -- use only
where a lot of other people are smoking!]  

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

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Article Index

  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #194 - July 2, 1995
  2. Subject: Tobacco Mixtures
  3. Subject: compromise humidors
  4. Subject: Stuff [PIPES]
  5. Subject: Pipe Digest- Pipes
  6. Subject: Fwd: Sherlock Holmes
  7. Subject: You oughta be in...
  8. Subject: Berlin Pipe Shops
  9. Subject: Hello from Atlanta
  10. Subject: Update from Gaithersburg, MD
  11. Subject: Re: Speculation
  12. Subject: Resource Guide
  13. Subject: Pipe Stuff
  14. Subject: WWW site
  15. Subject: Interesting reading
  16. Subject: Cigar Newsmagazine
  17. Subject: New Stores, cigars and pipe
  18. Subject: Re: #3(4) Pipes Digest #193 - June 22, 1995
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