The Thoughts of a Frumpy Professor

............................................ ............................................ A blog devoted to the ramblings of a small town, middle aged college professor as he experiences life and all its strange variances.

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Thinking Again

I have been thinking long and hard again about my quandary with my pipe smoking. There are pros and cons to the issue and it is hard to make a long-term decision:

1. I enjoy smoking my pipes.
2. I enjoy the tobacco.
3. I enjoy the neuronal stimulation of my mind via nicotine.

Yet, there are things that are disappointing of late with the hobby:

4. It is not always very fun to step outside at a gathering or other type of social event to indulge in a pipe. Yet, it is also *sometimes* not fun to refrain from smoking my pipe during said social event.
5. It is economically wasteful to smoke a pipe (it is still a helluva lot cheaper than cigarettes or cigars), but none-the-less it is getting more and more expensive.
6. The attitude of non-smokers to pipe smokers is becoming more negative. It used to be that even during the growing dislike of cigarette smoking, gentlemen who smoked a pipe were viewed as kind albeit a bit treated kindly and even jovially. That sort of treatment is becoming more and more rare.

And, there are things that I dislike with the hobby as well:

7. I do not like the potential health risks.

So, I am again contemplating what I should do and what I will do. I just do not know. I see three options each with different issues associated with it:

A. Keep going as is... smoke my pipe freely and indulge as I wish. This is probably the easiest option, but it does nothing to address the health issues, and I am also still bothered with the disappointing aspects as well. This approach does, however, allow me to maintain what I do *like* about the hobby.

B. Quit smoking a pipe... this will be a challenge, I suspect. I am not sure how much of a craving for nicotine I will have, but I suspect I have the willpower and stubbornness to work through that issue. However, the psycho-social habit itself may be much more challenging for me. I *am* in my very nature, a pipe smoker. I have always enjoyed the mechanics and art of the hobby, and after all these many years it has become an ingrained part of whom I am. To change that will be a challenge.

C. Develop some sort of intermediate plan... this has potential, but many challenges as well. I have thought that perhaps I should try to "unlearn" being a daily pipe smoker and only smoke my pipe under specific circumstances (such as while drinking). If I can figure out how to implement this successfully, it could be a wonderful option. However, I suspect it may not be very easy to do.

So, I will have to continue to try to figure this out.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be glad you don't smoke cigarettes. Woman in front of me bought a case/box yesterday and paid $79. That's a chunk of change!

Saturday, 06 October, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prof, you are way beyond over thinking this. I have been a pipe smoker for 40+ years and am way past wondering what others think of my hobby. If you spend any time at all in traffic these days, the health risks of smoking a pipe are nil at best.

You are a scientist and if you take the time to look at the studies that have been done you will see that it’s all “junk science” at its finest.

Saturday, 06 October, 2012  
Blogger BBC said...

I think I would be fucking perfect if I could stop smoking but have never been able to do that. On the other hand I'm rolling up on 70 so maybe it doesn't matter and I should just start on my bucket list and get some things done before I check out.

There is one private bar in this town you can smoke in, I go there for a couple of beers and bullshit most Saturday afternoons if I'm not doing something else.

Comments are turned on on my projects blog.

Saturday, 06 October, 2012  
Blogger BBC said...

Oh, pipe tobacco and filters cost me about 20 bucks a month, that's a lot cheaper than ciggs, in fact since switching I think they taste like shit. Like diving into the wrong muffin. :-)

Saturday, 06 October, 2012  
Blogger BBC said...

BTW, Jane sends her regards, even though she thinks you're a fucking train wreck, hehehehe

Saturday, 06 October, 2012  
Anonymous pipefan said...

PT, I'd suggest that you stop worrying about it. We all die from something. If you're relatively healthy after all these years, just relax and enjoy your pipe. You'll do more damage to yourself from the stress of worrying about what *might* happen, than the pipe will do to you.

I just started smoking a pipe again after a decade away from it, and I'm glad I did.

Monday, 08 October, 2012  

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