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.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Pipes & Trucks

As you can see from the listing at the bottom, yesterday was another successful day in my refraining from my pipe and pipe tobaccos.  Yet, that is not the full picture.  I have had minimal cravings, and minimal thoughts about my pipes and pipe tobaccos since I began SOPS V2 other than on the Friday in which I indulged and for a bit on the following Saturday morning. 

That changed a bit yesterday afternoon and evening.  Unfortunately, after I left the U, I decided wanted to drive a long distance yesterday and decided to deliver some big, bulky pieces of furniture to a distant relative.  So, after getting off campus yesterday, I stopped at home and switched out vehicles for my old, comfortably ratty, pleasantly unkempt, reliable-as-hell, pickup instead of my primary vehicle. My truck is wonderful in every regard, and it is the only vehicle where I still allow myself the privileged of being able to smoke my pipe in while I am driving.  Driving the truck, shifting through the gears, while holding a warm pipe either in my palm or between my teeth seems as natural to me as walking or breathing. 

But, unfortunately, yesterday (Wednesday) was not deemed a special occasion pipe smoking day, and no matter how I tried to figure out something to "celebrate" as a special occasion so I could indulge, it really would have only been a lie to myself, and I damn well knew it.

So, even though it still felt melancholic to a degree, I tried the best thing I could think of to do... I grabbed one of my pipes that were in the truck, knocked out any stray ashes that were remaining in the bowl, and held the pipe as I drove, sometimes in my palm, other times I held the stem of it with my teeth.

It was nice, in a minor, limited sort of way.  But, I stuck to my plan, and finished the trip and did ok.

By the way, the truck up above in the image is NOT mine, although I wish it were.  If I could find a nice version and vintage of the truck up in this salt infested region, I would buy it in a minute.  I always really liked the Jeep pickup of that era.  My pickup is a wonderful old Chevy... which is great, but not quite as great as a Jeep.   

Today's (Thursday's) Goal = 0 bowls 
Wednesday's [1/30] Goal = 0 bowls
Actual consumption (Wednesday) = 0 bowls

Walking Day 1593 / SOPS Day7



Blogger thimscool said...

Jeep trucks were ok, but probably not as reliable as your Chevy, and definitely not as reliable as a Ford or a Toyota truck.

I really miss my old Ford ranger... bought her for 10 grand, put 65k miles on her, and sold her for 5 grand five years later. Didn't need any significant repairs and probably cost me less than 10 cents a mile, neglecting gas.

But it didn't have an extended cab so I sold it for something more capable of hauling monkey spawn.

Thursday, 31 January, 2013  
Blogger BBC said...

Old Jeeps like that can get expensive to fix and maintain, better for you to stay with the old Chev, they are easier to fix and parts are often cheaper.

Great job on the pipe.

Thursday, 31 January, 2013  
Blogger BBC said...

I'm wondering if your old Chev is a two or four wheel drive. If it is a 4X4 the tranny is the weakest point and you should have it serviced at times. And put a product called Power Punch in it. Bill

Thursday, 31 January, 2013  
Blogger PipeTobacco said...


My old Chevy is only 2 wheel drive.


Thursday, 31 January, 2013  
Blogger BBC said...

I'm sure that 2 wheel drive is all you really need, it has the same tranny in it a 4 wheel drive has, a turbo 350, and they are decent tranny's but the 4X4's should have gotten turbo 400's. They are a stronger tranny for the hard work a 4X4 is often subjected to.

Thursday, 31 January, 2013  
Blogger redb56 said...

I hope you didn't think the comment I left anonymously the other day was spam, but I did want you to be aware your photo may have been posted in the blog I described without your knowledge. This is the link to what I believe is your photo:

Thursday, 31 January, 2013  
Blogger PipeTobacco said...


No, I did not think your comment was spam. I left your comment.


Thursday, 31 January, 2013  
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