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.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Strong Pipe Craving

The image that used to be above but is now removed was of an author I met.  The photograph was not one I took, but was one I found of him on the Internet this evening after I had thought again about his talk and the book I read of his called Spartina.  I met him when he visited our U a number of years ago.  He is John Casey, author of Spartina as well as other books.  The book I read of his is quite wonderful, and he is a nice fellow as well.  I enjoyed a pipe with him while he was waiting to give his talk.  So, if you wish to see this fellow, look for an image of him on-line. 

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It is interesting to note that this morning upon awakening, I experienced a much deeper yearning for a pipe than I have experienced in quite some time.  It sort of caught me a bit off guard.  I was not anticipating it. 

The idea of variation to the intensity of cravings being non-linear (and being either stable or gently sloping downward to lower and lower intensities is surprising to me.  I am wondering what is the root cause? 

I am wondering if a higher stress level this week at work and at home is partially to blame?  Possibly, but it does not seem to fully explain why when my feet hit the floor this morning, I REALLY wanted a pipe.  I was probably at my most relaxed at that moment than I have been the last few days. 

Well, what this really has me thinking about is what about the future.  It was easy enough to resist even this moderate craving due to the impact of my not wanting to break my Lenten vow.  But, if the cravings can still come back in a moderate fashion after Lent, what sort of mechanism do I need to keep in my mind to help me continue to resist at that point?  Should it be the ever climbing number of days of success like with walking?  Is that enough incentive? 

I want to figure out something that will help me to succeed after Lent is over with my 97.5% pipe tobacco free existence.  I have been enjoying doing what I say I will do.  I have been feeling more enjoyment when I do indulge, and I have been feeling good about not indulging at those times I have selected not to.  But... this more moderate craving DID surprise me.  I have to think about it more. 



Blogger BBC said...

Fuck lent, stop being a catlick.

I am wondering what is the root cause?

Lack of pussy...

Wednesday, 26 March, 2014  
Blogger billy pilgrim said...

bbc makes an excellent point.

Thursday, 27 March, 2014  
Blogger ZuluCollector said...

Hello Frumpy Professor, I write with mixed emotions. Like you, I have shared a pipe with John Casey, and I love his work. Based on what I've read on your blog, I think I would like you as well; we share a number of interests. So what are the sources of my mixed emotions? The photo of John that you have used is one that I took and processed. I wish you had written me and asked for permission to use it; I would have granted permission; I would only have asked that you credit me in the image. Since I cannot find your email address anywhere, I am forced to address this in your comment section which is not such a great thing, I'm sure you would agree. How about getting in touch with me so we can work this out? Thanks, and continued good luck with your blog. If you do an internet search of this photo, you will find my identity and email address and be able to contact me. I don't feel comfortable leaving my address in the comment.

Tuesday, 08 December, 2015  
Blogger PipeTobacco said...


I apologize. I have removed the photograph.


Tuesday, 15 December, 2015  

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