The Thoughts of a Frumpy Professor

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Friday, March 06, 2020

The Pipe Shop

As I mentioned a few days ago... I have a research talk to give in not too many days in the future, that is at a research convention I regularly attend.   And, at this location there is an absolutely wonderful pipe shop that I have frequented regularly when I go to this meeting.  When I first thought of this idea a few days ago, I was feeling quite nostalgic about the place and the many, many hours I had spent there over the years.   And it gave me the idea to ponder about *if* there is a way for me to truthfully be an occasional pipe smoker? 

My thought is/was to potentially pack one pipe with me and to even have the bowl filled with a beautiful burley leaf and take it with me.  My thought is that I could take some time to walk around the store, and smoke my pipe, and chat with the folks during a break period in the course of the meeting.  I would not bring any other pipe tobacco with me, and perhaps not even a lighter... so that I would need to use the ubiquitous wooden matches that are sitting by each ashtray in the shop. I would then stop after the one bowlful and return back to the meeting. 

It feels exciting and invigorating to image this adventure.   Not really sure if I should or if I will do so... but it is giving my mind some pleasant thoughts and the anticipation is very enjoyable. 



Blogger Pat McDowell said...

Kind sir, only you know whether you have derived enough satisfaction from these last 2+ non-smoking years as to want to continue permanently, never again enjoying any of your pipes.

I know you literally still dream of smoking your pipes. Nor have you banished them from your life as a non-smoker would do. You're an observant Catholic, so I can't picture you deliberately keeping "occasions of sin" around you as temptations, so you obviously don't consider pipe-smoking something negative, intrinsically worth avoiding.

Over the years I have known a few "occasional pipe smokers" but I would say they are very rare. Aside from the aesthetic component of pipe-smoking, the chemical component makes it very hard for most to keep their pastime truly "occasional." The successful ones I've known have made their pipe-smoking "locational" as well as occasional. They have a dedicated room, or a particular porch, on which they allow themselves to enjoy their pipes, but nowhere else. That way, they can only increase the "occasions" to the degree they can arrange to spend more time in the designated location.

But what if that doesn't work, and the desire to smoke anywhere and at any time becomes too strong? Only you can look at your last 2+ years and answer truthfully for yourself: if you can't be an occasional pipe smoker, would you rather be a regular pipe smoker or a never-smoker? I don't expect that after trying "occasional" pipe-smoking you'll be comfortable going back to never-smoker status.

So, what should you do? What will you do? Given your evident love of your now-unused pipes I think I know the answer, but only you can really know. Best wishes in making the decision that is best for you!

Friday, 06 March, 2020  
Blogger Tom Cochrun said...

I'll remain curious until you inform us how you resolve this.
You certainly evince a love and I think a longing for the enjoyment of a bowl.

Friday, 06 March, 2020  
Blogger peppylady (Dora) said...

Hope it all goes well. You seem to have a love for your pipe. Maybe some of readers would be interested in history of pipes.
My Grandpa smoked one and all of his Grandchildren got to blow out the match.

Friday, 06 March, 2020  


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