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Briarwolf
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 5:23 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Yep those were the good ol days. Me i went to school and did a few chores when i got home. Momma kept the house cooked cleaned and kept all of us yunguns in check(unless it was a more serious offense, and then Daddy took care of it rather well with a old belt when he got home) Daddy worked from 6 in the mornings to 8 or 9 most evenings. He did this 6 days a week. Never complained it was just what a man did to keep his family up. Sundays were reserved for worship and a day to relax and visit kin. Always had a cooking at home or a relatives house on Sundays. Most days he would close the day just before bed with a bible in his hands. I wish I could go back to those good ol days and do a little more to help him out. Never realized how hard he worked til much later. Yea the good ol days when daddy paid the bills. I will always honor him as i maintain his grave but if he were here he would be more concerned with maintaining mommas and so I will also honor him by maintaining hers. We buried them in my yard to make it convenient to watch over them. He always wanted to be buried under a oak tree. Couldn't do that but we have planted several oaks around them. Just planted a white and red crate myrtle out there last week. This has nothing whatsoever to do with a pipe or pipe smoking unless you tie in to the pipe I was smoking as I read thru this whole post for the 2nd or third time. Reflections to a simpler time when my transportation was a huffy bicycle from western auto. It was punishment to have to stay in the house and play. And Momma always had a pan of hot biscuits at supper time.


I have not got the rotation thing down yet myself. I find that I like to smoke the crowns i own most of the time. Got a few others that i am starting to enjoy but to rest a pipe after one bowl. Not sure if I will ever get there. Some of them may rest for a good while but the ones i smoke on a particular day will be well smoked by the end of that day. Maybe i will develop some smoking ethics someday just not today.
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JoeMan
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bearwolf56 wrote:
I have an observation for you all who remember old timers and their smoking habits and would like your comments. I've read time and again that one should let a pipe rest 24 hours before smoking another bowl. I can't imagine the old timers carrying around 4 or five pipes so if they wanted another bowl in less than 24 hours they would always have another pipe to load up.


BearWolf56 - Good to see you back!  Don't think I've seen a post from you since I joined nearly 2 years ago.  Was it something I said?  Wink

My wife's Uncle Ed was a Great Lakes sailer for 30 years, spent most of his time on the Anderson...sister ship to the Edmund Fitzgerald which as we all know went down in a Lake Superior storm.  Those old codger sailers had no pipe rack nor half a dozen pipes to smoke through each day on the ship.  One or two pipes each was it...smoke'm till they were destroyed and then replace it.  I've seen some of his old pipes that he wanted to piece back together...and so I gave him a couple nice ones.  Smile  I think that made him feel pretty decadent.
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Sean
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JoeMan wrote:
BearWolf56 - Good to see you back!


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Good ta see ya!
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bearwolf56
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 3:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well thank you guys for the welcome back. I have to admit that I haven't posted much, esp. lately. Life seems to get in the way of us dong things we would rather be doing and I haven't had time the last few months to be online much but I hope to be more of a presence in the group now.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 4:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well it's good to see you posting again.  Time to get that forum post count of yours from 25 up into the hundreds!!!  Wink
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Kevin Keith
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Time passing, the old days...bittersweet, especially when one hates change.  I could live in the pre-hyper technological easily.  Funny to say something like that while typing on a computer, huh?  haha  But it is a double edged sword.  The experts say the computer/smart phones, etc. can have a negative effect on society, but without it I would not have made so many friends as I have here on the DGCF.  I reckon some people griped when the telegraph, automobiles and antibiotics came along!  To live out my belief in a simple life, maybe I'll ship off all my pipes, except for one, smoke it till the bowl burns out and then buy another one!
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pipesbywhitney
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bro. Kev - You wouldn't happen to have a spare buggy whip stuck away somewhere in your barn by chance would you?

My rotation goes something like keep a half dozen pipes in my 'ready' rack and rotating one or two out every week. I rest a pipe a while after a smoke but have been known to reload one two or three times and just keep smoking. When my pipes are out of the rotation they get lots of 'rest' so I don't worry about the freshness of them - they are cleaned well before going to the 'rest' rack!

I could probably live comfortably with a half dozen pipes - so much so that I have been thinning out my over-supply of pipes in my smoking collection lately. Have gotten some surprisingly good prices for them on eBay!

Have a good one ... Dave
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Briarwolf
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

maybe I'll ship off all my pipes, except for one, smoke it till the bowl burns out and then buy another one![/quote]

Kevin would you like my address. LOL i'll gladly pay shipping. Chuckle ha ha, When ya burn the single out I might even send you a new broken in pipe.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 4:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I knew two pipe smokers as a child in the early 1980s.

I grew up in rural Texas, but my mother's family were from the Louisiana/Arkansas border.  Eventually her family made it up to Kansas City where I would visit as a child.  My uncle would sit in the evening in an old rocking chair, smoke a pipe, and read the newspaper.  Every evening after work, before dinner.  As a kid it seemed to wise- no one else in my family read the paper, everyone else was glued to tv gameshows, etc.  And he was so kind and smelled like his pipe, I also connected pipe smoking to him.

In Texas, the pastor of the Lutheran Church I attended until I was about 12 sat in his office in the front of the church, just off the foyer, and smoked away.  His office was the first private library I had ever seen and filled, floor to ceiling with books, mostly theological, but it awed me as a kid. I always pictured a life of thought in a private library with a high back chair and pipe.

Anyway, those were the two earliest memories I had of pipes, and to the original question, neither of them were country mice/field/ag laborers, but classy gentlemen.  I certainly tended to see a big class difference between those who dipped and those with pipes, etc.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was raised by my grandparents in southeastern Kentucky. As a child I remember quite a few men smoking pipes. I don't know if any had over one or two. I know my grandad didn't. All I ever saw him smoke was PA from the metal can. He scraped his pipe with a pocketknife and all I saw him use on the stem was a broom straw. I saw other  men doing the same. On our trips to town we would frequently run into Doctor Coldiron, one of the two physicians in our little town. He was a WWI veteran as was my Grandad. They seemed to get along very well and would sit with each other on the benches outside the Dinner Bell restaurant, talk and smoke their pipes. Doc Coldiron was a throwback to another time. He dressed straight out of the 19th century with detachable shirt collars a dark suit and vest. He wore a watch tucked into his vest about the size of a country biscuit. There were enough jinglebobs on the chain to make a charm bracelet. You never saw him without his pipe. He pointed with it, gave directions with it, scratched with it, and occasionally emphasized a point by poking somebody in the chest with it. He was in stark contrast to my grandad with his bib overalls and beat up old fedora. It didn't seem to hurt their friendship though. My cousin, Pleasant Mobley, was a Kentucky State Senator in the 1950's. He was a tobacco chewer and a fiddle player. He excelled at both. He would visit and stay a day or two sometimes and seemed to really enjoy himself. He had a beautiful voice and if the fruit jar had passed back and forth enough he could be persuaded to sing "Angel Band" one of my grandma's favorites. His accuracy with tobacco juice was uncanny. I practiced hard but could never equal him. All these people are gone to their reward now. They used what was available and enjoyed their tobacco. Otherwise they would not have bothered with it. I have smoked a pipe for about half a century or so. I guess I'm an oldtimer now. Yes, I own more than one pipe. I use pipe cleaners and pipe reamers. Do I enjoy my pipe any more than the oldtimers from my childhood? I doubt it.


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