Club Info & Events
Fallout from the Smoking Ban.... Where do we go from here?
Imagine how Nomar Garciaparra would feel every time he stepped up to the
plate if the Department of Psychiatric Health told him that his obsessive
compulsive behavior was causing fans everywhere to begin developing similar
bad habits and that he would no longer be allowed to adjust his gloves
or tap his toes on the ground before every pitch. Well that was sort of
how we all felt last month while sitting in the Greenwood Room for our
final (yes I said final) meeting at the Holiday Inn.
Although member turnout showed a great deal of support the atmosphere
in the room was as gloomy as the weather was outside. Even Carl, our usual
waiter was not there and we never saw the manager that's been stopping
in to see how everything was going. It was like we were in a totally different
Anticipating that some of the guys might want to venture outside for an
unfullfilling quarter of a bowl, I asked one of the staff, who I assumed
was an assistant manager type if there were any other entryways in the
building that were protected from the weather. She pointed me towards
a side entrance and said "But you can't smoke any more." I quickly corrected
her that the smoking ban was for inside the hotel not outside....... not
yet anyway. She seemed to accept my retort and went on her way. Many of
us did venture outside for a few puffs but I'm sure you can imagine it
wasn't one bit satisfying.
After dinner we discussed the Club's options for continuing to meet regularly.
There was talk of renting out a 2 room "smoking" suite but for
starters this Holiday Inn didn't have any two room suites and I don't
think people could really imagine having our meetings in a hotel room
anyway. The VFW and American Legion halls were mentioned but the law stipulates
that you must be a fraternal member or a guest of a lodge member (Don
has recently been pursuing this option and with some possibilities). The
only other potentially viable options were to meet at either Peretti's
or Watch City. Both places had shown some interest in hosting our meetings
but Peretti's does not have a lot of room and Watch City is going through
some remodeling and the completion date is unknown at this time. Members
voted on their preferences but more work still needs to be done and decisions
finalized. When a new meeting place has been determined an official notice
will be sent out. Currently we have planned meetings for August and September
(see below). Info about meetings scheduled for October and beyond will
be sent out once they have been determined.
August Meeting and Pipe Party at Steve Gutz's
Steve Gutz has graciously elected to host the August Meeting (14th) at
his home in Harvard, MA and combine it with a cookout as he did last year.
The details for this meeting/event have already been sent out. If you
intend to go please let Steve know if you haven't done so already. If
you need details about the August meeting you can send
me an email.
September Meeting at the Tinder Box
Plans for the September meeting are still in the works. Here are a couple
of options that have been offered. We'd like your input to help determine
the best plan for most people.
Date: Sunday, September 12th
Time: 1:30 at the Tinder Box, Mashpee, MA.
Option 1: An Autumn Afternoon on Cape Cod
Members (spouses and significant others if desired) will meet at the Tinder
Box on Mashpee Commons at 1:30 PM to relax and chat over a bowl in the
smoking room. At 3:30 we'll caravan to Cyndi's house in East Falmouth
for a barbecue. The grill will be going with chicken, steak tips and sausages.
Bring whatever you want to add to it or finish it off.
If people are all "Cooked Out" by September and/or if
people don't feel like changing locations we can stay at the Mashpee Commons.
There is a Chinese Restaurant "Jade" and an Irish Pub "Bobby
Byrnes" a just a few steps away from the Tinder Box.
Now let's hear from you!
Contact Cyndi or Nelson
The 5th Annual Meeting of the Mindless by
and ready by 6:30 I hopped in the F150 and made my way to Scituate to
meet up with Dante at his beautiful First Cliff home. While Dante finished
getting ready I walked out on his back terrace and watched the sun rising
over the Atlantic. It was a perfect day for our ride to New York for the
5th Annual and long overdue Meeting of the Mindless at Paul Bonaquisti's;
a truly singular event which has become an increasingly popular gathering
of members and guests of the Hudson Valley and Sherlock Holmes Pipe Clubs.
the whole story
Chris Keene and PipePages.Com by
Dock J. Perry
Those familiar with ASP (Google news group for pipe collectors/ smokers)
are also familiar with the name Chris Keene. Chris is an active poster
who is only too willing to share his vast knowledge of old briars with
the group. He's spent hours researching the topic. He has an active website
(pipepages.com) where he scans
old pipe and tobacco catalogs and posts them for all to see. Last week
I checked out an early 60's Dunhill brochure he had posted as I was interested
in the finishes available and the prices they were selling for. Chris
does this all for free! All that he asks is that you take the time to
check it all out. It's kind of his "gift" to the pipe smoking community.
Currently on his site are 40's thru 80's catalogs by "The Owl Shop", "George
Yale", "Dunhill", "Smoker's Haven" and "Wally Frank" just to name a few.
Check out his site today!
As Chris says: (PIPE PAGES IS A CANDY..PIPE PAGES IS
& Tobacco News
Scientific Outhouse Flatulence
By Norman E. Kjono
"THIS JUST IN! Important public health news bulletin!
Citizens beware! Report all suspicious porta-potty behavior to the
chairman of your county Homeland Health Board (toll free telephone
number, E-Mail address, and street address for the local tobacco
control intervention unit included on soon-to-be-mandatory outhouse
“public safety” labels!) Dispatch legions of body-armor-protected
tobacco control enforcers, to lurk about public restrooms while
conspicuously waving the wands of their tobacco, match, lighter
fluid, and butane detectors! Shocked, just utterly shocked, we are
that something hasn’t been done long ago to mandate this “known
health hazard” out of existence! Big Tobacco has been caught in
a lie once again, this time failing to disclose that using the potty
can become dangerously addictive!"
EDITORIAL: The tobacco buyout
Why should farmers be paid $12 billion
to finally face some competition?
We're not even talking about compensating farmers for agreeing
to stop growing the stuff. This plan leaves them perfectly free
to continue growing and selling tobacco -- as they should be. Under
the sillier Senate version, the government would even continue to
limit how much acreage could be devoted to the crop.
Smoking News for Massachusetts and Around the World.
Websites Worth A Look
New Way to Pack your Pipe
If you didn't go to the Chicago Show or haven't already heard about
it online there's been some some buzz about a new way to pack your
pipe. It's called "The Frank Method" and was developed
by Her Achim Frank. It takes a bit of getting used to but my results
so far have been rewarding.
If you've been wanting to try something new or are new to pipe smoking
this might be worth a try.
Check out this site for complete
instructions and pictures. It could possibly change your your
whole pipesmoking experience.
At this past Meeting of the Mindless I had the opportunity to meet
Mel Feldman the owner of "The Smoker, Ltd." out of Albany,
NY. I had visited this site before but never gave it the time it
deserved. The Smoker has been around for three generations
but is now only doing business on the web. But with hundreds of
new and estates pipes, hand blended tobaccos, cigars and accessories
this site is definitely a website well "worth a look".
From Ardor and Ashton to Dunhill and Ferndown to Peterson and Savanelli
and everything in between. There is a new or estate pipe for everyone
and at reasonable prices. Take
a look for yourself.
This Month's Tobacco Raffle
There will be no tobacco raffle this month.