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We Meet the First Tuesday of the Month in Stoughton, MA.
Next Meeting is Tuesday, January 5th, 2015 at 7:00 PM
or meet early at C.B. Perkins at 5 PM Cobb's Corner, Canton.
Meeting

Club Info & Events

Happy New Year from SHPC Boston
The members of the SHPC of Boston would like to extend to their members past and present and to all members of the pipe community a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. We hope you will have the opportunity to sample all the tobacco you can wish for, discover great deals on new pipes and introduce a friend to the wonderful world of the pipes and tobacco. For your New Year's resolution you can do your part to strengthen the pipe community by starting a pipe club, joining a pipe club or by just participating more in your current pipe club.

Details from the December Meeting.
As always, the December meeting was a lot of fun. We shared some pizza, had a few drinks, gave away some tobacco and raffled off a few prizes. We also presented Kevin with the first (and possibly only - more on that later) SHPC Club Card prize of $200 to his favorite online pipe shop. Kevin's card was overloaded with punches for introducing 9 people to the club.

What's in Store for 2016 - YOUR INPUT IS NEEDED!!
Once the festivities died down and the meeting was called to order, we discussed a number of topics regarding the future of SHPC. We intend to discuss and vote on these issues at the January meeting and if you would like to have a say in how the club is run we want and need your votes. Please join us in January.

Dues. We haven't collected dues in a few years and mostly due to funds coming in from our SHPC tobacco blends. Since that option is no longer available to us (long story) we talked about the possibility of reinstating dues.

Election of Club Officers. The officers currently in place have been there for quite some time and one position is currently vacant. We talked about the possibility of an election in 2016.

SHPC Tobacco Blends. There was talk about trying to get the SHPC tobacco blends started again with a different company but a committee will be needed to make that happen.

Club Costs. The club has a number of yearly costs including web and domain hosting and UPCA membership fees. Also, for the past few years we have paid for the food at our Christmas party, purchased a club pipe for the Kaywoodie Holiday Party raffle from club funds. We have also purchased the raffle prizes for our holiday meeting (most of which is recouped by the raffle tickets but recoup is not guaranteed).

SHPC Club Card. This year we also paid out $200 for the SHPC Club Card winner which we may elect to discontinue going forward. The idea of the club card was to increase membership and to improve club participation. Although we were successful with new memberships, additional participation with in club activities was still fairly low.

Ideas for Club Activities. There were also a number of ideas suggested to make the meetings more interesting, like field trips and dedicated tobacco sampling. These ideas should also be discussed and we welcome new ideas as well.

So we have lots to discuss in January and we hope we will JOIN US to participate and speak your mind and lend your VOTE.


Invisible Enemy - A short story by Ernie Whitenack

From the Intro....
Hitler’s hidden diamonds and gold were allocated to fund a secret organization. It was a terrorist group known as Werwolf (Werewolf) who would disrupt and confuse the Allied occupation, and planned to overthrow the Allies, and then carry the fight to the East and Soviet Russia.

Chapters: Ch 1 | Ch 2 | Ch 3

Chapter 4
... Jet lag settled in as Clancy climbed the stairs of the Gasthof Freiberg. The large leather suitcase found in the trunk of the rented BMW was heavy causing his legs to labor on the steep stairs of the old building. Once behind the locked door of room 15, Clancy removed his shoes, jacket and shirt before opening the big case. All of the clothes were exactly his size and slightly used. Labels from New York, New Hampshire and Washington substantiated residence and occupation for Gordon Frank, political journalist. The 32 caliber automatic in its leg holster was a surprise as was the half pound of Sherlock’s Choice. He had to hurry to hide the weapon, the box of shells and three empty clips, as the waiter knocked. Clancy never finished the lunch of Wurst Salad, hard rolls and Mosel wine. Sleep came fast and deep.
                                                                 (Read Chapter 4)


Tobacco Raffle
This month we have a blend from McLelland and one from G.L. Pease.

2015 Holiday Spirit by McLelland (1.76 oz tin)
In 2008 McClelland released a very special aromatic at Christmas time called Holiday Spirit for fans of aromatics. This smooth blend of Burley, Virginia and black Cavendish was finished with notes of tangy dark rum, pecans and cocoa for a warm, inviting flavor and an amazing room note.

Embarcadero by G. L. Pease (2 oz tin)
Embarcadero is a subtle, yet complex blend made with ripe red Virginias and select small-leaf Izmir which is pressed to mature the tobaccos and marry the flavors. The cakes are sliced and the flakes are broken. There's a remarkable depth of flavor with a light undercurrent of spice.

Piper Profile - Popeye the Sailor

Born: 17 January 1929
Birthplace: The Comics
Favorite Pastimes:
Pipe Smoking, fist fighting, eating spinach, sailing. wooing Olive Oyl
Favorite Tobacco:
Segar's Spinichk Blend
Favorite Book: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Best Day: Sailing the high seas withs me Olive Oyl and me favorite pipe.
Worst Day: The time I ran out of me baccy and spinichk all on the same day and got me arse kicked by Bluto. Ahh cug,cug, cug.

More About Popeye
Popeye the Sailor has been well-known to comic strip fans since his first appear- ance in the newspaper strip Thimble Theater in 1929. The hot-tempered old salt with bulging forearms and a fractured vocabulary was at first a minor character, but he grew to dominate the strip as readers fell for Popeye "the sailor man." A comical cast of characters grew up around Popeye: skinny flirt Olive Oyl, origin-free orphan Swee'pea, tattered hamburger-lover J. Wellington Wimpy, and the bewhiskered brute Bluto, Popeye's perennial rival for Olive's attention. Popeye loved a good brawl, and would eat a can of spinach to give himself the sudden strength needed to secure victory. In 1933 Popeye made his way to animated cartoons (appearing first in a Betty Boop short by Max Fleischer), and that's where his supernatural spinach habit really became famous, along with screwball sayings like "I yam what I yam" and "That's all I can stands, I can't stands no more!" Hundreds of Popeye short subjects were made, and Popeye cartoons were a fixture in movie theaters and television well into the 1960s. The comic strip continued right into the 21st century, handled by a succession of artists. (Popeye's creator, Elzie Segar, died in 1938.) Popeye was played by Robin Williams in the 1980 feature film Popeye, which co-starred Shelley Duvall as Olive Oyl and was directed by Robert Altman.
(exerpted from infoplease.com)

From Wikipedia ...
Popeye has, alternatively, displayed Sherlock Holmes-like investigative prowess (determining for instance that his beloved Olive was abducted by estimating the depth of the villains' footprints in the sand), scientific ingenuity (as his construction, within a few hours, of a "spinach-drive" spacecraft), or oversimplified (yet successful) diplomatic arguments (by presenting to diplomatic conferences his own existence—and superhuman strength—as the only true guarantee of world peace). Popeye's pipe also proves to be highly versatile. Among other things, it has served as a cutting torch, jet engine, propeller, periscope, and, of course, a whistle with which he produces his trademark toot. Popeye also on occasion eats spinach through his pipe, sometimes sucking in the can itself along with the contents. He seldom appears to use it to smoke tobacco (the SHPC does not believe this to be a true fact).
More from Wikipedia  |   Popeye Fan Site


Video of the Month
Here is the first Popey Cartoon that ever aired.


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