the June & July Meetings
it's summer time so I guess I have an excuse to miss a newsletter.
Works for me anyway. But to the five people who read this newsletter
and look forward to it... I apologize. Summer also generally brings
a lighter attendance which is what we saw at the July meeting.
But there are some benefits to that... we all can fit around one
table and enjoy the same conversation. Not that I encourage missing
a meeting for any reason whatsoever, for example visiting your
father in Georgia or vacationing in Nantucket. Excuses like that
just don't cut it. But it's more than ok if I miss a newsletter
every now and again. I guess the highlight of the July meeting
was the tobacco raffle which included Capstan and Three Nuns.
A couple of blends that have not been available for a while. A
big thank you to Ernie for his write up on Bell's Three Nuns below.
The June meeting had us in the basement again. Derek brought Doug
with him... yet another member of the Guckert posse to try and
uncover the deep dark secrets of the "pipe club". I
don't think he had a clue. Other than than, the June meeting was
so long ago it's all becoming a blur.
Next meeting's August 6th. Hope to see you all there.
Something To Consider.........by Richard Frederics
you like smoking on a hot day?
It wasn't too long ago that I was sitting in my non air conditioned
house during the first, I fear, of many heat waves - with little
energy to do anything. Where did the Spring go? My heat was on
not to long ago.
It's way too hot to go outdoors and mow my much overgrown grass
so I think I will do the next best thing; sit and light up my
Do you ever feel like it is sometimes to hot to smoke? That's
what I am pondering at this moment. People have told me that they
don't enjoy smoking when it is very hot. It makes them hotter.
I'm not sure if I agree with that. I find pipe smoking relaxing
- makes me forget how hot it really is. Makes me less uncomfortable,
less grumpy because pipe smoking is something I always seem to
enjoy, regardless. I can forget about things (like how miserable
it is in this heat).
So what do you think? Is it ever to hot to smoke a pipe? Is there
a particular tobacco that's better suited for hot weather? This,
I never thought about -- not to sure where to look. Any suggestions
from you, the readers?
Do you have a special pipe just for hot days?
I do know one thing. The more I talk or think about the heat
the hotter I am feeling. I think I will have to get myself a gin
& tonic to cool off. I wonder, is there a particular drink
you like with your pipe?
That's all for now. How about writing back with your thoughts.
Would love to hear from you.
Good question Rick. This is a perfect time for this piece since
it's been so hot lately. My answer is -- I don't mind smoking
in the heat. I would prefer cooler temps but any time is a good
time to smoke. But to add to your thoughts, I'm wondering about
the humidity. Throughout July I've been struggling with my current
favorite blend, Old Dark Fired. I love the taste of this tobacco
and although some people claim it has a nicotine bite, it doesn't
seem to bother me too much. But every bowl in this last tin has
not tasted the way I'm so fond of. I keep wondering if the extreme
humidity we've been having is somehow contributing to this change,
if not then why does it taste different? Could the blend have
been adjusted? I sure hope not, this blend has only been out a
short while. Some of you who know me, know how finicky my palate
can be but I'm pretty sure that is not the reason this time (at
least I hope not). I still have another tin waiting to be opened
and I'm not ready to give up yet. Hopefully things will turn around.
- Nelson - Boston, MA
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