Yesterday was International Pipe Smoking Day.
But nobody told me.
I'm not quite sure what I was supposed to do about it anyway. Was I supposed to smoke more than usual? Was I supposed to stand in the middle of the village street and smoke my pipe while telling everyone the joys? Was I supposed to force Herself to smoke a pipe for the day?
I'm always confused by these "days" anyway. They come along and everyone is supposed to do something or other and the next day we move on to something else and the "day" is forgotten.
I used to smoke cigarettes a very long time ago. Some aspects of them were fine, but they had some very irritating aspects too. They didn't last long. They were messy with ash dropping everywhere not to mention the butts. If you stuck one in the corner of your mouth the smoke got into your eyes. They were wasteful, as usually a bit of smokeable cigarette got chucked away with the butt.
Then I discovered the pipe.
Initially there were some drawbacks – it takes a bit of practice to pack and tamp a bowl and the flavour is completely different. But the different flavour was the key. There were many flavours out there unlike cigarettes which all tasted much the same. Smoking a pipe also meant I had to carry around a pipe, tobacco and a lighter instead of just cigarettes and a lighter, but that was a minor inconvenience.
The advantages [apart from the flavour] soon became apparent. I no longer needed an ashtray at hand – only when I wanted to tap out the ash at the end of the bowl. People started commenting on the aroma and how pleasant it was. I could smoke for a few minutes and then put the pipe to one side, and light it again later. I very soon reached the stage where I wouldn't smoke anything else, and it must be around forty five years since I had a cigarette.
I am baffled as to why there aren't more pipe smokers. They/we used to be a common enough sight, but now it's all cigarettes. It has even reached the point where I can find it difficult [outside of the village] to find a shop that sells my pipe tobacco, where I used to be ble to go into a tobacconist and choose from a large range.
So instead of an International Pipe Smoking Day, let's have a International Try The Pipe Day.
Though I suppose it will be forgotten the following day…..