I just wanted to share with the Brothers about my good "pipe day" yesterday. It started off pretty crappy, because I watched my bus take off without me. This normally would start a chain reaction that involves missing the train, waiting for the next which isn't an express that would either make me an hour late for work, or slapped with parking tickets/ towed or both. Fortunately, wifey suggested that I just drive into work (duh! I have been taking the train so regularly that I forgot this was an option!)
Now, the drive from my house into Chicago is somewhere in the neighborhood of 28 miles. During rush hour, this is a two hour drive, but since I was leaving the house at 8:30 at this point, the traffic was dying down. I had my Ben Wade loaded with some IRC Va Flake, and I lit up as I left my place. Everything was golden. I sipped away as I got on the expressway. I needed a couple of relights that were easily managed when traffic slowed to a crawl at the normal bottlenecks. The flavors were flowing. I had the windows down and the weather was agreeing with me... Nearly 60 degrees in February in Chicago? A 90 Minute smoke (my longest ever... I am normally hustling to or from the train) later, and I was at work on time feeling the most relaxed I could have been.
I work in private dining room of a restaurant in the city, and was working a luncheon party (it ended up being the WGN News team... anyone who wants to know, it is silly how attractive Erin McElroy is. RIDICULOUS. Don't tell my wife.) and a dinner party for a pharmaceutical company: doctors who are there for a free meal but have to listen to a sales pitch in exchange... pharma companies have limits on how much they can spend, so we have rules, which the doctors feel that they are entitled to break. This is a worst case scenario party, because it is a LOT of work for very little return. Fortunately no one REALLY wants to be there, so everyone takes off quickly rather than lingering because there is no more free booze.
On the way home from work, I had repacked about half a flake and had another relaxing smoke on my walk to the train Wifey took the car home at 6 when she got off, I didn't get out until late, with an hour to catch my train -- a walk that normally takes 30 mins. The wind had picked up, so I had to hold my hand over the bowl to keep the airflow down into the flake, but the Tobacco Gods were on my side again.... a nice long relaxing smoke, twice in one day!
Just to add a bow on top of this gift of an extra day we had this year, I got home to a hot meal (my wife NEVER cooks, so this was a treat) and a package on the table. A giant manila envelope with a return address from somewhere in the Ozarks. I opened this to find literally dozens of samples that Natch bagged up and labeled for me. I got bombed. All things considered, it was a fairly uneventful day from the outside, but days this good are few and far between in my life, and I just needed to share my gratitude and appreciation for this one.