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JamesFersch



Age : 29
Location : Austria
Registration date : 2012-05-30

PostSubject: Hi   Thu May 31, 2012 1:32 pm

Well hello, I finally registered to the forum after I lurked for about 1/2 year. My name is James if you couldn't guessed that already Wink

I'm a pipesmoker for about a year now, I was a former cig smoker. Quitted and never looked back. Smoked about 7-8 bowls though in the first days for nic only I guess, reduced that quite fast though.

Now I'm smoking 1-3 bowls a day, most of the time only 1. Still tend to the nic stronger blends.

I'm living over the pond, in a very little town in the small state Austria. I know, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mozard, Glock and Hitler, just to get all the clichés out of the way Rolling Eyes .

It's not that easy here to get good tobacco. The german neighbours have access to about 850 different blends, when in Austria there are about 170. And I would say that atleast 100 of them are terrible, either candy hot-smokers or just not my cup of tea. There still exists a tobacco monopoly, don't ask me why. But that makes it difficult to get tobacco from Germany or even from the US, though I would love to try Billy Bud or Da Vinci or other blends. Well, I'll have to make a trip to Swiss which isn't too far, there I can get my hands on these goodies.

I'm a filter smoker, activated charcoal Stanwell filters, (not these balsa filters, no purpose in them really) which I guess are kinda uncommon outside the german pipe community.


Hm, that's all I guess haha.
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Rob_In_MO

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Age : 44
Location : Park Hills, MO
Registration date : 2011-01-19

PostSubject: Re: Hi   Thu May 31, 2012 1:44 pm

Welcome to the Brotherhood, James.

Please come back often and join in the fun.
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George Kaplan

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Age : 47
Location : Kalamazoo, MI
Registration date : 2012-01-07

PostSubject: Re: Hi   Thu May 31, 2012 2:44 pm

Willkomen, James! Wie gehts? (that's about all of my Deutsch Laughing )
What are the mailing restrictions into Austria? I'm sure we would all be happy to send you some tobacco samples from the US.
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Harlock999

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Location : Los Angeles
Registration date : 2010-10-22

PostSubject: Re: Hi   Thu May 31, 2012 3:09 pm

Welcome!
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JamesFersch



Age : 29
Location : Austria
Registration date : 2012-05-30

PostSubject: Re: Hi   Thu May 31, 2012 5:30 pm

Thanks guys Smile

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George Kaplan wrote:
Willkomen, James! Wie gehts? (that's about all of my Deutsch Laughing )
What are the mailing restrictions into Austria? I'm sure we would all be happy to send you some tobacco samples from the US.

Mir geht es sehr gut, danke!
Thank you very much, but restrictions make that kinda "impossible" or just luck based. It's a really weird law. If I travel myself to any country, I can take 500g (about 17 oz) back with me, without any taxes or problems.
But with any kind of mail, no matter if package or bigger letters, no matter if from a business or a friend, I have to pay duty on it. That's +75% of the value the tobacco would be sold in my country, plus extra +20% sales tax. Yes, it's that insane. I've tried it and ordered 2 times from Germany as well as once from 4noggins. One package from Germany came through, the other 2 I gave up because of the horrendous taxes Neutral .
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s.ireland



Age : 29
Location : South Carolina
Registration date : 2010-08-14

PostSubject: Re: Hi   Thu May 31, 2012 6:31 pm

Welcome to the forum! It's great to have you here
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gravel

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Age : 43
Location : Oregon
Registration date : 2011-12-07

PostSubject: Re: Hi   Thu May 31, 2012 6:36 pm

Welcome!
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DrT999

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Age : 59
Location : Piedmont of North Carolina
Registration date : 2011-08-31

PostSubject: Re: Hi   Thu May 31, 2012 8:30 pm

JamesFersch wrote:

I'm living over the pond, in a very little town in the small state Austria. I know, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mozard, Glock and Hitler, just to get all the clichés out of the way Rolling Eyes .
You forgot the von Trapps Laughing Welcome, James! I hope you enjoy your time here

"T"
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Cigar2you

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Location : Havre de Grace, Maryland
Registration date : 2010-04-08

PostSubject: Re: Hi   Fri Jun 01, 2012 9:51 am

Welcome aboard James
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JamesFersch



Age : 29
Location : Austria
Registration date : 2012-05-30

PostSubject: Re: Hi   Fri Jun 01, 2012 8:54 pm

Again, thanks guys! Very Happy

And

DrT999 wrote:

You forgot the von Trapps Laughing Welcome, James! I hope you enjoy your time here

"T"

Haha,I should have thought about him and/or the Sound of Music, yes Exclamation
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AJ

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Age : 69
Location : East of the Rocky Mountains
Registration date : 2012-03-18

PostSubject: Welcome   Sat Jun 02, 2012 3:27 am

Welcome James,

Glad to have you on board. Come back and post often.
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BuckeyeBoy34



Age : 39
Location : Sunny and tropical Akron, Ohio
Registration date : 2012-04-03

PostSubject: Re: Hi   Sat Jun 02, 2012 12:16 pm

Welcome James!!

Your tobacco situation is unfortunate. Sometimes it seems that the world is against us pipe smokers (even with the huge money making abserd tobacco taxes.) but at least now you have some Brothers to share that with.
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smokinbriar



Age : 47
Location : pennsylvania
Registration date : 2011-02-01

PostSubject: Re: Hi   Sat Jun 02, 2012 9:42 pm

Welcome.
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PipeLeisure

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Age : 40
Location : Dartmouth Massachusetts
Registration date : 2011-08-28

PostSubject: Re: Hi   Sun Jun 03, 2012 4:06 pm

Welcome to the forum James...pull up a chair and a pipe and jump on in.
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PeterD

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Age : 65
Location : Hixson, TN (Chattanooga Area)
Registration date : 2012-06-04

PostSubject: Greetings from SE Tennessee   Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:38 pm

Good Evening Everyone;

I am a pipe smoker and have been for 51 years. Started when I was 9 and have never looked back. I "cut my teeth" on some of the best pipe tobacco available in that time period, with most of it now gone.

My overall perference is matured virginia plugs/ flakes/blends and always has been. I do enjoy Balkan, Oriental, and full english blends and occasionally smoke a few of the "old" drug store brands.

I am the father of 3 sons...29,17, & 15.

Pipes and pipe tobaccos are a passion of mine and I have always found solace in virtually every aspect of pipe smoking. Like Albert Einstein said in 1950 upon his acceptance into the pipe club in Montreal..."I believe that pipe smoking contributes to a somewhat calm and objective judgement in all human affairs"....
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Boulder

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Age : 61
Location : Northern New Jersey
Registration date : 2011-08-29

PostSubject: Re: Hi   Thu Jun 21, 2012 12:43 pm


Hello and Welcome to the BoB forum. Very Happy
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PeterD

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Age : 65
Location : Hixson, TN (Chattanooga Area)
Registration date : 2012-06-04

PostSubject: Good Afternoon...   Thu Jun 21, 2012 2:02 pm

Interesting quote from Patrick Henry and it is right on target!
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