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zonomo

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PostSubject: Old man jokes and comments due to pipe   Sat Nov 30, 2013 12:41 pm

It goes something like this. "Oh I didn't know you smoke a pipe. It makes you look old."  Or "I thought only old grandpa's smoked pipes". Then after I light up, they almost all say, "wow, I love the smell of your pipe".  

The interesting thing is that I usually ask if they smoke cigars and most do.  Some even cigarettes. But I don't hear any jokes about those smoking activities.  Why is this?
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PostSubject: Re: Old man jokes and comments due to pipe   Sat Nov 30, 2013 12:51 pm

I think we live in a time when pipes are rare and so they are treated as peculiar and unusual. It seems to take folks by surprise and so they don't seem to know how to act appropriately and oftentimes end up saying something ignorant. I usually try to be an ambassador and gently educate them. But, sometimes the response warrants nothing more than the ole stink eye. Laughing 
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PostSubject: Re: Old man jokes and comments due to pipe   Sat Nov 30, 2013 12:55 pm

I always tell them I am bringing it back one man at a time , then ask them if they are man enough...LOL it is usually good for a chuckle
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PostSubject: Re: Old man jokes and comments due to pipe   Sat Nov 30, 2013 1:18 pm

If I get a comment it's usually "... OH! YOU SMOKE!! ..." with a corresponding wrinkling of the nose and a disulatry "mmmm" . Response like that is worth only blowing smoke on 'em If you can. Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad 
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PostSubject: Re: Old man jokes and comments due to pipe   Sat Nov 30, 2013 2:03 pm

zonomo wrote:
But I don't hear any jokes about those smoking activities.  Why is this?
I don't know why, but this is part of the reason I smoke cigars in public. Shocked 
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PostSubject: Re: Old man jokes and comments due to pipe   Sat Nov 30, 2013 3:07 pm

I think it is because, although not as widespread as pipe smoking once was it is still embedded in peoples psyche that pipe smoking is a grandfatherly kind of thing... if this makes sense.
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PostSubject: Re: Old man jokes and comments due to pipe   Sat Nov 30, 2013 3:46 pm

Hey! Here's a novel idea, maybe because most or a lot of us have Grandchildren. Suspect
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PostSubject: Re: Old man jokes and comments due to pipe   Sat Nov 30, 2013 4:03 pm

Cartaphilus wrote:
Hey! Here's a novel idea, maybe because most or a lot of us have Grandchildren. Suspect
lol! lol! Good one.

An hour ago I just had a co-worker ask. "Can you still buy buy Pipes, they must be hard to find".
And he lives in a city of 60,000 people.
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PostSubject: Re: Old man jokes and comments due to pipe   Sat Nov 30, 2013 4:29 pm

While it does appear that pipe smoking is on the rise, the popularity of cigars continues to grow exponentially and while cigarette smoking has been dropping considerably, there are still many more folks who smoke cigarettes than all other forms of tobacco use combined.

In my area there are about 12,000 people, I've lived here 8 years now, and I've only seen a couple other pipe smokers here in all that time so I have to think there are far fewer pipe smokers. Of course, we only see other smokers outdoors, in vehicles, in private homes and some private clubs.

In my experience, I get a double take when others see me smoking my pipe, yet I've very rarely received a comment and if so, it's usually in a social environment, at the club or outdoors and if so, it's usually something positive, such as "ah, your pipe smells nice."
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zonomo

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PostSubject: Re: Old man jokes and comments due to pipe   Sat Nov 30, 2013 5:52 pm

Well I can say that in the last 12 months since I starting Pipe smoking, I have yet to see a single solitary pipe smoker in the wild. If I did, I would be like me running into another American from my same city while visiting Europe. Instant BFFs.
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PostSubject: Re: Old man jokes and comments due to pipe   Sat Nov 30, 2013 6:37 pm

Maybe I'm just blessed or something, I dunno; but I smoke my pipe in public without giving it a second thought and the majority of people I come across know how to keep their tongue behind their teeth.

Twisted Evil Twisted Evil 
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PostSubject: Re: Old man jokes and comments due to pipe   Sat Nov 30, 2013 6:52 pm

Over here in SA the black people especially are amazed, according to them only "madalas" (old men) smoke pipe.
Nowadays I don't care, I think I just got used to the looks over the years.Laughing 
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PostSubject: Re: Old man jokes and comments due to pipe   Sat Nov 30, 2013 7:01 pm

Hawker wrote:
Cartaphilus wrote:
Hey! Here's a novel idea, maybe because most or a lot of us have Grandchildren. Suspect
lol! lol! Good one.

An hour ago I just had a co-worker ask. "Can you still buy buy Pipes, they must be hard to find".
And he lives in a city of 60,000 people.
Maybe under a rock but, that's okay, more for me.
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PostSubject: Re: Old man jokes and comments due to pipe   Sat Nov 30, 2013 7:24 pm

A few years ago, when I smoked cigars only, the wife mentioned she wished I smoked a pipe instead. I laughed and said I was "too young to smoke a pipe". Four years later, I haven't had a cigar in nearly that length of time.
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PostSubject: Re: Old man jokes and comments due to pipe   Sat Nov 30, 2013 8:33 pm

I have an all-purpose reply for yinz --

The person commenting is almost always a member of the female persuasion. Whether the comment has to do with age or whatever, you reply:

"Yeah, I was told pipes are chick magnets."

If she makes a benign, friendly response to this, you are open to say:

"It seems to work pretty well."

But if she makes an unfriendly, judgy response, you are free to just grunt and ignore her . . . or you can say:

"But I was hoping for younger, slimmer chicks."




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PostSubject: Re: Old man jokes and comments due to pipe   Sat Nov 30, 2013 8:33 pm

zonomo wrote:
Well I can say that in the last 12 months since I starting Pipe smoking, I have yet to see a single solitary pipe smoker in the wild.  If I did, I would be like me running into another American from my same city while visiting Europe.  Instant BFFs.
Z-

Well after all, the Emerald city is the bastion of the uber pc-crowd.

Just sayin'.......




Cheers (?)

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PostSubject: Re: Old man jokes and comments due to pipe   Sat Nov 30, 2013 9:52 pm

Hey Monte, I have to say (again) how much I appreciate your input vis-a-vis our hobby and how so glad I am you're posting here now so we can continue to relate about our hobby.

Bro, it's all about input, as we learn and share.

Thanks again for posting Cool 
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PostSubject: Re: Old man jokes and comments due to pipe   Sat Nov 30, 2013 10:49 pm

zonomo wrote:
Well I can say that in the last 12 months since I starting Pipe smoking, I have yet to see a single solitary pipe smoker in the wild.  If I did, I would be like me running into another American from my same city while visiting Europe.  Instant BFFs.
As far as I know, there is now only one other person who smokes a pipe at my University while on campus -- one of the grounds/maintenance supervisors. If I'm out walking and he drives by I wave at him, but he usually only waves back if I'm smoking my pipe.

Most common comment when someone notices the pipe rack in my office "Wow, do actually smoke those?"
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PostSubject: Re: Old man jokes and comments due to pipe   Sat Nov 30, 2013 11:04 pm

Slartibartfast wrote:
Maybe I'm just blessed or something, I dunno; but I smoke my pipe in public without giving it a second thought and the majority of people I come across know how to keep their tongue behind their teeth.

Twisted Evil Twisted Evil 
...I find pretty much the same thing here in the South East...I know I get a few stares and I'm sure comments are made...I don't really let it bother me. I've smoked a pipe for nearly 53 years and I don't intend to change my passion for pipe smoking either...
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PostSubject: Re: Old man jokes and comments due to pipe   Sat Nov 30, 2013 11:09 pm

PeterD wrote:
Slartibartfast wrote:
Maybe I'm just blessed or something, I dunno; but I smoke my pipe in public without giving it a second thought and the majority of people I come across know how to keep their tongue behind their teeth.

Twisted Evil Twisted Evil 
...I find pretty much the same thing here in the South East...I know I get a few stares and I'm sure comments are made...I don't really let it bother me. I've smoked a pipe for nearly 53 years and I don't intend to change my passion for pipe smoking either...
It's the same for me.

I came back to the pipe full time from cigars a couple years ago snd I feel the exact same way you do.
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PostSubject: Re: Old man jokes and comments due to pipe   Sun Dec 01, 2013 2:08 am

I'll sometimes smoke out in town usually while driving. Never really noticed if anyone looked at me or not, to busy enjoying the day. As far as smoking in places like a park I never really go to them, but about to change that, and start walking with the dogs at a park when I get home.

While up in TN at Gatlinburg I smoked outside while walking around, I do recall getting some odd looks from folks. Probably due to me dirtying "their" air, other folks smiled as I walked with my wife and kids. I ran into another piper setting on a bench packing his pipe. I walked right up and asked what blend he was smoking and if there was some nice stores around that weren't head shops.lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Old man jokes and comments due to pipe   Sun Dec 01, 2013 6:34 am

I spent 32 years teaching, so I was officially "old" from day one there. At my first school, I was asked by the principal if I smoked, and I said I smoked a pipe mostly but had an occasional cigar. I was told I could not smoke in front of students. I spent my teaching career as a closeted smoker.

Now that I am in the parish full-time, I smoke in the car, have pipes and tobacco in the office, sometimes retire to the patio by the office to have a pipe with someone who has dropped by (when the weather is good). Every now and then I will walk to the post office or the coffee shop and have a smoke on the way. The pipe smoking priests in the diocese get together at clergy retreats for a smoke.

If people have thought my pipe smoking was unusual, they have not said anything. It does not seem to bother anyone. I think there are various Christian groups who view smoking as 9th deadly sin (dancing is 8th?). I am reasonably certain these folks don't consider Episcopalians to be Christian, so if one of them wanted to talk to me, it would probably not start with the pipe conversation.
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PostSubject: Re: Old man jokes and comments due to pipe   Sun Dec 01, 2013 8:52 am

KevinM wrote:
I have an all-purpose reply for yinz --

The person commenting is almost always a member of the female persuasion. Whether the comment has to do with age or whatever, you reply:

"Yeah, I was told pipes are chick magnets."

If she makes a benign, friendly response to this, you are open to say:

"It seems to work pretty well."

But if she makes an unfriendly, judgy response, you are free to just grunt and ignore her . . . or you can say:

"But I was hoping for younger, slimmer chicks."




I have only ever gotten positive from women, and men are usually the ones who say "people still smoke those?"

Kevin YINZ??? are you from pixburgh? never heard folks who werent from the western pa use that

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zonomo

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PostSubject: Re: Old man jokes and comments due to pipe   Sun Dec 01, 2013 11:48 am

^-^ Ha ha Kevin. Most of the people I know would say cigars are stinky (including my wife) but say pipes smell soooo good. But I dont see a stigma with cigars. I wonder if they're perceived a hipper, cooler or more manly?
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PostSubject: Re: Old man jokes and comments due to pipe   Sun Dec 01, 2013 6:34 pm

Yinzer?

Yep. Spent my first 13 years in the 'Burgh and a few years in my 20s. I've only been a New Englander for the past 40 years or so, so maybe my neighbors will stop classifying me as a newcomer sometime soon:-) Too late, because I consider myself a Pittsburgher, based on family ties and general outlook.

Gender --

The only time I've had negative comments about pipe smoking, the editorialists have been females, but they've been mostly good natured -- exaggerated coffing while clutching their throats, that sort of thing. Guys around here seem to follow the adage, "Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but you're not required to state it unless asked." Maybe I should have a response ready should the opinionator be a guy. "Oh, yeah?" might be good.

Fact is, I avoid firing 'er up in public places. I think of pipe smoking as enhanced P&Q.
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