I was sent to Dunoon Scotland in 1987 and found my luggage had not arrived which means I didn't have any pipes. I worked 22 1/2 hours that first day getting machinery tested for deployment in the dry dock, got 1 1/2 hours sleep and worked 20 hours the next day.
Finally got a break of a 16 hour day the following day and just had enough time to make it to the Tobaccoonist Shop down the road from the B&B I was staying in. Just had enough money to pick up a pipe called Puffin, it's a Meerschaum pipe but not block it is pressed. The bowl was fumed at the top and yellow the rest of the way, picked up some tobacco and I was good for the next day of work which was 18 hours.
It's been 30 years now since I picked up this Puffin Meerschaum pipe and while it has never smoked as good as my block Meerschaum pipes it became a rather decent smoker over time and has colored pretty well.
Keeping it smokey with some aged Mac Baren Dark Twist Roll Cake.