Hi there from Nevada County, California. I'm a long time pipe smoker, began in the 70's with a a gift from my wife of a Sven Lar pipe that is quite beautiful. She knew I loved Sherlock Holmes as well as Lord of the Rings so the bought this for me. I've smoked a pipe off and on ever since. My favorite tobaccos are English and Latakia blends, with dark fired a close second. I am a member on other forums, and have tried to sign up here several times but had problems with the captcha process. Finally got through so here I am. Looking forward to chatting with you all.