Monday, February 18, 2008

C'est une Pipe!

February 20th is International Pipe Smoking Day (here's a link to a fancy brochure). I'm not sure why my fellow pipe smokers would choose to celebrate pipe smoking (an outdoor activity if there ever was one) in the dead of winter, but I'll play ball. I encourage anyone and everyone of legal age to grab a briar on February 20th and light up in celebration of civil liberty and the responsible use of a noble and oft-maligned plant.

The pipe, in one form or another, has been a trusty human companion for a very long time. I think it's a potent symbol, both of our miraculous self-domestication and of the gods' generosity.

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Glenn said...

I don't know anything about smoking pipe tobacco despite the fact that I read your reviews you post here occasionally.

John MacEachern said...

It's easy. I bet you could get a corncob pipe for, like, two bucks within five blocks of your house, and a pouch of prince albert or captain black for like another $5.

Not that you should become a regular pipe smoker, although maybe you should, but I think every man should have a pipe. It's like owning a pair of slippers or a gun.