希望圣Peter Has a Match 2月6日,2015

Fred Brown
When does a fad cease being a fad and become an exciting hobby?
And following that line of thought,when does that compelling hobby cease to be a hobby and become an all-encompassing serious obsession?

就个人而言,I'm at the serious obsession stage right now today.我的烟斗抽烟和收集工作在大学毕业后不久就开始了,in the 1960s when I came across the old Royal Cigar Store on Forsyth Street in Downtown Atlanta and actually thought I had found heaven.

The appeal of the smells,the tins,the pipes,the cigars,那些抽烟的人和说烟斗和烟草的人对我打击很大,18l新利官网it was as if I had found the Court of Montezuma and someone handed me a pipe to 18luck新利官网下载join in the ceremony.

To make it short,亚特兰大市中心皇家雪茄店的那个家伙让我打了个招呼。接下来的几年里,每次有机会我都会停下来抽皇家雪茄,spending money I'd earned working in grocery stores and from summer jobs with the State of Georgia survey crews.


皇家雪茄公司,亚特兰大,GA (Late 60s early '70s?)

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就好像我从来没有发现过陆地。烟草罐是18l新利官网圆形的,上面有一张皱巴巴的纸,让我想起了中世纪王子戴的领子。毕竟,也很浪漫,是个英语文学专业的学生。

The experienced pipe men在皇家雪茄店,我穿过一片由烟斗和烟草组成的名副其实的土地。18l新利官网They taught me how to load the pipe,点燃它,慢慢吸烟,享受纯烟草,18l新利官网and most of all,how to relax and just be one with the whole process.Zen like,是的。

我还注意到我的许多大学教授,尤其是历史,philosophy and physics,all smoked pipes.他们大多抽沃尔特·罗利爵士或阿尔伯特王子的烟。

但是我的物理教授,博士。Neill Whitelaw吸烟主要是启示。That wasn't his only 18l新利官网tobacco.The tops of his lab shelves were lined with the old tubs: Briggs,PA一半和一半,吠犬乡村医生,当然,Revelation.

这是更令人兴奋的发现我的物理教授和ahem,先生。爱因斯坦。我经常想知道那两个人在说什么。As for me,我几乎听不懂。白雪法英语。That's why after my first Whitelaw lab exam,he suggested I "drop the course immediately." I did and told him "Dr.Whitelaw我要去英语系,在那里我能理解我所读到的。怀特洛并没有轻易地折磨傻瓜。

At my graduation,however,he was one of the first to shake my hand in a congratulatory shake. "Frankly," Dr.怀特劳说,“我不认为你会成功。”呃,我也没有。

Later,在我大学三年级的时候,I discovered Edward's Pipe Shop of Atlanta.It was,再一次,爱一开始是“你好”。随着时间的推移,I purchased several of Edward's pipes.我爱他们,especially a Canadian that I called "My Edwardian" if you get the drift of that.爱德华兹大块烟草教会了我关18l新利官网于布尔里的知识,芳香族化合物,维吉尼亚斯

到目前为止,I had several pipes in my collection,and I was on what Edwards called a "steady order" list.I received a pound of 18l新利官网tobacco monthly,which meant I could mix and match.我收集的烟斗已不再流行。这已成为一种严肃的爱好。每次我收到爱德华兹的目录,我要了另一根管子。

By the time I was the editor of a small daily newspaper,我的烟斗抽到了另一个水平。Instead of a pound a month,我一周抽将近一磅的烟!

Those were the days你可以在任何你喜欢的地方吸烟。当时,反对吸烟的狂热分子很少。

So,我一天的大部分时间都在牙缝里夹着一根管子。I tried not to smoke my pipe in my sleep (apologies to Mr.马克·吐温)。

Also by this time,my pipe collection had exceeded some 30 briars and meerschaums.One of the meers was given to me by a college classmate,who said it was "old and no good." I still smoke it today!

And,顺便说一句,60年代买的所有管子今天在我的管架上都有自己的小地方,除了我心爱的爱德华兹,我在一个钢管表演上愚蠢地把它卖掉了。18l新利官网I have regretted that deal ever since.

对,I know every pipe I have ever purchased.我能回忆起时间和地点。我没有说出他们的名字,除了羊角兽,这就是杰夫·戴维斯(这与政治或战争无关);戴维斯南部联盟主席,吸食羊角蜜)。

我又叫了一个my Shelby Foote (the famed Southern author,我认识并采访过几次);the William Faulkner (whom I did not know,但是读过和欣赏过);JRR托尔金和C.S.Lewis (for obvious reasons).

在某个时刻,my hobby,不再是时尚,换了档,变得很痴迷,它自己的运动,情绪雪崩,感觉,desire and need.

我承认。烟斗和它们的诱饵把我迷住了,接管了我的生命。I am incurable at this point,I fear.对,这是一种昂贵的爱好,也是一种更昂贵的痴迷。高山滑雪也是如此,爬山,flying,scuba diving,飞钓,cars and stamps.

但在这个阶段,I don't know what I would do with a day without being able to see,举行,珍惜我的烟斗和我放进去的精美烟草。18l新利官网

Note:I define fine 18l新利官网tobaccos as any tobacco that I choose to smoke,不管是柯德混合,混合了密码子,the latest from Mr.PeaseCornell & Diehl,或者PipeMagazine的优秀赞助商。

坦率地说,I have tried just about all varieties (of course that is unabashedly hyperbole;今天没人能把混合好的烟草全部抽出来;18l新利官网但是,god knows,I have tried,我试过了。

My pipes are a part of who I am.There,I've said it and it is the truth.I shall go to my grave holding one of my pipes in my hand,充满烟草,18l新利官网希望圣。彼得在另一端有一场比赛。


Fred Brown
是一个住在诺克斯维尔的记者,全氮他将每月为www.democker.com撰写此专栏。He can be contacted at
邮箱:tennwriter@bellsouth.net.

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6 Responses to "Hoping St.彼得有一场比赛”

  1. GEO3RGE说:

    一篇超级文章,非常像我自己的烟斗历史,有着固定的、长期的爱好/习惯,现在完全根深蒂固地存在于我的内心,很简单,a pipe smoker per se.它已经成为我的一部分,这有助于定义我,而且对很多人来说,很多年了。我无法想象没有烟斗的生活,即使岁月的摧残和健康的病痛终有一天会迫使我心爱的烟斗被抛弃,此时此刻,这是不可想象的。I have yet to fully understand the psychological make-up of myself as a confirmed pipe smoker;我只知道从小就知道我会抽根烟管,这感觉绝对是对的。Perhaps the era in which I grew up,when pipes were a common sight amongst both young and old smokers,给了我偏好。我知道我的许多老师都是烟斗手,我的几个同学和同事在相对年轻的时候就开始学习布里亚干酪,似乎没有人对此感到惊讶。哦,看到烟斗吸烟者越来越多。
    我,同样,我沉迷于管道,虽然我现在抽烟很简单,每天的习惯,把我的练习简化到最基本的部分。The expense of maintaining the habit as a hobby has made me slow down,减少和控制放纵。However,我的吸烟变得更加珍贵和愉快,也许是因为我没有压力继续购买和收购。I smoke because I am a smoker.我抽烟斗是因为我爱它。And I hope I may continue to do so for as long as I possibly can in (relatively) good health.
    Many thanks for a stimulating and encouraging article.读起来让我兴奋不已。Enjoy your pipes today,无论你在哪里。

  2. oldtom said:

    好文章。
    Oh,how I miss those days in the '60s and '70s when pipe smoking and even smoking in general was not so objectionable as it is today.
    At least pipe smoking is not so denigrated as cigarette smoking.I have received no objectionable comments to my pipe and have actually received compliments though they also say I do remind them of their grandfather with pipe (grin).
    我想这也让他们想起了一个更和平的时期,在卫生坚果和反政府和大政府的入侵之前。
    我,同样,我会带着烟斗去我的坟墓,并指示我亲爱的妻子放一根我最喜欢的烟斗,18l新利官网tobacco,给我捣乱打火机。

  3. 格洛斯特曼说:

    Your path took you to Royal Cigar,mine to Peretti's of Boston and yes I too still have those pipes I purchased for Mr.Peretti。这是一次及时的旅行。当时的情况不同,原因很多,但似乎我们都有那些美好的回忆。谢谢你的反省。它的确给我脸上带来了微笑。

  4. Cortez said:

    你不是唯一一个沉迷其中的人,先生。布朗!Thanks for a nicely written article that triggered a few cherished memories of my visits to the local B&M.

  5. andystewart said:

    Fred - many thanks for a great article.You hit the nail on the head when you described the apparently seamless transition from hobby to daily pastime.I'm not a pipe or 18l新利官网tobacco collector - I'm a pipe smoker.简单。

  6. 史蒂文森103说:

    谢谢你,弗雷德写了一篇非常有趣的文章






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