Forgotten Talent

Growing up I was usually found playing with cars, Legos, or drawing. I spent a lot of time sketching cars and houses, it was my favorite past time. Then I started playing video games and slowly I stopped drawing. I’m not blaming it on video games, but that’s what I spent my time doing. Other friends were better than me at drawing more realistic images so I lost my motivation. I’ve never been able to just sit down and draw something, I need motivation and passion for the subject matter.

Last night, while smoking alone, I decide it was time to find some local smoking friends, and what better place than a Pipe Club. Now I did a little research and found that there isn’t one. Sure there is a small group of pipe/cigar smokers that smoke at the shop but no set meetings. So I decided to start one.

I set out to draw a simple logo, something to catch the eye of passerby’s. I want to have a few posters made up and get the word spread. So this what I created.

——- The Sketch ——-

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——- The Finished Product ——-

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This really motivates me to pick up the pencil more often.

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Can you take me serious?

So tomorrow I will have been growing my mustache for one full month. Let me start by saying that it is awkward. It is getting long but has a mind it’s own. It sticks straight out instead of laying down, and I’ll admit, looks kinda goofy. I have been told by many that it is awesome and to keep it, but there is an equal number of people on the other side of the fence that poke fun and say things like, “It’s hard to take you serious with that stache.”.

So I had come to a crossroads. Give up on what I’ve started or stand fast and finish the adventure. I was lathered up to remove it when a fellow pipe smoker persuaded me other wise.

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Sing it loud

I opened up my cd case in my car the other day and reached for an old favorite. I listened to the cd from beginning to end, as loud as I could, and signing every word. So I decided to compile a list of songs, that no matter the occasion, must be cranked and jammed. Understand that most of you will not like some of the songs on this playlist, but that’s the beauty of it. We all have a playlist, it would be awesome to listen to yours. I could have listed 50 more songs but I tried to limit the amount of songs from each artist to my absolute favorites. There are two or three CDs I could listen to from beginning to end.

I placed an * beside the name of all of he “harder” metal songs so if you choose to skip them you can. I also tried to find videos that included lyrics as well. I hope you enjoy, be warned there are a few guilty pleasure bands in here.

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Norma Jean – Creating Something Out of Nothing Only to Destroy it *

Social Distortion – Ring Of Fire

Haste The Day – American Love *

Tim Barry – Things of the past

The White Stripes – Death Letter

Journey – Separate Ways

Guns N´ Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine

Johnny Cash – The Man Comes Around

Johnny Cash – Cocaine Blues

Chuck Ragan – Let It Rain

Chuck Ragan – California Burritos

Lucero – Tears don’t matter much

Lucero – My Best Girl

Social Distortion – Don’t Take Me for Granted

Social Distortion – Nickels and Dimes

Metallica – Nothing Else Matters

Underoath – Some Will Seek Forgiveness, Others Escape *

UnderOATH – A Boy Brushed Red… Living In Black And White *

Underoath- To Whom It May Concern *

The Devil Wears Prada – Dogs Can Grow Beards All Over *

The Black Keys – Girl Is On My Mind

Norma Jean-Memphis Will Be Laid To Waste *

Murder By Death – ’52 Ford

Ryan Kerr – Take you Home

Norma Jean – Face: Face *

Taking Back Sunday – This Photograph Is Proof

Creed – Faceless Man

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Humble Mustache Growth

It’s prickly and slightly annoying. Starting to catch food and drink. I will give it a couple more weeks.
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A cow story

A story from my youth at my great uncle’s dairy farm. Enjoy!

Virginia Woods – My review

My video review of Virginia Woods. Hope you like it. This is easily my favorite tobacco.

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Enjoy life

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We smoked and joked for over three hours. Swam in a sea of nicotine and talked about tobacco, family, and music. Everyone should take the time to slow down and have a pipe or two in the company of a good friend. This is what life is about, not walking the floors worrying. Enjoy life.

Regretful Pipe Purchases

In July of 2011 I started a new career. I was very excited to get away from UPS and into a career I enjoyed. On a trip to the tobacconist, a pipe caught my eye and the price tag made it even more attractive. At under $40 this Brebbia Koralle seemed like a no brainer.

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The pipe seemed to beg for for a nice aromatic tobacco in its bowl. After only a couple of smokes I realized that the shape of the pipe was just not conducive to aromatic tobaccos so the pipe was placed on a shelf and it remained there for a while. I often thought of getting it down and giving it another go but I was always reminded of the horrific gurgle it created. Now I am by no means a professional pipe smoker, but I knew it wasn’t just my poor smoking abilities. I decided to clean it up a few days ago and try to smoke a nice dry English tobacco in it. After about 20 minutes I was in gurgle Hell. The worst part is that it’s impossible to run a pipe cleaner through the stem due to the extremely narrow draft hole.

So this briar no sits on my shelf again. Instead of reminding me of the awesome career change as I intended it to, it causes me to regret ever purchasing it. Do you have pipes you regret purchasing?

**UPDATE**
1-23-2012
I bored out the opening of the shank into the bowl to 5/32 at the advice of fellow pipe smokers. It seems to have helped in reducing the gurgle. The pipe is now smokable and with the right tobacco may even smoke dry.

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Establishing my manhood

So I’ve wanted to grow an epic beard like this for a long time but for a number of reasons could not.

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(Ryan, thebaccybutcher from YouTube. Find more from him at http://www.botscast.com)

I’ll be honest, at first I just plain couldn’t grow one. It would just come in all white trash and patchy and I would shave it off after a week or two. Then I accepted a management position with a big brown company that had a very old school clean cut approach to facial hair.

Now I work for a chemical company and any facial hair that comes in the way of a respirator is not allowed. This leaves me with side burns, which I’ve rocked since High School, and the possibility of a mustache.

So at my wife’s disgust, I’ve decided to embark on the journey to an epic mustache. I have no idea what it will look like, or how long it will take. The only sure thing is that most will not like it, but that’s ok, it’s my face. You see this is the best part of a mustache. No matter your looks, level of success etc. people will always find something to pick at and judge. I’m simply going to grow one because I can. If I cut it off it because of one of two reasons. My wife completely hates it, or I do. I’m a man, and men can have mustaches.

I leave you with a picture of my mustache’s humble beginning.

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