| The Mill
April 30, 2017;
It's not too early, I hope, to forego any
attempt at making prose sense here and
simply announcing that the annual
collector's show in St. Charles, IL is
coming up next week and I'll be there,
which means, for those of you
challenged by Aristotelian logic, that I
will not be here.
Thus, starting, say Wednesday...no
make that Tuesday, please hesitate to
contact me and wait until Monday night,
May 8th before e-mailing. If you don't
telephone ever, that'll be soon enough
for me. God that loud, ringing sound is
harsh and few things do more to ruin a
good nap than a phone call.
In fact, as I type this, it occurs to me
that not all the bad technology is new
technology. Upon further reflection, it's
probably safer to retreat to the position
that it's not the technology, but rather
how it is used. We had a phone in our
home even as I was growing up inthe
40's & 50's, yet nobody cursed that
instrument. Why? Because there
weren't, for the most part, batteries of
people calling you up every 5 minutes
with a solicitation. It would have cost
too much to pay that many tele-marketers.
One could rely on a nap working itself to
its proper conclusion. Not today. Today,
even your own wife, who generally does
not wish you ill, will, from the middle of
nowhere, place a call home to see what
you are doing regarding the dinner she
expects to be on the table when she
comes home from work. No need for her
to stop and find a phone booth, is there?
Does anybody out there need a PhD
thesis idea? I may have just come up
with one...to see if all this
innerconnectedness has ramped up the
irritation and anger quotient to the point
that violence & rage is increased. That is
not an insane thought, is it? Give people
some room to breathe and they also have
room to calm down. Crowd them with
phone calls, e-mails, tweets and instant
messages and pretty soon the wires (that
term is used so that you will not be
overwhelmed by the use of technological,
neurological terms that you do not
understand) are overloaded and
overheated (and again, you are spared
the more precise description. You're
Of course, a population of over 8
billion doesn't help, especially when 1/2
of them are on the road, your road, at the
same time. That is when it is wise to
have a pipe in your pocket, some good
tobacco in your glove compartment and
a tamper and matches in your drink
holder. Gridlock? Screw it. Fill that
pipe, light it, puff a bit and feel that
blood pressure subsiding while the guy
or woman in the adjoining vehicle is
about to pop-off, while, at the same time,
smugly imagining that they are acting in
a healthier manner than you because
they are not smoking. And if that's the
case, how come the traffic delay has
them frowning and thoroughly pissed off
while that smile of satisfaction curls your
lips upward? Little do they know, huh?
So, come to Chicago (the show is in St.
Charles, as I said, but we all say
"Chicago") with the intent of getting just
one more pipe, the one for your car.
That's a sane justification, isn't it?
See you there.
P.S. Most recent posts include a
stunning, large Tsuge briar Calabash
shape, and a handsome black, bent
Tsuge sandblast, both on the Misc. page.
Another beautiful sandblast is a Lasse
Skovgaard ring grain Shell. Terrific.
Also, a smoked Bang and a smooth,
unsmoked Skovgaard. Plus, a Kurt
Balleby on the Danish page, a Jody Davis
on the U.S. page and another Ingo Garbe
on the German page. Hear, hear.
Pease Southlinch from 2002 NASPC show. $90
Friedman & Pease Winter's Tale. $100
Balkan Sobranie Virginia # 10 50 grams. 4 tins.
New Tins arrived, including
Mephisto, Blackpoint, Abingdon, and a bunch of
others from 2003 and starting @ $40 a tin.
More old, collectible tins from the 1990's:
McClelland Mixture #1 (2000?) 100 grams. $50
McClelland Virginia Woods. 1997. 100 grams. $50
Ashton 1997 Old Church 4 oz., $125
Ashton 1997 Celebrated Sovereign 4 oz., $100
Esoterica Pembroke...2 oz., 56 grams. $80
Davidoff Royalty 50 grams. $30
Davidoff Danish 50 grams. $25
Dunhill Nightcap from Lane Ltd. 50 grams. $85
Dunhill Std. Mixture Mile from Lane 50 grams. $65
Butera Matured Ribbon 1996 & '97 50 grams. $50
Benjamin Hartwell Pvt. Reserve 50 grams from
Consolidated Cigar (thus from mid '90's) $30