just thought i would share this with you, it still raises a smile even though it was only in april. Well begining is i had been umming and ahhing over pipe smoking for a good few years, seeing Cristophe waltz in inglourious basterds pretty much own his calabash gourd, the beautiful church wardens in lord of the rings and finally seeing people round about the same age as myself on youtube rave about pipe smoking gave me the kick up the ass to say you know what try it. So (much to her dismay) i got mother half to order me a kit from a tobacconin the Midlands which consisted of a MM legend, pipe tool and a 4 pack of samplers of different tobaccos. Fast foreward 4 days later after a particularly labourious first cut of my garden, my mother comes out with a small box with a perplexed look on her face and hands it too me. Like an excited little child on christmas day i shake the box look at the post mark find its from the midlands and litterally rip the box open with the said pipe, tool and tobacco flying over garden. My mothers face drops, i load up the pipe and spark up and draw away happily, and her reply which made me litterally laugh out loud was "ive seen you do many things and not believe it but this takes the bloody biscuit sunshine". Five minutes later my dad comes home from work and i pretty much get the same reply, albeit with a few swearys peppered in. In work people to this day still look surprised, shocked, amazed you name it when it comes out im a pipe smoker. And when i get the inevitable "granddad", "old codger", "popeye", "pipey" and all the rest i always remind them i could be filling my pipe with a lot worse and more highly illegal substances :P just thought i would share this little story with you all, any funny memorys any of you want to share of your first time pipe smoking? happy days and happy smoking to you all.