OK. So this isn't so much a post looking for advice from you guys, but more of me openly admitting that I've got a long way to go, and who better to hear it that than our own wise and mighty elders. After thinking I was really starting to get the hang of this pipe smoking thing, and beginning to understand my palate and what direction my taste is going, I completely mess it up with what would have to be called a "rookie move". While sitting out back in my yard after a long day at work, I was enjoying a bowl of McClelland's Capt Cool, compliments of Mr. NickWilliams, and found myself enjoying it more than any other tobacco I've tasted thus far. Now maybe it was the combination of a good baccy, the serenity of my sleeping children and feel of my brand new over sized poker in my hand, but it seemed I lost track of time and had no idea how long I'd been out there. The bowl, after initial lighting, did not require any relights and as I said, was better than any before it. As a few consecutive puffs seemed to produce less and less smoke, I figured it was time for a relight, and grabbed my pack of matches. After a light tamp, I fired up a match, held it gingerly above the bowl trying no to pull the full flame in, and drew a long breath to relight. All of a sudden, WHAM!, the taste of burning ash, and fire went ripping through my mouth. I all but threw my pipe to the ground and nearly choked. Apparently, I had reached the bottom of my bowl and having lost myself in the enjoyment, never realized it, and as a result, ruined the whole experience for me. I know you're all going to tell me that the judgement comes in time and that it happens to everyone, but I just wanted to put it out there that I now have a better understanding of how this is as much an art as it is a science. It bothers me that I could make such a obvious dumb mistake with something that I have been working so hard at lately, but it also reinforces that the reason it happened is because I was so relaxed and enjoying the moment at hand that I lost track of time. And isn't that really what its about? Sitting back, relaxing and enjoying your place in time.