Been a little more than a year since I started smoking a pipe. Couple months ago, everything was going fine. Then a little something changed — couldn't even really tell you what it was — but my enjoyment of the art went up several notches. Since then everything's been going just peachy again. Settled on a favorite tobacco (Carter Hall) and a favorite pipe (Missouri Meerschaum Washington). And have just been enjoying the heck out of it. Then this past week once again something has changed — I really don't know what (could starting to use half a filter really have that much effect?) — and again I find myself enjoying the hobby so much more. How much better does it get?