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Some granger and the great pumpkin

Discussion in 'The Smoking Lounge' started by RTOdhner, Oct 31, 2011.

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  1. RTOdhner

    RTOdhner Well-Known Member

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    It's been a great night. My order from Mars (two straight Generals and two pouches of Granger) came in the mail. I filled a bent CG with the Granger, fired it up, and took Willy (four) and Mark (eight) trick or treating. They brought in a huge haul of candy, and the Granger was just awesome and it still has that roasted peanut flavor that I love. I haven't had any Granger in a few years because they stopped carrying it locally, and no one around here seems to be able to order it. Thankfully, I can order it from Cup or Joe or Mars... hoo-ray for the internet!

    Came home and watched It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown on DVD with the kids. One way of another I've been watching the Great Pumpkin for 43 years, and I still love it. So do Willy and Mark. I smoked another bowl of Granger in a strait Egg and it was just as sublime as the first bowl, and I know why it's my favorite OTC - that roasted peanut flavor (or, at least, it tastes like roasted peanuts to me). The Great Pumpkin and some Granger... it don't get no better than that!

    Carter Hall is good and it has a toasted nut flavor that I really like, but I can never get the cadence down and it seems like I blow through a bowl of any size in about 20 minutes or so. However, I can get an easy 35 minutes off even a small bowl of Granger. Tomorrow I'm gonna start breaking in the new Generals.
     
  2. EmperorGix

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    Very cool, RT. Things like this are what your kids will remember for the rest of their lives. :) Now, I've got to get my hands on some of that Granger...
     
  3. RTOdhner

    RTOdhner Well-Known Member

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    I can remember being a kid and watching The Great Pumpkin, back when there were only 13 channels (three major and ten local). It was a tradition back then, and it seemed like life was better then. They used to build us up for the Charlie Brown specials for about two weeks. Seems like the only way you can see it now is if you buy the DVD. Kinda of a shame when traaditions like that die. Oh well.

    Granger is awesome, and it's been around forever. It's just a basic air-cured Burley OTC tobacco, but it's sooo good in a cob. It's one of those classics that you've really got to try.
     
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  4. user1975

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    I can remember watching it when we only had 3 channels, all local, no such thing as cable. I guess I have a few years on you though.:old:
     
  5. ruffinogoldswife

    ruffinogoldswife The Mayor's Wife

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    So glad you had a classic Halloween, RTO. :D
     
  6. RTOdhner

    RTOdhner Well-Known Member

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    Cable! I can remember when we first got it and had the afore mentioned 13 channels. Then we got HBO and something else, which brought the package up to 15. (I can hear my kids wailing "Only 15 channels" right now). However, it seems like there was more to hold my interest when we only had 15 channels then there are now with the 120 channels on our current satellite package.

    Really, just how many shopping or cooking channels can one person watch? How many "reality" shows about snot-nosed teens, inmates who rescue pit bulls (or midgets who who the same), shallow people from Jersey, dysfunctional and bitchy stylists, redneck/white trash experminators, and obnoxious women who desperately need to be taken out to the woodshed for a good dose of "corrective action" can any person watch? Just how many documentaries on prisons/gangs or Nazi Germany can any one person endure?

    Around 1977 or so, the Not Ready for Prime Time Players (the original Saturday Night Live crew) did a skit where a bunch of TV producers were sitting around and trying to come up with a new program. They came up with The Snake Handling O'Shays: Dad was a steel mill union leader who was married to the rich owner of the steel mill but insisted that the family live off his paycheck, and one of the sons was a gay PA state trooper who had a leather fettish - and all handled boa constrictors as a form of family bonding and easing inter-personal difficulties. Can such a program really be too far off? Hell, in England I heard they have a program where a person takes a dump, and then the associated waste product is judged by some contestants. If the "Fab Four" were a harbinger for American musical tastes, what does the dookey grading show portend?
     
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  7. TxPipesmoker

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    I can pick up one channel where we live. I don't really watch tv, but my wife and children do, so I got them a satellite. I think they watch all of two channels from it. I was thinking about getting an amp and bigger tv ant.. and see if I can pull more stations in and drop the sat. bill. seeing that nobody watches it.
     
  8. Ozark Nick

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    One of my local over-the-air channels played The Great Pumpkin this year.

    I get CBS, Fox, ABC and sometimes NBC over the air just about every day. Also we'll sometimes get three PBS channels and if the weather's just right we'll get a couple of movie channels out of KC. And this is just off the little antenna on our camper, someday I'll get a real antenna.

    I do enjoy watching TV sometimes, but I think it's safe to say I will never pay for it.
     
  9. ruffinogoldswife

    ruffinogoldswife The Mayor's Wife

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    RTO, maybe some of your guys would benefit from rehabilitating some rescue dogs. Training rescue dogs isn't always easy and it gives the guys something to focus on. Do you have actual inmates? Or are all your guys on parole?
     
  10. ruffinogoldswife

    ruffinogoldswife The Mayor's Wife

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    I think we were the last people in the world to get cable when we were kids. We kept begging and begging. I think it was 1983 when my parents finally broke down. lol:D
     
  11. el guero

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    We didn´t get cable until my senior year of high school and then I promptly realized that it isn´t worth the hype. Nowadays you can go on the internet and watch just what you want to watch at your own time for free. For me there is no sense in buying a cable package that has 100+ channels that you will never watch.
     
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    I remember when I used to be my Dad's "remote control". Lol. Ryan, get up and change it to 7!!!! Haha!
     
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  13. ruffinogoldswife

    ruffinogoldswife The Mayor's Wife

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    Did the same thing!!!LOL:xd:
     
  14. RTOdhner

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    I can remember our first TV control. It looked kinda sort like a phaser from Start Trek and would allow you to go up or down one channel at a time. No volume control or anything like that. It didn't work half the time, and I do was the remote for my dad. I was "programable," however, and I knew his preferred volume level and what channels he would want to watch at any given time or on any given day so I would just get up and do it. (Hell, I knew what he was gonna watch anyway).
     
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  15. Ol Brokedik

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    You're a great dad! I remember all those times I took my kids out to trick or treat. Your kids will remember you. God bless you for loving your kids.

    Be well.
    Ol Brokedik.
     
  16. user1975

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    Yeah, we never had a TV with remote control when I was growing up, we didn't even have a color TV until I was in the 5th grade. I do remember when cable came to Jackson, MS (where I grew up), and it and one other company was the first cable systems to carry HBO. I think the channel count was around 15 channels, and only two of them WTBS,and WGN were on 24 hrs. It's hard for kids today to believe that there was a time that you had to get up on a Saturday morning if you wanted to watch cartoons, and for the most part, TV went off the air after the Tonight Show was over. I am with you on one thing RT, I can't stand reality TV, and most of what's on now is pure junk. The only redeeming thing about cable/satellite is there are a few shows on that are educational, and do hold my interest, but they are far and few between. For me, TV is more of a source of background noise as I spend my time on here.
     
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    I remember when not only did we have to change the channel manually, but each channel had its own spot on the antenna rotator box thingie. No such thing as channel surfing...it took 5 minutes just to get the first channel on the screen. TV guide was critical.
     
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  18. Ol Brokedik

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    Re: The Great Pumpkin/Charlie Brown.

    I always thought Lucy could stand an attitude Adjustment.
     
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    i believe i may be a tad older than you, but we certainly have nearly identical opinions pertaining to television programming (and many other things)--

    that guy back in the late 50s/early 60s who declared TV a 'vast wasteland' must be twirling in his grave today(assuming he is deceased)--he could hardly have envisioned the depths to which the medium has devolved --
     
  20. EmperorGix

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    'Devolved' is truly the right word. I'm young, but I can't stand the garbage on television these days. Most of my entertainment comes from books, video games, and my motorcycle. I'm not a cinema snob either, but most of the movies are trash, too. Filth and guilty pleasures are the orders of the day. Torture porn (gorn,) and idiotic comedies where nothing more than genital jokes and farts reign supreme and preachy imbeciles spew lies, half-truths, and thinly-veiled messages held up with match-stick logic that children could topple... I don't need something cerebral every second of my entertainment-seeking hours, and I don't mind a bit of crass humor every now and then, but when the crap becomes a mountain, digging through it to find the gems becomes more trouble than it is worth. ... Excuse the rant. :oops: I guess RTOdhner just gave me a bit of fodder to chew on and thinkin' about it ruffled my feathers. All done now though - preened and pretty. :byg:

    I remember when television actually came over the air waves - before you needed some fancy box or a brand new TV... "It's digital, it's better!" Bah.
     
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