When growing up I used to go into a local variety store where the owner was always puffing on a pipe. He lived behind where my family had a grocery store and I got to know him well over the years. I always loved the smell of his smoking. When I got old enough to start smoking I went to a pipe because of him. As we both aged and he retired I used to visit with him and help with things he could not do by himself anymore. We would both play cards together in a local card shop till he died then his family gave me his pipes (which were shot) but also the unopened jar of Velvet tobacco (tax stamp Nov. 1942) which I have had for about the last 30 years. I plan to open it in Nov. when it turns 70 and smoke a bowl in his memory before I get too old and it just gets tossed by my family. Wish I had some local smokers to share the opening and smoking it with me but the only local I know of is dbwittkopf. Maybe I can get in touch with him sometime and see if he has any interest of trying it out with me or if anyone around the Boise area reads this they can PM me for it. I live about 40miles West of Boise. I also have a tin tub of 30? years old of half&half that would be fun to get with someone that would be fun to have a get-togeather with anyone and do an opening & smoking at any time. Wish there was a local pipe club that I knew of that did this type of things. I would not mind learning and tasting some of the "fancy brands" of tobaccos you all are talking about here that my local shops don't carry. Since I joined here I have found out and tried their store names which happen to be 1Q, PS Proper English, 1M and lane PS1 which I like. Other wise it has just been Granger, SWR, CH, and KentuckyClub mild tubs, SP whiskey and Black Cavindish that I have stocked and used for years. I had also added the cheap 16oz bags of smoker friendly regular and smoker's best original to get that quick nic fix smoke which helped me quit smoking regular cigs. So compared to many here I have had a very limited style of tobacco smoking pleasure but have kept with what I found and liked for 40 years.