I got bored today and cleaned out the garage. I smoked pipe on and off for the last 10 years. I was going thru my tool box and found a "Bright Leaf" briar, a small meerschaum and another really small briar I kept in my overalls on jobs when you could smoke. Well I have started smoking a pipe again and I love it! The problem is websites like this one, but the more a read I might be missing out. Custom carved briars, aged flakes, etc... Am I wrong for loving a MM cob and some Carl Hall? I know I can be cheap. I drove a car for 19 years and 250,00 miles, only had 2 kids and have not traded in the wife yet (I have had her for 27 years). I drink cheap Vodka. Tequila and Whisky. Oh and PBR beer. Am I going to be happy with my cobs and some Hall or should I start spending my retirement on some new pipes and tobacco?