Pipe smokers profile?

Discussion in 'The Smoking Lounge' started by Waino, Dec 29, 2012.

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  1. Waino

    Waino Active Member

    Apr 12, 2011
    Let's see if we recognize him ....
    Back in 1970, A B Hughes, a Durban journalist, gave us permission to use his delightful description of a Pipeman.

    There is nothing like a pipe for giving a man a meretricious air of profundity.

    You ask a pipe-smoker, for instance, whether he thinks that mankind is justified in spending all this money on visiting the moon and he promptly goes into his routine. First he takes his pipe out of his mouth and examines the outside of the bowl. Then he peers inside and debates with himself whether he can save the little glow he sees there. He decides he can, so he puts the pipe back in his mouth and sucks hard five or six times. Nothing happens. So he takes the pipe out of his mouth and looks into the bowl again in a reproachful and injured manner.
    He then pats his left pocket to see if there are any matches there. There aren't so he pats his right pocket with the same result. He looks utterly dismayed, as if the world had come to an end, but then he notices with relief that the matches were on the table all the time, alongside the ashtray.

    Finally he gets his pipe going and sits back in a cloud of smoke, directing at you that long, level, honest look that is probably the most infuriating characteristic of pipe smokers.
    At last he delivers his verdict. He says "It all depends on your attitude to these things. I think my answer would be yes - up to a point".

  2. muddler

    muddler Member

    Sep 20, 2012
    So true! No wonder we have a reputation for being boring & irritating old farts.
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  3. krusty

    krusty Active Member

    Jul 10, 2010
    Oh but that made me laugh. LOL, I have so done this very thing!

    And I had to look up meretricious.
    Use of the word as part of describing pipe smokers is particularly apt when it comes to most members of this forum!
  4. cmkiefer

    cmkiefer Member

    Nov 4, 2012
    Profundity!? I resemble that remark.
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  5. RTOdhner

    RTOdhner Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2011
    As much as I get annoyed with pipe smokers who do that, I know damn well that I have done it myself in the past... and probably will do again in the future. Yep, A. B. Huges hit the nail on the head - almost. (He forgot about using the stem/shank as a pointer that is waved around at nothing in particular).
  6. t-bear

    t-bear Active Member

    Dec 21, 2009
    I too, noticed that obvious omission, RTO. Beyond that, it certainly fits me...to a "T"!!
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  7. brumoon

    brumoon Member

    Oct 26, 2012
    I'm not sure (looking, tamping, looking, lighting, puffing) if I agree.
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  8. jason1977

    jason1977 Active Member

    Jul 12, 2011
    My answer would've been, "how important is it to you?" If it's important to you & others, then it's safe to say it's important enough to explore the possibilities & all that goes into such a trip. (then my disclaimer) ~But that's just one man's opinion.

    I'm most definitely not an old fart, though I may as well be. I'm 35, would much rather read up on brewing my own beer at home than waste time & money chasing women. Some may call me a pup, do so if ya must, but at the very least regard me as a young belch, LOL!

    Pipe smokers are the thinkers in the andro-world of Y-chromosomes, & BBQ sauce, lol. We're the ones that can think critically, cooly, calmly, quietly...... but do it best when clenching... :sailor:
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  9. Stonewall

    Stonewall Active Member

    Aug 23, 2011
    I wish I could use the laughing icons whilst on this iPad. That was spot on!
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  10. Bear84

    Bear84 Member

    Jan 29, 2012
    Great, now I have to go load up another bowl of Dark English Full and wax philosophical for the next hour or so...rotten enablers!!!
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  11. menachem

    menachem Member

    Oct 9, 2012
    I seem to do that a lot, pointing with the pipe. Espiecially with my churchwarden.
  12. Preacher1611

    Preacher1611 Active Member

    Dec 21, 2011
    I use my pipe to articulate with even when I'm talking to myself. It gets the point across better that way!
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  13. ruffinogold

    ruffinogold Ruffinogold-Mayor, I.R.G.E.--At Large. Mayor

    Sep 25, 2009
    :xd: ... we probably do look like deer in the headlights at times
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