Through the years I have grow as a pipe smoker and matured in my technique. I was sitting down smoking my first non-drugstore pipe yesterday(a BC Bent Bulldog) and thinking about my pipe smoking through the years. I remember clumsily trying to load my first bowl almost 10 years ago and how much I enjoyed that first smoke. (Or at least a the few minutes of actual smoking I got in between the multitude of relights due to a poor packing job, and cheap moist tobacco) As i think about how I have grown as a pipe smoker I can see how it has also paralleled my life and maturing as a human being. As I developed my smoking technique I have worked my own little subtleties into the way I light, smoke, clean, and even hold the pipe. It has become a second nature that is almost an extension of myself while I am smoking. Pipe smoking is and should be a relaxing and meditative activity that allows you time to reflect on yourself and your life and should be an escape from the normal activities of daily life. So here is the goal for this thread. I would like everyone to share their pipe smoking experiences. Whether it's a specific relaxing time that you distinctly remember, a first experience, or just your ideal situation for smoking a pipe. I'll start it off by sharing my most loved time and place for relaxing with my briar. My most loved time and place for smoking is first thing in the morning on the front porch of my apartment in my quiet complex. I like to prepare a cup of hot tea(sometimes adding a dab of Jameson) and sit down in my chair to light up my favorite tobacco.(Normally EMP or 965) I like the cool air and the feeling of the world waking up. I like to sit there in silence and just prepare myself for the day. The smell of the morning dew and the feeling of a breeze on my face while catching whiffs of my pipe. I always feel like I have a better day when I spend my morning sitting with my thoughts and my pipe. It's such a simple thing but means so much to take a moment and reflect on myself. What's your favorite moment or place to spend time with your pipe?