When you find out how to get anyone to love you, Anon, let me know.
I know you’re not talking about me, Anon. You should see me right now; I look like an animal- a wild animal.
So, it’s been a long time since I’ve used gouache. Actually, it’s probably been about seven years since I’ve used brushes at all. I sat down the other day, and wondered, “Why not?” After working with them, I remembered; painting is usually a very patient affair; Setting up surfaces, choosing a palette, waiting for layers to dry, cleaning brushes- it used to drive me nuts. All this time later, and I have to say that I’ve grown to really enjoy the process. It’s kind of fun experimenting all over again; you learn something new every time.
It has been two years since I’ve talked to you. Yes, you. It’s impossible to comprehend that this was the great unknown that I feared; This was the question, that excited me when I asked it.
You’re older; there are lines on your face and aches in your body. It’s almost as if they were always there.
You are down a navigator and the Skylark’s on her last leg. I remember seeing her, shining like new in the autumn sunset. Three stories up, sitting on less than a foot of concrete; I can still feel the rust rub against iron and skin when I think about gripping the rungs of the ladder on my way down. Do you remember that?
I’m tired of asking questions. Tired of fearing things that may never exist. If there’s any advice I can give to you, it’s this: Revel in good times, embrace and communicate when they’re bad; if you’ve found a best friend, don’t make them wait.
Even if you don’t follow this advice, you’re still alive- even though the questions that you were so excited to ask have never been answered.
Lay off the sweets, and be sure dust off the tops off of all the Evans Williams skids in MF226- just trust me.
Hey there, and sure. Basics of pipe smoking?
If you’re really interested:
- Purchase an inexpensive pipe as your first. Corncob pipes are the cheapest, and are generally very forgiving. Cobs, along with briar (white heath burl) pipes can be found at a local tobacconists and some grocery/convenience stores.
- Do not buy rolling cigarette tobacco and try it in a pipe. This can get confusing because here in the states, it’s labeled as pipe tobacco to avoid higher taxes. It will taste like it sounds. You can avoid this by going with your tobacconists suggestion, or sticking with a well known pipe tobacco, like Captain Black, or Carter Hall.
- Smoking is an aromatic experience, using multiple senses. It’s smoked like a cigar, and is not inhaled. First, fill your lungs with fresh air. Next, You slowly pull on the pipe; filling your mouth, not your lungs, with smoke. It cools while your taste buds are exposed to the smoke. Then, you exhale slowly; this will pull some of the smoke in your mouth through your sinuses and out of your nose. Let the rest out of your mouth, and repeat. This will blur the line between smelling the tobacco and tasting it.
- Get a Czech tool. Get two or three. This inexpensive little thing is pretty much all you need in a pipe tool.
- When it comes to filling a pipe, it’s a different story. There are a lot of variables that go into a well packed bowl, but here are a few pointers: The tobacco should be moist, but not wet. If it sticks together when you rub it between your fingers, it’s probably too wet. Do not pack too tightly. You can always tamp the tobacco down after lighting. Test the draw while filling. Easier to dump a poorly packed bowl before it’s lit.
- Clean your pipe after every use. Buy a set of actual pipe cleaners from a tobacconist or online retailer. Run one down the stem and shank of the pipe to clean. If you feel the pipe is developing a funk for some reason or another, pick up some isopropyl alcohol, and dip your pipe cleaner in that. Work the stem and shank normally, then let it dry for at least 24 hours. Do not get the alcohol on the finish/exterior of the pipe, as this will strip it.
- Let your pipe dry in an upright position before smoking another bowl.
Hopefully, that helps you out. Feel free to message me off anon, Anon. I’d like to see updates! As for beards and their itchiness, it’s not too bad. I forget I have hair on my face half the time. I guess every once in a while anything with hair will itch.