Friday, November 16, 2012

Truth Really IS Stranger Than Fiction

   Guess who is the new Seattle Pipe Club Slow Smoke Champion? No, really. I'm as shocked as you are.




   The trophy above is the one I get to keep. I will also get my name engraved on the club's trophy (shown here on the SPC web site) and will get to display it in my home for a year. This is the second trophy I have won in my entire life. Oddly enough that first trophy was also won in a male dominated challenge (NCO Academy). I was one of 4 females in a class of 27. Thank goodness pipe boys take losing to a girl much better than Army boys do. I don't have to sleep with one eye open.

   I first competed in last year's slow smoke. I practiced and practiced beforehand. I didn't embarrass myself. I think I came in right in the middle of the pack but nowhere near the top. This year I didn't practice at all. I was participating to support the club and hang out with friends. Maybe that was the key? I didn't have a hope in heck of winning so I wasn't the least bit nervous. As we were smoking I heard names called which meant that person was out of the competition. Pretty soon it was down to 4 of us. At that point I thought there was I chance I might get the bottle of scotch this year. Then they announced there were just 2 competitors still smoking, Alex and I. Hurray! That meant I'd get the scotch. Then Alex was out and I just kept smoking. Instead of scotch I get $250 towards my trip to Chicago, in May, where I will compete against pipe smokers from all over the states (and the world).

   Look at the lovely Pendelton 49er jacket my friend Lennea gave me. I think I will wear it to the pipe club meeting next month.


   Wednesday was a great day all around. A trophy and a new-to-me vintage jacket. Life is good.

4 comments:

Dip-Dip and the Bridge said...

Congrats on your award, I didn't know there were prizes for smoking :)
Lynne

crazihippichic said...

Pipe smoking is totally different than cigarette smoking. Unfortunately cigarettes have given any type of tobacco smoking a "bad name". You do not inhale pipe smoke. It is about experiencing the nuances of the tobacco flavors. It is also a skill that is honed over time. There is a learning curve. Most of all it is a relaxing ritual. It takes approx. one hour to enjoy a pipe. You are forced to slow down and relax. It is not addicting like cigarettes, either. I only smoke 3 or 4 bowls per week.

Dip-Dip and the Bridge said...

I used to smoke cigarettes but stopped many years ago. It's funny but the thing I miss most was how it used to make me feel less stressed. Your pipe sounds like a nice way to relax.
Lynne

crazihippichic said...

I, too, am an ex-cigarette smoker. Growing up in the 60's & 70's with cigarette smoking parents, you might as well have been smoking since birth. I began smoking my own ciggies at age 12. I remember my mom saying, "If you're going to smoke I'd rather you did it in front of us." So I pulled out my pack and lit up. I quit cold turkey back in 1984 and have not touched a cigarette since. I've been a pipe (and occasional cigar) smoker for about 5 years. Neither one are inhaled. They are not addictive like cigarettes. I can go for days without one. I do love the relaxing ritual, though.