I came to Puff because of the cigar forum but was happily surprised to see a pipe forum as well.
I guess I should start form the beginning. Growing up I had an uncle that smoked a pipe however I almost never saw it. Most of the time he would roll pipe tobacco into a cigarette. I guess you could say he loved 1Q, most of time; should he be caught without his own smoke, he wouldn't accept anyone else's OTC cigarettes. This had always intrigued me, so when I was 18 I decided to try it[also it should be known I was a avid cigarette smoker by this point and knew a little about pipes due to other teenage smoking activities]. I tried some house blends at the local B&M... Had two Dr. Crap pipes [cough cough] I mean Dr. Grabows eh'hem, and a single corn cob, But most of my tobacco ended up in my rolling machine to make cigarettes. The way I had learned from my uncle, It should be stated RYO[Roll Your Own] is art form especially when using filtered tubes as opposed to rolling papers. However back than I could buy a pack of cigarettes for roughly two and half dollars, and the B&M charged though the teeth. So I didn't get that into it, and then I went to the military. No more pipes for me, I was introduced to cigars in Afghanistan but that a different story [and involves a danish exchange with cigars that can't be mentioned on this site]. Fast forward till 3 months ago.
The Tipping Point
All I have now is a "La Rocca" pipe and a rolling machine. My Local B&M is charging roughly $50 dollars for 8 oz. of 1Q. My uncle is paying 75 for a pound up in Houston. So one day when hunting for new B&M with better pricing and selection. I stumble into a nice place and ask for "1q" knowing most likely it will be under some house name brand. The guy gives me a weird look so I ask again. He looks around doesn't see any other customers, then he seems to relax, and picks up a jar and hands it to me. "Is this it?" I take a whiff, Yup sure is. He reply's "Its not often asked for by the manufacturing name, please call it by our name." We get to talking and he has me sample of his personal blend [he was very proud of the fact it had perique in it], and come to find out he was worried that if people found out the manufacturing name they would order online. I asked "is it really that big out a discount?" after a long awkward silent stare from him, I said OK how much do I owe you. The damage was done. Later that night with my mistress Google, I almost fell out of my chair when I found P&C's price for 1q was 25 dollars! During my vetting process[to make sure it was a trusted site] I found out that CI had bought P&C. Puff's reviews helped me to vet the website and lead me to get into cigar. So after awhile I signed up.
In doing so I found the pipe forum. I fancied myself as a knowledgeable pipe smoker. So I stuck with reading reading the cigar forums. With the odd pipe thread tossed in. It has taken about a week to admit to myself that I don't squat! Granted I know how pack and smoke a pipe, but before this site I had never seen flake. Cake? Oh I know that one... its the carbon residue in my bowl.... I Never knew there was a pressed tobacco called cake. It is sad that I didn't even know how much I didn't know. Thank you PUFF for taking the blinders off, Now my eyes are open to a whole new pipe world!
So now that you have heard my story,
Hi I'm Mitch and I am Piper Noob!