40 years ago, give or take, I was into pipe smoking. My job at the time required that we had to be outside the plant perimeter fence to smoke (natural gas processing). I have never smoked cigarettes but cigars and pipes, yes. The pipe was the most practical in that if you were outside the fence smoking and some sort of alarm condition arose, you just parked your pipe and went to take care of the problem. I found pipe smoking helped make the midnight shifts bearable. That was a long time ago! I'm not sure when I last smoked my pipes, but I know in the last 30 years I've dabbled a time or two with some leftover Latakia that was way too dried out. For some reason, I ran across the Pipes & Cigars website and an offer for a good buy on Seattle Pipe Club Potlatch. The blend seemed like it might be interesting and I've been thinking about a return to the occasional bowl (I blame this squarely on all of you and the pictures you post and the stories you tell!), so I took advantage of the offer. Today I dragged out three of my old pipes (I suspect my son has made off with a hand carved Meerschaum that was a favorite), a Town Crier Pipe Shop - I think my first non-grocery store pipe; a Royal Saxon - the only marking on the pipe; and a Savinelli Sherwood Rock Briar 114 KS - I'm sure my "newest" pipe, circa 35 y/o. They are in decent condition and by the time the tobacco arrives, they will be in smokable condition. I'm looking forward to giving the pipe another try as a nice alternative to my occasional (that's what I tell my Dr.) cigar. Any advice would be appreciated.