Style

•March 16, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Lately, I’ve been getting more and more conscious of the clothes I wear. I’ve come to realize (or decide) that being dressed well is akin to having a good handshake, eye contact, and manners. People respect people who are conscious of their appearance. And I don’t mean self conscious, just meticulous enough to take themselves seriously.

A couple of blogs have caught my eye so here’s a bit of free advertisement to all you style guys (and gals!) out there that I’ve been reading.

Dappered – This is a fantastic resource that I find myself checking more and more often. Their tag says it perfectly “Fashion is temporary and expensive. Style is timeless and affordable. Dappered helps you work the retail system so that you can be comfortable, look sharp, and save money.” These aren’t the kind of guys that’ll have you using 8 different products to style your hair in the morning. This isn’t a website you’ll delete from your history for fear of your friends stumbling upon it. This is no-nonsense advice on how to not look like you’re on your way to a PTA meeting.

The Style Blogger – I like this guy. But he’s often the opposite of the “Fashion < Style” argument of Dappered’s crew. Not that the guy doesn’t look good. He’s very well dressed. But he’s definitely fashionable too. I like to check out this blog for a little bit of extra credit. There are always a few things that sit at the forefront of men’s fashion, like chukka boots right now. This guy is great for when you ask “what else?” Maybe you don’t like chukkas. I don’t. Ran through a bunch of his pictures, fell in love with the idea of suede wingtips instead of boots. Now I’m sitting here typing up a post after picking up a pair online.

Style Girlfriend – A fantastic blog from the POV of a charming young woman whose only desire is to expose an answer to the ever present question… “what is she thinking?” I have to say, Dappered and The Style Girlfriend are my go-to advisers. And, honestly, how couldn’t I love this blog? It’s got great advice and a few shots of pretty miss columnist herself sprinkled in for good measure.

Not So True Review

•March 14, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Hey again!

•March 4, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Hello, everyone! Sorry it’s been so long since my last post here, I’ve been quite busy with school, regrettably.  I’m working on setting a very strict weekly schedule to follow. Hopefully that schedule will include an hour or so to draft a weekly Classy Codswallop update.

Hope all is well with those of you that read this, look for more from me!

Pipe Profile: Sasieni 4 Dot Billiard

•January 18, 2012 • Leave a Comment

I thought it might be fun to do a bit of pipe pr0n for you guys. Just of my favorite pipes. This 4 Dot was a Christmas present to myself. It performs excellently as a daily smoker. It isn’t limited to what tobacco I put into it but I’ve been sticking with burley blends mostly. Nothing too gooey and nothing with latakia.

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The Singularity

•January 16, 2012 • 2 Comments

I’ve had a great deal of interest in this blog lately from guys my age. It seems like, lately, a lot of young guys are looking back. Why? Why the sudden fascination with the skinny ties and horn-rimmed glasses of the 60s? The straight razor and safety razor shaving hobbyists? Fedoras and double-breasted coats? I have two ideas as to why young men seem to be looking back to a time of simplicity and serenity.

First, I think we’ve jaded ourselves with the disposable lifestyle we create. The cheapness of everything around us has been too much to handle. Smokers and non-smokers alike are investing in Zippo lighters for their long lasting reliability, forgoing plastic one-time-use Bics. Electronics, perhaps the most transient item of our culture, are becoming increasingly more generously built with waterproofing, drop resistance, military spec rubberized coatings, and hurt-proof touch screens. Matchbox cars went from die-cast to plastic and back to die cast. The fact is we hate replacing and upgrading. People are sick of buying a new phone every year. I think young adults like me are beginning to search for timeless enjoyment. Opting for leather shoes over synthetic Nikes. Choosing a pea coat instead of a polyester snowboarding jacket. And investing in a briar pipe instead of a pack of cigarettes.

Secondly, I think our culture has circled back to value things quite similar to what is now quite vintage. With the explosion of techno and electronic music, people are redeveloping the ability to feel and experience music on a strictly instrumental level. Watching someone smile as they listen to Skrillex, David Guetta, or Daft Punk reminds me of how people must have smiled while listening to Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, or Dvorak for the first time. String orchestra, piano forte and classical voice are being replaced by synths, special effects, and pop music samples. I mean, really, how much difference is there between this and this? It, empirically, is the same music played on different instruments.

Whether our society is just getting too sick of itself to maintain its pithiness or if we’ve just encountered a singularity with the old ways, I like it. Maybe one day, it won’t be my 80 year old self complaining about the pants-on-the-ground fashion of the youth, it will be the well dressed youth complaining about my generation’s flat-billed hats and scoffing at our Axe body spray.

Pipe Smoker’s Laws

•January 13, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Posted this on r/pipetobacco recently, if any of you haven’t seen it. Quite humorous!

  1. If the purpose of your gathering is, in part or in whole, the use and consumption of tobacco, any tobacco product or accessory on the table may be used by anyone in attendance. A smoker who uses another’s tobacco need not ask permission but must offer some commentary on the blend. Pipes are excluded from general use but may be fondled and ogled at any time, again with commentary.
  2. Anyone given a standing offer to help himself or herself to a friend’s tobacco need never ask for permission. However, it is still necessary to acknowledge the taking of said tobacco. A simple “I stole a cigar” shall suffice.
  3. Matches and lighters should be shared without hesitation, but a smoker should only hold the lighter while lighting for a member of the opposite sex.
  4. It is permissable to share pipes but not encouraged. Those sharing should be family or closer.
  5. Corncob pipes are still pipes, unless they are from China.
  6. When showing off a new pipe, it is permissible to comment on its uniqueness, its craftsmanship, or the ridiculously low price paid for it. It is not acceptable to show off a new pipe to brag about how much you spent or how impressive a pipe you can afford. The exception occurs if said pipe purchase cause your divorce. Then anything goes.
  7. Although it is not acceptable to brag about how much you spent on a pipe, if you feel you must, you may only tell others the price you told your wife/significant other you paid for it.
  8. It is only acceptable to encourage Pipe Acquisition Disorder (PAD) and Tobacco Acquisition Disorder (TAD). Such compulsive purchases may never be discouraged. The exception comes if the purchase includes a pipe or rare tobacco you plan to purchase yourself. Should you decide not to purchase the item(s) for yourself, you are obligated to make the purchase for the person you discouraged from buying.
  9. Pipes, cigars and cigarettes may be used as pointers to enhance a discussion or monologue, or in physical expression of general pontification. They may never be used as swords. Pretending they are lightsabers may result in expulsion from the social group or place of business.
  10. Smokers should make a good faith effort to use tobacco away from non-smokers, but as soon as someone pretends to cough, the smoker is allowed to pretend to ignore the cougher. This is doubly true if the tobacco is unlit, in which case, the smoker may blow pretend smoke in the cougher’s face.
  11. Any pipe or cigar smoker living within 50 miles of a locally owned tobacconist specializing in his or her tobacco of choice must patronize the business at least four times per year. Within 10 miles, it shall be monthly at a minimum.
  12. Any smoker insisting others use any high-end product, be it pipe or cigar or tobacco or accessory, should supply it. Anyone not willing to buy his friends a Dunhill needs to keep quiet about them.
  13. When it comes to tobacco-fueled social gatherings, if it is not a lie, it’s not worth telling.
  14. You can make fun of someone who is sending you free tobacco, but you shouldn’t if you want that to continue.
  15. Among the group, the person who smokes a pipe, wears glasses and has a beard is, by default, the smartest and most reliable person in the room. If more than one person fits this description, seniority will be determined by the highest percentage of naturally bald scalp.
  16. While amongst fellow smokers, should an ember jumps out of your bowl and onto your favorite shirt, proper etiquette is to brush it away quickly, not jump up and do the hokey pokey dance while bumping in to the tin, the pipe racks and everyone else.
  17. You can smoke a pipe, yet not be a pipe smoker. You must to elicit the accompanying and misleading sense of wisdom to be accepted as such.
  18. A smoker should not be overly concerned when the smoking of a stout, nicotine-heavy blend causes the room to spin. For many smokers, that is the total extent of their exercise.
  19. If inhale the aroma of another’s tobacco so deeply that some becomes lodged in the nose, discretely remove the burley cube from your nostril hair before returning to the general conversation.
  20. While discussing a pipe you wish to buy, other smokers involved in the conversation must wait 3 minutes before purchasing said item for themselves. Showing more then one picture of the pipe removes the waiting period and absolves any smoker who cannot help himself.
  21. Proper etiquette dictates that, when at a friends house, you should either refrain from smoking or ask permission before lighting up. However, when in your own home, proper etiquette can stay outside with the non-smokers.
  22. To smoke dottle, or not to smoke dottle, that is your option.
  23. Size and technique don’t matter. Attitude does.
  24. Politics and religion may only be discussed so long as you can still share tobacco.
  25. Smoking a cigar around pipe smokers and vice versa is encouraged, but anyone who lights a cigarette when higher quality tobaccos are readily available invites the mocking of his or her peers.

This list was created by the combined efforts of The Ozark Pipe Smokers of Rogers, Ark., and the members of Pipe Chat. It may be reproduced with proper attribution and cited as needed.

Back!

•January 13, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Back from the Holidays, folks! I’ll be posting some videos and written fare here soon so keep an eye out!