Gentlemen,I have a group of friends that smoke pipes, often when we're together. However, I have taken a pledge to avoid tobacco, alcohol, etc. I do not mind them smoking around me, and I recognize…Continue
"Perhaps already mentioned but the manliest thing, if there is such a thing, would be to have enough discipline to just stop smoking and not let it impact your life or social surroundings. enjoy the company not the activity."
"The tea idea is pretty cool. I gave up alcohol this year (with the exception of a few hiccups) and I find I miss the collector's impulse I get in accumulating a nice selection of scotches or tequilas etc. Tea seems like something I could pick…"
"I like the whittling idea, although depending where this happens the shavings might be obnoxious.
I had a group that would always play a low-key card game when we sat around. Nothing very involved, just so that our hands were doing something…"
"Not to depart from the original post topic, but you've intrigued me, Brad, and I'd like to get to know more about the world of tea. How would you recommend I get my feet in the water? Go out and start buying/trying teas;…"
"Excellent response, exactly what i had in mind when i recommended it to him.
Tea is a quite manly pursuit with a rich history as you pointed out, and like any manly hobby it has more to do with how you aproach the hobby then with how society views…"
"I also suggest tea. I acquired the tea taste over here in Asia, where tea houses and tea drinking are a serious institution. Lots of people, including me, spend 5 or 6 hours at a tea house, talking, snacking, playing cards or mah jong,…"
"It is indeed important to be oneself but I just feel like forcing oneself into habits like twiddling with a yo-yo or perpetually sucking on a lollipop is the the opposite of being oneself; it's attempting to artificially ascribe quirky…"
"Thanks Richard. I have a 25 foot snake that I've been using. Got some nice food and lint out, but not enough to make a difference. Still slow as a slug on hot tar uphill against the wind. Gonna take a break (gotta hit the store anyway) and then…"
"Buy yourself a good 20 foot snake at your local hardware store. The plug is probably farther down the sewer line. Also, since you’re in a basement, there’s probably not enough fall or head pressure to drive organic matter…"
"Well, guess that places me in the gay "regular guys. Although after having done that kind of work with no problem, and knowing (a few) other gay guys like myself who did or do it, I'd just guestimate we're in the…"
"I don't see why Americans care whether other nations are grateful. It isn't about them. US defence is for defending the interests of the USA. If another nation benefits, aka Iraq in the 80s, so be it, likewise, if times change and that…"