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…"
"Excellent reply, all those points are good ones.
Although, the act of smoking a pipe is now considered eccentric. So if this fellow becomes eccentric himself, he will just fit in more with the group. I myself am a proud eccentric.
The key thing to…"
"By the time I was finishing university and watching all the millennials coming behind me I thought they could use two skills denied them growing up in our schools. One, how the write a letter, paper, etc without spell check and cut and paste from…"
"Well, all you have to do is ask for a petition. Usually the secretary is the best person to ask. I know you can actually print one off the Grand Lodge of Texas website, but that's only useful if you're in Texas. Try checking your Grand…"
"This is just a message to say how much I admire all the things you say on the Aofm site. Your responses are always on the mark and I always find your writings to be really thought-provoking and mature....I would like to visit with you sometime, if…"