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…"
"That's not an inappropriate interpretation. Your OP seems to smile on a time when gays faced physical violence as opposed to now, when you assert (erroneously) that there are laws against "stating your opinion on it.""
"There are no laws against "stating your opinion on" homosexuality. In fact, the SCOTUS just ruled that hateful speech is still protected by the 1st Amendment.
Cui bono? Everyone benefits from a more equal and equitable society that…"
"I don't know any laws about "stating your opinion" - unless your opinion can only be stated in a way that is considered hate speech, and even then it gets murky. By comparison - there were very many laws about homosexuality and…"
"Unlikely - given the nature and type of the hacks (ransomware), but I certainly don't know that for sure. This seems more a technical glitch, since the rest of the site works, and would be sent from the same servers. "