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…"
"I work in PA, where I pump my own, but rarely do cause it's so much cheaper in NJ, so I fill the car up here.
It is odd, but whatever. It's fun to needle my wife, or any woman for that matter, on the creating pump your own in NJ. Freaks…"
"Generally the Stay Still, Stay Quiet picture is correct: Danish and Swedish are VERY similar still, Norwegian is a bit more broken off (due to hiding in the western fjords across the mountains), Icelandic is ancient and unintelligible to the…"
"Careful with that. I, at one point, studied Russian on my own (well, my BJJ partner at the time was Russian, so he helped). I thought it would help me with other slavic languages. After all, they all have the cyrillic alphabet. I was wrong. Some…"
"Good point. I typed it out at work :).
When I said mainstream, I meant the cheap, commonly accepted beers: bud, miller, coors-the standby. As to liquor store beers-I am all set with ANY of those.
As to my drinks of choice though, I will, more often…"