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…"
"Every one of us. We've all been foolish at some point. And I can think of one solution to this problem of fools and idiots: Education. Invest more in that, both monetarily and culturally, and there will be fewer so called idiots and fools to be…"
"Personal recommendation is to start with authors that will help you become a better learner. In my short experience, half of being enlightened is the ability to pull information from a subject that is not simply what was written, i.e. understanding…"
"Yes, I have a few friends like this, though some are quite distant geographically. no, it doesn't interfere with my marital life, though i also make it a point to say to my friends that sometimes I need to spend time with her and I can't…"
"While it does depend on the skin type, I did read something which made a lot of sense:
Beard oils are for the skin. They are too thin to do much for the beard (the individual shafts of hair funnel the oil down to the skin, which absorbs it). These…"
"I have same-sex friends who are deeply in love and in a monogamous life-long (recently officially married) relationship who live in the suburbs with an SUV and a puppy. They have nothing in common really with the swingers and sex-obsessed we…"
"That's a tougher question than it seems.
First ... I can mention some great days, but, I'll never think my best day has passed. I pitched a six inning, one-hit shutout in little league, and went 3-3 at the plate with two triples, a…"