I took my wife to work this morning because the weather showed a chance of a thunderstorm this afternoon, and I don't want to worry about her out and about in such weather. Once I got here (work), there was some buzz going around the office about the likely possibility of a Tropical Storm Hurricane Irene. This isn't good news for a Monday morning. I can deal with rain, but a lot of rain means my workshop can look like a wet laundry room in a fraternity house basement. Realizing the likelihood of having to batten down the hatches here at the offices without our fearless leader Sykes (who is currently hanging out with pipe makers and tobacco people in Denmark), the time to take preventative action is now.
Everyone else here can take care of their own offices and all of the important blinking-computer stuff buzzing within, but Sykes would [hopefully] appreciate some of us chipping in to hurricane-proof his office. The first thing we did was to open his door and immediately unplug all of his electronic devices. Computer, phone, fan - everything. There is no time to properly shut stuff down, so yanking cords from the sockets saves valuable seconds. The next thing we did was to bubble wrap his four monitors and screw his chair to the floor in case things get nasty. His bookshelf was toppled over so each volume is safely on the floor and a sheet of plywood was screwed down and covered with cinder blocks to prevent anything from moving. We put plywood over the windows and continued our efforts by filling the entire office with packing peanuts (which we found easier to do with the door closed, and a hole cut in the ceiling which we filled from above). We sincerely hope the developing storm loses power in the next few days, as it is currently heading toward Charleston, SC. Our building is incredibly sturdy brick with Hurricane-rated windows, but we sure don't want anything to happen to put it to the test. Rest assured, Sykes, we are looking out for you.
In the interim, we've put together a healthy update of pipes, cigars, tobacco, and accessories. McBaren 7 Seas tobacco, pipe stands, Lampe Berger items, two cigars brands, and an impressive array of pipes from Europe.
Adam Davidson: Quality Control & Pipe Inspector