We're Open 24/7
A few weeks ago Adam and I punched out in the afternoon to see if anything noteworthy had come in at a nearby second-hand/consignment shop, and to grab a late lunch on the way back. Aside from being a good source for inexpensive furniture made before the ushering in of the particle-board age (i.e. -- real wood, which however dinged and scratched, can at least be repaired, and/or sanded and refinished), such out-of-the way, fulltime-garage-sale operations can prove treasure-troves of miscellanea: brass vases, huge 1960s microscopes, old turntables, even older books (I'd managed to find a couple dawn-of-the-20th century editions on a previous trip), and yes, even old (albeit conspicuously unrestored) pipes -- all this and more, as long as you're willing to look past the clutter of "collectible" gewgaws and gimcrackery.
Except that day we found absolutely nothing, because, as it turned out, they were closed. Well, alright then, we thought, we'll just grab lunch and take it back to the office, and so headed off to the finest local purveyor of fried chicken and BBQ.. which, as it turned out, was out of chicken. And pork. Famished and admittedly rather confused by this situation, Adam inquired as to what, exactly, they did have. The lad working the counter dutifully headed back into the kitchen to converse with the cook, whose only positive response was "mashed potatoes". Well, okay then, we agreed -- time to go.
Back at the office once more, I headed up to the café at the far end of our parking lot, in one last-ditch effort to find sustenance. Upon my return, Adam was waiting with an expectant grin. I raised my arms up in the air, and declared, "I give up! Everything is closed!"
This, I think, highlights one of the great advantages of electronic commerce: barring catastrophe (or outside malfeasance), our website is always open. And we always have pipes. The former, pretty much, necessitates the latter. No one wants to browse a pipe website with no pipes, after all, any more than they would hanker for a lunch of unaccompanied mashed potatoes.
And on that note, today's eleven-course feast of briar is ready to serve, with, as usual, a few appetizers thrown in for good measure. Tonni Nielsen leads the way, followed up shortly by Gabriele Dal Fiume and Dunhill, backed up by generous portions of Lucianos, Stanwells, Johs, Chacoms, Savinellis, Petersons, and, of course, a pretty decent spread of estates of various vintages. Last but not least, there's a new blend from Borkum Riff, and replacement stems for the classic Peterson "31" System pipes.
Eric Squires: Copywriter
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