Causation Through Vacation
Sykes has returned from France, at last. While I'm not one given to superstition, I couldn't help but note a clear difference between the sort of things that transpired here while he was on vacation (massive internet-access crash, lightning bolt strike, an average of about a dozen rainstorms per day, etc.), and that which occurred since his recent return - namely, none of those things. Now, if I were a superstitious fellow, the natural thing to do would be to try and figure what Sykes did differently during his absence this time, as it's not as if he doesn't normally spend a huge chunk of the year traveling somewhere after all; pipe shows, visiting factories, visiting artisans, arranging deals face-to-face and in general making sure we get lots of great pipes and that our numerous suppliers, be they independent artisans, small workshops, or big factory marques, are all satisfied.
And if, if I were a superstitious man, I would say that it may have been possible he actually spent most of this vacation vacationing, for once. If, again if, I were one to assume causation wherever there was simply a coincidental correlation, I might point out that nothing failed catastrophically nor was struck by a bolt from the blue while he was at the Chacom factory. The deduction from this highly spurious line of thought would be obvious: Sykes must never vacation while on vacation again, for the good of us all.
And if I said that, his wife would probably kill me. So I'm not going to.
Still, I suppose that with all our updates making it out the door on time, the great success of our re-introduction of Capstan and Three Nuns (thanks in no small part, of course, to all of our customers who've been so eager to get their hands on these storied blends once again), and so forth, we did come through it all pretty well in the end... this time.
But enough of this talk of theoretical bad juju and potentially homicidal wives: the skies are clear, our network is up, and there's an update waiting to take wing, and this Monday has a lot to bring. New creations from the two-man team of J&J, for example, along with quite a bevy of beauties by Benni Jorgensen, too. There's also a great bunch of timeless classics by Dunhill, and loads and loads of briars from Peterson, Savinelli, Chacom Johs, Chacom, Stanwell, Vauen, and Luciano, plus a nice selection of both Danish and Italian estates. In accessories, we've yet another example of Peterson's high-quality, yet modestly-priced leather goods, while both Asylum and H. Upmann bring us new additions to our cigar selection, Altadis offers two more blends for our bulk tobacco offerings. For those Peterson tobacco fans out there, we're today showcasing no less than three of their annual special-edition smoking mixtures, including their highly anticipated Summertime Blend 2013 and Holiday Season 2013. Lastly, don't forget about our on-going offers on specially-discounted select Savinelli pipes, as well as the 20% off when purchasing five tins of either Escudo or Orlik Golden Sliced.
Eric Squires: Copywriter
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