About

What is a bootleg bon vivant, you may ask? Well, it’s kinda like a monkey stealing a soldier’s last MRE. You know, that feeling you get when something is forbidden, yet you have to sample the best of the best. Not saying an MRE is all that great or anything, but it’s prime rib to a monkey who is stuck with nuts, berries, and bananas all the damn time.

I love being a connoisseur. Even if I am an amateur one at that. Whether it be technology, alchohol, pipes and tobacco, admiring women, food, whatever else there could be. Let’s face it, I love pleasurable things and experiences.

I’m a man going through many simple journeys. 2016 was specifically a rough year for me as I lost the love of my life after 17 years of marriage. She will always be a part of who I am today, always missed, always remembered.

I live in the Atlanta area and a father of three teenagers. I was raised poor and tend to dream a little too much. I’m not always politically correct, nor am I uppity about anything. I may enjoy the finer things of life, but I sure as hell can’t stand the attitude that usually goes along with them. I enjoy fine art, poetry, and of course, music of almost all kinds.

What’s this all going to be about? My discoveries of some of the finer things and possibly some information for other beginners of pipe smoking. This will be a place for me to vent, discuss, and think upon topics I find interesting and worthy of a thought.

Some quotes I like:

Pipes and Tobacco:

“I believe that pipe smoking contributes to a somewhat calm and objective judgement in all human affairs.” -Albert Einstein, 1950

“The fact is, squire, the moment a man takes to a pipe, he becomes a philosopher. It’s the poor man’s friend; it calms the mind, soothes the temper, and makes a man patient under difficulties. It has made more good men, good husbands, kind masters, indulgent fathers, than any other blessed thing on this universal earth.” -“Sam Slick, the clockmaker”

“The pipe marks the point at which the orangutan ends and man begins.” -Ben Jonson

Here are some links to some local things in which my wife and I found pleasurable. If you’re in the area, you may want to check some of these places out.

Atlanta Gladiators

High Museum of Art

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Georgia Aquarium

Fox Theatre

World of Coca-Cola

Stone Mountain Park

Lake Lanier Islands

Chateau Elan Winery and Resort

Habersham Winery

Golf Courses Close to Home

Reunion Golf Club

Royal Lakes Golf & Country Club

Chicopee Woods Golf

Pine Isle Golf Club

Emerald Pointe Golf Club

Chateau Elan Golf

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15 thoughts on “About

  1. Good to see another pipester on the web!

    I have added your blog to my blogroll, to keep our pipe smokers community together 😉

    with Best Regards,
    Marcin

    Thanks! You’re linked here as well.
    Happy Puffin’,
    Shaun

  2. You’ve got one sweet site dude!
    I’ll be a regular. I was raised poor too, and you know what? I appreciate what I have. I was raised to say “yes sir”, “yes ma’am” and most importantly “Thank You”. A trait that I am proud to say I’ve passed on to my 5 young kids.

    Thanks! Those are qualities that are rarely placed into the youth of today and tomorrow. I was raised like that with my grandfather. We’re doing it with our children. I think with a real understanding of respect, these kids will be better off.

    Thanks for stopping by,
    ~BBVV

  3. Hey man, found your site while looking for American Pipe Carvers. I myself own a nice Tim West pipe, and looking to purchasing a Boswell.

    I am also ITP (Decatur though, not the ATL) and relatively young for a pipe smoker (now 31, started with cigars at 27).

    Just wanted to say nice site, I have a blog myself, Intoxico (http://popecrisco.blogspot.com), that I use primarly for keeping tabs on what pipe tobaccos and other vices that I’ve consumed.

    Happy smoking!

    1. Thanks for dropping by. I actually live closer to Lake Lanier, but being ATL is the main hub, that’s what is easy to recognize. Where do you go for tobacco and supplies?

      Awesome. I’ll try to work my way over to your blog soon.

      Happy puffin’
      ~BBVV

  4. Hey Shaun, I understand about referring to where you live as the closest large city.

    I make the rounds from Tinderbox at Lenox, Edwards, and a small B&M called Got Cigars in Decatur, but mainly I use the internet for my purchases.

    I used to give a lot of business to Royal Cigar, now closed and once the home to the ATL Pipe club. Not sure if the club has stayed together since the owner of the shop retired.

  5. Hi Shaun!

    I sort of stumbled across your site yesterday while trying to find pipe info. Any ideas as to how to find good info on pipes? I have some really nice ones that are a matched set (maker unknown) and I haven’t a clue to the type wood used. I picked them up from an antique dealer in TN in about 92 or so. The pipes are very good quality and quite interesting in style and all smoke well.

    I see you are in Atlanta area. I had a small farm in Henry County in the 80s and 90s (Locust Grove. I hear it is now a busy place with many shops, etc. We are now in beautiful UpState, NY near Cooperstown — nestled in the foothills of the Catskill mountains. Do you know the area at all?

    Jim

    1. Hey Jim,
      If you look at the top of my page, there are a couple of links to other pages. Inside are links for collectors, etc. Are there any markings or words on the set? That would help a lot in trying to find any information regarding the pipes.

      Sorry to say, I’m not familiar with that area in GA. I’m actually on the east side of Lake Lanier.

  6. Dear Shaun,

    Wow…this is a great site and I have bookmarked it. Love to encourage the young fellows like you to take up the pipe and learn to enjoy it.

    Keep up the good work.

    Ellis

    1. Thanks for dropping in! It’s amazing how many young pipe smokers are coming out of hiding. I haven’t found any local to where I live, but I see them on the internet quite a bit.

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