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.
Golf Courses Close to Home