Featured Pipe Smoker: Dan (DDime1)

Dan with his favorite pipe, a Balkovec Nose Warmer.
Dan, aka ddime1 (YouTube)
Profession: Preventive Maintenance Coordinator at a large hospital.

Location: Boston, MA

Website: fasttracktopoverty.blogspot.com, www.youtube.com/user/ddime1

Years smoking a pipe: About one.

Favorite blends: Solani Aged Burley Flake, Frog Morton, Boswell’s Chocolate Cream, and Solani Aged Burley Flake (so good I had to list it twice).

Favorite pipe(s): Balkovec Nose Warmer. Check out Mark’s pipes if you haven’t already. Great guy; great pipes.

Favorite pipe smoker: Papa! Ernest Hemingway.

What's the best part of smoking a pipe? 
The relaxing time that usually accompanies the smoke. For a parent of small children, any time spent in quiet is a blessing, and with a pipe added, it’s damn near heavenly.

What's manly about smoking a pipe?
All that is manly in other activities is contained within pipe smoking.

How did you start smoking a pipe?
As a child, I always wanted to be Sherlock Holmes. While that didn’t happen, I did manage to get around to the pipe smoking part. I purposely skipped the deerstalker headgear.

What was your most interesting/funniest/compelling/whatever moment as a pipe smoker?
My time as a pipe smoker has been filled with interesting, funny, and compelling moments. The camaraderie that exists among pipe smokers is unbelievable. Smoking a pipe has put me in touch with many like minded individuals; those who do not smoke a pipe would not believe that a small chunk of carved briar could be the cause of such bond building and merry making.