Today is February 20th, which means that it's International Pipe Smoking Day, that popular holiday of holidays! Here in the United States it's also Presidents' Day, which isn't even a real holiday. Officially it's Washington's Birthday, and since he was a tobacco planter, perhaps the best way Americans can honor him is by celebrating IPSD.
If there's a pipe anywhere in your house, fill it with a fine tobacco and smoke it, ideally with a friend. This is, after all, about the fellowship of the briar.
My brother-in-law is in town. We'll be hanging out on the porch, he smoking from his hefty Duca Carlo bent billiard, I likely smoking from an elegant Canadian-style Savinelli. We might be smoking Chocolate Manhood, we might be smoking something we pick up at Sir Tom's Tobacco Emporium. But one thing's for sure: we'll take a moment to lift our pipes to the brotherhood of the briar.
Please make a point of stopping by your local tobacconist today. He and George Washington thank you for supporting their business.