| The Mill
Oct. 21, 2017;
I'm extending you all an invitation to come and
stay at what I expect will soon be my new digs in
Vienna. The place is the Schöenbrunn Palace and
since it has over 1440 rooms, you can all come at
once if that kind of timing works for you.
I suppose I should explain. It started about two
weeks ago, when a young woman I was talking
with at the gym (BTW, an excellent health practice
for heterosexual men is to talk to as many
attractive women as possible. The benefits are
manifold, if not yet documented. In fact, a good
topic for a PhD thesis would be to study the
impact on health of this activity; it's probably
much better for the heart, and head, than
pushups, or even organic vegetarian food...but I
digress) happened to mention Rosh Hoshonah or
Yom Kippur, I forget which.
I asked her if she was Jewish and she said 'yes'
and that somehow segued into the fact that she
had received the results of a DNA test her sister
bought for her and she is 98% Ashkenazi Jew.
In case you don't know, and why should you, that
only means that for as long as her ancestors were
able to dodge the various pogroms, they lived in
Eastern Europe, as opposed, to say, Spain or
Portugal (where they only had to dodge the
Inquisition and the plague to stay alive).
That made me think about my ancestors, a
proposition I never before gave much thought to.
It might be interesting to know more, I figured, so
I recently sent away for the DNA kit (it's called
their Neanderthal kit, if that suggests anything to
you). I spit into the little plastic container and
sent it off to be analyzed.
My surmise is that the DNA analysis will reveal
that I am sole heir to the Hapsburg dynasty and
the rightful owner of Austria, including Vienna and
the Schöbrunn Palace, the ancestral seat of the
Hapsburgs, until they blew the deal in WWI.
I don't want the aggravation of owning and
having to rule either Austria or Vienna, although
the idea of some free Linzer Torte does appeal.
No, I'll simply take the palace so my friends and
family can come and visit and not need to book a
hotel. For sure there will be enough room for my
pipes and pipe reconditioning tools, so no
I'm not saying you should book your flight right
now, but I will keep you posted on news and
developments in this regard. And please be aware
that transferring the palace from its status as a
UNESCO World Heritage Site to the Pulvers family
might take a little time and paperwork. But when
that is completed, be confident that once again,
the palace's smoking lamp will be lit for you.
P.S. The most recent postings include some
Cherapanov pipes from Russia, on the Misc. page,
a "4 fer" bargain on the Specials page,
and some new Mastro Beraldi pipes on the Italian
page, plus an old, Registration number Castello.
Also, an American Calabash on
the U.S. page and a Former or three on the Danish.
P.P.S. If you are planning on a trip to Las Vegas
to attend our annual pipe show, and need a
roommate, my friend David Gabriel, a very good
guy, needs to find a room for only Friday night.
Why pay for a full room if you can share
expenses? I can put you in touch with him, or
vice versa if there is interest out there.
Our show is Nov. 4th & 5th, Sat. & Sunday. We
have smoking on the showroom floor and a nice
lounge off that floor, always open, in which you
can smoke and sip and BS and thoroughly enjoy
yourself with other great pipe people.
Did I mention it's at the Palace Station Hotel?
Pease Southlinch from 2002 NASPC show. $90
Friedman & Pease Winter's Tale. $100
Balkan Sobranie Virginia # 10 50 grams. 4 tins.
New Tins arrived, including
Abingdon, and a bunch of
others from 2003 and starting @ $40 a tin.
More old, collectible tins from the 1990's:
McClelland Mixture #1 (2000?) 100 grams. $50
McClelland Virginia Woods. 1997. 100 grams. $50
Ashton 1997 Celebrated Sovereign 4 oz., $100
Esoterica Pembroke...2 oz., 56 grams. $80
Davidoff Royalty 50 grams. $30
Davidoff Danish 50 grams. $25
Dunhill Nightcap from Lane Ltd. 50 grams. $85
Dunhill Std. Mixture Mild from Lane 50 grams. $65
Butera Matured Ribbon 1996 & '97 50 grams. $50
Benjamin Hartwell Pvt. Reserve 50 grams from
Consolidated Cigar (thus from mid '90's) $30
For easy access to the address of other used
pipe dealers, please visit Estate Pipes Central.
The web site is: www.estatepipescentral.com.