The Next One

Orson Welles

While having a smoke, I often catch myself thinking about the next one. Why is that? I would hate to miss the full pleasure of the current smoke because I was absorbed in thinking about what I’ll be smoking next. You might think I’m looking forward to a different blend or another pipe in my collection.

Yes, that is all part of it. But I’m also anticipating the procedure I’ll get to execute once again: carefully packing the bowl, testing the draw, applying the char light, puffing the first puff, tamping lightly, relighting, settling in, etc.

It’s all part of the experience, the pleasure.

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