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Fr_Tom

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PostSubject: Heading to a clergy retreat   Mon Oct 14, 2013 12:13 pm

I leave (as soon as my alb is out of the drier) for a clergy retreat. I am not sure what internet access will be. I know the cell access is really bad. So - I will probably be off the grid for a few days hanging at the convent. For some unknown reason I was asked to be the celebrant for today's Mass, but after that I am the fly on the wall and am not working this one.

Pipe and tobacco inventory for the trip:
a Kirsten, a cob, and 2 Petersons (all packed in BB pipe socks)
LBF and MacB's Navy Flake

There will be 4 or 5 of us on retreat who are pipe smokers. One of them smokes more than Jim and only has one pipe as close as I can tell - you think I jest. It will be a good time.

See you on the other side.
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PostSubject: Re: Heading to a clergy retreat   Mon Oct 14, 2013 12:20 pm

Have a great time sir! Very Happy 

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PostSubject: Re: Heading to a clergy retreat   Mon Oct 14, 2013 12:21 pm

I hope it will be a good experience. Perhaps you can enlighten your single pipe smoking friend while you're there?

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Richard Burley

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PostSubject: Re: Heading to a clergy retreat   Mon Oct 14, 2013 12:31 pm

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See you on the other side.
Whoa! Not yet, Padre! I've got miles to go and promises to keep.

Seriously, staying at a retreat with pipe-smoking colleagues? Not too shabby. Enjoy yourselves, if that's permitted.
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PostSubject: Re: Heading to a clergy retreat   Mon Oct 14, 2013 12:52 pm

Hope you enjoy yourself Father!

Jim
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PostSubject: Re: Heading to a clergy retreat   Mon Oct 14, 2013 1:10 pm

Don't have too much fun! Wink 
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PostSubject: Re: Heading to a clergy retreat   Mon Oct 14, 2013 1:32 pm

Enjoy yourself Tom.
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PostSubject: Heading to a clergy retreat    Mon Oct 14, 2013 2:17 pm

Enjoy yourself...and know that you will be missed.
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Kyle Weiss

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PostSubject: Re: Heading to a clergy retreat   Mon Oct 14, 2013 2:24 pm

Travel safe and come back enriched. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Heading to a clergy retreat   Mon Oct 14, 2013 2:42 pm

It sounds like a relaxing time, enjoy.
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PostSubject: Re: Heading to a clergy retreat   Mon Oct 14, 2013 4:16 pm

Have a relaxed and reflective time at your retreat Padre. We'll leave the lights on for you.

sunny 


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PostSubject: Re: Heading to a clergy retreat   Mon Oct 14, 2013 4:18 pm

I hope you have an enriching experience, and lots of time to meditate over a good pipe!
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PostSubject: Re: Heading to a clergy retreat   Mon Oct 14, 2013 7:16 pm

You oughta pack a copy of Life of Pi as reading material. And don't forget pipe cleaners. I often forget or underpack them:-)
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PostSubject: Re: Heading to a clergy retreat   Mon Oct 14, 2013 7:44 pm

I hope you find joy!
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Fr_Tom

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PostSubject: Re: Heading to a clergy retreat   Mon Oct 14, 2013 11:00 pm

The convent has guest access to wi-fi in one part of the retreat center - but not in the section with the rooms. It has been very nice so far. It is a treat to read corporate Compline, etc. I appreciate all the good wishes.
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PostSubject: Re: Heading to a clergy retreat   Mon Oct 14, 2013 11:34 pm

I can't believe you didn't take a tin of Presbyterian to the Retreat !! Twisted Evil Twisted Evil  (ya don't have to smoke it, just set it out for folks to see Twisted Evil Twisted Evil )
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PostSubject: Re: Heading to a clergy retreat   Wed Oct 16, 2013 1:55 pm

I am back - rested and ready. I have a couple of services today and a planning session with the Hispanic lay minister, but I came home to answer emails and tie up loose ends first.

I had hoped to get a picture of the "Fathers of Briar" at the retreat. It did not happen.

Pipe and tobacco report:

Fr. M, who smokes only Troost and buys it by the pallet, let me take a look at his only pipe I have ever seen him smoke. It is a straight billiard with a volcano(ish) bowl. It said C&D on the side. Fr. H was smoking a Graybow Lark and may have been smoking MacB's Navy Mixture. Fr. M2 had a bent billiard with a green/gray marble lucite stem. He is a big fan of the lat bombs, but he had his tobacco in a pouch, and I never asked just what the lat bomb du jour was.
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Fr_Tom

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PostSubject: Re: Heading to a clergy retreat   Wed Oct 16, 2013 1:59 pm

monbla256 wrote:

I can't believe you didn't take a tin of Presbyterian to the Retreat !!
My efforts at ecumenicism should probably include a tin of Presbyterian Mixture in the next P&C order.
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PostSubject: Re: Heading to a clergy retreat   Wed Oct 16, 2013 5:52 pm

Father Tom,
Religious references aside, if you like Balkans, you really should give this one a try. I'm a former 759 smoker and though this one's not near as Lat heavy as that one was, it's a smooth, full smoke that one could smoke all day IMHO. I try and have at least a bowl of it every day now. Razz 
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PostSubject: Re: Heading to a clergy retreat   Wed Oct 16, 2013 8:35 pm

monbla256 wrote:

Religious references aside, if you like Balkans, you really should give this one a try.
I like balkans, but I don't find I need a steady diet. Having said this, I seem to go through phases. I got some Presbyterian Mix from Simple Man, and it should be arriving soon. It is one of those blends I have been aware of and just never tried.
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PostSubject: Re: Heading to a clergy retreat   Wed Oct 16, 2013 9:57 pm

Welcome back!

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PostSubject: Re: Heading to a clergy retreat   Wed Oct 16, 2013 10:08 pm

MisterE wrote:
Welcome back!
Thanks!
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PostSubject: Re: Heading to a clergy retreat   Thu Oct 17, 2013 10:44 am

Fr_Tom wrote:
monbla256 wrote:

I can't believe you didn't take a tin of Presbyterian to the Retreat !!
My efforts at ecumenicism should probably include a tin of Presbyterian Mixture in the next P&C order.  
I love tolerance! I'm sounds like you had a reflective time and I'm glad you didn't have to "work"
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PostSubject: Re: Heading to a clergy retreat   Thu Oct 17, 2013 11:22 am

::huge smile:: Glad the socks are going along. I hope you have a wonderful and fruitful retreat.
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Fr_Tom

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PostSubject: Re: Heading to a clergy retreat   Thu Oct 17, 2013 11:57 am

Briarbabe wrote:

Glad the socks are going along.
The socks have been very nice, and they are perfect for that meer that did not come with a case and for packing pipes when you are heading somewhere. Historically, I have put all the smoking gear in a ziplock freezer baggie and packed it with everything else in a suitcase. To keep the pipes from getting scarred up from rubbing on a pipe nail or tin of ODF while in transit, I have wrapped them in folded paper towels and secured the paper towels with a rubber band. This is not especially elegant, but it has always worked well. The pipe socks are a huge improvement on the former system, add a touch of class, etc.
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