I'll start with how beautiful a day it was here in sunny San Diego. I know, it's selfish and annoying that I get this beautiful weather while many of my friends and family from the south are still dealing with rain and coldish weather before the summer... but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy my beautiful sunshine!
Look right to the left and you'll see my view from my apartment balcony. It's gorgeous, isn't it? I'll talk about the pipe in a little bit. But I woke up this morning and it was cool but bright and mild, so I expected it to warm up significantly, and I was right! I really haven't taken advantage of my pool at my apartment the way it should be, but today I decided it was about time! Looking below you will probably want to kick me, since it took me almost a year before I really enjoyed this gorgeous pool patio...
The beauty of this summer-esque weather brings to mind several things, but not the least of which being cold, golden beers. My local supermarket has good deals on alcohol when bought in large-ish amounts, which means bottles of liquor by the 6 and 6-packs of beer by the fours. So I got four 6-packs yesterday as follows:
Racine and Laramie
This is the smoke shop in Old Town, San Diego, CA. It is located in an historic district (yea I pronouned "historic" as 'istoric', sue me) which looks like an old western village. There are lots of old museum-esque buildings as well as refurbished restaurants and modern cigar bars. This particular establishment, however, is particularly awesome. The clothing that the man to the left is wearing isn't because his style is queer, it's because the smoke shop is not just a shop, but a sort of museum!
The shop is amazing for smokers; they have a walk-in humidor and cigar section where one can smoke a delicious cigar in-house. They have glass cases where they display not only gorgeous ancient artifact-type pipes that aren't for sale, but also expensive-to-cheap pipes for purchase and smoking. The best and most customer-friendly aspect, is the in-shop blends of pipe tobacco. One of the photos above shows some jars with labels; these are filled with said tobacco for pipes. The shop allows a customer to walk in, pull out his own pipe, and grab tobacco from the jars and sample a smoke! They provide matches, ashtrays and everything! It's a really great shop and a great experience if you like cigars or pipes!