I heard from somewhere that, “pain is simply weakness leaving the body.” If that’s the case, then certainly I should be able to leap tall buildings by now?! I mean, so much weakness has left my body that I must be Superman!
Well, I can tell you what a load of crap I think that is! But, any rational human being will see that for themselves, anyway.
The point is; I spend a lot of time in pain. Now, I’m not one to whine about it, and many have said that they had no idea, but sometimes the pain is almost too much to bear. The neuropathic damage sometimes causes the muscles to cramp up so tightly that they will pull my bones out of joint.
When that happens, I usually can’t sleep and I use high-test muscle relaxants to try to release the cramping.
So it was that I found myself at 5:00 AM sitting in my kitchen, taking muscle relaxants, and trying not to cry.
When I’m in that state, smoking is about the last thing on my mind. I use an analgesic, a muscle relaxant, and a combination of both that I take inhaled as smoke. So, I was smoking my painkiller when my best friend and roommate came out of his room and offered to massage my throbbing shoulder.
So, ½ hour later, and I was at the point where tears were no longer leaking from my eyes, and I realized that I had nothing up on the magazine site for today. Well, to be honest I knew that, I was just hoping somebody else would do it.
Anyway, a review was in order, so I broke out my can of GL Pease Navigator and my Savinelli bulldog, and prepared to try to slog through this.
While I was setting up to do this review, I was interrupted by a necessary conversation with a friend in Italy looking to sell his products in Canada, and so I loaded the pipe, and forgot all about it for another couple of hours.
When I finally got around to smoking it, it was 7:15 and I need to have the review done by 9:00 AM, and I’m still in excruciating pain. But, as they say, we soldier on, do what’s necessary, a stiff upper lip and all that, so I opened the tin to get a whiff of the blend.
The note in the can immediately reminded me of dark ale on a hot day, and whether or not you believe in aromatherapy, I found the scent relaxing, and my pain went down a notch.
The broken flakes are dark and inviting and packed easily into a pipe
Having sat in the open air for about 2 hours, the tobacco was a very easy light and I soon found myself puffing cheerfully on my pipe, well at least as cheerfully as you can get when it feels like someone is digging a knife under your scapula.
Then, for about 40 minutes, I smoked the pipe and felt my muscles noticeably relax. By the time the bowl was done, and I was contemplating the Virginia and Kentucky, rum topped, broken flake, my shoulder had relaxed enough that I could be functional.
The taste of this tobacco is rich and heavy with the rum adding the merest hint of an accent to the already grassy and sweet Virginias and the dark Kentucky.
And finally, at the end of the pipe I was met with a reasonable amount, some might even say expected amount of dottle.
From the tin;
For centuries, men of the sea have known the pleasures of fine Virginia tobaccos, pressed and aged with a drop of rum. The addition of rich dark-fired Kentucky leaf brings a new dimension to the flavour and aroma of this timeless combination. Chart your course for a new world of enjoyment, light a bowl, and set sail with Navigator.
You can get it pipesandcigars.com or smokingpipes.com for roughly $9.85 USD for the 2 ounce can and smokingpipes.com carries the 8 ounce can for $32.06 USD. If you live in Canada, or you don’t mind paying a little more, 4noggins.com has both for $10.19 and $34.50 USD respectively.
Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em!