A chain of upscale retail tobacco
shops located in ritzy malls
throughout the United States.
I had the good fortune to work at the one located at White Flint Mall in Rockville, MD
during the spring of 1984
, shortly before my first move to Florida
. Product knowledge was of utmost importance, of course. Besides knowing about different types of cigars
, tobaccos and accessories, employees were expected to learn about the various pipes
that were sold there as well.
My co-workers and I used to play a type of quiz
game to see who knew the relevant facts about the 100 or so pipes displayed on this one wall. Winners had their much deserved bragging rights. And the losers? They had to smoke a Te Amo:
one of those foul, black, stubby cigars that Clint Eastwood
used to smoke in his old Western movies. One Saturday morning a very badly hung-over associate lost more than the Pipe Wall challenge... After smoking that nasty Te Amo he lost his cookies
in the drawer of the cash register! Argh!