slugmusk at linuxlegend.com
Wed Aug 20 08:02:40 PDT 2003
Siobhan Ni Fearguis wrote:
> There is actually a club in San Antonio that
> has a back room full of hooka pipes. Very cool.
In my limited experience, there sometimes seems to be a bit of stigma
about the word "hookah", apparently bringing up images of opium dens and
other such taboo behavior. This is too bad, for nothing is quite the
same kind of relaxing as sitting around for an after-dinner confab
around a pipe, laughing and sharing a fruity shisha together.
In short, the apparatus consists of a (usually) metal top, a properly
fitting bottle and a long hose with a suitable nozzle at the end. The
shisha bowl at the top is loaded with tobacco, usually protected from
direct heat by punctured foil. A lighted chunk of pure carbon charcoal
is placed on top of the tobacco.
When the user draws on the tube, very hot air is drawn from the
charcoal, through the tobacco, down a tube through water in the bottle
where it is cooled and somewhat filtered, then back up through the tube
to the user. The smoke can be either simply tasted or inhaled.
This method of smoking tobacco is rather pleasant, especially compared
to any other method that I have tried (bearing in mind that I am not
otherwise a smoker).
It is, however, still smoking tobacco.
Several restaraunts of Middle Eastern cuisine offer them as a desert
activity, generally for about $10 per load. Byblos (Lebanese) in Fort
Worth is one example. I think I've had one at a place in Dallas, but I
don't remember just this second which one it was :)
Also, the pipes, various flavors of tobacco and the proper charcoal can
be purchased from most Middle Eastern grocery stores, such as
"International Food Land" in Arlington (on Cooper, 1700 block). I
recommend the medium or larger units because they have a larger base and
and much less likely to tip over when you are passing the hose around
"We have almost forgotten how strange it is that so
huge and powerful and intelligent an animal as a
horse should allow another, and far more feeble
animal, to ride upon it's back."
"The horse. Here is nobility without conceit,
friendship without envy, beauty without vanity.
A willing servant, yet no slave."
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