Hello again, hookah forum!
I really want to start being more consistent in the way I write these blog entries. So far, everything has been happening so fast that it's difficult to find a solid block of time in order to sit down and write. So, thankfully, I get to take this afternoon and spend the time doing something at least relatively productive - writing! I've always loved reading and writing, but as I've grown up and been shoved into this thing called "adulting," I haven't really had the time to do much of either. I would completely say that my 2019 New Years' resolution will be to post here every week, but at the same time, I'm also starting school at Georgian College in January. So I make "hopes," not promises!
Last Christmas, I was completely prepared for the holiday. I had already got all the gifts I needed to buy for people two weeks before Christmas rolled around. Well, Christmas is two weeks away this year and I've literally bought nothing as of yet. The nice thing is that I spend all my free time with friends or crafting, which honestly really does make giving gifts for any and all occasions that much easier. The supplies are cheap, and the finished product is something I can either give as a gift or sell. I have a community Facebook page that I've called "Brooke's Nook," where I've uploaded pictures of some of the things I've made, and right now, I'm making a bucketload of cable-knitted infinity scarves to sell or give away as gifts. So, when in doubt, I have a backup plan. My older sister, for the longest time, wanted me to make infinity scarves, but I had no idea how to attach the creation together up until I started making headbands. Learning how to make headbands and attaching them revolutionized the way I knitted - and then I learned how to do cables. It classes things up quite nicely, dare I say.
Hope everybody's Christmas is amazing! Always remember to keep an eye out for decent shisha flavours, and I'm definitely interested in getting recommendations, so if you have any, pass it on in the comments! (I'm also hoping to do a longer blog, if people are interested!)
The entries where I'm too tired to think always end up being the best ones I make, somehow or other. It's almost like I access a different part of my head when I'm too tired for sleep.
I'm not smoking right now, unfortunately. I haven't been able to sleep at all tonight, and it's currently 3:40 am here. As tired as I am, I find myself gravitating towards somewhere I can get my thoughts out into the open, to air them out like I'm getting rid of stale are in an old room. And plus, it doesn't help to have decent music blasting in my ears! All I want to do is dance! (And I'm definitely still a Pentatonix fan! Currently listening to a song I'm obsessed with - their cover of "Havana" is incredible!) I have a candle in the room, so there's the smell of smoke somewhere in my general vicinity, at least. If I can find a shisha mix that's cinnamon bun flavoured I will be impressed! As a side note, Pentatonix's sound did (obviously) change with the introduction of a new member of the band, but as I adjust to it, I think he is a really good fit for the band. (I've begun watching "Anne With an E," and I LOVE the show! That's about all the pop culture I've been getting lately! Although, I'm not sure if "Breaking Bad" still counts as current pop culture.)
My plans have now reverted back to me finding housing and a job, but I'm definitely feeling more successful about it this time than I was last time. I actually have had people interested in my resume this time, which has been a pretty amazing feeling. Given, I've updated it since my last round of resumes in February and I've included more features to the new one that I've recently handed out. But still, something about this time feels more hopeful. I can't wait to see what's gonna happen in the future!
This time, I won't make any promises about when I'll be writing again - I actually have no idea if I'll be doing another impromptu entry. I surprised myself by writing this one. Write soon with an update!
It's been too long since I've written here!
I've spent some time in BC, and the people I stayed with were NOT smokers! Not necessarily that I am either .... other than hookahs. Safe to say though, that it's been way too long since I've smoked anything at all, and I can't wait to start again! I think the first flavour I'm excited to start off with after such a long break would be my classic "go-to" flavour - two apples. I've smoked several bowls in a row before .... it may have been over the top, but hey, it was fun.
First things first though - what I've been up to lately. Ever since I got back from BC, I've been basically trying to find a place to live, and it's actually only just happened. I found a place near the school I got into, and I'm REALLY excited to start this next phase of my life. Maybe in this new place I don't have to smoke in the bathtub at 2 am in order not to be seen! Anyone ever have any positive stories of moving out on their own for the first time? This is the first time I've had my own apartment-type thing before. I've done things like live on campus at previous schools, and with family friends/relatives before (ie, in BC) but nothing like having my own place. I'm excited and nervous, both at the same time. Priority #1 - smoke a hookah the first night I'm there! I'm celebrating for sure!
I'm starting the PSW course at Georgian College in January. I've been told it's an amazing college, and I've heard that the course itself is actually pretty decent. I'm really glad to be starting this new opportunity in my life, and I'm excited to see where it leads me! I want to go down the nursing path as a career option, and becoming a PSW is the first step in that direction. Right now, it's a good idea to get into the healthcare field because of the aging population, and plus, nursing jobs and other healthcare jobs are a good idea in general - you'll never be out of a job unless you're a significantly crappy employee. Even if I don't end up liking this career path, it's only a 2-semester course, so it's not like I blew years of life and money on something I didn't like in the end. If all else fails, I can always go into horticulture. I've grown several trees from the seed (two lemon, one apple, one starfruit, a mandarin tree, and my next project is a dragonfruit tree) and it's something I actually love doing. I'm one of the weirdest people you'll meet - I want to go into nursing, I love growing plants from the seed, I have a favourite car (1960's Corvette Stingray, in deep purple), and I love playing music (especially the bassoon). I'm also short and female. And I smoke hookahs .... so there's also that. Some days, I can't figure me out.
Alright though, I'm heading offline for now. I hope to upload another entry within the next few days - I'm hoping to upload when I move into my new place. Write later!
Hello, hookah forum!
It is official - I am now re-obsessed with posting in this forum! I'm back yet again, but I'm at least glad it's Wednesday (even though it's 1 am) so that it doesn't look like I just spent the last three days job hunting and posting in this forum .... which is exactly what I've been doing .... and I just admitted it on a public forum. I'm just glad that I have something to do and a place where I can take my writing to a public level. I actually do love writing, and every time I sit down to do a hookah session, I try imagining what it would be like to be a published author. How cool would that be to be the author of a successful book or series? Speaking of media, apparently the original Star Wars movie was produced on a very low budget and it was projected that it would have practically no success, but then it hit a very small handful of movie theatres and literally exploded in popularity. I'm not exactly a Star Wars fan, but I found it interesting that something with such a huge influence on our culture could have been thought to be something that was thought to have very little success.
I've had a pretty successful day so far. I went out to do some job-hunting. Again, the adjustment from country to town is difficult because I feel a lot more exposed here. I'm just really used to retreating to the countryside after a day out in public, and all of a sudden I see the main street and a major intersection outside of my window when it used to be a field and then a tree line. The best way I can describe it is of feeling quite exposed to the public, as if I'm being more watched than before. I have absolutely no clue if this rings true for anyone else, but I would love to know if anyone else has experienced this as well! (If you read my last blog I'm pretty sure I asked this question! Feel free to leave comments either there or here).
I am currently smoking a Two Apples bowl and loving it. This is my favourite part of the day - just chilling when I can't sleep and sitting smoking the hookah. Since moving, I've still taken to smoking in the bathroom that's attached to my room because it's the most convenient place to smoke at night. While I don't necessarily have to hide it from invasive parents anymore, it's a habit that I've grown used to doing. And plus, it's warm inside. Smoking in the bathtub allows me to wash the ashes from the drain away and leaves less evidence for people to find. My current roommates seem pretty decent though, and I'm sure they'll be fine with my smoking. That's the nice thing about having chill roommates. It's quite a nice little place here. I really like the housing we have. All I need is a job so that I can maintain living here, and it sounds like there's potential for me out there.
I should at least try to get to sleep Hope you all have an amazing night! Write soon.
3:12 pm, Monday.
Hey hookah forum!
I'm definitely imagining that I'm going to very quickly become re-obsessed with blogging here. With moving, I find that I'm either super busy or super bored. Anyone else have this problem? I'm going through it right now. This is in one of those moments that I'm a little bored and looking for something to do. I'm in the middle of finding a job, and I'm really hopeful that I might hear back from Harvey's. It's been about a week, and I have no idea if I'll actually hear back from anyone. But hey, I've had it before where I got a job somewhere, and then got a call from a place I applied at about a month (even two) previously. I'm still feeling hopeful though. There's bound to be something coming up eventually.
Today it's an absolutely freezing day. I live in Newmarket right now, which is near Toronto ON for the readers who may not live in Canada. We're going through a bit of a cold snap right now, and temperatures are in the negatives with wind chills. And it's snowing like you wouldn't believe, very windy, and lots of snow drifts. I can't wait for a warm enough day to wear short shorts and t-shirts outside! This weather needs to make up its mind - I would love it to warm up and just be spring here! The nice thing about winter though is that snow can be beautiful, like after a fresh snowfall. I love walking through the woods with my dogs right after a fresh snowfall. I always feel a little guilty for leaving footprints in a fresh snowfall.
Gonna head out for a bit and go job-hunting. Write more later!
11:24 pm, Tuesday
Hey, hookah forum!
Guess who has a job interview Friday at 11 am? This is amazing news!! It means I can support myself and continue growing my shisha stash!! I am ridiculously excited!! Sure, it's only McDonald's, but hey, it's still a job and a paycheque. I am really grateful even to get interviewed! Who has had experience working there? I've heard it's not a half bad employer, which is really great (And yes, I eat there more than I'm willing to admit!). And completely off topic, today was not as cold as yesterday. It was actually quite balmy by Canadian standards! Sunny, warm, and hovering around zero. I can't actually believe I'm describing that as warm.
So I'm actually still looking for a shisha store around here. I find that head shops (weed shops) do tend to sell it, as well as that one store I visited not too long ago that made me feel like I was a tourist in the Middle East. I still want to smoke a bowl of authentic shisha in a country that gave the rest of the world the concept of the hookah. Like, how cool wold that be? Even though I don't do this too often, Ill sometimes look around on Google Images and check out some awesome-looking hookahs. It's amazing what there is out there. One of these days, when I actually have money to afford things, I hope to get a "real" hookah. Mine is a travel size, meant for up to two people, and it has a little purple base. I've got a purple hose on it as well, although the store that sold it to me claimed it was pink. To me, it looks purple.
I've had an alright day so far. Not too much happened, other than a successful job hunting day. I applied at quite a few small restaurants and businesses in the area. I have to say that I love how much access to the general public I have, although I find the switch from country to town living a little harder than I expected. I'm used to going outside and being surrounded by trees and open fields. And all of a sudden, I'm facing a major intersection a handful of metres away from my front doorstep. It's so weird! I lived for about 17 years or so in the countryside, so the switch is very different for me. It's not necessarily a bad thing, as I do love how close I am to civilization and the town, but it's going to take some getting used to. Has anyone here moved from city/town to country? How did you find the switch? Anyone else move from country to city/town? I'm personally interested in moving to Toronto someday after I get my nursing degree and renting an apartment downtown. I hope to work with SickKids or something else like that. I've always hoped to make a difference in someone's life, and this is where I want to start.
Gonna head out. Hope you all have an amazing night! Write later.
It's been a while since I last posted - a handful of days over a month! I hope all of you here in the forum had an amazing Christmas and New Years Eve/Day! I celebrated it smoking a hookah! I've been pretty distracted and busy lately, which is why I haven't been posting. As of late December/early January, I've moved out of my family home and I'm now rooming with a few friends. I love the area I'm now living in because of how accessible everything is where I'm located. My parents live out in the country, so the only way to get anywhere in a reasonable amount of time was to drive. Which means it sucks if you don't have a driver's license (I can't necessarily afford a car right now .... but I can afford hookah supplies, and that's what counts!). I'm right on the bus line too, which is awesome.
I haven't been doing a whole lot of smoking, which means when I do smoke, I enjoy it tons more than I used to. I absolutely adore just sitting down, smoking my favourite flavour (Two Apples) and just listening to music or talking to friends. It's an awesome and relaxing pastime and a good way to hang out and socialize. The funny thing is, I don't smoke anything except for the hookah. I love the ritual of setting it up, smoking it, and even cleaning it. I love walking into a shop and discovering it sells shisha. I can't wait for summer, when I can go smoke it outside on a warm day. I've even seen people smoking them at the beach, which is something I'm beginning to get interested in doing. As a side note, does anyone else have the same smoking habits as me - only smoking the hookah?
I've also got this growing interested in paranormal stuff, and occasionally I'll YouTube a documentary about it while I smoke. I really like horror movies, which I never thought I would up until a friend let me use their Netflix account for a few months. One of the best and scariest ones I've seen is "The Babadook." Scary as hell and very well done - I would definitely recommend this movie if you're looking for a decent horror movie. I also love watching urban explorers on lockdown in a haunted location. Even if it's fake, which I'm sure at least some of it is, it's an entertaining watch. What are some favourite genres of movies out there?
I'm gonna have to head out, but I hope everyone has had an amazing start to 2018, and I hope it continues!
Hello hookah forum!
I hope you're all having an amazing time celebrating the very last day of 2017! It's been quite the busy time at my family house, but it's also been an amazing Christmas season. I celebrated with the usual - multiple bowls of shisha and catching up with friends over text. As a side note, I love the fact that hookah smoke smells as amazing as it does - even if I don't necesarily like the flavour itself, the smoke always smells incredible. My absolute favourite smell is the banana, coconut, grape, and two apple flavours.
2018 is going to be an amazing year. I'm sure I mentioned being a student in previous posts, but I'm hoping to go back to school to work my way into nursing. I'm hoping to get into school in September 2018, and I'm really looking forward to building my education, starting out in a yearlong course as a PSW, which will hopefully lead into nursing. Anyone in this forum have any advice?
As expected, I got nothing hookah-related for Christmas, but I did get a lot of loose leaf tea. I am an absolute fiend when it comes to loose leaf tea and hookahs - the bigger of my two vices would have to be the hookah. But I wouldn't change smoking hookahs for anything. For me, smoking it is a non-negotiable. I'm curious to know - did anyone get anything hookah-related for Christmas? And, who will you be smoking it with this New Years' Eve, if that is your plan? What are your top 3 things you're looking forward to in 2018?
Gonna head offline for a bit. Hope your 2018 is an incredible year!
Hello again forum!
It's relatively early Saturday morning, and Christmas is only two days away! I'm not necessarily anticipating any hookah-related items (in fact, my mother is beginning to suspect I have one :S), and truthfully I have absolutely no idea what I want. I said I wasn't sure, so surprise me. This will be an interesting Christmas! (As an aside, a puppy would be great!)
So I'm a fan of Pentatonix - I love the band! They put out tons of great content and have really incredible work out there, and they still do have some amazing stuff coming out. But, if you haven't been following them for a while, Avi left the group in May. And it just hasn't been the same since. I'm watching and listening to some of the content that Avi's been uploading since he left the group, and it's a bittersweet feeling to see him performing with another group. It's been a dream of mine to see PTX perform, and I would have loved to see it back when it was the original group. Still though, maybe this could be a good thing? Let's see how this goes. <-- Do I have any other Pentatonix fans out here in this forum?
On New Years' Eve 2016/2017, I have to admit, I went into a sauna and did a session there. It was a really chill way just to usher in 2017. I remember it was the rose shisha I was using, and it was one of the best smoking sessions I've ever had. The atmosphere was really chill, really relaxed, warm and comfortable. I just love the hookah in general - and I love how the smoke of a hookah is one of the only ones that smells incredible after it's been smoked! It really does. One of my absolute favourite ones for amazing-smelling smoke is the rose - surprise surprise. I also love the Two Apples flavour once it's been smoked, except I feel like being a fan of black liquorice would have to be a prerequisite to getting this flavour. You wouldn't think by looking at the package that it would taste like that, being a new smoker. The banana one I just bought isn't bad, but it's not as flavourful as I thought/was hoping it would be. I'm not a fan of the peach or lemon one I have. The orange isn't bad (pretty sure it was on the shelf too long before they sold it to me, because it's a little dry. Good otherwise!) and I realize that I love the grape flavour.
Alright, I'm going to head out and start my Saturday. Hope everyone has an amazing day!
Hello hookah forum!
Does anyone else have the problem where they magically just find themselves in a hookah shop or a head shop that sells hookah things .... and they're looking for hookah parts/shisha/other hookah items before they get most, if not all, of their Christmas shopping done? That's a perfect description of how my holiday shopping is going right now. I'll sooner find myself almost accidentally in these types of shops before I've even gotten any other shopping done. These shops can actually be the coolest thing though! As an example, I mentioned in my "New Flavour!" entry that I had this really cool mini "supermarket" that made me feel like I was somewhere in the Middle East. Their hookahs are gorgeous! I have never been more tempted to buy one, even though mine is perfectly fine and works well.
I occasionally (key word for "more often than I'm willing to admit") look up ornate hookahs on Google Images. And as much as I have this massive urge to go online and just buy it (Christmas gift to myself! Haha) I wonder how difficult they must be to clean. I otherwise probably spend an unhealthy amount of time Googling online hookah shops, YouTubing hookah sessions, looking at antique and ornate hookahs on Google Images, and even researching starting my own hookah lounge. This is my life currently, but it's honestly a place where I don't mind being. Everyone needs that time to relax and do something they enjoy. Mine currently is smoking a hookah at night. I wouldn't trade that in for anything else. I love what it means to be involved with the hookah culture.
One thing I would absolutely love to do is actually go to a place where hookahs originated from. Imagine going to the Middle East and having a traditional smoking session there! How cool would that be?! And yes, I've also YouTubed and Googled this, and that is where this whole interest came from. It would be the most amazing experience to just get out of the comfort of my own home and experience a culture that is so radically different from my own. I can say that it will be an absolutely massive culture shock to go from the cold Canadian climate and familiarity of home here to somewhere like Turkey or Arabia. And being someone with a pale complexion, thanks on both fronts to genetics and a colder climate, I know I'll be facing a massive sunburn for most of my trip there - and I probably wouldn't be allowed back into Canada because I won't even look like my own photo by the end of the trip. Totally worth it? Maybe once the sunburn fades. If anyone has actually had this experience on a vacation/other type of trip, drop it in the comments!
Gonna head off to continue my day! Have an awesome one, everyone.
I am definitely one to indulge in guilty little habits. If smoking a hookah didn't automatically qualify, drinking excess amounts of caffeine might! I absolutely love drinking Monster energy drinks. I bought six a week ago (No Frills had an amazing sale on them!) and the cashier gave me this look, like I was nuts. Hey, I never said I was gonna drink them all at once. And, they make great morning coffee replacement drinks, especially since I don't always have the time to make one in my French press (hint: get a coffee lover a French press. Some good ones can be bought for cheaper like at Winners/Canadian Tire/thrift shops/stores that sell kitchenware).
As much as it makes me tired the next morning, I love relaxing, binge-watching YouTube videos, and having late-night chats over text with friends while I smoke. And I love trying new flavours. There was a coconut flavour in the store I bought the banana stuff from that I didn't see till the lady took the banana one off the shelf for me. I have no regrets except not having enough money to spend on it right away. I could've bought it, but it's also the Christmas season *cries a little*. I wish I had more people in my immediate circle that appreciates the hookah the same way I do! *Sigh* for now, I'll live with it. As a side note, I'm 100% looking for flavour suggestions, so feel free to post your favourite/recommended flavours in the comments. (Another completely weird off-topic and fun discussion point, what are some of the weirdest flavours you've seen? Not that I've tried it, but I've seen pumpkin spice. I almost bought it, but I'm still a broke college student. AND it's the Christmas season.) <-- Feel free to comment about flavour recommendations and weirdest flavours you've seen
There is something to be said for a decent hookah sesh at the end of a long day, especially in winter. It's hovering around the 0-to-below-six range here in my little hometown, so it's really nice to be indoors and using the coal at the top of the hookah to warm my hands whenever they get cold. Plus, it's an amazing feeling to just sit down and relax while blowing smoke. I completely enjoy it, if you couldn't already tell. It's always hard to answer the question, "do you smoke?" That question normally implies smoking cigarettes, so asking, "Smoke what?" is my go-to answer. It drives some people nuts to answer a question with a question, but in this case, it's a worthy cause.
I'm going to continue doing pretty much nothing (again), so I hope you all have an amazing evening
4:15 pm, Friday afternoon
Hello fellow hookah smokers!
The nice thing about where I work is that we have this little Middle Eastern "supermarket" store close to us that's actually got TONS of authentic hookahs, lots of shisha brands and flavours just behind the counters, and REALLY cool Middle Eastern foods, pastries, and other items that literally made me feel like I could look out of the window and see a street that's somewhere in Turkey or Israel. I felt really out of place with a coat and a red nose from the cold in that store .... that's how cool it is over in Canada. Oh how I LOVE the (below) freezing weather! Ahaha, not :S
Anyway, I'm super excited to say that I've picked up what I consider a "classic" flavour and a flavour I've never tried before in the store. What I mean by "classic" flavour is that it's one of the first ones I've tried, and it reminds me of just when I began smoking the hookah with the friend that introduced me to them. It's the Al Fakher brand of two apples, and it takes me right back to some of the earliest, most "classic" memories of smoking it with a little bit of vodka or beer (my favourites were coolers - still are) with a group of close friends in the summer. I've got some good times smoking these things. The other flavour that I've never tried (and that I was REALLY hoping I'd be able to at some point sooner or later) is the Lewis Marie brand of banana flavoured shisha. Yes, I’m quite the “girly” flavour enthusiast. I can’t wait to try it later!
12:11 am, Saturday
Just finished smoking a bowl of the banana stuff! And I really, really liked it. Couldn't say I loved it, but it definitely was really great. The BEST part of it was smelling it once it had been smoked. It honestly smelled like candy.
Our furnace is broken here at home, so we have a fireplace going. I keep hearing my parents walking around upstairs, checking the main fireplace, so it sketched me out a bit. I have never seen them up this late so energetic before, and I kept waiting for a parental unit to walk downstairs and discover that I was smoking a hookah in the bathtub! It affected my session, and not in a good way. But hey, the bowl was actually pretty great, so other than trying to keep the noise down and a slightly pounding heart, it wasn't a bad session. My dad caught me once, and he figured it out pretty quickly. My bathroom smelled like rose-scented charcoal smoke, and I swear I don't magically walk out of a bathroom leaving it smelling like that on a regular basis. HUGE tipoff right there, but so long as neither of us told my mother, he was cool with it. Again, he was a smoker (he recently quit cigarettes. YAY! Cigarette smoke definitely does NOT smell nearly as good as hookah smoke does) so I'm sure he understood the whole "why" behind smoking to begin with. He's never smoked a hookah, and I've never smoked cigarettes, and I'm sure they're really different, but there's gotta be some sort of mutual understanding between people who smoke .... even though one is completely different from the other. For those who smoke both - obviously they're both different, but in which ways are they the same? Different?
I LOVE this blogging option. Gonna keep updating. In the meantime, I literally need sleep more than I can verbalize. I have been getting pretty much none for the last two nights, so I'll update later! Write soon!
Hello again to my readers!
I've begun to realize that my favourite kinds of smoking sessions are late at night, especially when they hover around the midnight-to-one-am hours. I know the night is still relatively young to be smoking, but here I am, doing my own little session in the bathtub (yes, that's how I do things 'round here .... if anything catches on fire, at least my bathtub also has a shower option I can turn on just in case). I'm smoking a lemon-flavoured Shisha right now. It's not my absolute favourite flavour to be smoking, to be honest, but it's definitely not my least favourite. One of the first flavours I smoked was the two apples flavour, which tastes like black liquorice. That flavour, plus the rose and mint, will always be my all-time favourites. Those three will always be the "classic hookah pipe flavours" to me.
Late-night lone sessions are when I get most of my thinking done. Nighttime, listening to the house settling as I smoke a bowl, is how I settle down and unwind after a stressful day. I know in a "perfect world," I tend to thrive on structure, including structured sleeping .... but in reality, I'd actually rather smoke a bowl and just reflect on the day before bed than just go straight to bed. A combination of smoking and writing does wonders to how well I sleep, I recently discovered. As far as I'm concerned, even if the number of hours I sleep appear to be less by "normal" standards, I figure it's quality over quantity. And thus, this blog has been born out of that theory - smoke a bowl, clear my head, and be asleep for a "power nap" in replacement of what most call "real sleep." Who needs sleep when you have the internet and a good bowl?
Some of my favourite memories of me and other friends have come from smoking the hookah together. There have been so many amazing back porch memories of when we would sit around and smoke the hookah together, discussing a range of topics as wide as TV shows to very serious life chats. I love the idea of just being able to sit down and talk with someone in a comfortable and quiet environment to get to really know someone better. As much as I am a coffee and tea enthusiast (I own my own French Press and an embarrassingly large collection of loose leaf tea), I think there's something to be said for sitting down and smoking a hookah together. Definitely a fan of it!
I swear, the next entry will be more focussed on real life than on the hookah (although, you can expect at least one or two honourable mentions in the next post!)! Have an amazing holiday season!
First blog post here in the forum! While it's not necessarily my very first blog post ever, but definitely one of the ones I can count on one hand.
It's a beautiful December day in the GTA, 2 in the afternoon, and my day's barely gotten started. Productivity does not exist with me today. So, in lieu of that, I decided to at least do something with my day - hence the blog post. It's something to keep me busy and productive as I chill with my dogs on a Sunday afternoon.
A laid-back Sunday afternoon is usually the perfect time to smoke a bowl of Shisha, but I have family in the house who don't necessarily approve of the hookah. It's still my favourite thing to smoke, above and beyond anything else I've tried (which, admittedly, isn't very much else outside of the hookah). Even though the parents don't necessarily like it, I think my dad is more accepting of it than my mom, him having been a smoker of cigarettes for a lot of his life. Either way though, I try to keep it out of their sight in hopes that they won't permanently ban me from using it while I live under their roof.
I personally love the hookah. I love the ritual of setting it up, sitting down to enjoy it, and having conversations with friends as we do a smoke session. I love the way the smoke tastes, I love the flavours, and I love how exotic it looks. I love how it's the best way for me to relax right before I get to bed. There are few things as relaxing as smoking a good hookah bowl before bed. I've had a lot of good conversations with people as I smoke it, but lately I've run out of company to smoke with, as circumstances in their lives caused them to move away or become too busy for the most part to come over. So yes, recently I've started to miss the company of a smoking partner or two. I'm looking to get into college for a one-year PSW course within the next year or two as a stepping stone to get into nursing, so I'm hoping I can either meet people who've tried it themselves or turn people into hookah enthusiasts while there.
It's now time that I continue doing absolutely nothing in my day. I'll update this blog probably tomorrow or the next day. Have an awesome day, everyone!
Holy s*** people, I'm f***ing retarded. I just had a conversation with my buddy who enlightened me on the actual working of a hookah. Shows how little I know and how much I smoke instead
Turns out...coloured smoke has already been around!!
A f***ing smoke machine can be adapted for coloured smoke using a mixture of glycerol, water, and food dye. It's completely safe to inhale because people use smoke machines at gatherings all the time.
Also...charcoal is not the way to go. Once again, charcoal only provides heat to vaporize the shisha/tobacco. The white smoke from it is the vaporized shisha/tobacco.
If the glycerol, water, food dye mix can be properly added to the tobacco in the right amounts...you could pull color from the tobacco!!!
I don't have the resources to test this but if anyone wants to take some spare time, and take proper safety precaution, just in case, this could work!!
Following my last post, I talked about dyes and their application into the water base of the hookah. Dye the water, dye the smoke...right?
I looked back and gave some thought into the actual process of how a hookah works. Dyeing the water will, in fact, not dye the smoke. It's just gonna sit there and look pretty...lol. So that got me thinking...the water base in the hookah is meant to cool and filter the smoke, so that it doesn't burn the hell out of your lungs. Light cigarettes use a similar concept by using perforations in the filter to add air to the smoke to let some of the heat out. In further research as to how colorful smoke is created, the most common example would be the smoke bomb. Through a small combination of potassium nitrate (saltpeter), charcoal, sulfur, and wood dust, a white smoke colored bomb can be created. This got me thinking...
If I can figure out a way to color charcoal and produce the desired color from it, then I will be one step closer to figuring out this puzzle...
Now how do you color charcoal, one of the blackest minerals known, and get it to burn properly while producing colored smoke?...
And making it safe to smoke and adapt for a hookah?...
So I've done only two days of research and about a week of thought process. It will be much longer before I'll have the time and resources available to me to go more in depth into this development.
My initial thought process was that in order to color the smoke coming through the hookah, would be to color the water. This led to a good amount of time spent going online and researching dyes, their properties, and hazards to the human body. All I was able to find was the process for dyeing clothes, but also the process of creating these dyes and the harmful chemicals used to get them to "stick" to the fibers. Synthetic fibers are very harmful to the body and there is a lot of regulation for the proper disposal of the by-products of the creation process. Then I looked into organic dyes. Creating these dyes is a cool process and requires a lot of time and effort, but some of the plants used for these are naturally toxic and poisonous. Not to mention, the small amount of chemicals just to get them to "stick" to fibers. So far, the possibility for using these in the water...is in vain.
Introducing the new Mya Saray Bevel Bowl. Now, when I first got this thing I was trying to figure out what they were making next to screw onto the top of the bowl. Then I was informed the grooves were to hold the foil in place. Well, now thats clever I though, lets see if it works with say, an underpacked bowl. First though, a brief description.
As you can see, its a little taller, a bit wider, a lot flatter on the bottom, and the holes are spread out more as compared to one of my well used standard burners. Aesthetically (look that one up if you have to ) it is pleasing to the eye with some nice lines that would go well with any modern or traditional Hookah.
You don't really have to do anything different when packing this burner, I mean, I put the tobacco in, I place the foil on top, pull it tight, and then rotate the bowl and pulled down foil in my hand to seal it down as with any other bowl. Only this time the foil is set into the side grooves. This is supposed to keep the foil from flexing and sagging. I know I hate it when MY foil sags, but that's for another blog.
The real question is, did it work. Yup, it worked. I packed this sucker with Tangiers (yes you can smoke Tangiers in a standard bowl, that was covered long ago in another post) about 2/3 full and then set the foil. After an Hour and a half session I pulled the burner, dumped the ash and as you can see in the bottom picture, the foil is still tight. No need for "mods" or screens to keep the foil off the tobacco.
Introducing the Mya Saray Ballerina. Light graceful lines,
quality workmanship, um, I think my dancer analogy is going to go terribly
wrong but anyways, here we have the Ballerina. With many of the Mya Saray hookahs
I have reviewed I’ve discussed how solid and durable they are, workhorses for
the hard smoking settings, etc. The ballerina is still well made with a solid
brass core and chrome plating, but it is a little more on the stylish and elegant
The first thing to note is that if you get it from Myahookah.com
it comes with their new high impact plastic case. The case is very nice with a
lockable latch, compartments to separate the pieces, and a internal padded
zipper pouch to give the base added protection. I’ll be posting a review of the
case itself in a separate write up. But for now the important thing is that the
Ballerina comes with one and it keeps it quite safe and secure.
The base is Bohemian Glass. Which means it is thin but strong. The top is set up for a screw in stem
as opposed to a pressure grommet so you don’t have to worry when one of your
friends picks the hookah up by the stem and tries to move it into the next
room. The metal threaded top piece will also protect the top of the glass from
accidental impacts while you are cleaning it, filling it, or putting the stem
in. The shape is elegant with a mixture of a traditional base with a modern
interpretation with clear sections and frosted sections and the gold painted
designs provide a nice touch. The glass passes the light clearly and when there
is water in it the effect is quite beautiful. The way the smoke looks when it
fills the base is also rather nice to watch.
The stem is also artistic. While the lines are simple, the
ripple effect gives it a more graceful look. Don’t let this fool you however,
it is still solid brass cored with a chrome finish and is quite durable. The
stem is set up with 2 capped spots for additional hose ports, which means with
a few hose adaptors from Myahookah.com and your bare hands you can set the Ballerina
up to take up to 4 hoses. As I’ve stated
before, the stem is a screw in type, so you can actually carry the whole hookah
by the stem instead of having to carry it by the base. The downstem on the
Ballerina is quite wide and long, allowing for good deep hits and a lot of
leeway as to water level. The typical 1 inch guideline for water levels can
really be considered a minimum with this hookah and you can add a bit more
water to the base for added stability and a deeper bubble.
All in all, the Ballerina is a beautiful hookah good for
both everyday use and for a more special occasion. The fine Bohemian glass base
gives it a slightly more light and elegant look when combined with the
beautifully designed stem. The case means you can safely transport it when
going out and want to bring something a little nicer with you than the usual
smaller travel hookah. And of course, it smokes like a MYA.
This is a quick guide and review of the Mya Saray Astra. Now,
I know you are probably thinking, the WHAT? Its not the Tank, the QT, the Ballerina, the Bambino, or any of the hookahs
you usually hear about by Mya. What it IS, is a relatively new hookah made up
of over five pounds of brass, chrome and glass. This thing is SOLID.
The stem looks like a QT S Class all grown up. It’s a screw on stem so when your inexperienced
friends try to pick it up by the stem and try to move it you won’t have to make
that lunging grab for the base. The stem has 2 extra port opening, sealed with
removable plugs so it is a quick and easy operation to add additional hose
ports. If you go as far as to replace the purge valve, something you can do
with Mya Saray hookahs if you are using the Auto-Seal Hookah Hose Adapters, the
Astra can easily accommodate up to 4 hoses. With the Hose Adapters you don’t
have to worry about corking the other ports when you aren’t using them and they
act as multi purge valves.
The base is a nicely designed piece of glass. As I said before it is a screw in so it has the
threaded metal collar keeping the stem securely attached to the base. The Base
is wide bottomed and quite thick and even with the weight of the stem, the
Astra has an extremely low center of gravity. Add water and I don’t think
anything short of a deliberate effort will be able to knock it over.
When I had my own lounge, before my home state made places like mine illegal, I actually used the
QT for my house smoking hookahs. I liked them because they were small enough
not to be in the way if you had several on a table (The place was small, not
much room for the hookahs to be placed on the floor), they had a very low
center of gravity so they were ALMOST impossible to knock over, and they were
solidly built and durable enough to take the kind of use and abuse hookahs take
in a lounge setting. If I were to open another lounge today with a little more
room, this is the hookah I would use. They are inexpensive, around $100 retail
from http://www.myahookah.com/mya-astra-s-260-100.aspx, all the parts are
interchangeable and easy to order, and if you have a retail section like I did,
I’m willing to bet after your customers have smoked out of it, they would want
one for themselves.
Did I mention they even look nice?
So, we have a nice looking, solidly built, reasonably priced
hookah than can be made to take up to 4 hoses. How does it smoke…..?
So this is the new Mya Saray Mikro.
Its part of their regular line of hookahs so its Cast Brass with a chrome finish. Haven't smoked it yet but its solid, nice looking, and the latch screen should be entertaining.