January 1st, 2022
Good day and welcome to the year 2022. Either the year the robots take over the world and start World War Four or another boring, aggravating year. Maybe something in between. 2021 was the only year that could make 2020 seem not so bad.
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I’ve spent all morning going over the end of year numbers for Briar Report (and my business). Not as good as I had hoped, but not a disaster either. All I could think about this morning is how Mike from Briar Blues has been warning of a downturn in the pipe business. While Dave from MKE LAW Pipes had said in the interview we did, that he sees the pipe hobby picking up, and he sees a bright future.
The more I think about it, the more I think they both may be right. The downturn Mike sees is probably the economy in general getting pounded and it’s dragging everything with it. When the price of everything goes up, you tend to drop the non-essentials first. For most people that is their hobbies and things like that. But what if things don’t get better? Then people start to change their lives.
For example, I know guys that go to a pro football game and drop a grand. By the time they buy the tickets, do the tailgate party and buy their giant foam finger they have spent quite a bit. I have no doubt they had a good time and it’s their money. But what if inflation keeps going where it’s going? Spending the family’s money on a sports ball game and coming home with a foam finger and a sad face because the team lost isn’t so smart.
Maybe things like sitting down with your pipe and reading a book or talking with your wife will be making a comeback. Sure tobacco is expensive, but if you’re smart about it you can enjoy your pipe for not really too much money. Maybe instead of spending your money on really big ticket items you are happy with a new pipe.
It’s sort of how I live now. No debt, no fancy cars or vacations. My indulgences are my pipes. Does spending $15.99 for one pizza (with coupon) make me grumble, sure it does but we only do it once a year. I’m also the guy who will have Jason Mouton make me a pipe and don’t care how much it costs. But I’m only doing that once a year too. I strategically spend my disposable income and have something like that J. Mouton pipe for the rest of my life. The joy it brings me when I sit down with it is like getting it for the first time. The pizza gave me agita.
I tried to watch 4 YTPC live shows yesterday and they all were unwatchable. Frozen and things like that. The only one I could watch live was Mr. George Bruno. His was fine. Seems like he’s been live streaming for three days straight. He’ll talk about pipes if you get him on the subject. It’s like mentioning watches with me. His shows can be pretty fun unless jerks Shanghai the conversation.
The numbers for the website are not great. I’m hoping for a good 2022. We’ll see. I have to focus more time on my personal business just in case the economy continues its current trend. Most people don’t repair watches now, this could really kill that business. As far as Briar Report goes, I’m determined more than ever to help people out. I want to do everything possible for my advertisers. I want to do everything possible for people trying to make a go with their own projects and dreams. If there is anything I can do to help you, please let me know. I don’t care if you have 5 people following you, if you want to promote your channel, I’ll treat it like it has 5 million followers.
As things get worse it’s more important than ever to support each other. Screw the big fat cats, they are one of the reasons we are in this mess. I’ll have to stop here or I’ll regret it later.
Can you believe The Blob is going into its second year? Well, sort of.
Still have a few items on my list to mention today, but I’ve gone on too long. They will have to wait.
See you tomorrow.