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ASMR: Is it real?

So one of the pipe and cigar blogs I follow posted the following ASMR pipe cleaning/smoking video. I clicked on it and watched a women speak in hushed tones cleaning her pipe and then smoking another for 25 minutes. As mentioned before in this blog, I have the attention span of a gnat so to watch something like this for 25 minutes straight is impressive. I can’t explain why I was so captivated. Was it ASMR? What is ASMR? I’m so confused. Okay, I’m not really confused, but you might be right now.

Here is the video in question:

Now before you start thinking this is some fetish thing, I had no sexual response to watching the video whatsoever. But I did feel really relaxed after, almost as if I had completed some sort of meditation. Which isn’t that surprising I guess, since I find the act of pipe smoking/cleaning very relaxing and somewhat meditative.

You might be wondering what ASMR is. I know I was. I had heard about it awhile back but I’m always the skeptic when it comes to stuff like this. ASMR stands for Autonomous sensory meridian response. Wikipedia describes it as: “a perceptual phenomenon characterized as a distinct, pleasurable tingling sensation in the head, scalp, back, or peripheral regions of the body in response to visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory, or cognitive stimuli. The nature and classification of the ASMR phenomenon is controversial, with much anecdotal evidence of the phenomenon but little or no scientific explanation or verified data.”

When I first heard about this, I watched a trigger video (this is what people in the ASMR community call their videos) and nothing. Actually I don’t even think I made it through 30 seconds of one. But this was different. Maybe it is because I have such a psychological connection to smoking in the first place. Who knows? Was it ASMR? No idea, but I swear I felt a few tingles watching this. The sound quality is impeccable, because that is what they are trying to capture. You can hear everything perfectly and I think that is what makes it so pleasurable for me to watch.

You probably won’t be surprised that I watched her video on cigar smoking:

This one was more seductive and I found it doubly enjoyable to watch. And since I was on a roll, I watched this final one for the night. The last one was my favorite because I felt like she was letting me in on her own secret world.

Anyhow, I don’t know if I have experienced ASMR, but what I do know is I found these videos immensely pleasurable and relaxing to watch. I get why smoking would be a trigger for me so I’m not really surprised.

I guess I should warn people, watching these videos may trigger a desire to smoke a pipe or cigar. She does a good job of making these activities look immensely pleasurable.

Anyhow… until next time.

Smoking Hot Cigar Chick

If the post brings me my pipes by next week, I should be smoking them by the weekend. The plan is to head down to the tobacco shop with my boyfriend and his friend, who has also apparently wanted to get into pipe smoking for a long time and was a little surprised by my apparent sudden interest. My response: to my boyfriend- I told him that he shouldn’t be surprised, and to the friend well, I’ll keep him guessing where my “sudden” interest came from.  It’s nice to have a crew of friends to do this with, since I know that was something I really lacked with my closet smoking.  I know the majority of my friends wouldn’t really understand, but I don’t care at this point.

But what I wanted to talk about for this post is the “Smoking Hot Cigar Chick“. She is a chick with an interest in cigars. And I might of thought she was hot until I heard her voice… which irritates me. You guys are probably thinking, “Oh she is just jealous.” Maybe, but her voice is still irritating. Voice aside, I actually really enjoy her videos which are mostly reviews about cigars. So if you are into cigar smoking and girls check her out. If you want to watch a girl smoke a cigar, maybe go elsewhere because she does more talking than she does smoking. What I do like about her is that she clearly loves cigars.

That’s all I have for tonight… I’ve got a buzz from the rather large beer I just drank. It was 500 ml of a beer called Ephemere- Apple and it was quite delicious. I also had the rest of the mead that we opened at New Year’s and have been nursing ever since. It aged in the fridge surprisingly well. I don’t normally drink this much… so I’m quite buzzed, maybe even drunk. Hope everyone else is having a great saturday night!

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