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post #1 of 2 Old 04-07-2019, 11:21 AM Thread Starter
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I have a question for all of our Canadian members, but first a bit of background.

When I was a kid (and, really, until I was a young adult of 35 or so) you could go down to the grocery store and buy a box of Diamond or Ohio Blue Tip strike-anywhere matches. With these wondrous things, you could start the match by flicking your thumbnail across the phosphorous tip or by drawing across the back of your thigh on your denims. I had a match safe that went into my backpack, just to keep a supply of these things handy and dry.

Then sumpin' happened and the Strike-Anywhere Match became a Strike-Nowhere Match. The new breed of SAM will hardly light off when struck on the box. I suspect a Government conspiracy to deny us our constitutional right to a match that strikes anywhere all in the pursuit of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This makes me a victim; I am feeling oppressed.

I am seeking the best SAM I can. I looked for Swan Vestas in France but couldn't' find any. I'm going to look for some later this year in England. The problem, if I find these, is getting them back into the states. You can't take matches on airplanes, even in checked luggage. Royal Mail is just like USPS, you can't mail them. That leaves UPS and such, where they are treated as a hazmat. The best I'd be able to do is squirrel a couple of boxes away in the carry-on and feign complete surprise if they find them.

Amazon sells them but that is the last resort because, when one is in pursuit of a dream, going Amazon Prime just isn't any fun.

This brings me to Red Birds, which are only available in Canada. What do you Canadians say about these things? Are they like the old SAMs? Would it be worth a smuggling operation to bring a lifetime (yet personal) supply into the country that needs to be made great again?

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post #2 of 2 Old 04-07-2019, 12:27 PM
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I always keep a box of Diamond Greenlights on the toilette. There's nothing like a flaring sulfur match to counteract the effects of a particularly beastly and foul excretion. I guess I'm just "Old School." They're not Strike Anywhere and I really have no other use for them, but I find it impossible to experience a feeling of well-being unless I know I have at least a couple of boxes stashed around somewhere.

Good luck in your quest, Schmitz! Oh, and I believe the Bottom Of Your Shoe is recognized as a "statement" strike zone.

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