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Posted on Friday, January 24, 2003 - 2:23 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

welcome back baz and congrats on case.
Posted on Friday, January 24, 2003 - 1:49 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I love how these threads evolve.
Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2003 - 12:32 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post


Well, I can't top that all in one go, but I did spend autumn of last year in Idaho, and took this picture of an old dance hall in the ghost town of Gilmore. Miners danced here under the Moon over Montana to the tune of $11 million dollars in silver and lead before the place was deserted in 1920. Some guy in the distance was watching me through binoculars as I took pictures. I suspect any hippy trying to move in would have met the business end of Mr. Watcher's rifle without delay.

Quite a few years previous to that, I attended the survival school mentioned in a separate thread (catching a sea gull for your supper using a Fizzie). There was no mention of that nasty business when I took the course, but I suspect seagull catching technology has advanced quite a bit since then. They did teach us the 1000 & 1 things you can make out of your parachute in a survival situation. The only one I took seriously was the tent, under which I spent some rainy nights in the mountains north of Spokane, and the hangman's knot you can use when you get tired of surviving. But I remember we had a little fun with it:

First trainee: "I'm going to make a TV set out of my parachute ... "
Second trainee: "Not me, I want a .357 magnum!"

One guy did catch a fish on a bent pin, and a few others ate a bug, but mostly we stumbled around in the woods getting stung by hornets, etc. I was content to starve it out until they trucked us back to the chow hall after a few days. It's best not to take these things too seriously.

Somewhere in between these two adventures, I read Watermelon Sugar and swallowed the occasional Black Molly or Preludin.

Posted on Monday, January 20, 2003 - 2:33 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

LL : "How to Get Free, Top of the Line Absinthe, Throw Mega Fairy Fests "

Well, I'm sure throwing this mega fest wasn't exactly done for free... Thank's again.


"prohibitive cost of angelica seeds "

Yes but I have good reasons to believe that the taste of those seeds is so potent that only a small quantity is needed.

Genepi is more problematic...
Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2003 - 10:05 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I spent a entire fall in SoCal living off flour tortillas, roasted onions, and sauce packets stolen from Taco Bell.

Mushy in.... mushy out.
Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2003 - 4:56 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post


I read IN WATERMELON SUGAR in the late '60s while living in a parachute that I erected tipi-like in an abandoned outdoor dancehall near a waterfall in a ghost town in Los Gatos, California. That was the summer I lived off of brown rice, rolled oats, and white cross benzedrine.
Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2003 - 3:33 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Think nothing of it.
Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2003 - 9:26 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Gee, thanks. :-)
Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2003 - 5:42 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Well, Dinkswinger. I sent about 2/3 of the Swiss off. About 3-4 times what was needed for the alcohol test. What goes out, comes back. In 1 form or another.

As for being me? It's a fuckin' hoot! I'll be selling copies of my new book on Ebay-

How to Get Free, Top of the Line Absinthe, Throw Mega Fairy Fests and Get People to Fly 700 Miles to Meet You. All While Being Nothing More Than a Motor-Mouth Dickhead.

Let me know it's you when you buy your copy, Dinky, and I'll autograph it for you.
Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2003 - 2:28 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I have Glenlivet. ha, ha. Enjoy your F. Guy!
Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2003 - 12:48 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Sounds like you profaned that picture of Wayne Newton with your gushing ... well, never mind.

I only had a little taste of that stuff myself. I was told it was from the recipe from that old Froggish book (I posted a picture of the very page a while back - a Swiss blanche with LOTS of herbs rather than the usual 3-4). For several reasons, one of which is the prohibitive cost of angelica seeds and genepi, there probably won't ever be a lot of the stuff to go around. I'll remember it fondly myself.
Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2003 - 12:41 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Man you're rubbing it in. You get a free bottle of the swiss stuff, drink most of it, send some off for testing and get a portion of the really good stuff to compensate? Damn. It's gotta be rough being L.L.

I have to it here in the dark at 4 am. and sip F.Guy.
Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2003 - 9:23 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Artemis sez:


A good deal for all concerned.

Fuckin' A right! A win, win, win situation.
I'm slowly sipping an artisanal absinthe that is truly sublime. This is the Swiss Blanche that Artemis had promised me in some other thread or another. It's the goods folks. Clear as water. Heavyish fumes of many scents beckoning conjecture. Tasted neat, it is hot and nearly overpowering. An almost overwhelming hint of the flavor locked within.
Putting the kitchen sink faucet on s-l-o-w drip, and w/very cold water (it's 18 degrees out), the louche is tough, fast, thick and gorgeous. Opalescent w/the hint of blue sky behind clouds around the perimeter. The aroma becomes clean, sweetish, redolent of wormwood. A hint of candy in there, too.
1st sip is w/out sugar, even though I've been forwarned. The bitter is too forward, like a flat pane pressed against the background of the rest of the flavors. W/sugar added, everything falls into balance. Rounds out. Becomes fine tuned. Bitter, sweet, sharp, curvaceous, spicy, dry, yet w/a lingering burn to cause one to remember you'd tasted something serious. Goddam! This is great absinthe. Each and every taste is worthy of contemplation.
Sadly, this generous gift is only enough for one big (thanks, Sicboy for the hefty vessel) glass. All good things must end. Some too soon. Though they aren't soon forgotten. This won't be.
Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2003 - 5:15 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Ah! I hate commercials, for sure. But in this case I didn't have a dog in the fight. I just knew someone who wanted to taste what L.L. had, and knew that the person in question had a hydrometer. And I owed hydrometer man a favor or three. And inquiring minds wanted to know. A good deal for all concerned.

Yes, Brautigan. Thank you sir, you may have another:

The Galilee Hitch-Hiker
Part 7 - A Baseball Game
by R. Brautigan

Baudelaire went
to a baseball game
and bought a hot dog
and lit up a pipe
of opium.
The New York Yankees
were playing
the Detroit Tigers.
In the fourth inning
an angel committed
suicide by jumping
off a low cloud.
The angel landed
on second base,
causing the
whole infield
to crack like
a huge mirror.
The game was
called on
account of
Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2003 - 4:23 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

That poem rules. Richard Brautigan?

I meant I love it when a merchant casts some marketing spell, some 'potent' magic, and you just drop a 'well, the test resultes said such and such.'

It's like you've got an anti-bullshit deathray sighted for hitting marketing spin.
Posted on Friday, January 17, 2003 - 9:55 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Mr. Rabid, I find myself confused by the Crillion reference, but your piece in the politically correct words thread was masterful as usual.

I ran across this Brautigan poem the other day; it reminded me of your werewolf dream - it still tickles me when I think about that dream:

A Boat

O beautiful
was the werewolf
in his evil forest.
We took him
to the carnival
and he started
when he saw
the Ferris wheel.
green and red tears
flowed down
his furry cheeks.
He looked
like a boat
out on the dark
Posted on Friday, January 17, 2003 - 9:51 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

All I did was serve as an intermediary between two people. I got permission from the testing person to post the results.

A high-alcohol product has some advantages; as Wolfgang pointed out, it can hold coloration by chlorophyll. Since alcohol is not only the carrier wave for the herbs, but the biggest part of the kick anyway, high-proof stuff goes "right to the forebrain" as I believe Marc put it.

A lower proof product? As somebody pointed out, that's a lot of money to pay for water.
Posted on Friday, January 17, 2003 - 8:19 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

47%, I guessed higher. How would I have an opinion just by tasting? Dunno, just seemed to "feel" more alcoholic. Shows what that is worth.
The tester pointed out the presence of tails. That may have been the bottom end flavor I tasted. It wasn't nasty at all, it actually added to the taste (if that's what it was) since Bleueys are so fuckin' simple tasting.
Posted on Friday, January 17, 2003 - 7:56 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Artemis, I love it when you do that.

I only wish the people from Crillion had actually wandered by at some point.
Posted on Friday, January 17, 2003 - 7:36 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I'm sure its still VERY potent though.
Posted on Friday, January 17, 2003 - 12:12 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

The OS LaBleue that Louche Liver received has been tested (not by me, but the ability and trustworthiness of the person who tested it is impeccable).

It tests at 47% alcohol by volume.
Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2003 - 11:24 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

An alcohometer + test tube + thermometer cost below 20$ and is very easy to use. If there's no sugar added, it will provide a pretty accurate reading of alc%.

Personally, I prefer my absinthe to be at least 68% to permit natural chlorophyllic coloration to hold on... But then again, we'r not talking about a typical La Bleu.
Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2003 - 8:01 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

It's ZERO degrees here and there are no bars worth hitting, except with a hammer.

Still, your autographed picture of Wayne Newton will be on its way to you on the morrow.
Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2003 - 5:39 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

On its way, despite having to walk in the 28 degree weather to post it. Had to hit 3 bars on the way home to stay warm. Thank Jah I didn't drive, I would have been home and back in 20 minutes instead of the 3 1/2 hours it took walkin' in the 'hood.
Posted on Monday, January 13, 2003 - 6:51 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Of course.
Posted on Monday, January 13, 2003 - 6:08 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Two tickets to Wally World and a gift subscription to the Wayne Newton fan club newsletter, I mean ....
Posted on Monday, January 13, 2003 - 6:05 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post


The sooner you do, the sooner you get the promised reward!
Posted on Monday, January 13, 2003 - 6:03 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

1)I am a lazy bastard.
2)I am a disorganized bastard.

I'll get the stuff off soon, I promise.
Posted on Monday, January 13, 2003 - 9:55 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Good idea - I was going to suggest the same thing.
Posted on Monday, January 13, 2003 - 7:51 am:   Edit PostPrint Post


Neither you nor 99% of tasters could recognise whether a particular bottle of spirits was 55% or 65% purely by tasting, especially without control samples. Do you have any idea at all what the alcohol percentage of the La Bleue you are selling is? (based on a current analysis certificate from a specialist lab, rather than on what Fabian or whoever claims). And do you repeat this analysis for every batch?

You don't need a lab, all you need is a spirit hydrometer. I've arranged for a sample of Louche Liver's "free gift" to be diverted to someone who has one. Maybe that individual will tell us exactly what the alcohol percentage is, at least in that bottle.
Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2003 - 12:46 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Doesn't sound like water is all that he'd leave dripping . . .

Why, that could add a whole new dimension to absinthe, not to mention a heavier louche!
Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2003 - 12:26 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

2Loose -

Okay, that sounds fair. I hope you use distilled water, I just hate mineral deposits on my fem-fountains... and the screaming is just awful when I have to use the steel wool!
Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2003 - 10:42 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

dusty-knee, you can have her when i'm done with her! don't worry it'll be soon, i've already started looking for a new fem-fountaine.
Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2003 - 12:37 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Well, LouLou - based on your review, I'm gonna give OS's La Bleue a shot. By the way, I finally got my individually wrapped St. Louis sugar cubes and it makes all the difference in the world. Now all I need is some ice water dripped off the muff of Anna Kournikova and I'll be in heaven!!!
Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2003 - 9:39 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Dunno 'bout "potent", but it is LaBleue. And a decent one.

Oxy knows his shit in, out, up, down and backwards. He may not say much here, but his word is heard. Given ya background you don't seem to know, Jasper.
Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2003 - 5:58 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I think that Oxygenee's reply to OS was very funny, but c'mon it was a *bit* heavy handed. If OS's opinion is that [his] La Bleue is "very potent" (whatever that is), then that's his opinion and/or marketing claim - if his customers say otherwise, then he's busted!
Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2003 - 4:38 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

let me swallow my pride here for a second. I didnt mean to come in this thread as such an invading asshole. I know oxy has a lot of friends but he is also a very quick sort and can defend himself. After so many days i guess i just go postal on a random flame. That doesnt mean im going to stop defending myself but i can understand why you would defend a forum vet. Ill go have my glass of sapin now and cool off.
Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2003 - 1:52 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I don't care what you sell, who you sell it to, or for how much, Optimal.

You want to fight with Oxygenee, it's going to entertain a lot of people who like to see bloodsport here, but it's not going to leave you any better off, because he has a lot of friends here.

I was merely contrasting your posting style to Betty's. It's good to know I can get a rise out of you, but believe or not, I don't have anything against you and no desire at all to combat you here. So I'm out of it. Peace, okay?
Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2003 - 12:59 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post


hey shit for brains, oxygenee has been a respected contributor to this forum for many years. Ya wanna come in here like some hotshit absinthe expert, go fuck yourself, you're clearly a fucking amateur. Being a middleman in the absinthe trade doesn't impress any of us around here. Its right up there with selling tires.
Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2003 - 11:55 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Ohh, well let me run and hide. Remember, I was the one DEFENSIVE , not offensive. Are Betty's customers REAL cause they pay more?? WTF? one minute im too expensive and now im cheap? Its all my defensiveness that has gotten me more customers from this forum. Im not advertising on this forum or plugging every post i get. Don would have eaten me for breaky huh??? Its easy to pick on a new vendor but if I dont have the balls to confront the situation then i will end up selling 90$ bottles of deva once a month to some unsuspecting asshole surfing the net.
Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2003 - 10:51 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

"After all, people slam Betty now and then, but she has the brains not to get into little catfights over it.
Maybe that's why she has actual customers."

Betty is polite, and never insults anyone here.

She (very rarely) announces "I have this and this ... ", then shuts up and lets the chips fall where they may; she has always proceeded that way here; she doesn't put her business in the street, so to speak. If you don't keep asking for a fight, you usually don't get one.
Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2003 - 10:43 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Don wouldn't have even considered OS as a mid-morning snack.
Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2003 - 10:27 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Don would have eaten Optimalshits as a mid-morning snack.
Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2003 - 10:14 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

At this point, perhaps OptionalSmurfs would do best to shut the hell up, since the hole keeps getting deeper and deeeeper and deeeeeeeeper . . . After all, people slam Betty now and then, but she has the brains not to get into little catfights over it.

Maybe that's why she has actual customers.
Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2003 - 9:47 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

optimal meet Don.
You guys really know how to promote a product.
You should form a public relations firm:
Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2003 - 9:15 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Sorry for insulting your intellect Oxy. I simply meant that a heavily watered down version of la bleue could be detected by someone familiar with la bleue and its high alcohol content. But you were right about the stayin in moms basement playing on the internet all day cause i have no important business meetings, no clients to see, no boat to ride in, no beach to play on, ohh wait a minute, what the fuck is your smartass doing here??? Shouldnt you be at some south african university lecturing on how many legs your nasty ass south african wine has? or maybe feeling sorry for yourself cause your stuck with garage kids playin on the internet. You know, I put up with Louched , Drinkslinger, greenmeanie, head, and all the other vets who love to bag, but when a little bitch like Oxy takes a plain and very simple statement and fucks it up with his wanna be ivy league bullshit, it really chaps my ass. You are one bored little fuck!!!

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