Gee, what happened here...?

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By Martin on Thursday, December 21, 2000 - 08:27 am: Edit

I thought you guys would enjoy that site. Keep checking it for more installments of "Edmond and Gregor".

I think my favorite part is in the "Animal Stories" section.. the story about the Fishie. It's warped in a way I like.

Flash rules!!


By Black_rabbit on Thursday, December 21, 2000 - 05:43 am: Edit

Thanks man! Actually, I burned one hour of a 13 hour shift... cause I couldn't stand it anymore. That futility site is pretty cool, in a time-wastey, I-can't-stand-to-write-another-damn-spreadsheet-right-now kind of way :-)

Needed a break (end of my week today.)

By Artemis on Thursday, December 21, 2000 - 04:19 am: Edit

"Thank you, Artemis... I think... what did you say? My best translation is ' not exist difference and under buried I see' which I am fairly sure is wrong."

YOWZA! Couldn't be more wrong. I attempted to write phonetically what I remembered parroting at high mass - you made me think for a second my memory was really bad, but now that I've taken the trouble to look up the actual Latin, I see your translation sucks a lot worse than my memory, because I was pretty close!! Here is the actual Latin:

Domine, non sum dignus, ut intres sub tectum meum ...

It means: Lord, I am not worthy, that you should come under my roof ...

Those were the words spoken by the Roman soldier who approached Jesus about his sick daughter. Jesus was going to go to the guy's house, but the Roman deferred. The words are used in the mass near communion, by those about to receive Christ, embodied in the bread and wine, under their "roofs", in other words, into their bodies.

I meant it as a compliment, because your activity of mind is like lightning, but now that you've fessed up to burning up a whole work shift, I see you had some time on your hands ...

By Black_rabbit on Thursday, December 21, 2000 - 01:36 am: Edit

Thank you, Martin.

11 hours left till the end of my shift, and you have killed one dead!

By Martin on Wednesday, December 20, 2000 - 08:44 pm: Edit

All hail Futility... the God of Unneeded Abundance!!!


By Black_rabbit on Wednesday, December 20, 2000 - 10:18 am: Edit

Thank you, Artemis... I think... what did you say? My best translation is ' not exist difference and under buried I see' which I am fairly sure is wrong. I was only ever at a catholic mass once, and I don't know that there latin real good...

'ishingwa ia ewkna atinla'

By Lordhobgoblin on Wednesday, December 20, 2000 - 09:36 am: Edit

If you're looking for a platter of shit, then you could always ask the Marquis de Sade for the leftovers from his dinner. Alternatively you could tip the contents of a McDonalds takeaway onto a convenient garbage can lid. Although I'm not sure which platter of shit would taste better.


By Bob_chong on Wednesday, December 20, 2000 - 06:18 am: Edit

If you lay out a platter of shit, we're sure to smell it (and comment on it).


By Artemis on Wednesday, December 20, 2000 - 06:14 am: Edit

"If you lay out a platter of garbage, we're sure to rummage through it."

Bravo, Kallisti! Even the shabbiest yard sale draws Cadillacs to the curb.

"You are OUR art! You should feel honored and awed, and perhaps some mild stomach upset which will go away with time and a little Pepto."

The Black Rabbit is downright scary. Lapinus, non sum dignes,
et entres sub tectum meam ...
Apologies for the crappy "Latin" - it's been a long time since my last Catholic high mass.

By Admin on Wednesday, December 20, 2000 - 05:52 am: Edit

If you lay out a platter of garbage, we're sure to rummage through it.

Not sure if this is flattering or not, but what the hell! At least it was one of the more friendly debates.

By Black_rabbit on Wednesday, December 20, 2000 - 05:47 am: Edit

It's only found art, Martin. We do this anyway. You have pointed at the sky and called it a painting.

We are only reading your posts as a way of pointing out that your pointing out what has been going on around here as infantile is infantile.

So there, Mr-quoting-happy-noodle-boy-throbbing-gristle-listening-performance-art-person! HA!

You are OUR art! You should feel honored and awed, and perhaps some mild stomach upset which will go away with time and a little Pepto.

Bask in warm glow of futility with us...


Black Rabbit
'there is no interesting or pithy message here, but I didn't want to feel left out.'

By Martin on Wednesday, December 20, 2000 - 05:25 am: Edit

...and the arguing continues. I don't think I've said anything of substance since the first couple posts. Yet the arguing goes on.
and on
and on
and on

That's what I'm talking about. You're all proving my art to be legit.

This whole thread is just an art piece I created aimed at poking fun at all the infantilism that's been going on here. Thanks for participating!

Martin Alex
Artist Extrodinaire

By G__ on Wednesday, December 20, 2000 - 04:59 am: Edit

The fact that all your facts are wrong and nobody agrees with you doesn't mean you're an artist.

By Martin on Wednesday, December 20, 2000 - 04:52 am: Edit

It took many minutes of shouting at people on streetcorners and long discussions with the mentally handicapped.

Behold!! See the vorpal blade goes sniker snak!
The brass goblet of pucilage is filled with with the nectar of a hundred mares!
Watch as the shiny objects quiver before your eyes and bring you under my worried spell.


The chains can only hold for so long...

Gee, I'm almost good enough to do bad goth poetry.

Martin Alex
Minister of Audio & Groove Integrity

By Anatomist1 on Wednesday, December 20, 2000 - 04:40 am: Edit

As performance art goes, I have to say this is absolutely riveting. I wonder how one acheives such an exalted level of genius that one's every unedited whim becomes fit for public spectacle...

By Martin on Wednesday, December 20, 2000 - 03:54 am: Edit

Nya, nya! I use my real name and you don't believe me! Ha!

My full name is Martin Alexander Chittum, Jr.

You still don't believe Martin Alex is my real name, jerky?

Yer just jealous because I have a fancy middle name and you don't. Blarghhh!

Run fool! The Troll hungers!!! Blarghhh!

Watch it, or I'll start quoting Happy Noodle Boy! I'm not joking... I'll really do it! YOUR INFINITE POLYCHROMATIC LAZERS HAVE NO EFFECT ON ME! WORSHIP THE CHEESE! GRRRR! WOOF! MY NAVEL, HOW IT GLOWS! MEOW!

Anyway, at least you stopped talking about politics. Just as I ordered.


Martin Alexander Chittum, Jr. (I use Martin Alex so I don't have to type all that out, bonehead.)
Minister of Audio and Groove Integrity

By Don_walsh on Wednesday, December 20, 2000 - 03:29 am: Edit

Yes indeed, I don't think you have the balls to use your real name. In fact I don't think you have any balls at all, or any brains for that matter. Artemis named you properly: troll: go sleep under someone else's bridge. This one belongs to Kallisti.

By Martin on Wednesday, December 20, 2000 - 03:20 am: Edit

You think my name isn't really Martin Alex?
Would you like to see my passport?

Ha, it worked! You're all fighting and talking about nonsense.

I told you so.

I just got done watching "The Thing" (the John Carpenter one). Ichhh, that movie is freaky!


Martin Alex, Esq. (okay, I made the Esq. part up!)
Minister of Audio and Groove Integrity
(my real title, it says so on my business cards!)

By Don_walsh on Wednesday, December 20, 2000 - 03:09 am: Edit

I agree but I'm in a jocular mood...

By Artemis on Wednesday, December 20, 2000 - 02:56 am: Edit

Don, I know what you meant, just as you knew what I meant, as we've talked about it privately in some detail.

But I think it's a good idea to air out this pseudonym thing publicly every now and then, and taking off on your post was as good an opportunity as any to do it.

You and I are of like mind on Martin - I just don't see the point in wasting any words on him.

By Don_walsh on Wednesday, December 20, 2000 - 02:50 am: Edit

Artemis, I didn't say everyone with a handle is hiding behind it. But Martin Alex certainly is, and he has the audacity to question why I don't!

It's your choice, it's my choice.

By Artemis on Wednesday, December 20, 2000 - 02:32 am: Edit

"I feel no need to hide behind a handle. Neither does Ted."

To be fair, not everybody who uses a pseudonym is "hiding" from anything. The walls to my house aren't transparent. That's not because I'm hiding, it's because there's a limit to how available I want to be to the outside world.

By Don_walsh on Wednesday, December 20, 2000 - 02:02 am: Edit

Oh, good. Frocked and unfrocked as Grand Vizier all in a single post. I suppose that's better than being in contention for the Al Gore cabinet.

By Rachel on Wednesday, December 20, 2000 - 02:00 am: Edit

I've been elected by a majority of one!

I hereby name you Grand Vizier to The Most
Honorable, and Right High Uber Princess of
the Forum.

With smiling countenance I then abdicate and,
by Will of the People, restore the Republic and
reinstate the Sovereignty of the People.

Kallisti gets the keys to the City.

By Don_walsh on Wednesday, December 20, 2000 - 02:00 am: Edit

Well, I post under my real name because:

1. I like who I am.
2. I have a half century of accomplishment behind me under this name.
3. I'm not on this board to get customers. I'm on this board, as I have been since long before I started making absinthe, to hang out with my friends and talk about absinthe. I feel no need to hide behind a handle. Neither does Ted.
4. I really don't care if you dislike my posts, enough people do, that I am welcome here, and this isn't a popularity contest anyway. Whatever else I may be I'm not a phony and I don't play to the cheap seats.

By Joshua on Wednesday, December 20, 2000 - 01:52 am: Edit

why cant we all just get along?

By Don_walsh on Wednesday, December 20, 2000 - 01:50 am: Edit

Hear, Hear!

Rachel Rules!

Can I be your Grand Vizier?

By Rachel on Wednesday, December 20, 2000 - 01:39 am: Edit

Uh, I thought that that was the point of
message boards. That you post a message,
in hopes of people responding to it, with all
their human idiosyncrasies and vastly differing
opinions. So, if that's victory, then congrats!

Unless you are employing some sort of
sympathetic magic or creative visualisation in
order to achieve your supreme dictatorship,
"as I say, so mote it be."

By Don_walsh on Wednesday, December 20, 2000 - 01:37 am: Edit

Sounds like a copout.

And delusions of grandeur.

"Bored of All the Fevers and Plagues"

By Tavis on Wednesday, December 20, 2000 - 01:04 am: Edit

"Clearly, according to Tavis, there are plenty of Fascists left"

Umm, no, it's a fact.

By Martin on Wednesday, December 20, 2000 - 12:59 am: Edit

hmmm... I posted a little too soon. Clearly, according to Tavis, there are plenty of Fascists left. Oh well, I still say the Syndicalist unions hold far more power. I mean, just look at how well the workers get together when they're pissed about something. That kind of thing doesn't happen in America.

Whatever.. NO MORE DISCUSSING POLITICS! I demand it!

Martin Alex, Esq.
Lord of All Fevers and Plagues

By Martin on Wednesday, December 20, 2000 - 12:54 am: Edit

All I can ask is: How many fascists do you find in Spain nowadays? Now, how many Anarcho-Syndicalist unions do you find there?

The Anarchists clearly won IN THE LONG RUN over the Fascists.

You forgot to mention Mussolini. He helped Franco alot. Hell, he INVENTED Fascism.

Thanks for correcting my spelling. That's mighty big of you.

My dad is not a stock broker. I don't recall ever being molested. Maybe I should tell him you said that. I bet he could beat you at Fascist Trivia any day. Whatever gave you the impression he's a stock broker anyway? You think I'm rich? Far from it... I buy my absinthe with my own hard-earned dollars. I work for a living just like the everyone else. And I'm not a corporate slave either.

Hmmmm... you sold guns... you sell alcohol... you just love to wreck society don't you? And make a tidy profit from it.

Violence inherent in the system! Violence inherent in the system! Help! I'm being repressed!

What makes you think Kasumi is some MPD alter-ego of mine? Aren't I allowed to have other friends that post on boards with me? I actually have several, and only one of them is really me, and his name is Bob. I use Bob to make condescending remarks about people's sexuality.

Honestly, as nasty as most of the shit you post is, I'm suprised you have stupidity to use you're real name. It makes you look REALLY BAD. I mean, how do you expect to get customers by insulting everyone in sight?

And leave Betty alone. I honestly can't see what she ever did to deserve these attacks. You guys, one the other hand, have done much to provoke my wrath.

But I must digress... I don't take anything any of you say seriously anyway. I just wave shiny objects and you grab and grab....

Martin Alex, Esq.
Infallible Overlord of the Absinthe Forum

Once again... I command! No more political discussion!
So let it be written....

By Tavis on Wednesday, December 20, 2000 - 12:24 am: Edit

...and my fiancee refused to take me to Valle de los Caidos, even though all I see it as is an interesting and impressive monument.

By Tavis on Wednesday, December 20, 2000 - 12:22 am: Edit

when I said 'fascist of sorts', I was referring to Franco's willingness while in power to make concessions to ensure his continuing dictatorship. I don't have details, just something I read on the back of a book.

When I was in Madrid, on the anniversary of Franco's death, I heard car horns all night long. It sounded like people were celebrating his death, but I was assured these were Franco supporters celebrating his life. There are a lot of Fascists left in Spain, some of them far more extreme than Franco.

By Don_walsh on Wednesday, December 20, 2000 - 12:00 am: Edit

Tavis, he's deluded into thinking the Spanish Left (along with the Bolshies and the Abraham Lincoln Brigade from US) won the Spanish Civil War. Actually, that was how Franco got into power, and was wasn't a fascist of sorts, he was a fascist pure and simple, and was aided, armed and advised by the Nazis, who used the SCW as a proving ground for lots of German military tactics and technology, with considerable success.

Recommended reading:

"The Cypresses Believe in God"

Skip Hemingway on Spain. Trite.

By the way I am the former Thailand agent for Santa Barbara Arsenal. You have heard of Arsenal la Coruna? Well, that's the arsenal the football team is named for. In Deportivo La Coruna. They make nice mostly German small arms.

By Tavis on Tuesday, December 19, 2000 - 11:50 pm: Edit

Martin blurted:

"Stay away... the Anarchists kicked your ass in Spain. That's why the postal workers have
been striking you know, because of the Anarchist influence, Spanish workers know better
than to put up the kind of shit workers in America put up with. "

Um, when did this ass-kicking happen exactly? AFAIK Franco was a fascist of sorts, and even though the Spanish tried socialism for a bit, the government is now definitely right-wing.

I know, I probably shouldn't have taken the bait, but such is human nature.

By Don_walsh on Tuesday, December 19, 2000 - 11:43 pm: Edit

I yield to tcsmit, noble preserver of pythonesque traditions, far superior to my own shtick about this chancre on the unwiped botty of the forum. Have at it!

By Don_walsh on Tuesday, December 19, 2000 - 11:40 pm: Edit

Oh, I get it. Martin is one of Betty's Multiple Personality Disorder patients. His particular psychosis involves inability to spell 'capitalist' (probably sexually abused as a child by a stockbroker Dad) and Kasumi, whose spleen we are being threatened with, is his samurai-bitch-from-hell alternate persona.

Ohayo Ka-chan, Ogenki desuka? Watashiwa Warusho Donaldo desu, hajime mashite dozo yorushiku.

Betty, you ought to get on with the age-regression, repressed memory bit, unblock this Martin person's memory of his sodomization at age three by dear old Dad, and release all that pent up rage. Or sell him a bottle of La Bleue. Whatever it takes.

We'll know he's cured when he can spell capitalist.

Thankee thankee, blessee doctor.

By Tcsmit on Tuesday, December 19, 2000 - 11:32 pm: Edit

You don't frighten us Martin pig-dog. Go and boil your bottoms, son of a silly person. The US is not a democracy it is a republic. I don't want to talk to you, no more, you empty-headed animal, food trough wiper. I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.

By Martin on Tuesday, December 19, 2000 - 11:04 pm: Edit

Thanks for proving me right folks! You have all proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that you can turn a thread into utter crap in less than a day. Congratulations!!!

That's right Mr. Black Rabbit, you totally caught on to my irony. Even though I stand firmly behind my comments regarding Betty, Kallisti, and Absintheur; the bulk of my inflammitory post was meant to bait you mindless automatons into creating yet another worthless thread, devoid of any intellectual depth. Fun proof that performance art with a social message can happen in cyberspace without the participants even knowing about it.

I was honestly hoping you were all smarter than that, but obviously not. I start one silly thread, filled with the same regurgitated shit that's been posted here time and time again, and you jump all over it just like you always do.

Gee... my newfound powers of mind control intrigue me. I wonder if I could be the next Hitler? Give me three more threads, and I'll have you all hating each other and plotting genocide towards people who's belts don't match their shoes.

Art is fun.

By the way, I don't take back ANYTHING I said, I meant it all... especially all the anti-capitolist stuff.

Democracy cannot exist in a capitolist society, simple as that. The people with the money always get the power and the power is always corrupt. The poor man never gets equal say in capitolism. Well, democracy is all about equal say, but obviously that can't happen in capitolist society, so we find ourselves back at my opening statement: Democracy cannot exist in a Capitolist society. That's what's destroying Russia right now as we speak. That'll be America in 50 to 100 years.

Well, now I'm sure y'all will be all over me for that one. C'est la vie....

FYI... I'm out of college. I wasn't an art major. The 60's are of no interest to me. I have a UK email address because I CAN. And I know several Thai people.

Oh, and one more thing... I've surmised from Mr. Chong's posts that he is indeed a Fascist. Stay away... the Anarchists kicked your ass in Spain. That's why the postal workers have been striking you know, because of the Anarchist influence, Spanish workers know better than to put up the kind of shit workers in America put up with.

I'm not going to talk about politics any more because it's silly, but I'm sure you good folks will continue to argue with me and ridicule me until this thread is 1000 posts long. In fact, I probably won't post anymore on this thread, but you cretins will certainly continue it on for a least another week and the last post will probably have to do with some argument between Mssrs. Walsh and Chong about the quality of the opium currently available in Southeast Asia.

Faithfully Yours,

Martin Alex, Esq.
Supreme Dictator of the Absinthe Forum

Don't make me have to invite my friend Kasumi to this forum. She's evil and says very hateful vile things.

By Don_walsh on Tuesday, December 19, 2000 - 02:59 pm: Edit

No, you are not the only one who imagines I look like Sydney Greenstreet as Mr Ferrara in 'Casablanca', one of my very favorite films.

I even have a tarbush (fez) and a real Turkish water pipe (floor model), the former a gift from Casablanca, the latter from Syria.

One of my friends in US has been asking me for at least a decade to pose in a high backed rattan chair with the fez and a white linen suit, a Cohiba in one hand, a drink in the other, with half a dozen Thai ladies in various stages of deshabile draped around me...the resulting photo to be distributed to some former rivals in the arms business...

Now, how much do I have to pay for the American Cafe, Rick, and what can I get for these letters of transit?

"Allons, enfants de la patria, la jour de gloire est arrivee..."

By Black_rabbit on Tuesday, December 19, 2000 - 10:31 am: Edit

They are the future.

Drink, anyone?

By Anatomist1 on Tuesday, December 19, 2000 - 06:42 am: Edit

Damn. Since when do punk-loving performance artists do guerilla pieces calling their audience to lives of maturity, sobriety, generosity, and the despoilment of fine beverages with corn syrup-laden, artificially flavored sodas? Interesting combination... well at least it would be if it weren't so garbled and mundane. I'd say this was written by a college freshmen who just read a book on the sixties and is considering becoming an art major.


By Tabreaux on Tuesday, December 19, 2000 - 06:19 am: Edit

And don't forget the "capitolists" that were mentioned in the initial offering. I'm not exactly certain who these shady characters are, but I suspect they congregate somewhere around government buildings. Better keep a lookout.

By _blackjack_ on Tuesday, December 19, 2000 - 05:36 am: Edit


The French Revolution proved that, the Bolshevik Revolution proved that.

Proved what? That you can go from monarchy to dictatorship without passing go or collecting $200?

I think the American Revolution went a little better. Oh, wait, it was run by a bunch of capitalist pigs.

(Am I the only one who imagines Don looking like Sydney Greenstreet in Casablanca?)

By Don_walsh on Tuesday, December 19, 2000 - 02:07 am: Edit

Updated Thai version of "a cat may look at a king":

"A dog can see an airplane."

By Bob_chong on Tuesday, December 19, 2000 - 01:48 am: Edit

Catherine the Great on the wisdom of democracy: "How can shoemakers meddle in affairs of state?"

Madison and/or Hamilton (Federalist 55): "Had every Athenian citizen been a Socrates, every Athenian assembly would still have been a mob."

By Don_walsh on Tuesday, December 19, 2000 - 07:35 am: Edit

Message Just Received In My In Box:

"Proclamation of the Vegetable Liberation Army"

All capitalist exploiters of innocent herbs will be dealt with harshly."

"Walsh, this means you!"

Mel Issa Hissop
Commandante Minus One
(Provision Wing of the Herbal Liberation Movement)

Martin Alex, Recording Secretary

Shit, is this what they mean by the Green Revolution?

By Bob_chong on Tuesday, December 19, 2000 - 07:28 am: Edit


Your understanding of history is laughable. Try the American Revolution if you want to point to something good. Also, read the Federalist Papers, esp. no. 10, to disabuse yourself of the notion that we live in a "democracy."

Add some math to your courseload next semester, too. $75/btl for Ibizian licorice juice is *more than* twice as much as you'd pay at SC.


By Don_walsh on Tuesday, December 19, 2000 - 07:24 am: Edit

Hey, Martin, for your information: the only cheap labor I exploit is my own. I make all of the Jade Liqueurs absinthe, myself, unless you consider that I am exploiting these poor downtrodden machines that I have purchased and keep in conditions of virtual slavery.

So maybe I should rise up against myself and throw off these shackles of self exploitation.

Or maybe my gorge should just rise up and barf all over your bilious post, you lying bastard? Indiana, my oh my.

By Black_rabbit on Tuesday, December 19, 2000 - 07:07 am: Edit

Maybe he is a performance artist, Ted. Perhaps he was only doing it for the irony. He does listen to Throbbing Gristle after all ;-) (that winkey-smiley thing was just for Anatomist, for christmas. Oh hell, have a couple more- ;-) ;-)

Martin, man, you just gotta ignore the drama if you don't like it. There are often worthwhile discussions here, but there are also often flame wars, misunderstandings, and itchy trigger fingers all over the place.

We have all tried to get along, really we have. And we did, mostly, for awhile there, without too much venom being exchanged. But tempers will flare, jokes will be misinterpreted, and opinions will be flung without mercy (even the sharp-edged ones.)

Try to take everything with humor, and if you get to the point where you are about to flame someone, have a drink first (that way, you will either calm down, or your flame will be inarticulate and directed at five or six people not previously involved, which will initiate a Steel Cage Match.)

Just try not to take everything too seriously, for the luv of gawd. Remember, many of these posts are made by people deep in their cups, and we might not always do so in a sane, sober manner.

After all, we are all in the throes of absinthism, and you KNOW what that does to the human brain (insert facial tic here.)

By Tabreaux on Tuesday, December 19, 2000 - 06:40 am: Edit

For someone to have nerve enough to pop in, place themselves upon some ethereal pedestal, and openly refer to everyone here as morons, is plainly moronic in itself.

Likewise, Mr. Walsh has lived in the same Asian country for 15 years, and lives by local standards. You know nothing of the country Mr. Walsh lives in, and you have never been there.

These pointed, accusatory comments have openly and humorously embodied those very same elements which they ridicule. A word of advice: If you don't want to read 'soap operas' then don't start one.

By Tavis on Tuesday, December 19, 2000 - 06:23 am: Edit

Maybe was already taken?

By Artemis on Tuesday, December 19, 2000 - 06:20 am: Edit

Why does a guy in Indiana have a United Kingdom email address?

By Martin on Tuesday, December 19, 2000 - 06:09 am: Edit

Greetings and Salutations,

I haven't posted in this forum in a LONG time... at least a year, if not longer. I remember first finding it WAY back in early '99. Back then, as a newbie, I didn't really know anything about absinthe, but thanks to Kallisti and this informative site I'm well on my way to terminal "absinthism".

Also, big thanks to Absintheur, who's helpful advice led me to my first absinthe purchase.. a bottle of Sebor from Kyle Bairnsfather, who was, at the time, pretty much the ONLY person online who was selling decent absinthe (ie. NOT Hill's). Since then, I've graduated to the more "correct" Spanish brands. There are still many left to try, but so far I've had Sebor, Deva, Serpis, Herring, and my current favorite, Mari Mayans.

By the way, where is Absintheur? Does he still post here? I'm honestly not suprised if he doesn't, he never seemed to be the type get involved with all the kindergarten bullshit you morons are posting these days.

You should all be ashamed. Now, any informative thread deteriorates into garbage within minutes. What do you people expect to accomplish? I remember when this forum used to be a source of information, not a daily soap opera.

All this bickering about dealers and who's legitimate and who's price gouging..... who cares? I thank God I have a LOCAL dealer so I don't have to deal with all that foolishness. That's right.. A LOCAL DEALER. I live in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the wasteland called Indiana and I have a local dealer who can get me any of the Iberian brands and, if its in stock, have it for me that day. His prices are great too, I pay only $75 a bottle, a sweet deal compared to most other American suppliers. He's a cool guy and I feel VERY safe doing business with him.

I've ordered from SC before, and Federico and Cristina are really good people, but I really prefer being able to buy from my guy locally. I don't mind paying nearly twice what I'd pay from SC because the convenience is totally worth it.

I'll be very glad the day my local dealer can get me La Bleu (he's working on it, and I can guarantee he won't charge me $200 for a bottle of it), but in the meantime I'll likely save my pennies and order some La Bleu from Betty because I've corresponded with her before and she seemed super-cool. She was the first American importer and she deserves that respect. I don't mind paying more for absinthe from her because I know it's worth it.

In short, all this arguing is meaningless. What it comes down to is integrity. My dealer has integrity, Kyle Bairnsfather has integrity, Absintheur has integrity, Federico and Cristina have integrity, and Betty has integrity. I'm not so sure about the rest of you.

Especially Mr. Walsh... I've read several of your posts and they disturb me deeply. If you're as old as you claim you are, I would think you would be mature enough not to involve yourself with all this rubbish. Also, your general attitude about things, especially business, give me the impression that you are a stereotypical capitalist pig. The worst kind of capitalist possible. The kind that sets his business up in a stuggling Asian country to take advantage of the cheap labor and easily oppressed laborers. The kind that sees an emerging market and sets poised to exploit it of every penny he can get his greedy mitts on. The most vile capitolist. The kind that has destroyed America and it's once-proud democracy. The kind that proves the Anarchists right... about everything. Your time is at an end Mr. Walsh. Your capitalist ways do not go unpunished. The French Revolution proved that, the Bolshevik Revolution proved that. I'm not a commie, don't think that for a minute.

Now, I know, all those other folks I mentioned earlier are capitolists too, but none of them reek rancid stench money and greed more than Mr. Walsh.

Man, this post has gotten long... sorry folks. I guess now I sit back and wait for the flaming to commence.

One more thing... I drink my absinthe with Fresca. The grapefruit citrus flavor perfectly compliments ANY absinthe and it makes the more anise-y ones much more bearable. I got the idea when I noticed that Fresca smells vaguely like some of the citrus-y elements of absinthe. I'm serious, try it, you won't be disappointed.



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