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Artemis
post Oct 5 2011, 07:41 PM
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But to keep it on topic, I will consume a mominette of Blues Cat before resuming, after an indefinite intermission.


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post Oct 5 2011, 07:42 PM
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Thanks for the phocal point, but I give a great clammy hug as well. Superhero xit or no.

Can't I get a absinthe, 's what I want to know?


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post Oct 5 2011, 08:20 PM
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I'm looking forward to future installments -- this is classic. It's "absinthe" in a way that has nothing to do with alcohol.


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post Oct 5 2011, 08:29 PM
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Indeed!™


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post Oct 5 2011, 08:30 PM
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I didn't sink the mominette, but there's probably no doubt in my mind I'll relish the Stoudt's Scarlet Lady ESB I may or may not drink later mo bettah. It has a head that lingers to the bottom of the glass, like a diminishing foam iceberg on a malty sea, waiting for one last seal to climb aboard and give it a salty hug before it reincarnates as a cloud that smells like Fuggles.
Absinthe is so 1999, it's not even funny.
And right now the muse that calls is Pasithea.
Jack says here's looking at ya!
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post Oct 5 2011, 09:38 PM
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QUOTE(Provenance @ Oct 5 2011, 12:20 PM) *
It's "absinthe" in a way that has nothing to do with alcohol.

It's a beautifully told story. An Admin should pin it.


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post Oct 5 2011, 11:18 PM
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Yes it is, but hopefully there's more to come.


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post Oct 6 2011, 07:17 PM
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On a Tuesday, we packed up herbs and jars and sheet music and Eric's old box guitar and headed north, just me, Eric, and Rush Limbaugh. I always listen to Rush on the road - it helps make three hours go by. Eric was talking back to Rush quite a bit, engendering quite a bit of discussion between us that at times neared vapor temp (it was bound to happen), but at least there was no vacuum. In Dallas, it was 108 degrees and crispy. Less than 24 hours later near Kankakee, it was 51 degrees and raining. There's a lot to be said for heading north at the right time. Darkness and fatigue had gotten the best of us near Memphis and we had stopped for the night. Although I have reason to believe we all will be received in Graceland, there was no time for a visit to the worldly version. Eric thought one of us should pose with a sign near there. I didn't think it was a good idea. Shotguns and signs like that go together.
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post Oct 6 2011, 07:34 PM
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The soft rain and falling temperatures all through Missouri and Illinois were soothing balm. Once on Seinfeld, "Mr. Steinbrenner" told George a cautionary tale about hitchhiking and being picked up by a bakery deliver van:

"Uh huh, I understand what you're saying George and I know what it's like to be financially strapped. When I was a young man in Cleveland I use to hitchhike to work. One time I got picked up by a bakery truck. You think that stuff smells good? Try being cooped up in the back of one of those babies. I couldn't look at a donut for the next two years." You know those things shaped like a Christmas tree that people hang from the rearview mirror to make the car smell good? Imagine an absinthe version and we were the rolling promotion for it. It smells like this:

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post Oct 7 2011, 03:20 AM
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Rush a better band: pick your extreme (Rush or Maher): all (rating) whores and no useful info. The banter those cat produce does not even generate any useful thought. It only takes a 1 hour sitting of CSPAN 2 to see that no one is saying much aside from that the other guy sucks (that's really fucking useful). Next time you tune in to Rush or Maher remember you are paying for entertainment and perpetuating nothing useful.

Good luck to you and Elvis (and all involved) in your useful endeavors. I'm sure they will sway anyone's mind in a good and memorable light by virtue of their being.

Is that fennel by the way? Mine don't get so fat; I merely grow them for show and let the pretty caterpillars eat them.


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post Oct 7 2011, 01:52 PM
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Yes, it's fennel. It's in decent focus in the raw picture; reducing the size messed it up quite a bit.


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post Oct 11 2011, 05:16 PM
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Eric immediately disappeared upstairs to root for boyhood treasures (guitar magazines, original Alice Cooper LPs, etc.) while I kicked back in the parlor. A rainy afternoon in a quiet, elegant old house is a blessing. Friendly dogs are icing on the cake. Later, we had take-out barbeque on the table, Eric's mom was home from work, and people dropped in - Eric's brother John, and his friends Guy and Frank. Guy is a very tall guy. He had no shoes, always a promising sign. He had been surfing in Lake Michigan in the rain. Frank is a very gentle, sweet guy. I didn't realize at the time they are in fact blues cats.
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post Oct 11 2011, 05:31 PM
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Eric and his mom. She's 78, owns her house free and clear, and teaches dancing. She told me she taught dancing in New Orleans in her youth.


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post Oct 11 2011, 05:51 PM
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The next day Eric helped his Mom in the yard and then got ready to go and meet his stepmother. I was going to stick around the house. His father died a few years back and his stepmom is very sick, and from all reports, reclusive and doesn't want to see anybody. We decided it was better not to bring a stranger around, but at the last minute Eric said, "To hell with it - let's go, you need to see this place!". And I was happy I did. Dad ran a radio and later car stereo repair and installation business in South Bend from the 1950s. It grew over the years to include more than that, and the building now houses the remains of the business and a lot of things Dad collected over the years. It's a museum of an American dad - a fascinating place. We spent half the day there and I never stopped finding cool things to appreciate.

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post Oct 11 2011, 05:57 PM
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Jay would have liked this place - lots of aviation stuff. That's Eric's dad in the photo behind his helmet liner, and in the photo of the red Ferrari.



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