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> commercial hyssop in absinthe, Why?
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post Jan 6 2012, 08:54 PM
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post Jan 7 2012, 03:19 AM
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QUOTE(R3al Caravano @ Jan 6 2012, 03:17 AM) *
I so enjoy this conversion: that I will add something I enjoyed today as well.
"There's no measure for that distance. ....


That's the best thing you've ever posted here. After a long talk tonight with Eric, I was going to beat this dead horse a little more, but to hell with all that. I don't know who wrote that, but it's the best thing in this thread, and the best thing I've read anywhere in a long time.


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post Jan 7 2012, 03:22 AM
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Shifting the focus sometimes counts as a save.


There it is.


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post Jan 7 2012, 03:34 AM
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post Jan 7 2012, 03:56 AM
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That was merely a stanza of one of my favorite poets: Albert Goldbarth. I highly suggest "Arts and Sciences" (where that one comes from) and "Corpulites" if you can find that one (it's well out of print and really hard to find), most of his other later works are not nearly as good…I had to sell a lot of my books when I was poor and recently started buying back the used copies that I really loved. I had the paperback of "Arts and Sciences" when I bought back a used copy it was a hardback and miraculously enough signed (bought back from from some random online vendor); it does not change the monetary value of the book, but I was very pleased.


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post Jan 7 2012, 04:35 AM
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When I was poor I also sold one of my favorite books, Joan Didion's, Play It As It Lays. Then I bought back a first edition signed copy of that book. And then I met her last year and she signed it to me, and we talked about this and that and, blah, blah, blah, la la la…


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post Jan 7 2012, 04:30 PM
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I found a list of Goldbarth poems and investigated further a title that caught my attention.

The Radio Pope

Here come the oddballs, the goofballs, all
of the shuffle-gaited in mien or thought,
pariahs scratching their pants up
into their cracks, the slow and equally
the insolently speedy, here they come, the weirdos
and wackos of our own genetic plasmpool,
lolloping with two left feet and four eyes
over their acreage of spilled drinks,
here they stumblingly come,
the shunned, the ones with the black shades drawn
like high schools during air raid drill,
so no stray light will give itself away
no matter how zealously it burns in there,
and it burns in there, by night it burns and by day


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post Jan 7 2012, 07:55 PM
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For some reason that brings to mind my last visit to Allentown.


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post Jan 7 2012, 08:01 PM
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I can't disagree, but my first thought was that it was about this forum and the Lounge.


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post Jan 7 2012, 08:15 PM
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Does seem like someone might have been taking notes through the window.


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post Jan 16 2012, 05:00 PM
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QUOTE(martin.zufanek @ Jan 4 2012, 03:43 PM) *

after comparison I immediately stopped buying commercial hyssop and started with my own absinthe garden. Now I am using just my own aromatic herbs. So thank you Kirk!


With a few simple rules it's very easy to grow good quality hyssop.
After preparing the soil in a sensible way set your hyssop about 1 meter apart, keep the soil well mulched. Add zinc to your soil and keep your plants free of weeds. Periodically remove pests by hand. When the individual stems flower, allow all but the tip to full flower, don't allow the tip blossom to open. The best time to harvest is 2 bright sunny days after a rain, in the morning. If morning dew dots your shoes as you walk through the grass, it's too wet, wait until the dew is off. Cut the flowering branch down at the bottom, where it's brown and dead, don't harvest a non flowering branch, have a basket and place all your branches in the basket, don't let your herbs touch the ground after they are cut, and don't accumulate a pile, keep them cool and loose and treat them with respect. When you have a basket full, remove that portion to a cool dry area and never let light from any source touch them again, they are extremely photosensitive now, like film. Lay them all facing the same direction on screen trays 1 layer thick with air circulating above and below. Keep them below 77 degrees Fahrenheit and between 50 and 70 percent humidity, don't let them dry too fast or too slow. After the branches have lost some of the moisture but before they will snap, trim the brown off the branches and condense the material into tighter bundles. The moment the branches will snap when you bend them you must seal them up in an air tight container. They are good for one year. Hyssop has very fragrant stems, you can use the stems in your product, as long as they are bright and fragrant, nothing brown, damaged or old.


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post Jan 17 2012, 12:38 AM
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Kirk, will you come to my house this spring and help set up my new (high-rise balcony) garden? I have like 10 planters, so if it seems overwhelming I understand.

(But I'll buy you a cheesesteak!)


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post Jan 18 2012, 02:24 AM
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I know why the man divulged his secrets to drying (and why I have the best basil in the dead of winter). It is because no one will realistically put that time in to it (the obvious). The oldest equation in the book always applies: you will always put in the time in for what you care about. You will never half-ass what is not important. In the rub is desire: that boring everyday I love what I do, and PTFA to what I do (so I can learn more about it, regardless how much I already know). If thermodynamics is correct: biological equilibrium is death and decay, while there is a simple strive, like a heartbeat with a distinction from the other side. I like some would rather a heartbeat than a margin…Are we talking about absinthe anymore?


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