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lowestbuddha
Greetings to all - - -

I'm a booze fueled, low-performance machine. Absinthe has been my close friend for about a decade now - and I've had my fair share of the bad and the good.

I would love to attend one of the absinthe festivals coming up next year, perhaps dovetailed with a visit to the wife's family if possible. Research is required in this regard . . .

Looking to collaborate with like minds.

Thanks for your attention - - -

~lb
Artemis
Greetings.
All the fiestas are in foreign countries.
I've only been to unsanctioned events myself.
Is your wife French?
lowestbuddha
QUOTE(Artemis @ Mar 27 2014, 09:27 PM) *

Greetings.
All the fiestas are in foreign countries.
I've only been to unsanctioned events myself.
Is your wife French?



We have our own smaller events in this region ourselves - great way to meet new people and share stories, music, etc . . .

My wife is from Fethiye in southern Turkey, where we visit (in the summer) with our children. I can easily grab some easy flights to Europe "proper" once on-site. We usually stay for a month - so a quick trip to Boveresse would be in order, providing we're there in June. We could easily leave the kids w/her family for a few days! I hope things settle down politically in Turkey though - it's been making me nervous.

That aside - I've tried (probably) 50 different absinthes over the years - settling on a few favorites for perhaps a decade now. This, and the occasional cigarette - are my only vices of late. My favorite color is black, and I compose music for a living - - - LOL.

Take care.

PS: I'll be in New Orleans come early summer 2014 for a visit with the fam - love that city. My wife has never been there -
Artemis
LOL? Is it laughable music or listenable music? LOL goes down here like fingernails on a blackboard. Just saying.
Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, but that's late summer (by the calendar anyway, more like midsummer in New Orleans), and it hasn't much to do with absinthe.
There are some veterans of the cowbell festival here, even more at the French forum (same admin as this forum).
Tibro
My take is that composing music provides a living which is laughable. But then someone would have to comp him absinthe and plane tickets, so maybe not.
lowestbuddha
QUOTE(Tibro @ Mar 28 2014, 04:19 PM) *

My take is that composing music provides a living which is laughable. But then someone would have to comp him absinthe and plane tickets, so maybe not.


Laughable in some sense of the word: mostly instrumental support for radio/television: advertising, PBS stuff - corporate AV . . . with a final goal being motion pictures. It's not what I imagined myself doing - but it pays the bills and affords me free time. With my work at home: nothing beats the daily commute (in my underwear/sunglasses) to the studio upstairs with pour in hand. I can provide links to those interested - - -

Enjoy the weekend.





Artemis
Lowestbuddha seems like a decent sort, so I tried to find a clever but more or less polite segue into "LOL is het.gif " here.
No intent to demean his livelihood or his ability.
G&C
I liked it better when you left them guessing…

Oh yeah,

Howdy LB.
L'Assommoir
Hi L.B.
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Tibro
Less is more. More interesting than more.
Bruno Rygseck
Welcome.
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Enjoy the weekend.

Aye aye sir!
Hillbilly
QUOTE(lowestbuddha @ Mar 27 2014, 11:31 AM) *
Absinthe has been my close friend
Funny how she does that. Works her way in innocently enough, with her charm and all. Then, before you know it, becomes your mistress.

Nice to meet ya.
thegreenimp
Greetings LB

Tales is quite a boozefest™ and there are some absinthe brands represented, and several fun people to hang out with, including a number that are longtime residents of this joint.
Jaded Prole
Welcome!

Aside from avoiding of acronyms like "LOL," quoting the previous post is unnecessary and ill considered here.
Kirk
Welcome to the fray L.B..
In your opinion, what is the best modern absinthe you've ever tasted, and what is your favorite absinthe?
What was your first?
lowestbuddha
Best modern of late: Pacifique - love this stuff, and it's truly surprised me. I would have never thought than an American absinthe would reach this caliber. The bar has been raised . . .

Best tasted: La Clandestine, Sauvage, Duplais - - - these have moved towards the top of my list, with a few Jade's thrown in (every now and then) too. To be perfectly honest, I rarely drink alone as absinthe (for me) tends to be a very social event - - - so the better absinthes are reserved for smaller, special occasions.

Served to friends/party: Amer (Lemercier), Kubler . . . lower priced entries that serve this purpose well. I've drawn-in a few dozen individuals over the years that have matured into solid drinkers and absintheurs. After the fear dissolves with a few pours - most of my new associates move onto the experimental stage - - - so be it.

Worst: Mata Hari, KoSG, and many others that I've wasted good $$ on over the years. At one time - it was a disappointing journey for me - but I poured nothing down the drain and moved on. The swill that I've swallowed . . .

It's always an amazing experience to have some new folks over on a clear summer evening - they watch the fountain do her magic . . . we relax on the patio out back by candlelight, with our music in the background . . . the conversation quickly deepens as the veil lowers itself. They then understand - - - and start to smile.

An odd thing - - - I placed an add out on Craigslist a few years back: forming a "Secret Society" of sorts . . . looking for people of like mind. My wife was utterly pissed, thinking I would attract cannibals . . . but several people actually expressed interest. Most were very cryptic in their response = as I requested an essay to describe why they would possibly be interested in absinthe. One fellow quickly rose to the top - he was a metal guitarist and played in a "KISS" tribute band, his wife an executive at Macy's - - - his entry essay was extremely well written - with his interests surrounding music (obviously), the Kabbalah, meta-physics, astronomy, etc. He remains one of my best friends to date - all brought together with this historical drink.

Have a great week - - -







Provenance
I just adore Secret Societies.
Artemis
Me too. The funny hats are the best part.
Tibro
The handshakes!
Artemis
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The pinkie in the air seems vaguely familiar; where have I seen that before?
lowestbuddha
We've actually had custom membership cards made - very secretive - for our aged core.
Artemis
No doubt. All those moves can't be easy to remember.
lowestbuddha
No doubt - - -

More than anything - our club is a solid, monthly excuse to gather and play backgammon & exercise the hookah.

One of our clan was given (at Christmas) a "bag" of herbs to make absinthe at home !!! We advised him against it - but he's moving forward . . .

Now I've drank some pretty bad stuff, and even recently got tiger piss in my mouth (it did not taste like buttered popcorn as the handler said) - some things by accident - others deliberate.

I've read some bad things about absinthe "kits" like this - - - and my attitude is leaning towards = "leave it to the professionals" - - - what says the group?
Provenance
With all due respect, anyone who looks to "the group" for wisdom has none.
Tibro
I have no group. And thus am sadly lacking groupies. Even the lowestbuddha must be doing betterer than me, in that department. He may not be a god, butt he does walk to work in his underwear.

Professionals do it for money. I like the ones who do it because they can't do otherwise.
Jaded Prole
Professionals have to start somewhere. Most of the absinthe I've seen made by professionals in the last decade left much to be desired.

Does this secret group have dues and a hierarchy of inner circle members?












And I wouldn't worry about a few cannibals.
Tibro
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a hierarchy of inner circle members


Aha, it's that kind of secretion society.
Jaded Prole
I was thinking more about this kind of secret society.
Tibro
There's a difference?
Hillbilly
QUOTE(lowestbuddha @ Apr 1 2014, 02:15 PM) *

and even recently got tiger piss in my mouth

Is that one of the new Spanish Absentas?
Artemis
QUOTE(Jaded Prole @ Apr 1 2014, 08:28 PM) *
I was thinking more about this kind of secret society.

Me too, from the getgo. Any American interested in absinthe for ten years and hasn't been here must have been somewhere. But if not, well, I admire anybody who drills his own hole.
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One of our clan was given (at Christmas) a "bag" of herbs to make absinthe at home !!! We advised him against it - but he's moving forward . . . I've read some bad things about absinthe "kits" like this - - - and my attitude is leaning towards = "leave it to the professionals" - - - what says the group?

I don't know about the group, if there is a group, but the official attitude here, endorsed, indeed promulgated, by the Grand Mamou, is leave the crimes to the criminals. It's safer for them that way.
Personally, I think that quality herbs are hard enough to get that the possibility of being given a bag good for anything but compost is remote.
thegreenimp
QUOTE(Provenance @ Apr 1 2014, 10:25 AM) *

I just adore Secret Societies.


And you get to drive those little cars too.

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Me too. The funny hats are the best part.


The granddaddy of drinking hats: http://fez-o-rama.com/shop/current/sons-of-the-desert/

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Artemis
Is #97 Floyd the Barber?
He must have been demoted by the time Goober became keeper of the golden door of fellowship.
Probably posted something contrary to sanctioned doctrine.
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Provenance
The Fez
Tibro
The Steely Dan secret society:

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Artemis
Ever see Drugstore Cowboy?
William S. Burroughs as a junky priest. Did a good job, too.
lowestbuddha
There is a group of inner circle members (The Aged Core) – 4 men and 1 woman = since 2009 when we started things off.

For our gatherings, another 6-8 of the group usually attends – with another 3-4 brand new people who are referred by current members. We use an older PayPal account where we deposit monies for absinthe orders – and have also purchased ourselves a fountain (4 spigot), a few dozen proper glasses, spoons, membership cards. I create the playlists and use my son’s DJ equipment for entertainment. Members will bring over snacks and other soft-drinks they prefer. The core group plans the events, analyzes the account, collects the monies, places orders etc. We have no formal “dues” to mention – just a running cash flow to cover the hooch and broken glasses (which is frequent).

I can tell you one thing – it’s much harder to attract women (than men) to something like this - - - but it’s all-good and my wife’s a sport about it all. We’ve scared away a few people over the years – and have seen MANY people drink too much/too fast and go awry. We warn everybody about the drunk that can creep up quickly if not careful – but the core keeps an eye on everything and controls the fountain – this helps.
lowestbuddha
We also have a major yearly event over Labor Day weekend - coupled with a regional music festival. Many of my long-distance friends travel into Chapel Hill . . . we have a huge private-party that Saturday night (Haute Verte): with a DJ, belly dancer, Gogo dancer (I actually built her a stage in my living room where she could dance) - - - it's grown into quite the spectacle !!!

Pics available upon request . . .

Artemis
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but the core keeps an eye on everything and controls the fountain

Like this?
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It's not much different from a Louchefest, except some people don't wear shoes, the communal money is cash in a shoebox, we have feats of strength, guest lecturers on bestiality, and, well, lots of other differences.

Tibro
Don't forget the not-so-exotic dancer with multiple stages reclining in chairs around the living room.
Jaded Prole
And the unfortunate techno "DJing" at high volume for the said, dancer to stumble and writhe to.

People bring or send booze to louchfests and most of it is not big label.
Artemis
QUOTE(Tibro @ Apr 2 2014, 04:31 PM) *
Don't forget the not-so-exotic dancer with multiple stages reclining in chairs around the living room.

I only heard about it; had already left the building.
And whoever it was, it was I who ate your Cuban sandwich that weekend.
Sorry, I thought it was community property.
I did witness the homoerotic wrestling at a different fiesta; hopefully that's punishment enough.

thegreenimp
I thought wrestling was part of the feats of strength.
Tibro
Homoerotic wrestling and wrestling to keep down the KoS (done at gunpoint, I believe) are two different things. Although it is possible that either may make a weaker man stiff, only one requires true strength.
lowestbuddha
Absintheurs having fun with Jasmine, our Bulgarian friend:

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The boys with Stacy - she's a post-doc (Marine Biology) at Duke:

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One of our Aged Core elders - absolutely gone - canned whipped cream hijinks ensuing:

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We bust a lot of balls - deservedly so - but have some great fun all around.

August 30th is our target date this year for the bigger event - it will be off site as we've outgrown my house at this point.

Jack Batemaster
Je suis très occupé …
l'homme verte
hello hello … i am interested on your views on which absinthe 'transports' the mind … highest ?

( my favourite colour is also black … i shoot/edit television news stories ! )
Kirk
The one that tastes the best.
Artemis
You know what blood on the sidewalk looks like on black and white TV?
SHADOWS!
It looks like shadows.
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