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  1. Thanks, Z . . . though I was concerned about methanol poisoning having caused not the migraine, but the persistent double vision (a symptom of methanol poisoning). Ophthalmologist today investigated and informed me that last week's 3-day migraine damaged my 4th cranial nerve, which controls the superior oblique muscle, one of three muscles which move my left eye. It is now weakened, so my left eye "rides high" compared to the right, causing the double vision. I also have slight edema in my left retina, causing a small blind spot. It will take up to 6 months before I know if the damage is permanent. There is a good chance the nerve damage is permanent and fixing it may require surgery; the edema will probably resolve on its own. Meanwhile, I'll be seeing a neurologist and a migraine specialist to be sure I don't have any MORE 3-day, neurologically-damaging migraines. I'd rather have a drink. Even if it's AO! (Slowly steering back to on-topic . . .)
  2. That'd be the treatment I'm pursuing. From sources of known quality. The other options aren't so glamorous as methanol poisoning. Macular degeneration, stroke, transient ischemic attack (mini-stroke), multiple sclerosis, brain tumor near optic nerve . . . I can really pass on any of them. How's you kids? And howdy, Absomphe!
  3. Long time, no post . . . I also tried the AO, having seen it so very inexpensive and tempting in my local Oregon state-run liquor store. (Currently available alternatives are Lucid at $65, Absente, and various Czechsinths, all over $45. Oh, and Le Tourment whatever in the pretty sandblasted bottle. Have had Marteau at $82 and St. George at the same; neither is stocked anymore. Marteau is nice, St. George is odd. Not bad, just odd. Coriander, maybe?) At its price point, AO is what it is, and the name is entirely accurate. It's absolutely an oil mix (surprise!). It's not something I'd compare favorably even with Lucid, but it's drinkable. Someone having it as his first taste of absinthe would not necessarily be turned off; as Ken pointed out, it's not bitter or anything. It's just not really anything. On a side note, if anyone can test the product for methanol, I'd be eternally grateful. Trying to rule out causes for last week's 3-day migraine which left me with persistent double vision. Methanol poisoning is by far the most pleasant -- and most reversible -- medical cause I can find for double vision. Seeing doctor tomorrow (HMO is taking the "delay so maybe you die first" approach). Just in case it IS methanol poisoning, I'm doing some home treatment right now.
  4. Actually, I was under the impression that you WERE Scott.
  5. TrainerAZ

    Steampunk

    I think I'd rather build things.
  6. Why is the Green Scary sitting on a spoon in front of two Bombay Sapphire martinis?
  7. Wow, just in time for Halloween. A portrait of the Green Scary!
  8. Hmm, Powis Castle used to be listed as "Artemisia absinthium 'Powis Castle'", and now is "Artemisia X 'Powis Castle'. Apparently it's been determined not to be a variety of A.a. but a hybrid between A.a. and Artemisia arborescens. Vewwy intewwesting. Or not, depending upon your areas of interest. If you found this post uninteresting, I suggest you skip it and move on to the next one.
  9. I read something more recent about the energy drinks, here: http://www.beachbody.com/jump.jsp?itemID=6...WSLETTER_ISSUES Newsletter # 267, if the link doesn't work right. An excerpt:
  10. I use the urine of high school cheerleaders drunk on sour beer. Only trouble is controlling the drip.
  11. Tell them to go with Tayker to Saudi and get rented out. It won't be sexual for them, anyway.
  12. Trees, if you know Ted personally, why are you trying to contact him via a public post on an Internet forum? Oh, and by the way, trying to bribe a bartender who is refusing to sell you something because she believes it's illegal? Not gonna get you far. Remember, she's already refused to sell it. Now you're asking her to break the law and risk her job for a few bucks.
  13. I don't think the FDA has authority in Canada . . . and absinthe has been legal there for quite some time, anyway. However, shipping alcohol, because it burns, is generally illegal everywhere. Canadian customs would just as quickly confiscate a bottle of Jack Daniels, or Everclear.
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