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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


    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.
  14. Only if you drip iced holy water or altar boy squeezin's. If that don't give you a louche, nothin' will.
  15. "Abshizzle fo' shizzle!" Now there's a winning slogan. . Abshizzle . . . It's da shiznit, beeyatch!
  16. HA! Now THAT is humor. That's cuz yer spoilt. Lucky bastid.
  17. But would you drink Lowenbrau?
  18. Congratulations, you've now experienced absinthe's much-hyped "secondary effects"! You had the equivalent of six to seven shots of standard 80-proof (that is, 40%) vodka in a short period, and didn't feel drunk/buzzed. Huh? Yes. Three shots of Lucid at 62% alcohol = 4.5 shots of vodka, roughly, plus two doses of Korbel (alcohol content of one glass wine = one oz. vodka) = 6.5 shots vodka equivalent. It's not a hallucinogen. The effect is just a more alert intoxication. Enjoy!
  19. Then I won't be putting you in my mouth. Sorry, T.
  20. Well now, Larsy just made my shit-list. What pussy said. and I do despise anything with "schlager" or "meister" in the name.
  21. Hmm, where I go, they tend to pour heavy. A 5 or 6 count of gin, and a sploosh of tonic.
  22. I went to PF Chang's not long ago with friends (yep, I have some of those). They have a cocktail they call a Zen Press. Hendrick's, cucumber, lemongrass, and a little tonic or soda water. Apparently the cucumber and lemongrass are "pressed", cuz there were no veggie bits in the drink. Very tasty. And we're pretty sure they also added ginger. Edit: here's a blurb or two I found on it.
  23. I wonder if the people here shocked at $18/shot for Lucid are used to drinking well drinks at the neighborhood bar. Where do you folks usually go? I know I pay $4 for a well G&T, or $7 for a T&T. (Most bars I go to don't have Hendrick's.) Compared to $4, $18 is a lot. If one of those places suddenly had $18 drinks next to the $4 well G&T, I'd not be having too many $18 cocktails. I'd be shocked, too. If, on the other hand, I was used to a place that served well drinks at $8-10, and call at $12, and top shelf $14 - 15, then $18 for a new product that's not yet readily available everywhere in the US would seem reasonable. I guess the question is, what's the normal price range at these bars that stock Lucid? BTW, I can buy a bottle of Tanqueray or Hendrick's for about $30 at the grocery store. 4-5 drinks at the bar, or a whole bottle at home.