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  1. Thanks, Alan. Apparently my web searching skills are not up to snuff. I bow to your superior web fu.
  2. Strange; I just checked the University of Kansas website--there is no record of a Dr. Niels Arnold on staff or faculty. Obviously, the Univ. of Kansas has miss-placed the good doctor; it's inconceivable that "Mike S." was lying. Isn't it?
  3. I keep a small collection of "The Honored Dead"; I hope to add more absinthe bottles to it soon.
  4. Blanchard's, at the corner of Brighton & Harvard Aves. in Allston, carries both Lucid and Kübler; there are two bottles of Lucid left in the case (I snagged the third), and the Kübler is on backorder. The manager said they were having difficulty keeping the Kübler in stock, both because of the length of time it takes to re-stock (3 weeks +) and because it's $7 cheaper than the Lucid (I bought my bottle for $62).
  5. I don't have enough experience to offer a proper critique, but from what I am currently tasting, I'd have to describe Lucid as "light" compared to the Clandestine La Bleue--the anise is strong, and while I can smell the "dark wheat" flavor of (what I think is) the fennel, I cannot taste it. Overall, it doesn't seem to have the same "mouth-feel" I experienced with the Clandestine. Still, it's good, and I'm feeling pretty happy at the moment, so it gets a thumbs up from The Fat Man.
  6. The link is dead--did you mean these glasses?
  7. And here I was, getting all excited over the sight of two bottles of Lucid in the reserve case of Blanchard's. I always seem to be late for the party.
  8. *sigh* I always seem to be late for the party. Missed the free shipping from DrinkNY as well--ordered from Bargain Liquors before seeing the follow-up post. Ah, well--live and learn.
  9. Lucid has caught the attention of a "plogger" over at Amazon.com: You Can Quit Smuggling Absinthe It's a start.
  10. Welcome, and well met! Four thirty in the morning--why am I up so late?
  11. La Peau Verte by Caitlin R. Kiernan, appears in the collection Horror: The Best of The Year, 2006 Edition (edited by John Betancourt and Sean Wallace). Plot synopsis: A down-on-her-luck artist and model finds herself taking an unusual modeling job for a very unusual client, and ends up losing herself in the part. The story opens with the main character, Hannah, observing in a mirror her transformation--through cosmetics, paint and prosthetics--into the Green Fairy. The description is quite detailed, and the character finds it very hard to recognize herself. It's all part of a role-playing job that the down-on-her-luck artist has taken to pay the bills. The story then leaps back to a series of character interactions between Hannah, her best friend Peter, and her psychologist. It is through Peter that Hannah gets the job role-playing the Green Fairy (and her introduction to our friend, La Fee Verte), while it is through her interaction with her psychologist that we learn of the traumatic death of Hannah's sister, and Hannah's brush with the Otherworld. And, of course, there is the character's introduction to absinthe (which has it's own chapter in the story): There are references to Absinthe: History in a Bottle and Artists and Absinthe, with some detail given to Albert Maignan's The Green Muse: I wouldn't classify this as a horror story, but as magical realism/fantasy; true, the scene by the well could be called horrifying, and the ending definitely invokes the Weird, but the story doesn't reach out and slap the reader like horror should, the way that Laird Barron's Probiscis does. Still, that's just my opinion, and I do consider this an excellent story. Those interested in Ms. Kiernan's work might wish to visit her webpage or her journal. "I am a drinker with writing problems." ~Brendan Behan
  12. Likewise, a belated Happy Birthday, Absomphe! Many Happy Returns.
  13. Trying Captain Morgan's Tattoo, mixed w/ Diet Coke; the Coke's a bit flat, but I'm finding that it helps bring out the flavor in the rum. By the by, I've just made my first order with Liqueurs de France; I expect a visit from the flying monkeys sometime this week.
  14. Ellen Datlow just released a partial Table of Contents for the upcoming Salon Fantastique: Thirty Original Tales of Fantasy; the first story listed is La Fée Verte by Delia Sherman. The collection won't be published until September, but one can hope that the story will reflect positively on Absinthe. I'll be purchasing the collection, so I'll give the yea or nay as soon as I know.