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  1. There is a scene in "Burying My Ex" by Joe Dante where there is a scene in a goth bar. Looks like a goth bar, sounds like one but the absinthe at the bar: 1) Is served with a burning sugar cube and no water 2) The absinthe is in the four spout water fountain 3) It is more of an appletini color and some goth girls say later they got drunk on appletinis and I thought, "Was that what was in the absinthe fountain?" And of course, the dialogue was about how absinthe will mess you up and make you trip ballz. I love Joe Dante's work, but I would think he would have a fact checker in his crew, since they took the time to get the goth club right. Probably used one that is really in LA, but still.
  2. It hasn't happened to me yet...knock on wood.
  3. http://www.amazon.com/Slave-Marshmallows-Steampunk-Novella-ebook/dp/B008S2RJR4 Free from May 2nd-May 6th. Enjoy!
  4. http://io9.com/5980080/malort-the-most-disgusting-liquor-of-all-time They say it is like absinthe without the fire. That without the fire and sugar, absinthe would taste bad. I got to io9 from Jezebel, BTW. I don't know what to be madder at...the use of burnt sugar cubes or the writer saying absinthe tastes bad. Or the person who commented that they didn't get high off of it and "burned" the rest of a $65 bottle of Lucid, whatever that means! What a waste of money.
  5. Maybe I could hit those places up north if I happen to want to go to the Wild Animal Park. Make a day of it. The kicker is I would rather spend the money via the mail for absinthe verus putting the money in my tank for gas. I live in the city. North Park/University Heights area. You would think downtown would have something, but I haven't found it yet. The Coronado bar sounds great. I like that area and its Hotel Del. The Tower Bar has a fountain and does the ritual, but that is the only place in the city I know that has absinthe. I looked around but sort of have me, thinking, maybe wrongly, that San Diego is craft beer and that's it. I got a few choice bottles via NYC stores that have free shipping on first time orders. A bottle can last me a year since I don't drink often. Thanks for the ideas...like I say, next time I want to see the Wild Animal Park, I'll go on an absinthe trek too!
  6. Hey there! Welcome! I am also from San Diego. Maybe we'll run into each other sometime! (I really want to have an absinthe party someday.)
  7. I could never drink or cook with vermouth that fast. I'll settle with my less than expert palette and save the cash. I am a freelance writer living in an expensive city, so I don't have a lot of petty monies. In fact, I just bumped up my vermouth intake from Gallo to the more expensive brands to see if there was a difference. I am sure now I will be called a heathen. :)/> But I could mix it with something...but I tend to like to drink many different cocktails...that's a good idea. Maybe some with whiskey and some with gin, to keep all my bases covered.
  8. This and "it won't make you trip ballz" should be the tag lines of this website.
  9. So, this place is like what dad used to say...never talk about politics and religion in polite company.
  10. I meant more absinthe, not mor...I am unable to edit it.
  11. Guess what? It was colder than Detroit than San Diego today. Detroit was 58 as the high and San Diego 54. I am originally from Michigan, where people think it is *so* cold, but Detroit was about 4-5 degrees warmer and probably didn't have as much wind! I find it amusing! My friends here don't, but I do! Of course, I wish I could get friends of mine to go out to do photo shoots. They only seem to want to do those in August, when it's 95 degrees outside and make me wear steampunk items like thick leather corsets and mulit-layers, then make me hike down a canyon in four inch heel boots. Now, when it is only 50-54 degrees out, no one is to be found. I could be outside all day and not burn!!! Where are these people? I must make some calls. There are a lot of good things about San Diego. It has a lot of culture and a thriving avant garde music scene. Most of the stuff I like is weird, gothic or steampunk...San Diego has one of the oldest and biggest steampunk scenes in the country and I think the first steampunk music night. So, it is full of things I love...it's the stereotypes I don't love...like overly tan blondes, the beach...San Diego is much more than that. I live in a neighborhood with the largest outdoor music festival in California and other abnormal things occurring within a walk from my house. There is a theater too within a walk where I met Bruce Campbell. I couldn't have never done that in the small town I was born in. I know some people from NYC that moved here and say there is nothing to do here...maybe if you are from NYC, but if you are from a farming town that had no culture and suddenly you have a choice at night of going to a goth club, a steampunk event or a free jazz show...it's an amazing place. I could write a pamphlet about that!!! I do like the beach at La Jolla and by the Hotel Del, my tastes are more Victorian and isolated vs. busy crowds. I do have a love/hate relationship with the city, but hey, that's how I roll. Comic Con too, how could I forget that? I'd never been to a con before that, why not start big? And San Diego is close to LA...which has anything that San Diego doesn't and probably a lot mor absinthe.
  12. You used the word "douche" in the article. Double thumbs up!
  13. I should say a tiny bit of wormwood. Just to clear that up.
  14. The simple answer. I am sure it will probably be good in a year or so...but does absinthe lose taste at a certain point? Like a vintage absinthe? I should check out some reviews. One thing about absinthe I like is that a bottle lasts me from six months to a year.
  15. No communists, though? Damn. I was hoping they would have Little Russia, so I could move there and yes, different = communist is an odd view, but I was working in Amish country and the woman was older. Yet, couldn't the Amish themselves be considered sort of communist?
  16. I should try to flavor my water with absinthe. I can go a couple weeks without drinking, then want a cocktail. But I feel a couple drops of absinthe in my water could be nice right now.
  17. It was 55 here today as the high. People here bundle up in ear muffs, gloves, thick jackets and wool. I can't buy wool because it is too warm here most of the time to wear it. It's nice to wear a coat at this temp, but I don't need it. It's only for looks, since I used to live in the North and acquired some lovely velvet frock coats. But people act like it is -20 outside. It is good for me because I am introverted and no one is out but me. Add heavy winds to it and I see people running from their car to their house like a major thunderstorm was happening. I don't get it. But I find people want me to agree with them about how "freezing" and "horrible" it is outside. I would like to take every native born San Diegan, as a gift to them, to Canada for one winter. This will show them how great they have it. I can't even feign that it is cold...then they think I am the one that is weird and that I don't get their pain. What pain? Is putting on socks and closed toe shoes a major tragedy? They are so upset about it. It seems so childish. Or people that want me to hold their hands and pity them because it sprinkled outside and their car hydroplaned for a brief second and how traumatizing it was. One person I knew didn't come to work because she hydroplaned. WTF? She wasn't in an accident, she just was so upset that she hydroplaned. I often wonder how these people live day to day if they are that fragile. I am not a fan of overly hot weather. I have friends who live in Arizona when it is 115 degrees during the summer. I don't like it, but I put on sunscreen, carry an umbrella and swim often in their pool. What I don't do is go on and on like a drama queen about how it is so "terrible" or "an inferno" outside. I guess it is what people here do because they don't have bad weather and even little changes cause them to be mad that every day can't be 70 and sunny. I feel the same weather every day would be boring. But seriously, to people here, and I am not saying everyone but a good deal of them, 70 is perfect, but 65 is "freezing" but 80 is too hot. Where as I have a weather tolerance of about the low minuses to about 90 degrees. I feel the only drawback to hot days is that I am pale and burn super easy so I can't do as much. This is why I love winter. I can get out more and wear enough clothes I don't have to put much sunscreen on. I got a severe burn in March, yes March, because a girl friend of mine from my home state stayed in San Diego and silly me, I thought a 55 degree day wouldn't burn my skin so I wore a short sleeve shirt and no sunscreen. Whoops! To answer you question about the "seasons", it is weird here. The city has two autumns. One at the typical time and the second one in March. The maples and other trees here shed their leaves and because the weather is moderate, they re-bud immediately. There is a warm to hot dry season and a rainy cooler season, so it is like having a summer for half the year and a spring/fall half the year. It helps the sun sets at 5pm here right now. I love those short days because I am a night owl! So, two seasons, no winter in the city, though our weather people say "winter". I don't believe it! I find winter now more a chunk of the calendar, like Winter Solstice or Spring Equinox...more than a true seasonal change. It is hard to celebrate Christmas if it is 80 out...it feels odd to me and I can't wear a velvet or thick dress with calf boots like I want. But in saying that, one can drive for two hours and reach the mountains. I have friends who have a cabin in Julian and they get snow. It isn't Midwestern snow, only a few inches. But it is nice to see. It is amazing how one could be on the beach in the morning here and surf, then drive and see mountain snow in the afternoon then end up in desert at night...all within a three to four hour drive. The number of environments here is incredible. So, someone here who wants to experience the "seasons" they did back home can. I do understand the Southwest isn't the North, but I came to the city for work, not because I love the beach. The natives always complain how people from other areas move here, but I find it funny because most of these "natives" have parents that weren't born here and really, if you aren't a Native American, being superior because you happened to have been born somewhere without using your free will isn't something to be overly proud about. Neither is being in a school system that is so bad, companies have to look for people from other areas that have college degrees. I was amazed by the number of people here that don't have a high school degree much less a college one. It's a bit sad. This place does have a culture of its own, but it is very hard for me to understand why wearing shorts, flip-flops, getting high all the time and the beach are the end all, be all of their existence. Again, it isn't everyone. I have met smart natives, but the majority of people strike me as oddly unaware of anything outside of San Diego unless it is reality TV.
  18. The Pacific Northwest is beautiful. I wouldn't mind going there for next year's event if I have the cash. I've never seen Montana either.
  19. I love Stash's Licorice Spice tea. I was going to add you could take most of the herbs found in absinthe and blend them into tea. I'd mix wormwood, anise, lemon balm, mint, chamomile, fennel, coriander, hyssop and angelica into a black or green tea base. Gunpowder green tea might work well as a base for those herbs. You could just make it an herbal tea if you wanted.
  20. When I first tried the absinthe ritual, I had everything but the sugar cubes, so I made my own. It's really easy and saved me a lot of money. Because they love women or that they are "boobs"? Someone told me I should move to Austin because there are a lot of communists there. Mind you, this was a long time ago when I lived in a small town where dressing goth made one a communist, I guess?
  21. Is there a difference in the recipes for US Kübler and the European version? I've tried the US version and I like it. It's heavy on the anise, but it louches well and is great in cocktails. Plus a liter bottle is $44, which is cheap.
  22. I read that I should age my small bottle of La Sorciere Verte. Does aging make a difference in taste?