I live in Tucson, Arizona (southwestern U.S.) and am an absintheuse wanna-be (latter status soon to be remedied).
While perusing newsgroups a while ago, I saw some spam by one of the sleazier distributors: "Be the life of the party anytime. Be Absinthe"). Despite this, I was intrigued enough to learn more and, with a little Googling, found WS and FV.
I had considered making the short trip to Mexico to see what brands might be available, but my husband vetoed the idea, since we can't be sure if anyone carries it there, and having been unwillingly schlepped there many times as a kid to increase my parents' booze quota, I wasn't about to argue.
So, on Saturday I placed an order with LdF. It will be:
Eichelberger 68 Verte
the Verte de Fougerolles 72/Un Emile 68 combo
I realize the UE is not highly regarded, but I'm a sucker for a package deal (that, and the blurb on the site says it's been reformulated). Confirmation came the next day that the order had been sent to their shippers, and that it could be expected within five business days (apparently the backlog engendered by the New Yorker article has abated).
Also found a site where I ordered three beautiful "Versailles" absinthe glasses and a couple of "Feuille No.2" spoons. All that's needed now is some kind of fountain, a box of sugar cubes and, of course, some sturdy wooden matches.
Thanks to WS for educating people about absinthe here and on other boards. If not for you, I wouldn't know about a person named Betina, that she lives in the same city as I, and that this is not necessarily a good thing. Also appreciated were the pointers to the TT episode with Ted Breaux and the other show, whose name escapes me. It's been fun, and I trust it will continue to be.