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  1. Happy Birthday, Gents! And now for a clumsy visual pun: As for Denmark being the happiest place on Earth, I recall seeing a movie back in my college days entitled "Danish Pastries" that gives new meaning to "double entendre". Wink, wink. Nod, nod. Say no more.
  2. Happy Birthday, Wujiman! No doubt you are past this stage:
  3. I don't remember ever seeing this movie, but your recollection of the plot pointed me in the direction of Ray Bradbury. Sounds just like something he'd write. So many of you beat me to finding the film! I'm impressed! Apparently originally broadcast on PBS back in '81. I've found several educational sites that have it available for use in classroom instruction, but it isn't clear that they would let an individual "borrow" it or "rent" it. If I find a bona fide source, I'll pass it along. Better yet, if I can get a copy, I'll let you know. The story is reminiscent of Asimov's classic "Nightfall" (except the opposite notion: in the Asimov story the sun(s) is always shining and the rare occasions when all of the suns set lead to disastrous consequences). (BTW, avoid like the plague the versions of "Nightfall" that have been filmed). A quick seach also leads to Dean McLaughlin's "Dawn" (published in Analog magazine back in 1981). I'm more a fan of F&SF, but did read Analog here and there. Don't recall this one, but it sounds like it might be good. As an aside, I am waiting for delivery of a rare DVD copy of "Hand in Hand" (from the old CBS Children's Film Festival television program). A great little film from the show hosted by Kukla, Fran and Ollie!
  4. Happy Birthday, mylo! Axe victim?
  5. Let's see. The wife is out of town. I'd be playing batchelor 'ceptin' I've got 3 kids. They're actually a delight to be around. A couple of Rogue's Dead Guy Ales. Pork loin for dinner. If'n you're not vegan, it's got to be one of the bargains of the carnivore world. On to Sarticious gin. Watched "The Chronicles of Narnia". The youngest loved it, but its not really my cup of tea. Followed by Jade NO. Shifting to Kallnacher. The yougest is in bed and it's time to break out the "challenging" videos. Anyone seen "Institute Benjamenta" by the The Brothers Quay?
  6. Happy Birthday, Britgeekgrrl! May the chuckling begin!
  7. Happy (belated) birthday, Stevian! For celebrations, consider the options carefully lest you find yourself on YouTube like the fellow below:
  8. Welcome, Teriwyn! If you haven't already placed your order, let me add my voice to the recommendation above and suggest substituting a bottle of Swiss La Bleue (whichever fits in your price range). Kübler, Clandestine, Elixir du Pays des Fées are all worthwhile. The more recently released La Ptite is also getting good recommendations.
  9. I've only seen the Eichelberger 60 advertised on the Alandia site. Perhaps the good folks at the Eichelberger Distillery in Taxöldern produced a small batch and Alandia scooped it all up. If it is any good, or at least compares well with the Eichelberger 68, I suspect the other vendors will add it to their inventory. I'm mostly curious what difference in taste is accomplished by using "fresh wormwood". I like the bitterness imparted by the wormwood, so a stronger version might be right up my alley. Apparently additional herbs are used, but these are not identified, so it is hard to figure whether the "fresh wormwood" or the herbs make the biggest difference. Hence my original question. FWIW, I've ordered from LDF, Markus (Lion Absinthe-Distribution), and Alandia and have been happy with all three. I know this is not the case for everyone here, so if you are considering purchasing from any of these, take a look through the forums for advice. There is plenty here.
  10. I've become a great fan of the Eichelberger 68, but am curious about the Eichelberger 60. The latter is advertised as being prepared with "fresh wormwood" (this would appear to be the A. absinthium rather than A. pontica?) and additional herbs. Before I place an order to find out for myself, are there any opinions among the WS members?
  11. Nothing like a fad... Tickle me emo
  12. Happy Birthday, Jacal! Pencils up...
  13. Well, see if this is a bit closer. The text could use a bit more work, but the hour is late...
  14. Welcome, Delco! With a nod to the good Dr. Brooks (and a bit of help from Mr. PhotoShop):
  15. Care to elaborate? Not sure what "taste enhancers" means when it comes to absinthe or other alcohol. Something akin to MSG in Chinese food?
  16. I'm hearing sequel... "Ocean's Alambic" anyone?
  17. After the first few tries at sugaring absinthe, it became apparent I am in the non-sugaring class. Not that I don't like sweets. Pecan pie is a particular favorite. Baklava? Heaven. When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. As for other foods, I like all the bitter stuff. Collards. Brussel sprouts. Love broccoli, beets, okra, most squash, lima beans, asparagus, artichokes, spinach cooked or raw, cauliflower. Whatever. I'm a mean omnivore. Not too fond of organ meats, especially kidney, but am roundly "pariahed" (to coin a phrase) by my family when I cook calf liver and onions. Yum! [Mustn't forget fungi. Love mushrooms, all kinds. Cheeses: Stilton, bleu, sharp cheddars...]. Love hot foods. Indian chutneys. Szechuan. Thai. Curries. Absolutely cannot abide cole slaw (bad experience at KFC as a child...). Not much of a coffee drinker (but take it black with a smidge of sweetener, you know the pink saccharin stuff). Love teas. Make my own iced tea blend accented with jasmine. Most restaurant teas are too weak for me. No sugar, but I use about 1/4 to 1/5 pack of the pink stuff. Southern sweetened tea has to be cut at least 5 to 1 with unsweetened or I cannot drink it. Pattern? Despite a bona fide sweet tooth, I hew to the bitter end of the spectrum and like a variety of spicy foods. NO sugar in any absinthe for me.
  18. Welcome! Sagacity. What a great word.
  19. Welcome! If your budget is that tight, I'd second dropping the "Lemercier Absinthe Amer 72", but rather suggest you substitute the "Eichelberger". A great value (easy on the wallet) and has a great reputation. Half the cost of the high-end Jades!
  20. I want to win the "Solar Lottery"... I always figured Bill had numbers on his forehead. Three numbers.
  21. For what it's worth, I just returned from Europe with 3 bottles of absinthe (70cl each) [yeah, I know only one is actually worth drinking]. No problems at customs whatsoever. I just indicated on the customs form 3 bottles of liquor and there was no question. No inspection. There were all kinds of folks around me that had multiple bottles of Scotch, Whisky/Whiskey, wine... Seemed like no big deal. I have a bottle of the Lemercier Absinthe Amer 72. Not at the top of my list, but quite drinkable.
  22. A brief update: I never heard from The Traveller, so didn't run into him while in Lisbon. While in London, I did pick up a bottle of Jade Verte Suisse (at Soho Wine), which I will be trying later tonight. Had a chance to try the La Fee at a pub and found it a bit too thin and a bit too sweet, almost candy-like. Consequently, I did not pick up a bottle. While in Lisbon, I picked up a bottle of "Absinto" from Neto Costa (Portuguese). It had a sticker on it proclaiming it the "Silver Medal Winner" at the 2005 "Brussels Spirits Award". Says it is 57%. Tried it last night. Sinked it halfway through the glass. A disappointment, but one I hand anticipated. Glad I only paid about 11 Euros for it. Also picked up a bottle of Rodnik's Absinthe (70%, from Spain). Like the Neto Costa, it has an artificial green color. Neither louched. The Rodnik's at least had a more realistic wormwood flavor, but it is another I will never buy again. It was likewise cheap, at about 12 Euros. I ran across old bottles of Pernod pastis in a couple of stores, but did not buy. Saw bottles of Trenet, but steered clear. Never saw any sign of artisanal absinthe, but I was mostly confined to Lisbon and did not get to see much of the marketplaces where that kind of thing might show up. Lisbon itself (and a brief visit to Sintra) was great and given a chance, I'll have to go back. Soccer/Football fever was in high gear there and I enjoyed the enthusiasm at the bar on several occasions.
  23. Happy Belated, Daemon! I suspect, the story of all our lives...
  24. Happy Belated, JP! Has your "nom de plume" anything to do with these jolly fellows: