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Once upon a time the people of Generation X were called "slackers." We had no direction in life, felt disenfranchised, and went from one dead-end job to the next. Copeland wrote a book about us, and Kevin Smith made Clerks about us. Our music wasn't as good as the hippie generation, and of course the parents of the hippies are now known as the Greatest Generation.

Once upon a time the youth of the 1960s were called hippies. "Turn on, tune in, drop out" was the mantra of the day. They joined communes, did drugs, and went to mass marches. They only thought of today, and never tomorrow. People went on TV and wrote long editorials about the death of American culture. It was all Dr. Spock's fault for encouraging permissiveness and an expectation of instant gratification.

Once upon a time the youth were called greasers ... beatniks ... flappers ... the list goes on.

So to the Millennials, welcome to the club. On behalf of history, I apologize. Promise me that in 30 years you won't write the same stories about the next generation?
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Typically I order from a site called Alandia (based in Germany.) They sell a pretty wide variety.
Of all the ones I've tried I really love this one:
That's the Swiss one I was talking about.
Their Moulin Vert is pretty good, a little harsh but that can be remidied with sugar and water. Also, the Epoque is a good place to start as well.
I would recommend sticking around the 68% alcohol ones, especially if you're not famliliar with stonger proof liquor in general.
Stay away from anything that says "triple" or "extra" wormwood. It's not good. I've tried them and it's just too bitter regardless of contermeasures and the stuff just cannot be made palatable (in my opinion)
The reviews are usually spot on and very helpful. It's pretty easy to weed through the "DUDE I TRIED ABSINTHE!!!" losers and the people who actually know what they're talking about.
Good Luck and enjoy!
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I have! Several varieties from Europe. I wouldn't call anything sold in the States absinthe, they're all really disgusting approximations. And now for way too much info! : )

The differences in taste between a good absinthe and bad/American ones are phenomenal. If you know anything about how to taste other liquor or wines then you'll understand. The American stuff is a pale imitation, frankly awful and a waste of money only suckers buy.

Good absinthe is strong on the alcohol but not harshly so. Sugar and water (ice cold) are a must to counteract the bitter of the wormwood and the high (around 120 proof) alcohol content. Absinthe sound be herbal tasting but not cloying or off putting. Some varieties that are heavy on wormwood are really just trying to get people with a gimmick. Too much of the stuff and its too bitter, off putting and has a horrible mouth feel. The right amount lends a warm mouth feel and makes you content to sip it. The main flavor is generally anise (licorice) but some exclude this. I've tried those and they're missing something. The wormwood and other herbals pair well with the anise and without it the absinthe lacks some of the body. Plus, the anise free varieties do not louche (cloud) when water is added. The drink tends to have slightly numbing effect on the lips and tongue which leads to a velvety feel while drinking.

There are a few varieties from Switzerland which are pretty exceptional. The Swiss have a long tradition of underground absinthe production and as a result, the current legally produced (eurozone) absinthe is some of the best you can obtain.

There are a few places online where you can order that will ship to the US. A popular one is out of Germany. It's costly because of shipping. You may want to order more than one kind but a "good" bottle runs around €55. I've never had a problem getting it shipped to the US. you're not going to get high on it, see pink elephants, or cut off your ear. That might happen if you were to drink copper sulfate which, was commonly used to color cheap/fake absinthe in the early 1900's. Pleasant relaxation, a little different than a typical alcohol buzz is usual.

It's best served in glassware designed for it or lacking that, some sort of cordial or highball. The spoon is not necessary if you're no doing the slow drip method (sugar cube on spoon and slowly drip water over until dissolved) but it does add to the experience. The typical slow drip method works well with an absinthe spoon and appropriately packed sugar cubes. The kind of sugar cubes available at the store are packed too tightly to really work properly. This is why I typically cheat and out a teaspoon of sugar in a shot glass, fill it with warmish water and mix to make a simple syrup. Sugar use based on taste. Water should be added until the louche is even with just a pale green (or white depending) ring at the top of your glass.

Hope this helps! It's one of my favorite liquor,s aside from Japanese whisky, and I'm always more than happy to steer people in the right direction and save them money by not making the same mistakes I did.
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Pretty standard benefit for high-tech companies out here on the left coast. Me? Whatever time the days work is done, I either serve my employees homemade beer or take them out for a meal. (Costs are kept down by being the only employee.)
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The last time I hopped a train, it led to me running from police knee deep in swamp water, with a makeshift bandage around my bloody knee, which I smashed along the tracks because I grabbed one rung too low as the train went by. Ah, memories. Do ride the train; it builds character.
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Apparently none of the drivers had any significant impairment until their levels became 3 or 4 times the defined limit. If these results are indicative, then the legal limit should be 3 or 4 times higher.

There's no sense or use in setting the limit so low that a regular medical user (Abby?) who will have a small level in her blood at all times, and is not impaired at all, would be at risk of arrest whenever she drives. It would be a waste of resources as police officers waste time citing and/or arresting people based on test results where no safety risk is present (though presumably drivers would not generally be tested except in an accident or other obvious way of getting police attention.) Putting the level too low would also feed false expectations into the press hysteria surrounding any traffic incident and could give influence legal proceedings based on a false premise, that a driver was 'stoned' when they really weren't.

As I recall, one of the big issues with alchohol is that drivers tend to drive faster when drunk, while a pot user tends to drive slower (as was born out in this test until Abby got really stoned). So that implies that a minor level of impairment due to pot appears to still be safer than a similar level of impairment due to alchohol.
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Don't you think they tried to to those things? Some cars won't allow you to change gears or any other action that might damage the vehicle (idiotproofing isn't always a good thing..)

The problem is that with all the drive-by-wire digital technology they've forgotten the one thing that can stop every machine: main switch. Analog, simple mechanical switch that turns ALL the power off even if it damages the machine. The three rules of robotics are simply forgotten, the machine can die if it means a humanbeing stays alive. That was the first thing i complained when i saw the first keyless car; what if you need to shut it down and the system is unresponsive, the lack of main switch is just baffling.. The cost of the part and wiring is in tens of euros or less. The cost of control units, both hardware and software, sensors, wiring etc is in thousands.
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