I like Absinthe, not the cheap fauxsinthe sold everywhere but the traditional French and Swiss formulas. It opens up creativity, and connects one to a more refined era when artists & writers separated themselves from the mere thinkers, poseurs and general rabble.
Like the Japanese tea ceremony in the east, the absinthe ritual was a mark of refinement in the west. It's not a drink, it's a process, it has steps and takes time.
It's to be met with intelligent conversation of a creative nature. It can be about anything, but should be inventive and never stale. It is not for everyone, and I personally, would only drink it with peers, artists and writers.
Not to be cruel, but it's not for non-artists as non artists will be "bores" with little to offer other artists under it's influence. (It's not for frat boys, bachelorettes, stoners or light thinkers seeking intoxication in my opinion.)
I believe artistic folks are mentally superior to those of a more medium intelligence. We can do things most folks could only dream about, we make things never seen before.
When I say artist I mean all artists, writers, musicians, painters, sculptors, etc. I find the more layered the artist (the more arts practiced) often the more interesting a conversation can be had in relation to things creative.
Collaborations can be discussed and ideas expressed as only equals can. You can't collaborate with a non-artist, and conversations under it's influence are best saved for peers. It's expensive, and meant to be used creatively. From Pablo Picasso to Julius Verne, Hemingway to Clark Ashton Smith, the great creators of the past used this drink as a creative tool. Like a pen or paintbrush...
It sounds elitist, but much of what I say is elitist. Plus anyone reading this is an artist so I'm preaching to the choir.
______(General anti-politician rant about losers who pursue political "careers" and why Absinthe is hard to get in Montana.)
I want to get some more of the green fairy, as the absinthe they sell locally is generally sub-par or unavailable.
I decided to order it online...should be simple right?
Turns out, I was wrong. I never ordered alcohol from my own country, only overseas for absinthe, but I wanted to order from a merchant in the US.
I prefer American vendors for buying things, so I tried ordering some Pernot from California. Should save me on the shipping. The price in California is much cheaper than having it shipped from France. I got a big order together including some rare and expensive liquors.
Upon checkout, it said these items can't be shipped to Montana??? Montana!!!!
How can that be, we can have full auto guns & silencers, we have medical marijuana and a liquor stores everywhere. Unfortunately Freedom is not free, it can be quite expensive and unavailable to the poor in Montana.
You see, the state has licenses you can buy....that is if you can afford it.
If you can afford the license you can do pretty much anything in Montana, home of the have and have-nots... Wanna machine gun, buy a tax stamp, wanna smoke weed buy a license, wanna buy wine online, buy a license....how about we end licensing fee's.
A license should be for a skill (driving, medicine,etc) not a possession, that's state sponsored elitism.It encourages class warfare, as it gives greater rights to the wealthy with their licenses.
Eg. To import wine into our state, one needs to have a connoisseur's license. Keep ridiculous records, and pay a yearly bill where for normal Americans, it's just a mouse-click on any online wine store.
Carriers FedEx and UPS do not ship wine to consumers in Montana, because as of October 1, 2001, state law requires consumers to have a connoisseur's license to receive such shipments.
It does not matter to these big corporations that Absinthe is not wine, it's a liquor. To them they won't bother to check whats in the package and assume it's wine. Worse they won't even carry products from these merchants to our state. Luckily overseas companies use DHL and other less savory shippers who will deliver anything. It's not illegal to order absinthe stupid FedEx!
If someone in the police states of NY, or CA can order them online, so can I as I'm an equal citizen. Just order enough to get free shipping, and I'm actually paying less now than I would buying from an American vendor. Laws only limit the stupid.
_____Why only fascist tools support Montana Taverns_____
Lobbying groups like the Montana Tavern Association pretty much own our politicians and use laws to help their croneys make money at the taxpayers expense. We voted out most of the turds who put that original law in, but it still needs to be overturned.
The current batch in our state senate/congress are in the pocket of the MTA and won't do that.
Montana was the heart of Americas freedoms, but the infinitely corrupt Montana Tavern Association pressured the state to issue this openly corrupt law.
Just like they attacked medical marijuana, and supported candidates trying to lower drunk driving sentencing. It was to line their pockets, it was to make local taverns more money. As folks getting drunk home is bad, it encourages drunk driving by helping the bars screw everyone else.
Some of our politicians are owners or part owners of bars...sorta a conflict of interests in my opinion but most folks pay no mind. I'm a grouchy curmudgeon always with an issue with something...but this really effects my pursuit o'happiness.
The MTA is like a minor mafia of morons, forcing us ethical voters not attend any bars because these tools support this bullshit. Yes lot's of people don't give a damn, putting coins in the pocket of these people lobbying to limit their customers choices.
These bars are hedging their odds at expense to our rights. I won't go to a MTA affiliated bar as I feel it's dishonorable.
We are the drunk driving capital of America and they wanna make it less of a crime to drive drunk? Boss hog politics are bad for Montana and individual rights but folks will still go to bars blindly without issue.
We get it it's their livelihood , but acting like organized criminals trying to control a "free market" is wrong. The politicians will bed-over backwards for this lobby as they control both parties in Mt.
______We got chuckleheads to both the left and the right...
Both democrats and republicans in Montana despise capitalism, as most of these losers went into politics because they failed to succeed in real life business.
The few successful ones, use the politics to line their pockets and get voted out every few years. The rest are marginal successes at best who stay in politics by placating various lobbies. Thus they become tools of others, parroting whatever is told to them by said lobbies.
Politicians power-trip out of insecurity, limiting the rights of their betters along with the meek. Establishing precedents that only lower the quality of both existences.
The only ones benefiting, are the donors/lobbyists. Even worse, children grow up under laws with no apparent rhyme or reason. They learn only in blind authority.
______Why young people are so nuts (it's our fault)
Do we want to continue putting up fickle bills so kids learn that government is full of capricious laws and that it's authority has no basis in justice...just force?
That's a horrible reality children should be sheltered from, laws should be few and based upon Right and Wrong, not wants, and peeves... Not on authority alone regardless of any reason. Power for powers sake helps no-one.
Young folks are not rebellious anymore, and that's scary. They are government shills for the most part. and mock rebels...like the poseurs occupying everything except any purpose. So politically correct, and buying whatever the media sells them.
We are the generation of the Jedi, they are the generation of the Jar-Jar! We messed up young people with slick media, cheap thrills, and laws based upon (politicians) personal wants and not (citizens) individual rights.
______Laws, want's needs and why all politicians inherently suck.
I need some French Absinthe, I'm not driving 6 hours to buy a bottle and I'm not doing without. I don't care if it's not what the MTA wants, or any sorry-ass politician.
I have no respect for those in politics, I pay their salaries as i do the girl who mows my lawn...I care neither, of ether's opinions as long as I'm the patron paying their salary.
I'll not have a politician tell me what I can buy, no more than my lawn-girl to tell me what grass to grow. These people work for us, they are not nobles. They are not our landlords, they are not our dictators, they are servants. From the town clerk to Obama himself, these entitled parasites I respect less than a golf caddy...at least a caddy can improve some aspect of life and carry your bags.
It's arbitrary laws that makes folks not respect laws in general, or acknowledge any authority of any government. Laws are meant to limit the ignorant and the wicked, not good honest people.
The worse part is....it's not even wine!!!!! It's liquor, Absinthe has more alcohol than whiskey and most vodkas!!!!
So the result....? I'm getting it anyway, I'm just ordering it overseas...and cutting out my own country from making any money from the transaction. Good going Montana but I'm not paying for a connoisseur's license.
I'll do what tens of thousands of Montanans do, order overseas. Montana only has 10 people holding connoisseur's licenses, everyone else is just buying wine oversea's thus cutting the nation outta any revenue.
It seems a waste of public funds to charter a government agency for the needs of only 10 Montanans. Perhaps following the common capitalistic system used by the majority of Americans would be better, and legalize online wine-sales in Montana.
Or we can continue to be seen as a state of fringe-lunatics ruled by boss hog corruption and big business interests. Can we go back to capitalism?
Watching: rights erode away
Drinking: Diet Snapple but I wish it was Absinthe