So today is Valentine's Day. Or Valium Time's Day, as my husband likes to call it. We're on a tighter budget than usual, but even in high-on-the-hog times February 14th wasn't a day that we splurged much. After all, we reasoned, Valentine's Day is so commercial that it's either for the amateurs or for those who feel they have something to prove. So tonight we headed out for an early dinner at Taco Bell and then home for margaritas and a movie. Instead, though, when we got home we indulged in an adult beverage of a different sort. Just yesterday at the liquor store we noticed that real absinthe was back on the shelf, so we picked up a bottle of Lucid. Since until recently absinthe has been banned for sale in the States, we hadn't had real absinthe in quite a few years--not since our friend and former housemate Mary returned from Antibes, France, with a bottle smuggled away for us. I'm not a huge fan of the anise flavor that dominates absinthe, but in the spirit of sharing I had a wee nip. We only sampled it straight but next time we might do the whole experience with the sugar cube & water to see the louche effect. Any of you tried it? Do you like it? Have you seen the Green Fairy after imbibing? Is it anything like the Green Flash?