I absolutely love being able to pull a fun toast out of my repertoire when gathered with friends. Up until recently, my most famous and most impressive memorized toast was:
Lines on Ale
by Edgar Allan Poe (circa 1848)
Fill with mingled cream and amber
I will drain that glass again.
Such hilarious visions clamber
Through the chamber of my brain —
Quaintest thoughts — queerest fancies
Come to life and fade away;
What care I how time advances?
For I am drinking ale today!
After many years of chanting this fantastic poem/toast I finally decided to take the plunge and create a toast of my own. Commandeering my cousin, Chuck Colby, I drafted the toast and then asked for his input. Together we honed the rough draft and created a masterpiece… Well, maybe not a masterpiece, but I sure do enjoy giving this toast.
Before you watch my toast (on YouTube), understand that I wanted it to be over zealous and funny… So, I always put on my best (sarcastic) southern drawl and odious overacting before giving this one. Also, the deep breaths are there on purpose, and meant to add to the dramatic effect. Without further ado, I present, my ebullient and/or exuberant toast; which I affectionately named: To Your Health – Southern Style.
Just in case you’d like to practice this fun toast, here it is written out:
To Your Health
by Vaughn Ripley
Presently… At this time… I do believe. It’s high-time to propose a toast. As we gather here, in this luxurious bar, drinking our ales and cocktails, peering into each other’s eyes and hence deep into our very souls.
*draws a deep breath*
Building upon our friendships, and creating everlasting relationships… In your name and in your honor, Indubitably I salute thee, Mr. high-and-mighty grandpooba of upper buttcrack. Those whom the Flying Spaghetti Monster hath joined together, let no man put asunder.
*draws a deep breath*
I shall drain my glass hitherto and forthwith. Hear here! And so on and so forth
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To your health!
*pause for effect*
Let me know in the comment section what you thought of my toast! And, do you have a toast of your own?? Share it, please!
I hope you guys enjoyed this post as much as I loved writing it. And, hopefully I inspired you to come up with a toast of your own!!!
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