Rather than sullenly sucking on my drink, I’ve always enjoyed making toasts. Nothing pompous or forced, like the best man at the wedding reception’s jackass valedictions, but just something short and sweet to sprinkle a sense of community on the task of gettin’ loaded. I feel it’s almost required of the situation, as much as is saying something more profound than “ahem” during lovemaking, or taking a bong hit and coughing out a Tommy Chong-sim.
One of my favorites is from Steinbeck’s “Cannery Row:” “Over the river, boys.” If with fellow lapsed Catholics, “The Blood of Christ” is always good if it’s unexpected, but, like “Da Bearz.” can quickly become tiresome.
I remember reading that England’s King William of “William and Mary” was planning an invasion of Scotland but died after his horse tripped on a molehill. Thereafter the Scots would toast to “the little gentleman in velvet.” That would be an obscure toast in a lot of settings - but try it and see if any closet Jacobite is present and puts a glass of water on the table for Bonnie Prince Charlie.
What are some other good, simple toasts?