Goatherd Book Club: On The Road

Goatherd Book Club: On The Road

Kris and Tom hosted the book club’s meeting about “On the Road,” and Rory led an eye-opening discussion, wherein the club members revealed their own “On the Road” experiences, and discussed the Deans they’ve known over the years. And some people (don’t look at Liz) whittled down one person’s story to an aura: purple. Yes, folks, it’s getting weirder all the time.

Kris and Tom started the evening out right with salami sandwiches.

Sal would have been proud:

First I bought a loaf of bread and salami and made myself ten sandwiches to cross the country with. I had a dollar left. I sat on the low cement wall in the back of a Hollywood parking lot and made the sandwiches using a piece of flat wood I found onthe ground and cleaned to spread the mustard. As I laboured at this absurd task greg Kleig lights of a Hollywood premiere stabbed in the sky, that humming West Coast sky. All around me were the noises fo the crazy gold coast city. And this was my Hollywood career — this was my last night in Hollywood and I was spreading musatrd on my lap in the back of a parkinglot john. I forgot to mention that I didn’t have enough money for a bus ticket all the way to New York, only Pittsburgh. I figured to worry about that when I got to Pittsburgh. My sandwiches under one arm and canvas bag in the other, I strolled around Hollywood a few hours.

The hosts with the most:

They put out some popcorn, too.

Irene brought the cocktails.

Rye, because it’s so darn American.

The Bone
Recipe adapted from David Wondrich
2 ounces Wild Turkey 101 rye
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon simple syrup
3 dashes Tabasco sauce

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the remaining ingredients and stir well. Strain into a tall shot glass or rocks glass and serve,

And also, champagne cocktails.

Champagne cocktail
From the New York Times.
3/4 teaspoon bitters
1/2 ounce lemon juice
1/4 ounce maple syrup
6 ounces Champagne
Twist of lemon

Stir the bitters, juice and syrup in a flute. When combined, add the Champagne. Squeeze the lemon twist over the top, wipe the rim with it and discard.

Cheers, goatherders!

Unfortunately, CynDee could not join us for the discussion — she was under the weather. We missed you, CynDee!

For supper, Kris and Tom served the most outrageous Denver Green Chili:

On the side, perfectly cooked beans:

And homemade tortillas:

And delicious rice:

At the table:

Over dinner, everyone took turns describing youthful adventures, some of which were characterized by very bad decisions that happened to work out OK, and some of which were just, well, let’s leave it at that.

For dessert, Tom made apple pie. What’s more American than that?

Serving dessert:


And that’s the end of another Goatherd evening. We’ll be back in March with “Heart is a Lonely Hunter” by Carson McCullers.


  1. I want to move back just to be in your book club.

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