Wednesday, July 23, 2014


THE FAMILY TOON

In a matter of seconds, in a previous century, an immigration officer at Ellis Island shortened the family name of my grandfather from Tonacchio to Toon and — voilá — I lost a part of me before I was me. And that is why I have always believed that I have been dancing to a different tune all my life.

To me, Toon does not sound quite as lyrical as Tonacchio. The oon sound seems to emit a hint of a whine or a groan.This may all be due, in part or entirety, to my tin ear. But whatever the reason, I have lived my life on a taut trampoline of bouncing memories from which I catch the melodies in the symphonic fugue of the family Toon. I call these melodies “Spit Tunes,” and I try to orchestrate them into my life.

So, if you're willing to give my “Spit Tunes” a listen, maybe you and your partner can take a few spins on the dance floor here at Spit Toon's Saloon.

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Lydia Aswolf rated it 5 of 5 stars (Goodreads)
I laughed harder in the first ten pages of this book than I can honestly recall laughing at any other book before. But there's more to it than laughter...real poignancy unfolds in this book with a thin, delicate thread of comedy running throughout. I'm looking forward to more work from this author, whose whimsical prose and excellent delivery are but a promise of more to come.





A good giggle on a bland day (4 stars)
This review is from: Overheard at the Bar at Spit Toon's Saloon (Kindle Edition)
I have been a fan of Eric's Twitter feed for awhile, and am glad I took the time to check out his books. Eric's humour always brightens my day, this book is not different. If you like light, easy to read comedy, you'll love the book.







5 out of 5 stars
The Title Is Spot On. Spit is a One Man Headliner.
This review is from: Never at a Loss for Words at Spit Toon's Saloon (Paperback)
I've enjoyed all of Spit's books. His Toasts are funny, witty, and make me laugh out loud. He turns ordinary daily life occurrences into a toast. I enjoyed all the laugh's and giggles. It's a darn good book. Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!




@SpitToonsSaloon
Brilliant poet, humorist, creative mind. Always makes me smile...(twitter )

Your toasts are like a word party! Full of laughter and fun! ... (twitter)



Betty Boop@carribeth
A toast, to one who cleverly captures the everyday in such a delightful way! (twitter)

...you're irreplaceable, so keep on doing what you do! (twitter)

No one can put together a thought like ‪@SpitToonsSaloon ...(twitter)

~ He laces your TL with brilliant quips, chuckles and brain twisters--a real Delight! ...(twitter)

...you have a gift! (twitter)

Damn! ....you're good! ...(twitter)

You slay me! LOL …(twitter)

@SpitToonsSaloon
TY 4 all your wittiness! ...(twitter)

...Amazing how many wordplays you create! ...(twitter)

...Your toasts are such fun & so erudite at the same time! (twitter)

You do always make me LOL, thanks!!... (twitter)

Tonica Tyler@TonicaTyler
I like your toasts! (twitter)

An author who says the wackiest things and makes them sound smart. (twitter)

You are the master wordsmith! (twitter)

@SpitToonsSaloon
I love this guy! … (twitter)

Just love luv...your fabulous quotes!... (twitter)

...You always surprise---laugh for the eyes!... (twitter)

Love your toasts, Eric... (twitter)

@SpitToonsSaloon
You weave a fine toast! (twitter)

Bonnie Banters@BonnieBanters
...your gift of great wit is quite an uplift! (twitter)

Cindy Martin@CynthiaJMartin
Ur great with opposites--the way life is. Irony. Love your witticisms! (twitter)

@SpitToonsSaloon
always enjoy the toasts! (twitter)

You are awesome. Thanks for your wonderful humor... (twitter)

Elizabeth Bushey@inklesstales
LOVE your stuff! (twitter)

You are my favorite word-slinger....(twitter)

@SpitToonsSaloon
This is one literary humorist who is well worth following! (twitter)

I always love reading your toasts, Eric. Keep 'em coming! (twitter)

a word wizard! ‪#fabulous ... (twitter)

very well said, oh wise toastmaster! (twitter)

Very much enjoy your work. (twitter)

...the toasts you write always bring delight... (twitter)

...I bow to you, the ultimate word master... (twitter)

You always bring a smile to everyone's face! (twitter)

You're SO funny! (twitter)

your humor is GREAT!! Keep it coming!! (twitter)

Love your toasts. (twitter)

Kimberly J. Nealon ‏‪@kayjaynealon 
U have a way w/words. (twitter)

Boy, you're good! (twitter)

...you're always the best in puns... (twitter)

you are the best. (twitter)

... I enjoy all the happiness you give with your great toasts! (twitter)

Oh my goodness...I loved it! (twitter)

... Love how you write :) (twitter)

That was FUN. What a clever mind you have!!!! (twitter)

...you are a rare talent! … (twitter)

Love it! You have a real knack for this! (twitter)

Dang. I love these toasts. (twtter)

Like Ur toasts! … (twitter)

You are good! … (twitter)

I love it. Love your word play and creativity. You inspire me. (twitter)

U always make me SMILE! (twitter)

...Your rhymes are truly the peak of wordplay and erudition. (twitter)

... I LOVE your toasts! (twitter)

...Love your style! (twitter)

...Love your toasts...(twitter)

I Love It! ...(twitter)

...I like your humor (twitter) 

... Ur toasts do add 2 my JOY (twitter)

...your ‪#toasts always make my day!! … (twitter)

you are so awesome, you make me smile... (twitter)

You, Sir, are hilarious... (twitter)

...You've always got something great to say... (twitter)

Your creativity continues to amaze me! (twitter)

You Always Make Me Laugh! … (twitter)

Love your poetry! You're a gifted poet! … (twitter)

...You write a 'mean' poem my friend. (twitter)

...Talented guy... (twitter)

Not just a toast ... pure poetry... (twitter)

You always make me smile my friend. (twitter)

...You always lift the corners of my mouth with your writing... (twitter)

@SpitToonsSaloon
Excellence is a beautiful thing; your writings are excellent... (twitter)

You are always a source of ‪#Inspiration (twitter)

.... A salute to your SpitToon brilliance … (twitter)

You're really good at this! (twitter)

Same to you..always fun to get one of your toasts...(twitter)

<<< ‪#Follow this legend of twitter...(twitter)

you are the best mini poet (twitter)

love your creative brain, Eric!…(twitter)

As tasty as a macaroon, a cheery chap, someone to whom deserves a clap, our poet Spit Toon. (twitter)

SO LOVE YOUR GIFT OF WORDS! (twitter)

I love your sense of humor Spit Toon (twitter)

... Will always treasure your toasts...(twitter)

...it's always a pleasure reading your work...(twitter)

You crack me up! Love your daily toasts! (twitter)

...UR Toasts R always Gr8 & provoke good thoughts ...(twitter)

...His tweets are brilliant ! … (twitter)

I admire your work! (twitter)

...Every time I think your stuff can't get any better, it does! (twitter)

...You always make me smile (twitter)

You're hilarious! (twitter)

@SpitToonsSaloon
Your humor is something else again - thanks for the real LOL! …(twitter)

your tweets always make me smile. You're the best! (twitter)

...You really know how to compose with words! (twitter)

You are very good my friend, …(twitter)

you are so witty! (;>))

Oooh, good one! (Actually they all are). (twitter)

Fabulous...Kudos to your talents. (twitter)

...You're amazing! … (twitter)

...You write the coolest poems! I’d like to be in your head for a day. (twitter)

...I really enjoy your...toasts ! … (twitter)

...do love your toasts... (twitter)

...enjoy his famous toasts ‪@SpitToonsSaloon … (twitter)

...u really outdone u'rself this time...Bravo! (twitter)

You always bring a smile and some joy whenever we see you. Thanks Spit Toon...(twitter)

We must also toast to your wit and style! (twitter)

bobhayward ‏‪@bobhayward
... love what you write (twitter)

You always amaze me…(twitter)

Love you wacky toasts.(twitter)

...Love your toasts! (twitter)

... Greatly inspired as always. Keep them coming! (twitter)

...Love your little quotes, they make me smile.(twitter)

Love your toasts...(twitter)

Nice toasts! ‪#clever (twitter)

a wonderful toast to the happiness you bring to those
you connect with everyday! … (twitter)

...Keep toasting life...(twitter)

...luv your words (twitter)

...you are a true wordsmith...(twitter)

@SpitToonsSaloon ...I don't know how you come up with all of these and keep them straight. Impressed and entertained. (twitter)

You always out do yourself! ...(twitter)

Ahhhh, you're AWESOME!! ...(twitter)
...You, sir, are so clever. (twitter)

You always make me smile!!! ...(twitter)

...You have a flair for words...(twitter)

I cherish your words! ...(twitter)

I love your toasts! … (twitter)

I adore the rhymes you write... I love them...(twitter)️

... keep up the great work with words...(twitter)

... my wonderful lingo magician... (twitter)

great words that you put on here, to bring
meaning for us to hear, I enjoy the fun you
bring - makes me smile and grin. ...(twitter)

...you are really creative and humorous...(twitter)

Love your saloon, SpitToon!! (twitter)

I like that! You're good! ...(twitter)
You are gifted!! (twitter)

You are amazing... (twitter)

...You bring us a lot of merriment all year! … (twitter)

Fabo! … (twitter)

wonderful humor & wit in your writing...(twitter)

...v clever every word! … (twitter)

...Love the clever way you use your words!! (twitter)

I bow to the master.... (twitter)

Nicely said...(twitter)

Good Man Spit, wise and Clever with the Tongue...(twitter)

Clever words. I salute you! (twitter)

You are too clever! Thanks for making me laugh and smile...(twitter)

...you always make me smile! ...(twitter)

...his toasts are awesome...(twitter)

brilliant!…(twitter)

...you are a bountiful blessing to me and the world. (twitter)

Oh You're GOOD ~ You're VERY good! (twitter)

.Keep toasting...(twitter)

...As always, you made me smile. You're toasts are awesome. (twitter).

...the gifted and Talented ‪@SpitToonsSaloon
(twitter)

...I don't know how you think these toasts up. Clever… (twitter)

I appreciate your light-hearted wisdom...(twitter)

You're hilarious....(twitter)

your tweets are music to my ears...(twitter)

ur too funny! (twitter)

...A notation on the power of connotation associated with the wisdom of your words...(twitter)

Michael Waters @waterphotos
Thankyou for keeping my brain working... (twitter)

I really like that...Brilliant, as I've come to expect from you (twitter)

Your humor is a treasure I hope you will never lose. (twitter)

@SpitToonsSaloon
Love your wit... (twitter)

You add joy to our world! (twitter)

We love you! … (twitter)

I really enjoy the toasts... (twitter)

...love your tweets and their uniqueness. (twitter)

@SpitToonsSaloon
this guy is awesome!
...if u want a good laugh, he will brighten your day! (twitter)

...Creativity, Wit, Humour, In Great Abundance (twitter)

@SpitToonsSaloon
fantastic toasts...(twitter)

You so make me smile. Thank you for that! (twitter)

You are always such a cleaver word crafter... (twitter)

...loving ur work...(twitter)

...no one toasts like you! (twitter)

I enjoy your 2Bs and not 2Bs. Always make me smile....(twitter)

Your talent is endless...(twitter)

What u do is very clever...(twitter)

I love your beautiful way with words...(twitter)

...in my book you're at the top - and hoping you will never stop! (twitter)

Spit Toons is very funny...Love your humor...(twitter)

You are very creative...(twitter)

...twitter wouldn't be the same without him...(twitter)

I don't know how you do it in 150 characters or less. I take my hat off to you!...(twitter)

...Your toasts make twitter so fun! (twitter)

...you are a wonder! (twitter)

...Love your toasts. (twitter)

...I knew you were talented but had no idea you wrote those books. Kudos (twitter)

Your talent for toasting is unrivaled! (twitter)

@SpitToonsSaloon
...Too funny Toon! Have to agree, you ARE a "master" Wordsmith. (twitter)

...Brilliant as always. (twitter)

...Of Clever Verbage - You Are The Reflection...(twitter)

.I always appreciate your humor! Never stop toasting, OK? (twitter)

omg I love what you did there! Pure genius. (twitter)

...you're toasts are amazing...(twitter)

...you are the toast master! (twitter)

...You are delightful. (twitter)

...keep on doing what your doing. (twitter)

@SpittoonsSaloon
I love these toasts...(twitter)

...Totally love that! …(twitter)

...poetic and uplifting as always! … (twitter)

...You're too good with these toasts!...(twitter)

You always make it fun...(twitter)

a real life modern poet. You make the world better...(twitter)

...Your wit and humor are always a favorite of mine. (twitter)

Celebrating this enigmatic Eric! literary humorist, poet, author of the Spit Toon's Saloon series, &tweeting toastmaster. (twitter)

You are a star who will go far. Whatever you say has me grinning all day ... (twitter)

...you always put a ‪#smile on my face, you make my day! (twitter)

Funny man...(twitter)

...Love your toasts! (twitter)

...Love, love, love your poems. Yes!!! ...(twitter)

Still loving your 2B or Not2B series. Plz keep them coming...(twitter)

...Love your poetry! (twitter)

A toast to you. Keep us laughing. (twitter)

I love your whimsical dance with words...(twitter)

I'm gaga over your material...(twitter)

@SpitToonsSaloon
impeccable!...(twitter)

...He's the REAL Poet.(twitter)

You are a most witty dude, Eric The Humorous. (twitter)
R.C. Carter@rcarter67606
...How do you come up with this stuff You're amazing! …(twitter)

...YOU MAKE MY HEART SMILE (twitter)

@SpitToonsSaloon
...Love and enjoy your writing, dear friend...(twitter)

...You are an expert at word/meaning manipulation...(twitter)

...applause for your artful play on words!...(twitter)

Bravo! You're truly in a league of your own! (twitter)

...the best toastmaster in the world! ...(twitter)

You're always right on top of it...(twitter)

...Your joy and toons are fun and inspiring in my line of wk. (twitter)

...Your pithy quotes cheer up my day! (twitter)

You are an amazing word-slinger, Mr. T. The absolute B's knees...(twitter)

...Love your ‪#TwitPoetry. ...(twitter)

...Your toasts are such a delight! (twitter)

you are so witty! (twitter)

you're awesome...(twitter)

...your toasts can't be beat. (twitter)

Where do you get these? Lol Anyone tell you lately that YOU are Awesome!
(twitter)

U'r words they spark imagination...(twitter)

...I must say,..you are a very ‪#funny guy...(twitter)

...You always bring a smile to my face! (twitter)

You are truly our muse...(twitter)

Your toasts are like arrows
Straight to the heart of us sparrows
But so filled with laughter
I'll laugh into the hereafter (twitter)

Always love your wonderful toasts...(twitter)

I love it! This type of witty humor is right up my alley...
(twitter)

your words are art (twitter)

...You are fun and charming! (twitter)

...YOUR the CATS Meow! (twitter)

You as always wonderful you with your rhymes and toons yo keep me in tune (twitter)

Love your toasts...(twitter)

...Fine folk like ‪@spittoonssaloon,
Only help one's mind grow! (twitter)

...Your toasts are brilliant...(twitter)

Enjoying the toasts! Keep them coming...(twitter)

If I could reach up & hold a star for every time you made me smile the entire evening sky would be in the palm of my hands. (twitter)

...I like your style! (twitter)

...Love your 2BorNot2B series...(twitter)

So clever with your words....(twitter)

...your poetry is always a joy to receive...(twitter)

always enjoy your toasts...(twitter)

I'm totally diggin' ur style, ST (twitter)

IS...what EVEREST is AMONG MOUNTAINS...(twitter)

#Happiness is following ‪@SpitToonsSaloon & reading his toast tweets! ❀❀
(twitter)

You are fun and funny! (twitter)

...the Amazing Humorist...(twitter)

TSM... for all the fun you bring to Twitter... (twitter)

...you create DAILY sunshine...(twitter)

...you are a hoot! (twitter)

...I love all of your toasts!! ...(twitter)

...You have. A wonderful way with words...(twitter)

too cool for twitter!!! (twitter)

...Your mind works in ways the rest of us can only envy. Respect! (twitter)

you have such a way with words as to make them fun (twitter)

...I always look forward to your toasts! (twitter)

I smile every time I see one of your tweets! ...(twitter)

Always a way with words! ...(twitter)

...love your play with words (twitter)

You always bring a smile to my face...(twitter)

...you are a master of words. (twitter)

You, sir, are a lyrical wonder. Your toasts are consistently fantastic...(twitter)

...U r one heck of an author...I'm impressed with all the nice reviews. Like what u got going on! (twitter)

...a Great guy with good philosophy on life... (twitter)

Just love your use of the English language, ST, haha! (twitter)

Your Toasts r insightful, witty & wise...(twitter)

You are a true master with your SpitToonerisms. I can only bow with admiration and joy at reading them. (twitter)

always enjoys your ‪#Tweets! Keep them coming...(twitter)

...U r hilarious!...(twitter)

...you are one the best on twitter! ...(twitter)

...Luv your way with words...(twitter)

...Love your toasts...(twitter)

...Love your toasts! ...(twitter)

...You are a witty one!!! ...(twitter)

@SpitToonsSaloon ...I'm not sure why you fascinate me but by God you do LOL I love it...(twitter)

You're fun...(twitter)

I love your humor...(twitter)

...Love all your smart and intellectual toasts! ...(twitter)

You make me giggle with your savvy riddles and rhymes, everytime...(twitter)

...u real good...(twitter)

...YOU'RE GREAT! ...(twitter)

You always make me smile and think at the same time. Absolutely your toasts. You are unique...(twitter)

Jeff Titelius ‏‪@JeffTitelius‬
You just keep those words of wisdom coming my way!! Love them all! ...(twitter)

...Your toasts are always brilliant. (twitter)

Wonderful :) Always extremely talented. I thank you kind Sir. Keep on going. (twitter)

Love your writing...(twitter)

You're crazy, in a wonderful way! Love your little gems. (twitter)

...Your imagination is a wonderful...(twitter)

Your toasts always put a smile on my face, and leave me with great intrigue of how you compose such wonderful verses...(twitter)

...Love your style! … (twitter)

love your tweeties! So cute! ...(twitter)

Thank you and for you! ...(twitter)

You Are The Best Spit Toon..In All Your Magnificent Ways..I Love That I Follow You... (twitter)

Your lines are full of cheeky wisdom. I love to read them. (twitter)

...I love your toasts! … (twitter)

Your clever tweets are very entertaining ST! … (twitter)

...love your poems. Feel privileged ...(twitter)

@SpitToonsSaloon You're a gem...(twitter)

...Love your quotes...(twitter)

So clever! How do you do it, Mr. Spit Toon?...(twitter)

...like your style...(twitter)

...u have a remarkable personality (twitter)

...I enjoy you tremendously...(twitter)

...I love your toasts! (twittter)

The word 'humourist' always perks me up; the Spit Toon's Saloon is magnetic! … (twitter)

...You are awesome! ...(twitter)

...Love your toasts ALWAYS...(twitter)

You are so awesome and witty! ...(twitter)

...lyrical genius...(twitter)

...amazing writer! …(twitter)

@SpitToonsSaloon
#LOVE the ‪#creativity in your ‪#poems ...(twitter)

YOU ALWAYS MAKE ME SMILE AND THINK AT THE SAME TIME … (twitter)
You AMAZE me!!! Where do you come up with the rhymes??? ‪#talent ‪#creativity … (twitter)

...love your toasts ...(twitter)

...to Twitters most fantastic humor... (twitter)

...you have the best toasts ! ...(twitter)

Your toasts are a lot of fun! Please keep 'em coming...(twitter)

...I love your sayings...(twitter)

...I love your toasts! You should be a writer!! (twitter)

You're funny...(twitter)

...Love them! (twitter)

<-------- font="">‪#TwittersMultitalentedVIP☆☆ (twitter)

U'r amazing with words & your silver tongue...(twitter)

Uses words collectively as a clever lever. (twitter)