I was very honored to be there as our beloved Pops was receiving a well earned Doctorate in the Bay Area this passed weekend. It was a small ceremony among friends, and we could not be prouder of our dear friend.
It all started with a menu item from a restaurant that shall remain nameless. On the menu was a Reuben Sandwich, that was described as being prepared with Pastrami and sauerkraut. Upon reading this, Pops flew into a controlled frenzy over the audacity of that eating establishment soiling the reputation of a great sandwich.
Pops reminded us that a Reuben Sandwich was made with corned beef. We had to dissuade Pops from going to the place of misrepresented foods so that he might give the owner a piece of his mind. Pops would carry this memory with him to the Pyramid Brewery in Oakland the very next day.
On the menu at Pyramid was, of course, a Reuben Sandwich. Pops made no hesitation in ordering the sandwich he had become quite familiar with. After getting countless reassurances from our server that the Pyramid’s Reuben did come with Corned Beef, Pops placed his order.
Upon receiving his sandwich and eating it, our server returned to inquire about our food. Recognizing Pops as quite the sandwich guru, our server called him a “Reubenologist”. Pops gave the Pyramid Brewery Reuben Sandwich the thumbs up. His opinion is very important now.
We often make fun of Pops and his love of eating all that is good food. Now, he is a PhD of Reubenology, and he is the one laughing last.