It goes back to last week -- specifically last Monday night -- when Mrs. Mellow, sidelobe, and I were enjoying a yummy pizza at T.J.'s, a local eatery. This is a place that has only recently ventured into pizzas, making their bread and butter on sandwiches. We got there and decided to try one of their pizzas. It was really tasty.
Towards the end of the meal, one of the workers came by and asked us if we were enjoying the pizza. We responded that we were and he handed us a sheet of coupons good for five dollars off future pizza purchases. There were four coupons on the sheet and each had a different expiration date -- obviously, they were encouraging people to come in soon and to come in regularly. The first coupon expired tomorrow, in fact. Well, sidelobe and I typically catch a bite to eat together on Mondays, so we simply decided to have pizza from T.J.'s for the next four Mondays.
As it turned out, I had a men's group meeting at church this past Monday and couldn't go for pizza. I also had plans for every other night this week and realized that I wouldn't be able to use the coupon at all, so I gave it to sidelobe and told him to use it however he wanted, 'cause I wouldn't use it. He indicated that he probably wouldn't use it, but since my chances of using it were zero and his chances were slightly higher than zero, he took the coupon anyway.
Our plans for last night changed, and Mrs. Mellow and I decided that pizza would be yummy. I said I'd get the coupon from sidelobe if he hadn't already used it. It's not too far to go to the office from my house and I knew that's where the coupon would be. So we headed to the office. I couldn't find sidelobe or the coupon, so I decided to grab one of the other coupons (with a later expiration date) instead. As I was going to get it, someone else in the office asked me if I was looking for sidelobe and I said I was. He told me that sidelobe had gone out to get them a pizza and would be back soon. A-ha! Well, I thought, the coupon wouldn't be available for me anyway since it was obviously being used now. So I left to head out to T.J.'s and pick up the pizza with the new coupon.
I barely left the parking lot at work when the familiar tones of the A-Team theme alert me to an incoming call on my cell phone. The CallerID indicated that it was sidelobe. I was laughing as I answered.
drmellow: Hi, sidelobe!
sidelobe: I've got your pizza coupon, come get it.
drmellow: No, that's OK. You go ahead and use it, 'cause I know you've already ordered a pizza and were going to get it.
sidelobe: No, I'm not going to be able to use the coupon. And we know it expires on Friday.
drmellow: What's wrong with you using it?
sidelobe: When I got there to pick up the pizza, they had forgotten my order and were just getting ready to put the pizza in the oven. So, since I had to wait, they comped me on it.
drmellow: Oh, cool. Well, I'm on my way to T.J.'s right now to pick up our pizza. I just picked up another coupon.
sidelobe: Turn around and come get this one.
drmellow: Oh, so you're back at the office?
We hung up and I turned around to go get the coupon with the closer expiration date. I must have missed sidelobe as he was coming back in because one of us took the stairs and the other took the elevator. We had a good laugh about it, but I didn't hang around the office too long, because I wanted to go get that pizza!
So, we got our pizza and went home. It turned out that the pizza didn't have the right toppings -- I had ordered red onions, but it had white onions. I called back to complain and see about getting a corrected pizza, but before I could ask for a corrected pizza, the guy on the phone offered me two free meals next time I came in. That was OK with me, too, so he took my name and told me to let them know next time I came in and my name would be on a list at the register. That's cool with me -- a similar thing happened with Mrs. Mellow and me when we ate at Buffalo's a while ago.
So, I went ahead and ate a bunch of the pizza. Besides the onion being wrong, the curst was still a little doughy. It wasn't nearly as good as the pizza we had last week. But it was fun running around trying to use a coupon. And I got some free meals next time I go to T.J.'s, so that's OK, too.