Friday, February 24, 2012
Papa John's Pizza
I unzipped it to see if the guy lived nearby. (He did not.) There was some cash, several credit cards, and a checkbook. So I took the wallet back inside and gave it to the store manager. "Thank you," he told me. "That's very honest of you. Go buy yourself a lottery ticket, you've got some good karma coming your way."
So I bought several tickets. Twice a week. For months. I did not win a single thing. Not one single dollar. They say the odds of winning a prize are 1 in 40. It's not unreasonable to say I bought at least 200 tickets without winning.
What's the point of this anecdote? Well, karma may not have returned the favor in the form of a cash prize, but I did win the next-best thing*: I won two pizzas in Papa John's "Million Pizza Giveaway," as well as a pizza and a two-liter bottle of soda for a contest that I still am not clear on, something about correctly predicting the outcome of the Super Bowl coin flip. I made no such prediction, but I don't think that's the point.
Although I have only had Papa John's three times in my life,** I consider it vastly superior to Dominos or Pizza Hut. But it's still chain pizza. I just don't have any room in my life for chain pizza. Well, you know, unless it's free. The other evening when Tracie was over at my place and we started to get hungry, I suggested we use some of my pizza coupons. That sounded good to her and Elizabeth. (Murph was over, too, but he had just stopped by to borrow DVDs of The Shield and he took off before we got the pizza.)
I think the coupons were good for a large pizza with one topping, so I ordered one large cheese, one large (thin crust) chicken and banana peppers, and one large pepperoni and green pepper. The pizza was ready in 15 minutes and we drove down to pick it up.
For those two pizzas on which I got a second topping, I had to pay the difference, bringing my total for three pizzas and a bottle of soda to a whopping $2.78.
It was good. I mean... it's pizza, of course it's going to be good. Would I ever order one of these if I had to pay for it? I don't think so.
It's hard to complain about three large pizzas that cost me less than three dollars. So I'm not going to. Like I said, I greatly prefer Papa John's to the other pizza chains. If any of the chains was going to offer me three free pizzas, I'm glad it was this one. But I don't think the pizza is anything special. Being that the South Pasadena Papa John's is half a block from Big Mamma's - probably my favorite pizza in the San Gabriel Valley - I don't ever see myself paying for a Papa John's pizza.
*Now that I think about it, that's probably not actually the next-best thing. The next-best thing would have been a Tuscan villa or a 1957 Corvette or bunch of gold bars or something like that.
**Actually, I've bought Papa John's three times but only eaten it twice. Once in Great Falls, Montana, after a minor league baseball game, I was walking back to the motel and picked up a Papa John's pizza. But I ended up talking on the phone for a while that night and never got around to eating the pizza. I woke up in the morning with the entire pie still on the table.
***The pizza was called the Mt. Etna and it was amazing. La Fornaretta closed many years ago and is now the reading room for the Church of Scientology's Pasadena location. It's disappointing on many levels.
****You may have noticed two containers of garlic dipping sauce in the pizza boxes. Elizabeth loves that stuff and I accidentally threw one of them away. I may have seen her angrier at some point in the last few years, but I don't remember when.
Posted by JustinM at 9:30 AM