No pizza for you!

The other day I was in my neighborhood pizza shop (Pizza Park on 1st between 66th & 67th – pretty good slices, btw, especially after many drinks) and I saw someone behind the counter that I had not seen for a very long time…about 17 years to be exact. As I ordered a mushroom/whole wheat slice (Josh could stand to lose a few pounds) I thought he looked at me a little too long, and I wondered if he recognized me. Recognized me as someone that he banned from that very pizza establishment some 17 years ago.

First off, I need to explain that I live about two blocks from where I went to high school. I further need to explain that that particular pizza establishment was everybody’s favorite place to hang out before, after, and during the school day. I’m sure that during many such days we gave the operators of this particular pizza establishment a hard time about taking too long to serve us, being cheap on the amount of pepperoni per slice, the cost of a slice ($1 is but a faint memory now), and a myriad of other things. I guess after years of dealing with us snotty kids, he just snapped…out came a bat, some curse words in English and a few other languages (some of which may not be of this planet), and he had what I can only describe as a conniption. As trays and drinks were flying, and as we ran for our lives (literally), I remember hearing something about our brains being served on the pizza if we ever came back. Needless to say, we did not. We were relegated to the second-rate Rosa Maria’s, which burned down a few years ago, coincidentally, right before high-rise condos were built is its place.

For a few short moments the other day, I relived both the horror and the joy of living in the same few blocks that I pretty much grew up on. I don’t think he recognized me, but if he did, he didn’t say anything and he certainly didn’t go for his bat. It’s a good thing too, because there really isn’t a good pizza-by-the-slice shop nearby, but also because I’m just not as spry as I was in high school.

1 Comment so far

  1. irina (unregistered) on July 16th, 2007 @ 11:20 pm

    oh wow you live right next to me. i go to pizza park all the time!

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