This story goes back over ten years.
I was working for a small company in Venice, CA. I think it was a Friday afternoon. I don’t remember the reason for the occasion but the company ordered in pizza for everyone and we all gathered in the conference room.
The pizza was from a local place in the neighborhood. Marc was extolling its virtues. Jerry, the company Vice President, was in the room. Marc brought up that Jerry had skills as a chef and made his own pizza at home. “Jerry’s pizza is as good as this pizza,” Marc proclaimed.
At which point I failed to stifle a laugh.
Now Marc considered me a rival and he was quick witted. He saw an opportunity and he acted. He chastised me for laughing at the idea that Jerry’s pizza could be as good. I was surprised and dumb-founded by this turn of events. Instead of correcting Marc I was speechless.
So Jerry, if you read this, it wasn’t my intent to offend. Just the opposite. But I think you knew that.
Marc’s transparent attempt at self-promotion was amusing but what really made me laugh was that I thought the brought-in pizza was absolutely terrible and that anyone even semi-competent in the kitchen (and Jerry was known to be more than semi-competent) could make a far superior pizza.
I feel so much better now that I’m getting the last word — ten years late.