People aren't surprised when I tell them, "We're in the pizza business now." I think I am surprised though! This Pizza Journey started over 2 years ago with some research, experimenting, a bunch of interest and a few silly blogs along the way as well as a few slices of pizza too and not knowing where it would take me. Now comes:
My brother and I connected with a family in Spokane, WA who weren't even thinking about selling their business until my friend, Marty Martin shot them an email with 3 questions: "Are you happy with your rig? Are you happy with the company who sold it to you?" And thirdly, "Would you be interested in selling it?" Marty had told me, "if you get me a list of 100 owners' emails, I will find 10 that are willing to sell." I was able to get only 8 owners' email address and he fired off the 3 questions to all of them. One of the two who responded who were moving back east and we ended up buying the rig in Spokane, pizza trailer and the whole business at a huge savings. The rig was only 11 months old, in perfect condition and included everything for a turn key operation.
We were on foot so we walked a mile down to a Starbucks as we had 4 days to burn and no place to go. After trying to get our brains reprogrammed for 4 more nights in Spokane, the additional money it would cost for hotel, food, and repairs plus the time away from our families we settled in for the comfort of a hot cup of familiar coffee. We sat for about an hour trying not to talk about $2000 or more spent on a new computer when my phone rang. It was Toyota. "Your truck is ready to go!" said the cheerful voice. We stared at each other, we stared at the phone and we couldn't believe our ears. First thing we have to do is spend the night and get rested up since it was already 4:30 in the afternoon. Then we have to cancel the next 3 nights at the Ramada Inn. Toyota said they would come and get us but in our jubilation I told them we would spend the night and pick it up first thing in the morning. Had I been thinking clearly we would've picked it up now, spent the night anyway and at least have some wheels to go out and eat or to a movie or something. It didn't matter, we were ecstatic. Toyota delivered! They found a problem with the wiring coming out of the computer that had been rubbed raw by the fan belt but not visible to anyone. They knew we were a long way from home and getting a new wiring system would take days so they soldered it up, water-proofed it and tied the wires back away from the fan belt. $220 is all they charged us! A great big black dot once more! We were going home! We had planned originally on one night in Spokane but ended up spending 3 nights and nearly spent 6 nights. I'm not knocking Spokane but spending 6 nights in any city that isn't home or at least Kona or Waikiki is a long stretch!
I had called a friend of 32 years near Portland earlier on the trip whom I wanted to see, get a home cooked meal and roll our sleeping bags out on the floor and told her about our (mis)adventure. I really wanted to see Carla and her family but this trip was taking turns left and right that were unpredictable. As it ended up, we did get to stop at her place with a bottle of wine, get a home cooked meal and visit for about 90 minutes then hit the road again. It had been 6 years since I saw her last and it was just like seeing her right where we left off. She and her husband, Gary got to see the rig, ask a few questions about it and then we had to say goodbye. The return trip was uneventful so we enjoyed the boredom and lack of surprises. And now, just like Dorothy said, "There's no place like home." Oh yeah! "Ima lovin' da pizza, alla da time!"