The Cardboard Taste Test
Mar 27, 2011
Last January my wife and I and two of my sons spent a relaxing week on Maui. One night instead of spending a small fortune going out to eat we decided to have a pizza (actually two) delivered to our condo. My wife had a “buy one get the second pizza for half price” coupon from a national chain. After emptying my wallet for several previous meals I thought this would be a great way to save a few bucks. I went to meet the delivery guy in the lobby and was a bit taken aback when he handed me the bill for $54.00 (tip not included) for two lousy pizzas which were average tasting at best. I immediately scrutinized the bill (after my eyes popped back into my head) but it was all legit. Now remember, these were not by any means gourmet “Wolfgang Puck” (lovingly handcrafted and delivered by Wolfgang himself) pizzas. These were your standard run-of-the-mill, chain store variety, cheese, tomato sauce, pepperoni and mushroom disks and paying that much for them didn’t make them taste any better. My oldest son (the business major) suggested the next night that in order to save money (and have more funds available for more of the local brew –see, college really is paying off!) we should just buy frozen store-bought pizzas that were only about seven bucks apiece. I had never had this brand before and too be perfectly honest, while they weren’t bad they were nothing extra special either. If I had to do a blind taste test I’m not sure which one would have won. I guess when it comes to cardboard my tongue isn’t as discerning as my wallet.
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