Rounding & Cheese

Yet­sre­day for lunch I stopped at a local piz­za joint for a cou­ple of slices and a diet cola, I bought 3 slices, and told the guy that he need’nt heat them up, because I wasn’t going to eat them for ‘hours’, he put them on a paper plate and asked me…

you need a bag?,” now there was no snap­py retort, or abu­sive con­ver­sa­tion I stop in this place fair­ly often and any form of abuse is just going to yeild me sali­va on my i chilled, at least ver­bal­ly, I stared at him and ner­vous­ly smiled, hadn’t I said I wasn’t eat­ting them for hours? did he hon­est­ly think I was going to walk around with loose cold piz­za on a ‘less than qual­i­ty paper plate’, The whole exchange up to this point was very awk­ward, but got bet­ter.

so I got my bag ‘o slices and my cup­pa­coke, and he rang me up, my total was $6.35, I tossed out a tenspot and he sweati­ly hand­ed me my change, 4 bucks??? whatthe­duece? so being me I ques­tioned it.

S: “You gave me the wrong change…”

Piz­za: “I smoothed down”

S: “smoothed?”

S: So you smoothed away 25 cents off my bill?

Piz­za: yeah, makes the change eas­i­er.

S: I see… okay, lat­er

[and I head­ed towards the door ]

S: Say, just out of curi­ousi­ty how many slices do you thing ya’ll sell in a day?

Piz­za: We go through about 50 — 70 slice pie’s a day on the week­days, and prob­a­bly twice that on a sat­ur­day or a sun­day.

S: Wow that’s a lot of pizza’s.

[and I left]

So the geek in me has to do the Math, lets assume that Piz­za dude ‘Smooths’ away any change under 50 cents, lets start with a week­day.

Monday’s Slice Sales: 70 piz­za pies x 8 slices = 560 slices;
Monday’s Slice Rev­enue: 560 slices x $1.75 = 980 bucks 
[poten­tial­ly at least]

To ful­ly com­pre­hend the impact of ‘Piz­za Smooth­ing’ we need to make an addi­tion­al assump­tion, the aver­age slice buy­er is buy­ing 2 slices and a small cola for a bill of $4.35

Monday’s Slice Sales Quan­ti­ty: 560 slices ÷ 2 = 280 sales
Moday’s Adjust­ed Slice Rev­enue: 280 x $4.35 = $1218.00

Still no change, so per­haps Pizza’s method­ol­o­gy is sound?… not hard­ly, we have to look at the impact on indi­vid­ual sales, remem­ber based on our orig­i­nal con­cept he ‘smooths’ away all change under 50 cents.

Monday’s Smooth­ing Loss­es: 280 x $0.35 = $98.00
Week­ly Loss­es: $98.00 x 5 + ($98.00 x 4) = $882.00

Now I’m not an eco­nom­ics expert, but giv­ing away almost 900 bucks of rev­enue is prob­a­bly an eco­nom­ic no-no. If you think of it in Piz­za terms it’s like giv­ing away 504 slices of piz­za for free.

They could elim­i­nate ‘Smooth­ing’ cut the slice prices by 60% and still increase prof­it, AND they’d have the bestest + cheap­est piz­za in town.

And to think, my high school math teacher thought I was sleep­ing

202 Horny Girls

grr.. typ­i­cal week­day spam num­bers — 3095 emails — 407 men­tion breasts — 105 men­tion Via­gra — 2 Niger­ian Bank scams — 175 stock alerts, 300 folks fol­low­ing up on the mort­gage email they sent me last week and 202 horny girls that want to meet me.

Just so darn sick of it all…

Bobble-Head Buick

While en-route to a speak­ing engage­ment this morn­ing I noticed a dark blue Buick on the road in front of me, this in itself is hard­ly unusu­al, but the myr­i­ad of boun­cy-head­ed bob­bling fig­ures in the back win­dow was a bid unnerv­ing, all giv­ing me an unap­pre­ci­at­ed affir­ma­tion to a ques­tion as of yet unasked, so I fol­lowed this car o’bobbles for a few miles, notic­ing that they bounced in a near per­fect sine wave, won­der­ing why and how and why again, I even­tu­al­ly snapped, WHY DOES THIS JACKASS HAVE SO MANY OF THESE ANNOYING LITTLE TOYS IN HIS BACK WINDOW!!! … [pre­pare your self for a long run-on sen­tence with no cap­i­tal let­ters] I mean are they a juju against mojo?, are they an anten­na array on a celes­tial glob­al posi­tion­ing sys­tem designed to bring a race of bob­ble-aliens down to earth to feed on the non-bob­ble lov­ing pub­lic? or maybe they pro­vide this Buick some type of bob­ble head­ed sta­bi­liza­tion against break­ing free of moth­er earth’s pre­cious grav­i­ty and careen­ing into the moon..

Even­tu­al­ly I pulled around the Buick and cast a ven­omous glaze at the dri­ver, he looked at me, smiled and nod­ded me a human sized affir­ma­tion, but not in a human ‘I got a neck bone’ way, but in a ‘I got a spring’ bob­ble­head way.. then I knew

The inva­sion had begun, and they can dri­ve…

Monkey, Monkey, Monkey

Three weeks ago, at the local Wawa, I dis­cov­ered that the folks who make Red-Bull, released a sug­ar-free ver­sion. Now I’ve nev­er been a huge Red-Bull fan, but sug­ar-free Red-Bull sound­ed like the ‘sirens song’ to me.. so I bought a can.

Now a few weeks lat­er, I feel that the Wawa cashier should have giv­en me my first taste for free… need­less to say I’m hooked, Caf­feine addic­tion isn’t any­thing par­tic­u­lar­ly new to me, but it is a mon­key that I’ve beat­en off my back more than a few times. When I was dot-com­ing, I could con­sume a twen­ty-four pack of Diet Coke in a sin­gle day, The <em>‘lift’</em> I was get­ting from all that soda doesn’t even com­pare to the <em>‘kick’</em> I’m now get­ting from a sin­gle SFRB, that being the case, log­ic would sug­gest that I’m not deal­ing with com­mon caf­feine, but some type of ‘<em>uber</em>-caffeine’, chem­i­cal­ly altered to not only increase kick, but to increase the addi­tive nature as well. My mon­key was now stronger and more effi­cient.

Some­thing so strong, so new, so addic­tive, you’d think that they’d be sell­ing it on every street cor­ner, but that isn’t the case, my SFRB is a <em>‘boutique beverage’</em>, a <em>‘designer drink’,</em> and only avail­able in a select few places. I have a map, and some col­ored pins… and I think every­thing is going to be okay…

Hel­lo, my name is Saul…

Holey Moley

I stopped in a Bagel Joint** for lunch the oth­er day, it was a bit late and they appeared like they may have been prepar­ing to close. I polite­ly asked ‘yaopen­still?’ (it’s all one word, cause that’s pret­ty much how I said it) the counter gal who was busi­ly jam­ming dozens of bagels into a clear plas­tic bag, con­firmed that they where still open but that they didn’t have many bagels left. I asked what kind of bagels they had left, she told me that my bagel options con­sist­ed of ‘cran­ber­ry orange’ and ‘cin­na­mon raisin’… Now mind you that although my moth­er is cuban, I’m 100% Jew­ish, to me nei­ther of these options qual­i­fy to be called bagels, at best ‘cran­ber­ry orange’ and ‘cin­na­mon raisin’ bagels are hi-carb can­dy, or at the very least they’re poor­ly shaped muffins, either way, they both suck for lunch. While grasp­ing for a com­ment, my eyes once again fell on the now full bag of bagels on the counter. “What’s the deal with these bagels?” I asked punc­tu­at­ing it with a poke of the fin­ger in the bags direc­tion
[long pause on her part “Those are the bagels we didn’t sell today, employ­ees are allowed to take the ones that are unsold at clos­ing”[longer pause from me] “So do you think there might be a rye bagel in there?” I asked[punc­tu­at­ing the ques­tion with a eye sparkle and my best 5 dol­lar smile…my pleas­antries bounced off her like bul­lets off super­man]“Sir…I real­ly need to fin­ish clos­ing up..”
Yes..I under­stand, I just want a toast­ed rye bagel, cream cheese, a slice of onion, and two slices of toma­to, and if you wouldn’t mind putting cream cheese on both sides of the bagel, I’d appre­ci­ate it… oh and a large Diet Pep­si, very lit­tle ice” …
[preg­nant pause]Now the pause felt like 15 min­utes, but it was prob­a­bly more like 20 sec­onds, 20 sec­onds of absolute silence except for the poor bas­tard sweep­ing up in the back. “Sir, as I said before we have ‘cran­ber­ry orange’ and ‘cin­na­mon raisin’ bagels left, and no more sliced onions or sliced toma­toes. and then she made an ‘annoyed’ noise that I guess was sup­posed to moti­vate me to either leave the shop of set­tle for the can­dy bagels. Unfor­tu­nate­ly for her I’m not wired that way, to me the annoyed sound was an open invi­ta­tion to fuck with her. what fol­low is a ver­ba­tim account of our exchange. [I think you’ll be able to tell who is who..or is it whom?]
“So your telling me I can’t have a bagel out of your bag?” “Pret­ty Much..yes, I already told my boyfriend I was bring­ing them home” “Is that gen­tle­man sweep­ing in the back, the Man­ag­er?” “What kind of Bagel did you want again?” “Rye, toast­ed, cream cheese both sides, toma­to, onion, large Diet Coke, lit­tle bit of ice…” “we don’t have any sliced toma­to, or sliced onion…SIR” “you don’t have ANY toma­to” “not sliced…” “but you have toma­to?” “yes in the walk-in” “and you have knives?” “of course we have knives” “but you don’t have any sliced toma­toes?” “ sliced toma­toes” “are there also onions in the walk-in?” it was at this moment that my cell phone rang, and as usu­al I was forced to step out­side to get bet­ter recep­tion, and just as I did, She locked me out. I guess she won the bat­tle, but the war is just begin­ning.. oh by the way the call was an invi­ta­tion to lunch. ** As to not slan­der an entire estab­lish­ment for what I’m sure is an iso­lat­ed inci­dent, I’ll refrain from nam­ing the actu­al Bagel shop, but just for his­tor­i­cal accu­ra­cy it’s a Nation­al Chain named after a large NYC Bur­rough