I believe it was Edward R. Murrow who said we have an obligation to criticize the institutions we love. Or maybe it was the Dixie Chicks. There's also a better than average chance I just made it up.
The point is, I love Pizza Hut. You only need sink your fist into the deep dish of my love handles my Stuffed Crust, if you will to know I speak the truth. Be prepared to lose your rings, though.
It is precisely because I love Pizza Hut that I must inform you that, while the third panel is a complete fabrication, the first two were taken directly from my conversation with their call centre rep. To be fair, I never actually had to pay the dollar surcharge because, true to the rep's word, the gift card utterly failed to swipe when the delivery guy arrived and I was forced to scrounge up $21 in loose change (Note to international readers: this is easier than it sounds, since Canadian currency is almost exclusively coin-based; more than one Canuck has gone through the ice to a watery grave with a pocket full of toonies).
After raging impotently for a few days, I called to complain. Okay, it was actually to order another pizza, but the subject came up. The very nice woman on the phone assured me I could still use my card for take-out and dine-in orders, which falls considerably short of the "anytime, anywhere" promise their ads make. Also, I only use delivery so the other options are useless to me.
To make a long story short, I am Currently in possession of an expensive plastic rectangle representing $50 worth of theoretical pizza, which has proven to be considerably less tasty than actual pizza. To add insult to injury, "after 12 consecutive months of non-use, $1 will be deducted monthly from the remaining card balance until depleted".
Damn you, Pizza Hut. Damn you for being so delicious I can't even save my dignity with a boycott. I only hope others will be strong enough to resist you.
Jamie and I would like to extend a HUGE thank-you to everyone who bought something from our store and to everyone else who wrote in asking when such-and-such would become available. We were too busy to upgrade the store last week, but I promise we'll get to it very soon.
Great Minds Think A Hey, That's Our Idea
Anyone who works in a creative discipline has heard the "no new ideas" mantra, so you can imagine my amusement/horror last Monday when Taking the Bi-Pass simultaneously posted a comic absurdly close to ours. The creator, Dave Buist, and I had a good laugh about it, but I'm glad Jamie and I don't update Tuesdays or we'd have looked like total hacks. Taking the Bi-Pass has been running twice a week since 2003 and Dave's done everything from ad commentary to 3-D strips. Definitely worth a look.
The Return Of Words vs. Pictures
After a much-needed sabbatical, the debate has returned with what promises to be a polarizing topic, which is either fearmongering or the deadly danger of sending your children to murder school. As always, you decide.
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