Last night my friends and I checked out the new Optimism Brewing Company in Capital Hill neighborhood of Seattle. While we enjoyed our beers "Cheer", "Moxie", "Yellow", and "Black" we realized we needed food, stat.
Optimism usually has a food truck but on this night they ran out of food early. My friends and I were faced with the decisions, what to eat and how to get it to the brewery. After a brief discussion, we decided on pizza.
We called Pagliacci Pizza to find the delivery time was 50 minutes to an hour. It was too long of a wait for my post CrossFit workout friends' appetites. If we did carryout the pizza would be ready in 20 minutes. We figured out whose car was closest to do the pick up but he was hesitant to lose his good parking spot in the busy area.
I suggested we order an Uber and set the pick up spot at Pagliacci and have the driver deliver the pizza to us. After a minute of laughs, we started to realize the brilliance of the plan. We decided to try it out and see what happens. We scheduled the Uber and when the driver arrived my friend gave him a call.
Uber driver, "Yeah, hi. I'm outside Pagliacci."
My friend, "Great. This might sound a little weird but there are two prepaid pizzas inside under the name so-and-so. Would you mind picking those up and bringing them to us?"
Uber driver, "Okay, I'm walking in now... I'm grabbing your pizzas.... I'm on the way."
We watched our pizzas make move towards us on Uber's map. In a total of 30 minutes, we had dinner delivered to us (faster than the delivery time), no one had to drive after one or two beers, and the Uber driver definitely received a five star review (we wish we could give him 10 stars).
The moral of this story is you can't get what you want if you don't ask for it. We could have easily assumed the Uber driver would not accept our mission and got the pizza ourselves, but there was no harm in trying to ask him first. We got the results we wanted, and more often than not you'll find people who are willing to help. As another friend pointed out last night,
"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." ~ Wayne Gretzky
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