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The Customer Is Always Right! Mostly. Sometimes.

The Customer Is Always Right! Mostly. Sometimes.

Hit the local Round Table Pizza (2650 Cameron Park Dr. Ste 100 Cameron Park, CA 95682 (530) 677-9055) Saturday night when we discovered that, apparently, the children would like to consume some nourishment before retiring for the evening.

Called in the order for a large King Aurthur Supreme, and one Medium Cheese. Ready in 25 minutes. Five minute drive over to the eatery, paid, asked for Parmesan Cheese and Crushed Red Peppers – they’re out of Parmesan, and have one packet of Red Peppers available.  Well then, fine.

Clerk / Manager opens both boxes (to ensure quality?) confirms pizzas are contained therein. Took Pizzas home. Opened the Medium Cheese: If I had poured lighter fluid (or some other suitable accelerant) on it, set it ablaze, and placed it in a plutonium pile in an active reactor I couldn’t have burned it more. Pretty much Coal Shale, with black as the primary hue, and a smattering of phlegm brown for effect.

Called Round Table: Friend, you’ve clearly conducted a calorie burning test on this disc of carbon, I need you to make this right. Response: ’sure, it will be ready in 15 minutes’. Wait ten minutes, then drive back.

Now, we’ve frequented this establishment for 14 years. The past two years the quality has been… inconsistent and in decline. So I asked to speak with the Manager, seeking no additional relief, just to acknowledge that they seemed to be having a quality control problem, because clearly there is a problem, since the fellow who completed our transaction opened both boxes and saw the evidence of nuclear weapons development contained in the Medium Cheese Pizza Box, and sent it out the door anyway. Just an effort to curb any repeat incident. Response: ‘That was the manager, and he just left for his break (whispered aside: I think he was trying to dodge you)’.

My response: Perhaps I shall frequent the Pizzeria across the roadway then.

Clerk’s response: ‘Ah, okay. Sorry.’

In summation: the Round Table Pizza at 2650 Cameron Park Dr. Ste 100 Cameron Park, CA 95682 (530) 677-9055 should be avoided.

“They should feel happy about him, He was a good man.”

“They should feel happy about him, He was a good man.”

That he was.

Sacramento County Sheriff Deputy Jeff Mitchell lived across the street from us for just a few years. He and his wife Crystal moved closer into the heart of El Dorado Hills and I never saw him again. He worked evenings, so our encounters were always limited.

In 2003, our home was broken into, and before the El Dorado County Sheriff could respond, I had knocked on doors to determine if any neighbors had seen anything. Jeff had been sleeping, and my knock woke him up. But instantly, he was out the door, and reviewing the crime scene with me.

Jeff Mitchell was shot in October 2006 in a traffic stop in rural Sacramento County. The crime remains unsolved. His Killer is still at large. He left behind his wife, his then 6 year old son Jake, and a legacy of community involvement, tireless effort and supreme grace.

The initial reports on the shooting of course didn’t reveal the Deputy’s identity. We found out that it was Jeff that had been killed, when one of the local TV station news crews knocked on our door, looking for neighbors’ comment, as their records search indicated that Jeff and Crystal still lived across the street. They had moved years earlier

Jeff Mitchell Field opened this past weekend in El Dorado Hills. Jeff was a baseball fanatic and the field is an elegant tribute to his life, and his sacrifice. Several articles appear in our local paper The Village Life, but one quote stands out above all to me;

“They should feel happy about him,” said Jake. “He was a good man.”

And if that doesn’t break your heart, nothing will.

Read more about Jeff Mitchell and the opening of Jeff Mitchell Field, as well as the work of many people to build Jeff Mitchell Field, and honor Jeff’s memory.