Thursday, November 5, 2009

Delivering pizza = rocket science?

Today we had a free lunch, hosted by AVMA.

Our last morning class ended at 11:50 am. The intent was to have the meal (pizza) delivered at 11:50 so that the freshmen and sophomores in attendance could get their food and be seated by noon, when the lunch lecture would start. This is how things usually work with free lunches.

By 11:50 am, a long line of hungry students was growing outside the lecture hall.

By 12:15 pm, there was still no food in sight. We were ushered in, asked to take our seats, and assured that lunch was on its way.

At 12:20 pm, the pizza arrived! Actually, I should say that half the pizza arrived. As the speaker continued to talk, all students' focus shifted onto the task of frantically reaching for a slice of pizza from one of the several boxes that were being passed around the room.

At 12:45 pm, the other half of the pizza arrived.

At 12:50 pm, the lecture ended and we all headed back to class.

Now, really, is it too much to ask to have a bunch of pizza delivered to feed a multitude of people, on time? I know that it can be done, because it has been done at least a dozen times since I've been in vet school.

Someone said the trick is to tell them to bring the pizza by 11:30 am, NO LATER, and then you can be certain it will be there by 12. I guess the organizers of this particular luncheon will live and learn...

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