After last week, I’m feeling even more compelled to get nostalgic about pizza memories and the town of Rockville, MD, where my dad has built a great reputation for himself as a small business owner, and has cultivated and nourished relationships for over 35 years
As time goes on, towns change and they tend to start looking like every other. That can be good but in many instances sentimental folks such as myself miss how towns looked 20+ years ago, and in some instances still look like today, but are on the verge of changing. With that situation I almost feel that the historic parts of a town, or the signs on the road are there in spite of, or in spite of everything else around it. See what I’m saying?
The more things change, some things to remain the same. My dad’s business has changed locations ever so slightly. Literally from one suite many years ago to its current location. But the heart and soul has remained the same throughout its entirety.
Many years ago it was located in an old looking and aging strip mall (many years ago you would’t call it that), but it was home to many visits by me and my friends after high school or after classes at the local community college. And sometimes I would grab a slice or pie with my dad. It was walking distance, so it was convenient, but in a way we took it for granted, because it was so close.
We didn’t eat here enough but when we did we acknowledged that it’s good pizza that fills you up, makes you feel good, and made life easy when cooking or sitting at a restaurant isn’t an option. And the affordability was a plus too.
The tremendous deal I remember still exists. Even with inflation, two slices and a soda is only $5.50. Beautiful.
And now it sits in its current home next to a movie theater. You can call it movie theater pizza, you can all it anything you want. But it’s pizza that you can appreciate for what it is. It’s the history I have with the place that brings me back. No it’s not the best pizza you or I will ever have. But does it really matter in this or most circumstances? Five dollars and change is the best.
For my father I got a cheese and random toppings on the other. He just likes pizza with toppings on them, that don’t always make sense. But for me I find that endearing. And I got a somewhat supreme slice with just the pepperoni, onions, and peppers.
Everything was fresh and everything was fine. It’s going be to be fine…
Thinking back to how the interior and exterior used to be versus now, it’s a tremendous upgrade. The same goes for its other location in Gaithersburg. And here is more about this great family business.
I was thinking about this earlier today before writing. My dad once lived within walking distance of the Gaithersburg location and didn’t go often. Again, maybe because it’s always gong to be there.
I say lets not take things for granted. There will always be reasons to go or not go somewhere, to try or avoid something new, and throw all the excuses or ignoring signs to do this or that. But it’s important to appreciate what’s around you along with going outside of where you reside or work. But it’s also important to appreciate what’s right in front of you. This isn’t just abut a restaurant, store, or entity near you. It’s about everything. It’s ok to walk past something to revisit it later. But if something is there, waiting to be embraced, then that’s exactly what you and I should do.
I write this projecting a lot, because life is about seizing the moment and grabbing things while you still can, and while you’re still here on this Earth.
This is only a pizza blog, but it’s the spiritual aspects that I wanted to hone in on. And I don’t just mean this week, but preceding posts and for the duration. I will as much as I can.
But for now, I’m sending good vibrations to you, my father, my family, my friends, and the rest of the universe.
There may be one more post down the line incorporating pizza, my dad, and my family. And after that, I hope the next time will be a meal which actually involves my loving family sitting together, and embracing all the love we have or one another.
I look forward to this happening soon.
Peace Be With You,