Armed Bureaucrats Are Not Public Servants
Support Your Local Pizza Guy
by Anthony Gregory
It’s 9:45 PM and you forgot to eat. You’ll be working on a project, there’s nothing to cook quickly, and no time to go out and deal with the late-night dining selection. Who do you call?
An old friend comes over and both of you just want to sit around, catch up, and maybe have a few drinks. You’re both peckish but don’t want to bother with the time or effort needed for a full culinary production. Where do you turn?
There’s a meeting of several people, all with different tastes, and the last thing you need is to introduce the complication of food politics. Does a simple answer present itself, one that will likely be accepted for its traditional legacy as a mediating ritual as well as its convenient deliciousness?
The pizza delivery guy is an icon for everything that is beautiful about the market. I knew there were many unmentioned heroes in my article, “Some of my Favorite Public Servants,” which was never meant to be comprehensive. I was reminded that truck drivers, given their dangerous work and tireless devotion to connect consumers and producers all throughout the country, are champions of civilization who are often forgotten at best. One reader pointed out the importance of electricians, carpenters, and other such laborers in the construction of the buildings that keep us safe, clean, warm, and dry. No doubt these people need more respect.
I was particularly struck by a request to write a tribute to the pizza delivery man. “Be it rain, sleet, snow or gloom of night, the pizza delivery guy will get you that pizza in 30 minutes or thereabouts. This unsung hero is far more likely to be killed on his appointed rounds then any shamelessly overweight fireman or cop,” wrote Damian Smith, who suggested this piece. We are supposed to find postmen so admirable for doing their job. But what about the much less paid, less appreciated pizza man – a guy whose job requires a keener sense of timing and who, unlike mail delivery, has not yet been made nearly as anachronistic in the internet age?