So as all of our acolytes residing in Eden* know, we had a huge storm exactly one week ago. The winds blew our giant old ash tree down – right on top of the pizza oven. Luckily St. Vladimir’s taint shone upon us and the only damage was to the chimney (praise be to his sacred pizza heart!). Trouble is, the damaged chimney was heavily mortared into the body of the oven. Waah wah.
Today, the intrepid Keeper Of The Flame (aka Norman) spent hours using a variety of tools –chisel, air chisel (nothing like an air guitar), hammer, sledgehammer– trying to rid our pristine pizza alter of its mangled chimney. His valiant efforts paid off and we now have a hobbled but chimney-free oven. I cheered him on silently from the sidelines with a whiskey-&-diet-coke at the ready, and by at the ready, I mean that I was drinking it. Ok, them. Whatever!
Anyways….with all we’ve been through on our pizza oven journey these last 2 years, I estimate that the average cost per pizza produced is about $97. But the memories? Priceless! Pizza brings people together, and that’s what it’s all about.**
*Minneapolis. It’s one of the 5 days a year when it’s sunny and 80 degrees!
** Yes, I do intend this as a legal challenge to the writer of the Hokey Pokey.