We had a scheduled lunch… a reservation, I guess you call it. Scheduled lunch…? Well, We were meeting family for a birthday celebration at California Pizza Kitchen. Sara and I had gone with the twins before and we knew they could accommodate our double stroller, which I mentioned in an earlier post is totally awesome.
Well, something not so awesome happened with said double stroller. We rolled into the parking lot already late, because… twins, and I jump out of the car to pull out the stroller and unlatch it so it will unfold and I can click it into place. Only it did not unfold all the way and I could not click it in place! I examined every inch of the thing before caving and asking Sara’s Dad for help. It’s one of those things where you want to fix the problem but you also kind of hope he doesn’t find anything. Well he didn’t find anything. They took the twins into the restaurant and I fumbled around with the thing for another ten minutes before calling it quits and going inside for my favorite pizza and beer combo.
We held the babies in our arms while we ate. it wasn’t as cumbersome as I thought it would be. We were a popular table, too with people going out of their way to walk by us and look at the babies. The manager came out for no apparent reason and offered us free dessert. not for the birthday celebration but to celebrate the twins birth! Of course we mentioned we were celebrating a birthday too and he threw in a second dessert. It was such a great experience that just came out of left field. I had no idea we would be able to have such a good time or that they would be so well behaved, not to mention the great moment the manager created for us that we will always appreciate. We don’t got to CPK a whole lot, but I am inclined to visit a lot more often based on the type of service we have consistently received and now this gesture that literally takes the cake.
Positive experiences like this one make me feel great because as much as I often criticize bad service, or movies, or food, I would much prefer to be pleased by the extra mile efforts that we so rarely find. I was so taken aback by the whole thing I had to share the experience with you guys.
As a side note. The stroller is working beautifully again. Still could not find what it was jamming on, but I was able to force it open at home and it now works good as new. As surprisingly easy as it was to carry Gwendolyn and Lawson in the restaurant, I would not like to make a habit of it.