On my way to a meeting yesterday, I gave Wendi a muffin. She asked why I had it, and I told her the explanation was a bit involved.
So this is the tale of the extra muffin.
I went to a restaurant near work to get an early lunch before a meeting. The owner was at the register, and he was talking to someone on the phone. He broke away to take my order: a Mexican omelette and a muffin. He poked his head in the kitchen and relayed my eggy desires, then gave me a total cost and went back to his conversation.
The restaurant has a punch card for earning a free meal, so I handed over a card along with my payment. He set the card on the register and made change for me. I watched him talk, then glanced at my card. Something wasn’t quite right. I wondered why he wasn’t putting a punch in it.
Then I noticed that the card didn’t have any punches at all. It had initials. I’d handed him the discount card of another restaurant.
With no small degree of embarrassment, I dug out the right card and offered it along with an apology. He punched it twice and returned both cards.
“Have another punch for figuring it out,” he said.
I waited for lunch. His call ended, and he looked at me. Then he looked at the kitchen. He went back to talk to the cook, and after a few moments he returned. He apologized and told me that the order hadn’t been heard.
“Here,” he said. “Have another muffin.”
We talked awkwardly about the weather until my omelette was done. Then I thanked him for everything and scurried back to the office.
With an extra muffin.