But that didn't stop 5 Spot owner Peter Levy from employing his tacky tornado decor in a practical joke/"fuck you" directed at yours truly.
Yesterday, I returned to my office to find a large cardboard box with a card atop it. "Mike, I dunno . . .You could sit on it . . . Peter," it read. I was told by our receptionist that the package had been dropped off by Chow Foods, so I assumed they'd been kind enough to tongue-in-cheekily gift me some decor from the Tornado days.
My premonition was correct, although the box's contents were hardly ornate. Inside was--and still is--a large piece of dusty gray foam spray-painted and molded (with the help of some wood and piping) to resemble a tornado. Taken together, Levy is telling me to sit and spin.
Anyway, to Levy I say: Well-played, even though you could have dropped off a piece of memorabilia that didn't amount to illegal dumping. But here's the thing: I don't want the foam tornado. That's why I'm offering it to the very first person who e-mails me and says they want it. This priceless piece of Northwest culinary history can be yours for the low, low price of free; the only catch is you have to come pick it up and haul it away yourself.
So hurry up and write me! Update: We have a winner: Sarah Francis of Seattle. Congrats, Sarah!