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Smith: The boss lied to Mike and Anjela

Forestville Pizzeria owner Don Reha seemed painfully reluctant to ask a favor of his staff's pizza-making king and veggie-slicing queen, Mike and Anjela Quecke.

Grateful to have been hired on a couple of years back because they're not spring chickens, the Queckes have been purely exceptional employees for Reha and his wife, Gwen.

"They're the most awesome people," Don Reha said.

Given that, he told the couple he hated to have to ask if they would come into the pizzeria quite early yesterday, Wednesday, to get started prepping for a party of 100.

Of course, Mike and Anjela, who once ran Giorgio's restaurant in Healdsburg, said they gladly would.

They arrived reliably on-time that morning and their mouths fell open.

The Rehas greeted them, apologized for telling a white lie and presented them two tickets to the midday Giants/Cubs game, spending cash, Giants gear to wear and a chauffeured limo for the ride to and from the ferry terminal.

Off went two avid Giants fans who rarely find time to make it to a live game.

And this is how life, and work, should be.


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