Human pepperoni promotes parlor

Dave Rowley, the human pepperoni pizza, waves to passersby.. - Jim Larsen
Dave Rowley, the human pepperoni pizza, waves to passersby..
— image credit: Jim Larsen

There’s not much dough in it, but standing on a sidewalk as a human piece of pizza has its benefits.

“It’s a slice of life,” said Dave Rowley on Thursday, as he stood in his pepperoni pizza costume outside the Oak Harbor Post Office, acting cheesy. Only his face was clearly visible through a hole in the pizza crust.

Besides thinking of bad puns, he was handing out discount Valentine’s Day coupons to passersby. The coupon entitled the bearer to a heart-shaped, $5.95 pizza at Papa Murphy’s.

This could have been a story about a needy senior citizen trying to make a few bucks to buy groceries, but it wasn’t. Rowley was there on a volunteer basis, helping out the business owned by his son and daughter-in-law, Josh and Mishal Rowley. Dave was visiting from Portland, imitating a pizza while his wife stayed home to play with their new grandson, Jack, born on Jan. 16.

People obviously took the two-legged pizza to be a friendly presence. Babies waved and drivers honked their horns as Dave waved back with a handful of bright pink coupons. “It’s wonderful,” he said. “Everybody’s having a good time.”

After about an hour, the human pizza was gone, leaving behind the usual scene of motorists coming and going at the post office. Too bad. It was just about lunch time.

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