In case of daylight blackout, ask for Table 14.

So us up in the Boulder area were also hit by yesterday’s power outage. Hubby and I woke up, looked at the alarm clock, and saw that the alarm clock wasn’t looking back. A friend of ours who lives about half a mile away called us up while we were still groggy to find out if we were blacked out too. We were. And so was Vic’s Again in Diagonal Plaza. So there’s your Northeast Boulder contingent. We were all out from about 8:30 to 9:45 AM.

Apparently our coming back online sucked all the power out of Central East Boulder, as defined by the area through which pass Folsom, 28th, and 30th going North/South and Canyon and Arapahoe going East/West. We didn’t know this, hubby and I, so around 10:30 we said to each other, “Hey, after we finish dealing with laundry, let’s go out and have a nice breakfast at Le Peep’s,” and, “Yeah, that sounds like a great idea!”

Not, as it turned out, one of our better plans.

Our first clue that things were still awry was the traffic on 30th approaching Pearl from the north. There was a lot of it, and it was moving slowly. Not a lot of people stuck at a light slowly. Oh no. This was traffic light inoperative slowly. The light at 28th and Canyon was out, too. And parking was just weird. People were doing stupid things, like blocking two intersecting lanes of parking lot by vulturing over a soon-to-be-vacated spot even though half the parking lot was empty.

Parked at last, we walked from the car to the restaurant (and damn near lost our ears to frostbite on the way–so that’s why all the vulturing over nearer parking spots!) and discovered a horde of humanity milling about in the insufficient waiting area. A clipboard with a pencil attached was available for the individual parties that made up the horde to jot down their names and seating numbers, and there were a good ten parties yet to be seated.

Hubby and I totally bailed, saying to each other, “We’ll go over to IHOP. Or the International Pancake House. Or Turley’s.” So out we went into the–whatever Gabe said? 7 degrees Fahrenheit?–7 degree weather and walked from restaurant to restaurant, slowly discovering why Le Peep’s was so crowded. They were the only restaurant in the area actually functional.

We went back. We put ourselves on the clipboard. We amused ourselves during our hour-long wait by knitting (me) or by stepping next door for a new set of earmuffs and gloves (Hubby–apparently McGuckin Hardware was also functional). And finally, finally, finally, we were led to a table. And as if to reward us for the wait, the table turned out to be Table 14.

(“Ask for it by number!”)

Table 14 is right next to the restrooms and directly in the flight path from the kitchen. Presumably to make up for its inconvenient location, Table 14 comes with a concession prize: a free Gooey Bun with every order. What, you ask, is a Gooey Bun? A Gooey Bun is a confection of great delight. It involves an English muffin split open and drowned in cinnamon, sugar, and butter. It’s accompanied by a lump of cold sour cream and a quantity of baked apple slices. After you set one of these down between a young Boulder couple of fairly prodigious appetite who have recently endured near-frostbite, power outages, and the press of the maddening crowd, expect an empty plate forthwith.

So what have we learned today? We have learned…

  1. That Le Peep’s in Boulder withstands power outages and does good business thereby.
  2. That in future, more normal circumstances, it is a good idea to ask for Table 14.

We still haven’t figured out how Le Peep’s and McGuckin’s survived Xcel’s “equipment failure” or whatever it was. We suspect a secret industrial-strength generator buried deep among the foundations of the building. We have made a mental note, Hubby and I, to remember this in case of impending apocalypse.

2 Comments so far

  1. Gabe (unregistered) on February 20th, 2006 @ 10:46 pm

    Table 14, check.

  2. Nicole J. LeBoeuf-Little (unregistered) on March 7th, 2006 @ 9:00 am

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