Pizza delivery man: 'I make my own tracks'

2014-02-18T04:45:00Z 2014-02-18T06:59:21Z Pizza delivery man: 'I make my own tracks'Brian Wellner bwellner@qctimes.com The Quad-City Times

There are no snow days for the pizza delivery guy.

Snow days can be Dan Hughes' busiest.

"We do at least double the business on a day like this," he said.

He delivers for Happy Joe's 1414 W. Locust St. location in Davenport.

When snow is packed several inches thick on unplowed side streets, Hughes relies on the four-wheel drive of his "winter car," a 2002 Hyundai Sante Fe.

"I make my own tracks," he said.

A shoveled walkway to the front door is a rare treat after a fresh snow.

"That was me," Sarah O'Haver of Davenport said, taking credit for shoveling her walk. "I did it for us and our neighbors."

Sarah, her husband, Chris, and their 15-month-old son Griffin were snowed in for the day Monday, so they ordered a pizza.

Hughes was doing his best to keep up with the demand.

"Schools are canceled, so parents are ordering for their kids," he said. "I've also got a lot of orders to businesses. Some just can't go out, or they choose not to go out in this weather."

He was on his phone all afternoon.

"Hey, you still hungry for a pizza?" he asked a customer on the phone. "I just want to give you a heads up: I'm a few blocks from you."

"Be careful," the woman on the other end said.

She lives in a hilly neighborhood of Davenport that plows hadn't yet touched.

Hughes doesn't quote delivery times in bad weather, but he prides himself on keeping the times at less than 45 minutes. Living most of his life in the Quad-Cities, he said he has learned all the short cuts.

"You know you've got to get from point A to point B," he said. "You figure out there are a lot of different ways to get there."

If there's any way he can avoid Locust Street, he will.

The Midwesterner keeps a positive attitude about the weather.

"There's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing," he said.

He's also looking forward to his trip to Mexico on Friday.

"I'll thumb my nose at the weather," he said.

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    justanopinion - February 18, 2014 9:29 am
    Dan has delivered our pizzas a number of times. He's a great guy. Some people out there would think they are too good to do this type of work. Dan is a perfect example that if a person takes pride in his or her work and does the job well, you earn respect.
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