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Peter Long of Pizza Guys gets ready to take an order out to a customer. While he took Super Bowl Sunday off this year to root for the 49ers, Long – who worked the busy day last year – knows that it...


POSTED January 31, 2013 12:44 a.m.

On most days you can expect Peter Long to show up at your door in 40 minutes or less.

After all, that’s pretty much the standard when it comes to having a pizza delivered these days.

But don’t expect to see his smiling face hauling the piping hot Pizza Guys box in that same time window come Sunday. That’s because he’ll be watching the game. This Sunday is easily one of the busiest days of the year for local pizza chain operators that work double-time to meet the demands of the public during the Super Bowl .

And given who is actually playing in the game this year – the first appearance of the San Francisco 49ers in nearly two decades – the sheer number of parties is going to skyrocket.

The Bulletin caught up with Long to see what it’s like packing pies to hungry customers and what his plans are for the big day:

Just how crazy does it get on Super Bowl Sunday?

“It depends on the teams. I think that this year it’s going to good for business because it’s a team from California – everybody seems excited about it. Everybody here is going for the red color – it’s the color of our uniforms – and you can tell that they’re looking forward to it. I worked last year and we had deliveries pretty much all day.”

If you’re ordering a pizza for yourself or your family, what do you order?

“Either combination or Hawaiian. Something with a lot of toppings – that’s what I like.”

What do you consider to be a big tip from a customer?

“Probably $5 or $6. For me though it’s all about making sure that the customer is happy because we want to make sure that we keep their business. We don’t want them to go anywhere else (and not) order from us.”

Any hobbies or ways that you like to spend your time on the weekend?

“I like to watch football on Saturday and Sundays during the season. Right now my team is the 49ers. I like to watch the Raiders too, but they’re not doing so well right now. The rest of the year I do a little bit of construction, and I work sometimes on Sunday – it’s a busy day for us.”

You’re out at a restaurant and have to choose between steak, chicken or seafood. What’s your pick?

“Steak – New York steak or a T-bone. Cooked medium-rare with a baked potato, salad and soup. That’s what I’d order.”

Frozen yogurt or ice cream?

“Frozen yogurt. It seems to be more popular now. You can get ice cream any time.”

What’s the most difficult part about being a pizza delivery driver?

“There really isn’t anything that’s difficult. I like the customers and I like doing what it is that I’m doing so it’s hard to find something bad about it.”

A vacation to anywhere in the world is given to you as a gift. Where do you go?

“Probably my home country – Laos. I grew up here in the United States. I came here on Dec. 28, 1980. I’ve been back there a couple of times – in 1991 and 2001 – to visit family. I still have a sister that lives out there. There aren’t a whole lot of other places that I’d want to go.”

What do you enjoy the most about what you do?

“The people that I work with. The boss and everybody else here – it’s like family and everybody is so easy to get along with. Nobody ever fights or anything like that. It’s a fun job where you get to meet a lot of people, and it’s good to come back to people you get along with.”

New York or Los Angeles?

“Los Angeles – it’s my American hometown. I go down there twice a year to visit with family. It’s a big city with lots of things to do, and I have a lot of friends that I can visit with. It’s something that I look forward to.”

Where do you see yourself in five years?

“Hopefully as the owner of my own Pizza Guys franchise. Maybe somewhere over in the Bay Area or somewhere near there. I’m not sure yet where it would be. I still have to figure that out.”

Any plans for Sunday?

“I’ll be at home watching the game. It’s a day when you make double-time and I’m still going to stay home and watch the game – I want to see the 49ers win it all. If it was another team then maybe I’d come in to work. But watching football on Sundays is what I like to do. And this one is special.”

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