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Table for Two, Tack by Developer Pixie, Digital Watches

April 18th, 2010 10:35 AM

INSTRUCTIONS: Have a candlelight dinner at IKEA. See how long it takes the staff to notice you.

Record the reaction customers have to you, if any. Discuss why you chose the dining room set-up that you did. Photograph yourself having dinner, complete with descriptions of the food you served.

Extra points for using non-plastic tableware and food not from a take-out place. Candles are not optional.


I've been waiting for months to do this task. At first i wanted to bring him but he's a flake. My boyfriend also wasn't up for it (being that he, though awesome, is a coward.) So I found a fantastic new recruit, to give me the night of my life at the fine establishment of IKEA.

First we got ourselves all dressed up
Despite Watches' mistrust of roses, the evening went off without a hitch
He in his hat, suit and tie
Pixie, on the other hand, is more of a fan of roses
i in red hat and dress (such a gentleman to give me flowers)

Anyway, dressed to the nines, we put our plates and silverware into a victoria's secret bag (which he was chivalrous enough to carry) and went our way
Debonair and caffeinated, a winning combination

We stopped by a gas station to get money (and a yummy energy drink to which Watches is addicted) so we could buy food from a the fantastic Nicholas restaurant on the east side.

(Note to pixie: Hijacking text. Obviously feel free to edit/add more later


Then came the IKEA bit. After wandering over to the max stop, we were able to locate IKEA and begin our invasion! Pixie was pretty sure IKEA sells candles, and turned out to be right. So we bought some orange ones, because come on. They're orange. 'Nuff said.

Spoilers: Food gets eaten.

Then came the arduous task of finding the perfect spot for dinner. IKEA is a gargantuan labyrinthine Swedish monolith of a store, so picking just the right spot involved some decidedly nontrivial navigation through the sneaky hidden shortcuts they put all over the place and into the kitchen/dining area. Eventually, we settled on a nice little black round table behind the cashier.
The cashier has almost certainly dreamed in her heart of doing this, so I doubt she would have stopped us.

Pixie re-hijacks text: The dinner it'self was marvelous. Though many passer-by's noticed us, they didn't take much notice of us (after all, we live in portland.) I ran into a few people i knew from middle school, but for the most part, people just didn't care. The food was great, the conversation was great, the environment was great. IKEA is quieter then most dining establishments and has a wonderful ambiance.


After eating as much as we could, we put the dirty plates back in the victoria's secret bag and searched for about a half an hour for the exit

We found a nice man in the parking lot to take our picture outside IKEA

and we all lived happily ever after.


- smaller

I'm happy!!

I'm happy!!

In the gas station, in our best clothes

In the gas station, in our best clothes

Carrying the dishes in a victoria secrets bag...

Watches ponders the meal to be had

Watches ponders the meal to be had

notice the glass plates and silverware

Me eating

Me eating

the candle and IKEA surround me

the IKEA employee

the IKEA employee

We sat behind her so she wouldn't see us setting up

at meals end

at meals end

the candle burning, the plates empty, the flower

trying to take a picture together

trying to take a picture together

which is fairly hard with a phone

He gives me lovely flowers

He gives me lovely flowers

I'm so flattered!

I'm so flattered!

In front of IKEA

In front of IKEA

Yes, it's blurry, but you can see the letters in the upper corner.

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posted by Burn Unit on April 18th, 2010 8:46 PM

I'm happy too!

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posted by done on April 19th, 2010 1:18 PM

Yay for new recruits! Welcome digital watches!

I think this is my favorite task of the era- all completions are fun.
posted by Loki on April 20th, 2010 3:07 AM

Neat. And, welcome, watches.

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posted by rongo rongo on May 3rd, 2010 1:06 PM

Sounds like a great time.

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posted by A M on May 12th, 2010 4:14 PM

Five points for dinner from Nicholas, one of my favorite restaurants.

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posted by Digital Watches on May 16th, 2010 9:51 PM


EDIT: That is to say, it is probably true that it is one of your favorite restaurants (I don't see any reason you'd have to lie about such a thing), but I meant to convey my agreement that it is indeed a fantastic eating establishment.