Open All Night

Intense conversations happen at 3 AM in front of a plate of cheese fries.

DJ: My great-grandma always used to say you have to look a certain way even if you’re taking out the trash. So when I’m in my house I’ll have my hair up looking crazy, but as soon as my mom’s like, “You have to take out the garbage,” my hair has to come down, I have to go put on mascara, I have to put on proper pants. They cannot see me looking ridiculous. At all.

[At this point Anaheed catches a glance at Monet’s makeup bag, which is ENORMOUS.]

ANAHEED: You carry your whole makeup bag around with you?

MONET: Of course!

ANAHEED: Can I feel how heavy it is? This is really heavy. It’s gotta be…

AMY ROSE: I really want to take a picture inside of it. Oh my god, you do have a lot.

Amy Rose snuck this blurry picture of Monet going through her EPIC makeup bag.

MONET: [Taking things out of the bag] I mean, I have scrunchies, just in case, Bare Minerals, I’ve got my brushes, this is eyeliner, lip gloss, lip liner, more Bare Minerals, Sephora, Revlon…

[Stuff keeps coming out of this bag endlessly. It’s a bottomless pit of makeup!]

AMY ROSE: Oh my god.

MONET: …here’s blush…

AMY ROSE: You’ve got the Argan oil…

MONET: …my lipstick…

ANAHEED: Josie Maran stuff…

MONET: …mascara…

AMY ROSE: I just got that mascara!

ANAHEED: Is it good?


ANAHEED: [Reading tube] The mascara is Maybelline’s Volum’ Express: the Falsies.

MONET: …another brush. Yo, these brushes ain’t cheap, either.

ANAHEED: How many lipsticks are in there? [Pulling them out one by one] One, two, three, four, five, six, seven! Seven lipsticks that she just carries with her all the time.

MONET: There’s this makeup line, it’s called KA’OIR by Keisha Dior. I like bright colors, and they have different shades of lipstick like yellow, green, blue… Wait a minute, hold on, I have a question. [To Amy Rose] Where do you get your eyelashes done?

AMY ROSE: I do them myself.

MONET: [Literally GASPS] What?? I need to learn that!

AMY ROSE: Dude, check this out. In my coat pocket I keep my eyelashes sometimes. Is that insane? [Pulls her false-eyelash SYSTEM out of her coat pocket and shows everybody] They’re individual, so you put them on one by one, with a tweezer. It’s super easy.

SHARAINE: I’m scared to put them on, because I’m not sure how I’m going to look with it.

AMY ROSE: Everybody looks good with it. Seriously. It’s like impossible to look bad with it.


ANAHEED: Do you guys hang out together a lot?

MONET: We could not see each other, speak to each other, for a whole year, but I know that once we reconnect, it’s gonna be a fun time. I know these two ain’t going nowhere.

SHARAINE: I’ve put too much money into this relationship to see it go anywhere.

MONET: No no no no no no no no. Listen, listen, listen.

SHARAINE: I used to always be the breadwinner in this relationship.

MONET: No no no no no, hold on, hold on.

DJ: I’m not involved in this conversation. I’m just gonna look the other way.

MONET: She acts like I’ve never spent a dime on her.

AMY ROSE: Did she buy you all that makeup?

MONET: No! I did.

DJ: It’s a weird relationship. You do not want to get in the middle of an argument between them.

MONET: It’s like we’re married.

DJ: It’s so weird. It creeps me out! Like I remember one time they had a falling out, and then I get on Facebook, and Sharaine’s like, “Why is it that the people who are closest to you hurt you the most?” I’m like, “You’re acting like you broke up with your boyfriend.”

MONET: Long story short, we were supposed to hang out, but then I went to go hang out with my honey. I was wrong; I admitted it. We got past it.

SHARAINE: [DJ] was like, “Are you having sex with her? I don’t understand why you guys are getting into this argument.”

DJ: These are the questions. I have to know these things. Because you’re on Facebook like you’re dying, like, “My god, she hurt me so bad!” And I’m like, “Did you just lose your boyfriend?”

SHARAINE: Listen, I went a year without my boyfriend. So if I can go a year without a boyfriend and still have a best friend…even if I get a boyfriend, [Monet] better be there.

DJ: [Sharaine] disappears out of nowhere. Like the other week, I’m calling her all week. I look on Facebook the next day, and she’s liking people’s pictures. I write a comment, she deletes it. I’m like, Oh my god, I’m going to kill this girl.

ANAHEED: Sharaine, what do you have to say in your defense?

SHARAINE: [To her sister] OK, you know the situation that happened there.

DJ: Why are you liking photos if you don’t even have your phone?

SHARAINE: I told you where I was at the time.

DJ: But why are you liking photos? You couldn’t contact me, but you were liking other people’s photos. And deleting my comment.

SHARAINE: Your comment is still on my wall!

DJ: No it’s not.

SHARAINE: Yes it is!

DJ: No it’s not.

SHARAINE: Yes it is.

ANAHEED: What was the comment?

DJ: I wrote, “What’s going on? What is your problem?” And she deleted it two days later!

SHARAINE: I did not delete it! It’s still on my wall!

ANAHEED: Can I just say, if someone wrote that on my wall, I would probably delete it.

DJ: Why would you delete it? It’s a legitimate question!

SHARAINE: As far as the communication, and me being on Facebook and liking other people’s photos—that’s true. But [DJ] scares the crap out of me with that crap.

ANAHEED: She is scary, a little.

SHARAINE: She’s a little intimidating.

DJ: What?! I don’t get this! Why do people say this? I’m the sweetest person.

SHARAINE: You’re more intimidating than scary.

DJ: I don’t like that. I don’t like that at all.

ANAHEED: But earlier you were like, “I’m straightforward; if someone can’t take it, then they can’t take it!”

DJ: [Sharaine] has anger problems.

SHARAINE: You’re the last person to talk about anger issues.

DJ: I don’t have anger issues; I have a problem with your anger issues.

MONET: Man, listen. [Pointing at Sharaine] That’s my headache. She’s my headache. [To Sharaine] You piss me off, I swear. You get on my nerves. But I love you.

SHARAINE: You get on my nerves, too. But you my ride or die.


The next three folks did the interview version of a dine-and-dash. We really wish we had a picture of them—they were all adorable—but they snuck by us instead of coming back as promised. We have no idea how, given the fact that we were seated in the front of the place. They must have been really slick about it. Damn you kids with your elder-outsmarting tactics and quick, youthful legs!!

4:34 AM
, SHANUYS, and DAJON, all 19

AMY ROSE: Where are you guys coming from?

SHANUYS: A bar. It’s called the Penny Farthing.

ANAHEED: Are you guys in school?

SHANUYS: No, I’m working.

TANIQUA: I was going to school, but what so happened… [Chokes up] Oh my god. I don’t want to talk about it.

ANAHEED: You don’t have to.

DAJON: She went to school, it wasn’t for her, so now she’s here.

TANIQUA: No, I want to tell people this, because it’s crazy. [Tearing up] I owe the school 7,625 dollars and 75 cents.

AMY ROSE & ANAHEED: Oh my god!

DAJON: The cops is coming for you!

TANIQUA: So now I’m not in school. Every time I tell my story I want to cry.

ANAHEED: How long did you go there?

TANIQUA: Only a semester! Can you believe it?

AMY ROSE: Where were you in school?

TANIQUA: Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry. It’s a private school, so it was expensive.

ANAHEED: And you, Dajon?

DAJON: I go to school in Long Island City—LaGuardia. And I work to support my shopping habit. But I plan on moving on to bigger and better things.

ANAHEED: What is your life going to be like, in your dreams, when you’ve made money?

DAJON: I don’t want a big house; I want a two-story condo or a loft, in Lower Manhattan. And a BMW or a Range Rover—white. It has to be white. I just want to be a socialite. I am a rich boy in a poor man’s body. Like, really, from birth. I’m meant to be rich. Eventually I’m going to be. And y’all gonna be pulling up this tape like, “I talked to him at IHOP on January 28th, 2012.”

ANAHEED: [To his friends] Do you think that he’s gonna do it?

SHANUYS: Yes. I have faith in him.


SHANUYS: Because he’s Dajon!

ANAHEED: Of course. So, they won’t let us take your picture in here, but when you guys are leaving will you promise to tell me, so I can take your picture outside?

TANIQUA: I promise.

ANAHEED: PLEASE tell me when you’re leaving.


[They fully SNEAK OUT without letting us know, so we have no pictures of this very cute trio of people.]

Like the last group, our final interview subjects spoke with us, then evaded us for pictures. Instead of running away, they just never sent in their consent forms. We guess we understand: they were really and truly fucked up, more so than anyone else we encountered over the course of the night. We gave them fake names for the sake of readability, but used their actual ages.

5:35 AM
A wonderfully belligerent 15-year-old girl who looks and acts like a baby Lesley Arfin.
STRAWBERRY: Li’l Arf’s strawberry-blond boyfriend, 17.
AMNESIA: A sweet 17-year-old who couldn’t remember where she had been all night.
SCRUFFY: Amnesia’s supremely stoned boyfriend, 17.
THE KID: A soft-spoken, butch 15-year-old wearing a baseball cap and a rugby shirt.

ANAHEED: Where were you guys before this?

LI’L ARF: We were at [Strawberry’s] house, and [before that] we were at a party.

ANAHEED: What kind of party was it?

STRAWBERRY: Kind of like a rave.

ANAHEED: Was it fun?

AMNESIA: I don’t remember.

ANAHEED: And from there you went to [Strawberry’s] house. What did you do at his house?

AMNESIA: I really don’t remember.

AMY ROSE: What’d you do at the rave?

STRAWBERRY: Got drunk.

LI’L ARF: All you need is a beer and a Xanax, if you’re trying to get drunk. Always.

ANAHEED: What did you order to eat here?

LI’L ARF: I got off the kids’ menu. Can you pass my crayons?

ANAHEED: What did you get?

LI’L ARF: A funny face. Where’s this going? Like, your little website?

ANAHEED: Yes, to our little website. It’s called Rookie.

AMY ROSE: You guys look so stoned. Did you smoke a bowl?

STRAWBERRY: I smoked some bong, yeah.

LI’L ARF: Wait, are you gonna arrest us?


THE KID: We smoked a few Js.

LI’L ARF: What did I do today?

THE KID: We went to that party.

LI’L ARF: No, I mean like today, day.

THE KID: I came over to your house.

AMNESIA: What day? Oh, I slept all day.

SCRUFFY: Tonight’s our first night of being second-term [seniors]. We just finished our first term of senior year today.

ANAHEED: Congratulations! How was your first term of senior year?


ANAHEED: Why was it awful?

AMNESIA: Schools, colleges, all that.

STRAWBERRY: What’s the spin of your website?

ANAHEED: It’s for teenage girls but it’s not stupid.

LI’L ARF: Like the Vagina Diary? What is that thing?

ANAHEED: Yes, it’s basically a vagina diary.

LI’L ARF: No, but you know what I’m talking about?

AMY ROSE: Yeah, The Vagina Monologues.

LI’L ARF: Yeah, that thing. So…what do you need? What are you, like, interviewing us for? Don’t you have questions?

ANAHEED: Sure, we can have questions. [In serious-journalist voice] What do you feel is the greatest challenge facing teenage girls in America today?

LI’L ARF: Wh…what?

ANAHEED: What’s your favorite food?

LI’L ARF: Pickles.

ANAHEED: What’s your favorite color?

LI’L ARF: Purple.

ANAHEED: What do you look for in a man, or a woman?

LI’L ARF: I like a big bush. Is my funny face coming? Oh shit, if you guys wanted to kill us, you have all this information on us now.

ANAHEED: We have so much dirt on you.

AMY ROSE: What about you, [Amnesia], what’s the hardest thing about being a teenage girl?

AMNESIA: I want to have sex without a condom.

STRAWBERRY: I finished, like, second semester today.

ANAHEED: Congratulations.

STRAWBERRY: Oh, no, I finished first semester. Into second semester.

ANAHEED: Did you guys all grow up in New York?


ANAHEED: I feel like kids who grow up in New York grow up faster. When you meet kids from other places, do they seem really different?

SCRUFFY: We know how to handle our shit better.

STRAWBERRY: Yeah. I don’t suck.

LI’L ARF: I don’t know what I would be like if I grew up somewhere else. Oh no, I would probably be so weird.

Li’l Arf’s funny face finally arrived.

Special thanks to Todd Barry for location-scouting help.


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  • Susann January 31st, 2012 3:05 PM

    I miss those times when my boyfriend and I were thrown out of McDonalds because they were closing at 1 AM, haha. Wish they were open all night!

  • Izzy January 31st, 2012 3:13 PM

    Ha, gosh, amazing!

  • Naomi Morris January 31st, 2012 3:15 PM

    well this is the best thing ever and i wish i could have come with you and i wish i could go to a diner right now

  • Georgie January 31st, 2012 3:18 PM

    Haha, these conversations are so funny. Wish we had IHOP here in Britain. Our pancakes are basically crepes and it sucks. No late-night whipped cream misadventures for us.

    • Naomi Morris January 31st, 2012 3:29 PM

      lets start a british 24-hour chippy revolution seeing as those might be our nearest equivalent

      • amyflorence14 February 18th, 2012 7:14 PM

        Totally supporting the 24hr chippy revolution!

  • moonchild January 31st, 2012 3:27 PM

    Oh god. this is amazing. I wish I lived in the city :l

  • Anna F. January 31st, 2012 3:31 PM

    Oh my gosh I was laughing so hard reading this I was crying. I wanna see the contents of that makeup bag!

    • Amy Rose February 1st, 2012 12:01 AM

      It was like a stockpile of all the best products out there. Amazing.

  • Laia January 31st, 2012 3:36 PM

    omg this is SO INCREDIBLE.

    also todd barry knowing where kids hang out is too hilarious for words.

  • cherrycola27 January 31st, 2012 3:40 PM

    These are all amazing. This last conversation is hilarious.
    I have to say, I have that same makeup bag that Monet has but I don’t even have NEARLY enough makeup to fill it. I mostly use it when I’m traveling.

  • RockHatesMiriam January 31st, 2012 3:45 PM

    There are not enough places open 24hrs in Britain, we’re sooo jealous!! Fab post though!

  • KayKay January 31st, 2012 3:52 PM

    Love these conversations! So funny!
    I wonder if someone recorded the conversations my friends and I have, if they’d turn out this weird :P
    What I love most about the article (and generally about Rookie), is that it’s so real. The people are real, their stories are real, their lives are real and they’re genuinely interesting people. They’re not like the totally fabricated individuals others try to sell to us, they’re people we can actually relate to, and people wish we could meet, without having to constantly remind ourselves that they’re famous and the chance of meeting them is 0.

    Now I feel like having pancakes…

  • Emma S. January 31st, 2012 4:00 PM

    Now I really need some french fries.

  • Juniper January 31st, 2012 4:19 PM

    This reminds me of that Murakami book After Dark,where the girl stays up all night at the Denny’s and has some awesome adventures.
    I love this article.

  • Cosmo Beatrix January 31st, 2012 4:28 PM

    such a good idea!!!

    i love this literally, DJ and Monet


    • Tavi January 31st, 2012 4:47 PM

      i think we should do! any suggestions?

      • annagracie January 31st, 2012 5:46 PM

        A roller derby bout! Literally the coolest, craziest, and quirkiest crowd. One of the greatest things I’ve ever been to.

        P.S. If you guys actually do this (which would be so cool), can i invite myself along to help? i’m friendly and non-threatening! Haha.

      • MissKnowItAll January 31st, 2012 6:25 PM

        At a flea market!!! I meet all sorts of awesome people whenever I go to the ones in Queens.

      • Ellie February 11th, 2012 12:56 AM

        A Chicago suburb! Ya know how they were talking about growing up somewhere else, we can have an EXPERIMENT and COMPARE and CONTRAST.
        No, not really, I just want to see if you guys go anywhere that I’ve been to or practically live…

  • Hazel January 31st, 2012 4:35 PM

    VAGINA DIARY? OMG! This is one of my favorite Rookie articles of all time! SO GOOD!!!

    • Anaheed January 31st, 2012 4:51 PM

      That should just be our name from now on.

  • Jessica Vixenelle January 31st, 2012 4:52 PM

    The conversation with Kai, Rachel, and Jodelyne is my favorite. I think this is my most favorite segment Rookie has ever done, and I hope this happens again– Rookie is my favorite ever, and it’s just things like these that remind us that hidden in freaking awesome places (even IHOP with strict managers?) there are the greatest people alive. We just need to find them.

    Okay, enough of the emotional vomit. But I just wanted to let you know how amazing you are.

  • Harriet January 31st, 2012 4:59 PM

    I’m sorry but this was literally the best article Rookie has ever posted ever. If I could marry it, I would.

  • MissKnowItAll January 31st, 2012 5:03 PM

    Haha Vagina diary. I met a couple at a 24 hour Arbys once and we had a weird conversation. We mostly talked about how their relationship was going nowhere and then about how the space landing was probably a hoax. You never know who you’ll meet at 3 in the morning.

  • merricat January 31st, 2012 5:03 PM

    Ha! First comment here. So glad I found Rookie. This article (and this months theme in general) is amazing! It’s currently 11 pm here, I’m going to stay up all night reading Rookie and watching movies but now I really wish there were any all-night diners around so I could go out.

  • Cirrelda Bee January 31st, 2012 5:32 PM

    This is brilliant!

    My hometown, Albuquerque, has this almost 24-hour restaurant/hang out called the Frontier, it serves cheap New Mexican food, burgers, the best fries!

    Everyone goes there, families, fucked up teenagers, dates, literally EVERYONE. Like, if you’re lonely late on a friday, all you gotta do is go to the frontier and you’re bound to run into someone you know.

    So this article is just so reminiscent of my times spent eating enchiladas at midnight and laughing with friends.

    so good!

  • Ruby B. January 31st, 2012 5:47 PM

    Aaaah, the last one!!! I LOVE this. Oh my god.

  • sedgwick January 31st, 2012 5:52 PM

    I have never hung out so late at night… i guess there is still time for me to accomplish this, still a few more teen years to go, but I’m not sure how much i want to, the last interview made me a little bit sad. The only thing open late at night in my city is McDonalds but I hate McDonalds and it’s not teenagers who hang out around there at night, it’s just dodgy adults. Do you think I’m missing out on something if I never am ‘up all night’? Is rebellion totally necessary to being a teenager? sometimes i worry about this stuff.

    • Rachael January 31st, 2012 8:21 PM

      I like my sleep too much to stay up that late. And I still had a very fulfilling teenagerhood despite my early nights. It can happen!

      Also, I too grew up in a town where nothing was open at night. Even as adults we all end up hanging out in each other’s backyards at our reunions because there’s nothing else to do, ha ha.

  • allyishere January 31st, 2012 6:43 PM

    the last kids sound really cool, I want to see a photo of them!

  • Emilie January 31st, 2012 6:50 PM

    this is the coolest thing ever

    • Emilie January 31st, 2012 6:51 PM

      are you guys gonna post more pictures, or were these the only ones you could post?

      • Anaheed January 31st, 2012 7:04 PM

        These are the only ones we could post, unfort.

  • fairy_grrrl January 31st, 2012 7:01 PM

    oh my gosh this is amazing

  • bedazzledbandannas January 31st, 2012 7:33 PM

    please please make this a regular segment! I loved it, wish there was an all-night place where I live. but seeing as we don’t have so much as a McDonalds, please keep posting so I can read about other people having fun! (while crying into my pillow in need of fast food.)

  • megantron January 31st, 2012 7:52 PM

    This article was awesome. I hope you guys get to repeat this feature in the future…I also love that you got to talk to teenagers who don’t seem like the stereotypical Rookie readers who comment here (white girls who have personal fashion blogs and love using Instagram on their iphones…Not that there’s anything wrong with that, it’s just nice to see some variety!).

    Chain restaurants are definitely the best places to find teenagers at night. Although my friends and I aren’t teens anymore (and haven’t been for quite some time LOL), we still like to go mcdonalds on late nights to eat oreo mcflurries and talk shit about everyone we know. we always see tons of teenagers there when we go at night.

  • Pashupati January 31st, 2012 8:05 PM

    The only times I was up /outside/ all night was the night of the new year when I was 12 because I had been thrown out of the house and I just walked in parks and such, then last year to walk my dog at 2AM because I was too excited to sleep. (ah, and some nights during the RMLL because yeah)
    I wish we had these 24-hour places where I live… Maybe we do and I just don’t know? It would be nice to have a night job in some place like that, so I wouldn’t really have to deal with my sleep patterns until I de-unschool for college.
    Well, thanks to that article at least now I know where I can buy glittery lipstick!

  • poppunkgurrrlx January 31st, 2012 8:46 PM

    STEAK N SHAKE!!!!!!!!1

  • Mollie January 31st, 2012 8:48 PM

    I <3 Amnesia

  • youarebananas January 31st, 2012 8:52 PM

    hahahha i love this! i love the last group of kids! do this again in a diff city maybe? (COME TO PHILLY I LIVE HERE)

  • MissKnowItAll January 31st, 2012 9:05 PM

    Ha that last group of kids cracked me up.
    PS- The vagina monlogues?

  • Zatherine January 31st, 2012 9:43 PM

    These interviews reminded me of “After Dark” by Haruki Murakami and how perfect it would’ve been for this month’s theme.

  • Adrienne January 31st, 2012 10:04 PM

    Sharaine and Monet are so funny! They reminded me of my relationship with me and my sister hahaha.

    And the last group was hilarious.
    Man, I feel like teens here in Cali are so much different than NY teens.

  • Dick January 31st, 2012 10:42 PM

    Hahahahahaahaha! I’m so going to print this article and keep it forever and ever!!! May I (print this article out)?

    • Anaheed January 31st, 2012 11:11 PM

      Of course! You don’t need our permission for that.

  • Vic January 31st, 2012 11:19 PM

    WOW Anaheed you are such an excellent interviewer! Taking tips for my next project, for sure.

  • cherrycola27 February 1st, 2012 12:45 AM

    Whoa whoa whoa. Todd Barry? The comedian? I just got that! That just makes this so much better! I love him.

  • ButterscotchGumdrop February 1st, 2012 1:45 AM

    Literally the best thing ever.

  • Jenny February 1st, 2012 2:02 AM


  • insteadofanelephant February 1st, 2012 2:38 AM

    my life in a nutshell haha i made my friend steal one of the menus from our favorite 24-hour restaurant so i could hang it on my wall freshman year of college…i still have it!

    instead of an elephant

  • moll February 1st, 2012 12:57 PM

    This is so lovely, it upsets me greatly being English and living in a town with absolutely ZERO all night diners.

  • hazeleyedgirl February 1st, 2012 2:55 PM

    ‘Amnesia’ is the most hilarious thing. She must have been sooo out of it.

    I loved it when I visited America, because there were always 24h Waffle Houses and IHOPs etc. There is literally only one 24h place in my city, that I know of. Cafe Insomnia. God, their cheesy beans on toast is THE BEST THING.

  • Hedwig February 1st, 2012 9:50 PM

    I can see this becoming as quotable as mean girls

  • samhatt February 2nd, 2012 12:18 AM


  • Missy February 2nd, 2012 2:33 AM

    That last one KILLED me. Repeat, please.

  • karastarr32 February 3rd, 2012 3:25 AM

    I love this, surprised that you didn’t find more people at the diners though. In my home town of Boston, there’s this place called the South Street Diner, loads of nightclubbers go there, plus my dad’s kind of a photographer, hope you like his diner pictures: (there are more to come but they are currently living on his Mac Book/ iPhone)

  • Masby February 3rd, 2012 2:21 PM

    You should make this for every issue, like in different places/cities each time; you really should! =)
    I’m from a brazilian small town, so there was like 0 place ‘to eat’ opened all night when I was (oh, it hurs to say that, was…) a teen. Hollywood made me dream with hanging out late at night at a diner, and now you made it look like so much fun!

  • Molleeeeeee February 4th, 2012 7:33 PM


  • The Emma Edition February 5th, 2012 8:24 AM

    Eating late night Big Daddy’s is literally the essence of being an NYC teenager.

    I wish I knew you guys were going to be there!!

  • Billy February 17th, 2012 6:24 AM

    haha omg i go to big daddy’s all the time! that same location! I always go for the milkshakes theyre sO good

  • Toria Crux February 28th, 2012 4:03 PM

    Haha the last one was totally epic! I liked Li’l Art and Amnesia!!! Mmmmm…. pancakes!