Open All Night, Part 2

Another round of pancakes in the wee hours with strangers.

April 20/21
2:12 AM
KEIRA (19), HAILEY (19), DESTINY (18), and JAHMANE (20)

We asked this group, all students at Marymount Manhattan, to choose one person to be the subject of the questions. Everyone immediately pointed at Hailey (even Hailey).

ANAHEED Were you guys somewhere before this?

DESTINY Yeah, we were at a…where were we?

KEIRA We were in Brooklyn.

DESTINY At a concert. We were at a concert.

ANAHEED What concert?

KEIRA I don’t even know.

DESTINY It was for this band that we go to a lot. They’re called the End Men. They’re really cool. It was just like really, really cool. It was cheap.

LOLA Is there something special about the show?

DESTINY It was like a 420 show.

LOLA How do you all know this band?

JAHMANE We just randomly went to a show once and they were there.

DESTINY And we got really cool with them, so we go all the time now.

Question 1

LOLA Guys. What is Hailey known for?

JAHMANE Hmm. This is hard! I know her nickname…

ANAHEED OK, write that down too.

HAILEY Singing-slash-“Big Mama.”

WHAT JAHMANE WROTE Big Mama / Boldenss
Keira: 1 | Destiny: 1 | Jahmane: 1

ANAHEED Why are you called Big Mama?

HAILEY ’Cause I am Big Mama and I’m big hair people and I’m sassy.

ANAHEED These are all really good things to be known for.

KEIRA And she sings.

HAILEY I try to do musical theater, but we’ll see.

DESTINY I used to be in theater, but I don’t want to do it anymore.

ANAHEED How come?

DESTINY I don’t know. I used to love it, but then I felt like it became the only thing I was known for back home and in my family, so I just want to try something else. Something that really makes me happy. I’ll go back to it one day.

ANAHEED Do you guys sing karaoke together?

DESTINY We just did karaoke last night!

Question 2

ANAHEED What is Hailey’s karaoke song?

HAILEY “Everything’s Coming Up Roses”

WHAT KEIRA WROTE “Old Man River” / Firework”
WHAT DESTINY WROTE “Don’t Rain on My Parade”
WHAT JAHMANE WROTE “Everything’s Coming Up Roses”
Keira: 1 | Destiny: 1 | Jahmane: 2

Jahmane (left) and Destiny.

Jahmane (left) and Destiny.

Question 3

LOLA So, we all love celebrities. Who would you say is Hailey’s celebrity crush?

DESTINY If it was her celebrity spirit animal, I would know exactly who.

ANAHEED You can guess both.

HAILEY Audrey Hepburn is my spirit animal, but I would say James Franco is my celebrity crush.

WHAT KEIRA WROTE Audrey Hepburn / Adam Levine
WHAT DESTINY WROTE Honey Boo Boo / the guys from Les Miz
Keira: 2 | Destiny: 1 | Jahmane: 2

KEIRA I love this game! I’m not doing well, but I love it.

Keira (left) and Hailey.

Keira (left) and Hailey.

Question 4

ANAHEED What is Hailey’s grossest habit?

HAILEY I have a lot of gross habits. I think my grossest would be not showering for like a week. No shame.

WHAT KEIRA WROTE Doesn’t shower often / poop
Keira: 3 | Destiny: 1 | Jahmane: 2

HAILEY I don’t see anything wrong with pooping.

LOLA You stay pooping. Don’t feel bad about that!

DESTINY Yo, pooping is awesome.

HAILEY I take my computer in there with me.

KEIRA She does. She Facbook-messages me from the bathroom while she’s pooping. I get a lot of Snapchats that say “Sittin’ on the toilet.”

JAHMANE I get a lot of those as well.

ANAHEED Where do you put the computer, on your knees?

HAILEY Yeah, or on the counter next to me.

LOLA Big Mama, I can feel the love that you radiate towards others.

KEIRA She’s a really wonderful person.


Question 5

LOLA What is Big Mama’s life ambition?

ANAHEED And if she has a real one and one she tells people, we want the real one.

LOLA When her heart is bravest, what is that?

ANAHEED [To Lola] That was beautiful.

HAILEY To succeed in musical theater.

WHAT KEIRA WROTE Musical theater
WHAT DESTINY WROTE To marry a lumberjack
Keira: 4 | Destiny: 1 | Jahmane: 3

LOLA Nice job, everyone. You guys are great!


KEIRA I love this game!

ANAHEED [To Keira] We forgot to say: you won! You are the best friend!

[Clapping and cheering ensue]


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  • Charlotte CallaGirl May 17th, 2013 7:32 PM

    I LOVE!
    Great interview/quiz/thingy!

  • Nomi May 17th, 2013 8:49 PM

    Yaaaaaaay I’m so happy to see this come back this was one of my favorite articles! You guys should do more of these!

  • Jes May 17th, 2013 10:41 PM

    seong and toni are frickin awesome. i wish i was friends with themmmm

  • Jes May 17th, 2013 10:52 PM

    okay, I finished reading, and all of them are awesome. why am i not in nyc??

  • I.ila May 17th, 2013 11:52 PM

    ooohh, Lucretius!

    • HaverchuckForPresident May 19th, 2013 6:34 AM

      LUCRETIUS <3

  • Alex S. May 18th, 2013 12:28 AM

    This was so much fun to read, it was almost like I was there. Forever now gravitated towards the idea of going to an Ihop in the wee hours of the night when I can’t sleep in hopes of meeting fun strangers like this/people watching because that’s just a lot of fun too.

  • rhymeswithorange May 18th, 2013 1:03 AM

    Fan-freakin’-tastic <3

  • Melisa May 18th, 2013 3:02 AM

    Oh my god. I’ve been waiting for this.

    Susanna and Wells are just freaking cute. Perf couple.
    Seong and Toni are such a fun duo.
    Samhita and Teresa sounds cool.
    I LOLed throughout reading Keira, Hailey, Destiny, and Jahmane’s.
    Sam and Ray are just rad. Would love to be friends with them.
    Marissa, Jon, and Bradley’s little nighttime adventure is wow. (Got drunk+fell on a pizza+fractured a bone+meeting snoop dogg in one night??)

  • elliecp May 18th, 2013 4:36 AM

    These are so awesome! Such a good idea, and god I want pancakes now :(

  • strawberryhair May 18th, 2013 5:25 AM

    Susanna and Wells <3 asdfghjkl

  • jessthetics May 18th, 2013 9:13 AM

    This is amazing! It makes me want to get pancakes with my friends immediately.

  • umi May 18th, 2013 1:46 PM

    starfire she was my girl

  • Conana May 18th, 2013 1:56 PM

    Susanna and Wells are the cutest couple ever <3 <3 I wish I had friends like them :cccc

  • hanalady May 18th, 2013 5:27 PM

    this is both hilarious and adorable. i love it.

    but heads up, there is some wacky stuff going on with capitalization, also the fonts, and sometimes your formatting marks show up in the article.

    • Anaheed May 18th, 2013 6:41 PM

      Thanks, hanalady. You guys have no idea the problems I had trying to get this piece up yesterday. I’m fixing everything now, but I’m sorry you had to read it in its original error-ridden state!

      • Dyl May 23rd, 2013 10:05 PM

        There’s still some weird formatting issues on page 4, just so you know.

        This was great though. I LOVED IT

        • Anaheed May 25th, 2013 6:11 PM

          Thank you, Dyl! I think I fixed those, but lemme know if you notice any more. And sorry again, everyone, that this went up with so many errors/issues. My computer kept crashing and I had been awake for more than 48 hours and then WordPress kept reverting to earlier versions and…I’m getting heart palpitations just REMEMBERING that day.

  • Nadya May 19th, 2013 12:34 AM

    Am I the only one who still didn’t get Well’s “going around the diamond” thing? What does this mean!

    • NotReallyChristian May 19th, 2013 5:58 PM

      It means he did lots of other more serious stuff than kissing without ever actually kissing, I think. Like you know the ‘first base’ ‘second base’ euphemisms for romantic/sexual stuff? It means he skipped the early ‘bases’ and went straight to the end.

  • amelia May 19th, 2013 4:29 AM

    i love this feature! the city that i live in doesn’t have many open-all-night places, so i love reading this… hope you do another one soon!

  • pollystyrene May 19th, 2013 7:51 AM

    It’s too bad there aren’t any places like that around my town, I’d love to go on a midnight pancake eating adventure with my friends.

  • Patrícia May 19th, 2013 10:39 AM

    Seong and Toni were so awesome, seriously, holy crap.

  • Ruby B. May 19th, 2013 10:43 PM

    I love Open All Night so much! That first couple made me unbelievably happy because of cuteness

  • EmilyJn May 20th, 2013 8:57 AM

    What’s 4/20? I don’t know if I’m being stupid or if it’s a primarily American thing or something?

    • annah-daly May 21st, 2013 11:11 AM

      It’s my husband and I’s anniversary! 4-20 2010!
      No, it’s bob Marley’s birthday, or else a day to get reeeally stoned. we have Marley fest where i live and we play reggae and people walk around waving bags of weed to sell and don’t even get in trouble! everyone loves 4-20!

  • wallflower152 May 20th, 2013 1:24 PM

    I love this! I read the other one in the Yearbook I believe. Makes me want IHOP and it’s kool to see how there are a bunch of people out there just like you only different. This and People Reviews are some my favorite Rookie features. : )

  • taliabc May 20th, 2013 3:54 PM

    Oh my god these are so perfect please do more!

  • Pashupati May 22nd, 2013 10:30 PM

    I would hate to be Robin if my older sibling was Batman.

  • unicornconnect May 25th, 2013 4:35 AM

    I need to live in new yorkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  • julalondon September 12th, 2013 2:50 AM

    OMG this is crazy but i just found this article i don’t know what happend there but somehow i missed this???!!! The last one was on of my favourite articles on here EVER and today i’m having a really shitty day and i decided to flick through some old rookie articles and i find THIS!!! Thank you thank you thank you thank you!!!