Open All Night, Part Three

An evening of laughter, tears, and freaky coincidences.

3:04 AM John (23), Derek (19), Dominick (20)


amy rose Where are you guys coming from?

derek We just left the Boiler Room.

anaheed How was it?

dominick It was OK.

derek It was good!

anaheed What makes the difference between a good night and an OK night?

dominick To be honest, it really depends on who you’re with.

anaheed [To Derek and John] I don’t know if you guys noticed, but Dominick just sort of dissed you, because he was like, “It was just OK tonight at Boiler Room,” and when I asked what makes it OK versus a good night, he goes, “It depends on who you’re with.”

dominick Aaaah!

amy rose Ohhhhhhh…

dominick But I only go there with them!

john This was my first time!

derek It was John’s first time, and John’s great, so it was a good night.

dominick Ah! So what am I?

derek No, I’m just saying it’s usually just us, but John adds to us!

dominick Yeah, it’s usually just us and everyone thinks we’re a couple, but we’re very much not. We’re like siblings if anything.

amy rose How do you guys know each other?

john Twitter.

amy rose How did that happen?

dominick It was probably through this girl called Bleed Babe.

john Bleed underscore babe. She’s like Twitter famous—I don’t fucking know. She’s like a really good friend of mine, but we haven’t met in real life.

anaheed So you guys were both following her and responding to stuff of hers and then you saw each other’s tweets?

dominick I don’t know. It was probably like some really corny joke that we both thought was funny—

john And then we started tweeting at each other.

anaheed And how do you guys know Derek?

derek I met Dom through Twitter.

anaheed What are your Twitter handles? Can we put them in the article?

john You can if you want.

anaheed What are they?

john Johnthefame.

dominick Mine is so dumb!

derek Mine is zhetut.

anaheed What does that mean? Is it Egyptian?

derek [Squeals] Yeah! Exactly! It’s like “the Tut,” but I wanted the the to be fancy, so I put it as zhe.

anaheed Do you relate with King Tut?

derek It’s a really long story of how you can be on social networks at different points in your life and you could possibly delete [a profile] and then return—so it felt like a reincarnation.

anaheed ’Cause you had been on Twitter before under a different name?

derek Yeah. And then some foolishness happened, so then like the second one…

amy rose Wait, what happened? You can’t gloss over that!

derek Well, I’m an artist, so, like, I’m very expressive. But I was younger, so I was, like, using my body for art…

john [Laughs]

derek But I guess it was “suggestive” to some people, so that was a problem.

anaheed What happened?

derek Like, someone told my mom.

john [Laughs]

derek So then I changed it to zhetut.

anaheed And Dominick, what’s your Twitter?

dominick OK, it’s algeba—like algebra but without the R. In “1+1,” Beyoncé mispronounces algebra that way: She goes, “algeba.”

anaheed That’s cute though.

amy rose How’d you guys decide to come to IHOP?

dominick We come here every time we go out!

john ’Cause Derek loves IHOP.

derek I’m annoying because I do, I love IHOP.

john Listen to this: For his 20th birthday, he wants to go to IHOP!

derek Yeah, my birthday’s next week.

anaheed Happy birthday.

derek Thank you. I wanna go to IHOP, and everybody’s like, “What?”

john Nooooo.

derek [Squealing] It’s my birthday, though!

amy rose Do you think they’ll put a candle in pancakes for you?

derek Could you imagine? I would cry!

amy rose So what happened at the Boiler Room?

john We got some drinks there, and then this guy with dreads was like, “You’re gorgeous,” and he kissed my hand.

dominick Did he?!

john Yeah, he kissed my hand and then he’s like, “Come talk to me,” and I was like, “OK,” and then he’s like, “Yeah, my husband’s over there,” and I was like, “Oh.”

anaheed Was he trying to bring a third into their—

dominick I don’t think he was.

anaheed But what else could that have been? Why else would he kiss your hand and then immediately mention his husband?

john I don’t know! It was the weirdest thing.

derek So then Dom was getting super talkative with that guy, and I felt like the husband wasn’t enjoying it as much, so I was like, “It’s time to go.”


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  • shannoncarol June 10th, 2014 3:20 AM

    I love Open All Night so much. Makes me want to stay out all night with my friends too :)

  • daintysprinkles June 10th, 2014 4:53 AM

    I remember reading the first ‘Open All Night’ in Yearbook One and I literally fell in love with the article – I still read it repeatedly ! My face just lit up when I saw this I was just like YESS :D I want Brittany’s tattoo and I want to to be John’s friend !!!

  • Roschen June 10th, 2014 6:22 AM

    Open All Night always makes me so happy. The last interview was especially very heartwarming.

  • ghostelic June 10th, 2014 7:24 AM

    on the derek, john and dominick conversation are some mistakes, like someone turns out to be “julian” and john has two twitter profiles

  • laurajane June 10th, 2014 11:40 AM

    THIS IS THE CUTEST THING I wanna do this for a living somebody hook me up

  • lexilikes June 10th, 2014 12:25 PM

    I love these! The Nirvana tattoo is amazing <3 Such a great series Rookie!

  • Laia June 10th, 2014 1:35 PM

    i love this!

  • Julia June 10th, 2014 4:34 PM

    I go to Carver, the school Derek went to! small world.

  • Nomali June 11th, 2014 1:31 AM

    So warm. So fuzzy.

    This made my night, Rooks.

  • Valerie Violet June 11th, 2014 5:46 AM

    These are always my favourite! Make me feel like part of the HUMAN RACE in the best way

  • oliviare June 11th, 2014 10:43 AM

    Eek, I love this! Conversations with random people are always the best at getting me out of my bubble and realizing that there are SO many cool, interesting people in the world that I pass by every day. brb running to IHOP

  • meels June 11th, 2014 5:55 PM

    always love reading these!!! never stop, i love these strangers

  • Monq June 12th, 2014 5:24 PM

    This is perfection!