Week 1 complete! and a Wake ‘N’ Shake phenomenon

Holy smokes – this weekend was insanely awesome!  Obviously it started off with a tremendous night out on the Quad, or actually under the awning of Wait Chapel because the Quad was a bit wet.  Two of my favorite people, Connor and Katherine, joined me for quite a memorable night.  The most clutch play of the night was Connor bringing along his guitar for the camping which provided for ample sing-a-along opportunities.  Sporadic rain accompanied us throughout the night, but our cardboard boxes and blankets kept us comfortable.  At least, Connor and I were comfortable.  Katherine, on the other hand, decided to join the camp sesh after raging at the Barn, and as a result was not adequately prepared for the elements.  Nonetheless, she endured all the concoctions Mother Nature brewed up for us, which included a hefty dose of rain and even a sprinkle of hail, or so my ears remember.

To celebrate a most pleasant camp, Katherine introduced Connor and me to Breakfast, Of Course!, a fairly delicious diner with a pretty awesome bunch of servers too.  The child / curious adolescent in me couldn’t resist the breakfast nachos, a combination of foods which I previously did not know existed.   Meanwhile, Katherine ordered up some classic boring sandwich thing she gets every time while Connor was feeling particularly bold and requested a stack of strawberry pancakes that turned out to weigh more than he did.  Working as a cohesive unit of veteran Quad campers, we devoured all three of our plates.   Never will we waste! And, fun fact, Breakfast, Of Course! does not have a liquor license – just saying.

As of 11 AM, the three of us had already camped and enjoyed the breakfast of a lifetime, so I was pretty much ready to call it a day and hit the sack.  However, little did I know that I was in for one of the most epic day of days with the advent of Wake ‘N’ Shake!  I attended the event two years ago as a young and slightly (highly) intoxicated Sophomore, and it was a blast.  Little did I know what I was missing out on as a sober participant!  Without a doubt one of the most fun days I’ve had at Wake Forest, and it was largely thanks to the amazing spirits of all the people coming together to fight for a good cause.  Derricca on the MC gig was on fire for most of the night, as was Gaby all of the Exec and Morale Crew.  As always, Amanda Finney made it the best time ever.  The event was so well organized that the 12 hours seemed to blow by in what felt closer to 12 seconds.  Best of all, it was all in the name of helping others.  As Derricca would say, “Oh yeah.”

Quad camping resumes tonight!  Monday, Monday – who knows what the day will bring, but here’s to finding out with a smile on the face and a pep in the step.  Gigi Esser, who was also one of the stars at Wake ‘N’ Shake and actually gave me a a fantastic picture of a horse and a fish hangin’ out, has a short motto that fits the recipe no matter the other ingredients.  “Work hard and smile.”  That’s what she says.  Who knew it was that easy…


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