PHOTOS & INTERVIEWS & SOME WORDS: LILY LANDAU '18
& MORE WORDS: BEN ROMERO '16
Let’s be clear. I’ve never eaten lobster, nor will I ever. I have this weird thing with seafood. When I was seven, my third cousin caught a fish with a hook through its eye, and I’ve never quite recovered. Ever since, I’ve had this weird sympathy for sea creatures, which probably says something equally weird about my psychological development. More on that later. But, I get it. People love lobsters. People love lobsters. Tell someone you do not enjoy lobsters, and you will discover how much people love lobsters. I’ve always been curious as to where this deep routed (possibly Freudian) desire comes from. Thus, METHOD commissioned the ever-resourceful LILY LANDAU ’18 to interview those who decided to attend WesWings annual Lobster Fest. Where better to learn about the primal desire that drives people to spend 29 points (yes, 29) on a crustacean? And, no, for those of you who are hoping METHOD published another piece involving bodily functions, I did not vomit.
SUBJECT 1: While waiting on “line that is 3 miles long,” Michael Creager reminisced about “brighter days” when he would go out on friends’ boats to catch lobster, and cook and eat them fresh. He asserted that WesWings does a “decent” job of cooking lobster. Quite the review.
SUBJECT 2: Christian expressed his discontent with his friends, who left Wes Wings before Christian got his lobster. When I asked if he believes that lobster fest brings out the worst in people, he responded, “I would say that it brings out the lobster people.” Ain’t that the truth, Christian.
SUBJECT 3: Will Moss told METHOD that he was at lobster fest because he has an excess of points, and decided to “be extravagant” and blow some of his “unneeded points” on lobster. What are “unneeded points,” and how does one get some?
SUBJECT 4: Ali waited for more than 40 minutes for her lobster, but she confided in METHOD that she was not going to allow her dissatisfaction with waiting ruin her dining experience. Lobster Fest is all about the long game, after all.
SUBJECT 5: Wesley is a senior, a four-time attendee of Lobster Fest. Freshmen year, he bought a single lobster. He was “really sad after he ate it, because it was over so soon.” Don’t worry Wesley, METHOD feels that way about our first times too. So, sophomore year, he bought two lobsters and ate both of them. When junior year rolled around, the tradition continued, buying three lobsters. As a senior, Wesley knew that he had to purchase four lobsters. When we asked how he would possibly eat them all, he told METHOD, “two are for now, and two are for after I party and come home to, ya know, eat lobster.” Who says Wesleyan isn’t a party school?
Wesley confessed that Lobster Fest is his favorite time of the year, so he feels compelled to “get as many as possible.” His parting words to METHOD were, “How many times are you gonna get lobster at Wesleyan? You’ve gotta get as many as possible.” I love seeing genuine passion for issues at Wesleyan.
SUBJECT 6: Jason Bradner, expressed his displeasure with the small amount of lobster given for his valuable 29 points. He believes that everyone should get 2 lobsters for 29 points. Jason then told me ‘the darkest side of lobster fest’—there is never enough lobster for the amount of students that demand it. The horror.
So what did I learn? Lobster Fest is for the strong and the delusional, the hopeful and the tragic, the bitches and the drinks. Oddly enough, I think it’s the most unified the campus has been since Beyonce dropped her last album. But, I’ll still pass. Maybe next year.