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Every now and again, I see things that take me back to another place and time. I plan on documenting those things here.

At the University of South Carolina there is a day, one day, every week, where all differences at the University are set aside in pursuit of one thing and one thing only.

Chicken Fingers and Curly Fries.

Every Wednesday throughout college, I would drop everything in order to grab some chicken fingers and curly fries. I wasn’t the only one though. It didn’t matter whether you were black or white, gay or straight, Christian or atheist, Math major or English major, athlete or chemical engineer, Carolina fan or Clemson fan, girl in Ugg boots or anti-Ugg boots, fun person or accounting major, all of those differences meant nothing in the face of Chicken Finger Wednesday.

Among my friends that would congregate every Wednesday for CFW, or Chibby Fibby Wibby as it also came to be known, were Grayson Mathis, Danny Caudy, Telly Davakos, Amy Fraley, Joel Baroody, Ben Hartzell, Tyler Williamson and many, many others.

When looking at Chicken Finger Wednesday from an outside (read: graduated) perspective, it’s hard to answer the question: Why? The simple answer is that the chicken fingers and curly fries were delicious. However, you can get delicious food just about anywhere at just about anytime. No, no, this was something more, something greater.

Perhaps it was just the fact that CFW masqueraded as a time that we could plan our weeks around as an excuse to spend some time together. I know that for the last four semesters of college I made my schedule such that I would have space for lunch on Wednesday. I also think it was for the fellowship.

Almost no one ate lunch alone on Chicken Finger Wednesday. On almost any other day, you could walk through the Russell House and see people studying or grabbing a quick bite to eat between classes. On Wednesday though, you’d be lucky to find a table and you could look around and see gangs of students sitting together, laughing and talking while devouring the fine fried morsels that Sodexho so lovingly prepared.

I think one of the beautiful things about CFW is that I cannot remember a single moment or story that really stands out. I could tell you hundreds of stories about the guys that I lived with, or working at the college newspaper, or playing Ultimate, or intramurals, or football games that stand out and illustrate why I loved those things. However, CFW was all about a constant. It was a normal thing that was anything but normal. All we ever did at CFW was sit and talk and eat chicken fingers but, somehow, its lack of memorability is what makes it so memorable.

I was reminded of CFW thanks to the episode of NBC’s Community that is below. I encourage anyone who went to the University of South Carolina to watch it, because you will simply think to yourself, “Why didn’t I do something like that? I could have had all of Gamecock nation in the palm of my hand…”

Then again, Chibby Fibby Wibby is most likely above that kind of corruption in reality.

I raise my glass to you Chicken Finger Wednesday.

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