We’ve been told by a number of past interns that we would start to feel like we’re a part of a bigger “OLIP family” after just a few short weeks. For many of us, that feeling of family really hit during the annual “intern chilli day” hosted by one of the OLIP coordinators, Rick Sage, and his wife, Lorraine Luski – herself a former OLIP intern and coordinator.
The chilli lunch offered us a great opportunity to relax and get to know each other better. We learned that Rick and Lorraine are avid “cavers” who have travelled all around North America. We also learned that this recreational pastime is great fun, but not for the faint of heart – especially those who may get a little anxious in tight spaces! We also got to see our fellow interns’ improvisation, word association and acting skills while playing the “intern game.” You know you’re starting get to know each other pretty well when you only need a split second to act out and get your teammates to accurately guess “anvil” or “Michelle Obama” in a round of charades!
We knew we were in for a treat the moment we walked into their lovely home. Spanish music was playing softly in the background, chips, salsa and guacamole lay calling us to the table, and a cooler filled with various drinks sat ready and waiting. It was really quite the meal! Not only did Rick and Lorraine have chili simmering on the stovetop – they had three of the most delicious kinds of chilli we’ve ever had! The green chicken chili with white beans was a particularly big crowd pleaser!