Ask A Bastard: Lost Posts Edition

Thanks to last week’s edition, I’m 99% sure of what I am I going to do. By the end of the year, I’m going to apply to there different schools for admission into an MSW program. The CSSP program, while awesome, isn’t really what I should be doing (or really, what I want to do). The money issue is only of concern in regards to what sort of private-practice or teaching I could do. Thank you, everyone, for providing me with the direction I needed.

Now I need to finish what I started. Onto the questions:

Aerin asks:
-Why did you choose Beloit for undergrad (apologies if you’ve discussed this before). Were there other schools you were looking at/investigated/applied to?
-Do you know the story behind your middle name? Just out of curiosity

As for Beloit, in my senior year at LT, I applied to four schools: Loras, Ripon, Knox and Beloit. My parents sat me down and forced me to write out my apps to all of these schools, and a few more, even though I was talking about going to a community college and then transferring to a four year school. My parents shot that idea down. They both said, “You’re going away to school.” When I kept pushing, they both told me about their college experience. My dad’s words stuck with me: “I got a scholarship to any school in Illinois, and we could afford to send me anywhere. I couldn’t afford the boarding and the books. We can send you away, so you need to go.” So I went.

I visited all four and Marquette. I was going to apply to Marquette until my dad pointed out where Jeffery Dahmer lived. That, and the consistent smell of stale beer, nixed Marquette.

I visited Loras first. Small rooms, a bad radio station and a psych department that didn’t interest me. I went to Beloit during the Prospective Student week. I met about five people who stayed in touch with me over the year, who took me to parties and my first late night IHOP trip. Beloit also gave me a huge scholarship. I knew then and there that I was going to Beloit. To be completely sure, I visited Knox and Ripon.

Knox, your Alma Mattar, was next. The tour was boring and the chalkings seemed flat to the ones I saw at Beloit. My dad and I just kept saying, “it’s no Beloit.” I spent the night at Ripon–my host was boring. He didn’t take me anywhere and he said, “most people just stay with their own friends.” He didn’t even take me to the cafeteria for dinner.

The next morning, I spoke with a football player and philosophy major. He told me a story about being pelted by food by Beloiters during a home coming game. I thought to myself, “this place sucks so bad, I want to throw food at you too.” When I got home, I called a bunch of people and said, “Beloit it is.”

I never looked back. I never regretted my decision. Beloit was the best decision I made in high school–and helped me become who I am today.

Von also asked about my middle name (Anton). Here’s that story.

My maternal grandfather was Anton Paul Pristo. My birth was difficult (foreshadowing!) and I had to be delivered via c-section. Because my parents weren’t sure they could have another child, and how much my dad loved my grandfather, they named me after both grandfathers. Martin Gleason, my dad’s father, died in 1961, long before my dad met my mom

Von also asked:

Seriously. How much damage could I have done to my vocal cords by screaming for like 2 hours non-stop? Could it be permanent?

It’s possible that you will develop nodules on vocal chords, but considering that you did give up smoking I don’t think you have done any permanent damage. If your voice starts to squeek or you’re hoarse after a week, you should see a doctor. Repeated, long term shouting can seriously damage them. What on earth were you shouting at for two hours? The Cubs?

That’s it for this week. Please, please, please email or post more questions. It gives me something to do on Monday morning.

4 thoughts on “Ask A Bastard: Lost Posts Edition

  1. Dear OPB,

    How is it that some people, when they travel, look so poised and put together – breezing through security, their rolly suitcases, laptop bags and coats gliding along behind them so easily – while I, even after six years of traveling at least three times a year for work, am still the most awkward traveler ever?

    I don’t wear complicated shoes through security; I know which things I wear will set off the security sensors and therefore take them off beforehand; I even pack efficiently.

    And yet.

    I’m the one whose rolling laptop bag gets stuck on every possible thing that sticks out, and whose pile of stuff seemed so manageable when packing, once at the gate becomes awkward and unwieldly?

    How do other people do it and look good?

  2. You asked ME a question, so I will answer it. I was screaming for two hours at the NKOTB concert. Read my blog once in a while, won’t you?

  3. Thanks for the explanation about both questions – I thought that was your middle name from FB and I was curious. Also interesting to know you looked at Knox – it would have been odd to have three alum from our high school there instead of 2 (the student body was around 1100 at the time).

    Why do political campaigns always turn negative?

    Why do states not pass laws to allow people to register to vote and vote on the same day (like in Wisconsin)?

    How do you feel about proposals to lower the drinking age to 18?

  4. I am glad you picked Beloit. It was there that you met Chuckles and AG wouldn’t have gotten to know you if you hadn’t known Chuckles.

    Thank you Beloit and Chuckles for such a great person in my life!

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