Good news

Posted by: yoyo52

Good news - 12/07/06 09:04 AM

My son just got his CONGRATULATIONS envelope from his first choice of schools, Penn State <br><br>I haven't opened the envelope of course, but it's looking pretty good for him <br><br>Now we just have to figure out how to pay for it <br><br>____________________________________________________<br>Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive,<br>But to be young was very heaven!
Posted by: Trog

Re: Good news - 12/07/06 09:21 AM

WE ARE...! <br><br><br>(Oh, forgot, you don't like college football )<br><br>
Posted by: yoyo52

Re: Good news - 12/07/06 10:07 AM

I do , I do , I do like college football. I just don't like obscene salaries for coaches and having football wag the college's tail.<br><br>____________________________________________________<br>Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive,<br>But to be young was very heaven!
Posted by: Pete

Re: Good news - 12/07/06 10:32 AM

Congrats! One of the best feelings in the world - for the student that is. <br><br>Thought I'm guessing it wasn't Dad's first choice, cost-wise...<br><br>
Posted by: Optimus_George

Re: Good news - 12/07/06 10:35 AM

Why doesn't he just get a school loan?<br><br>
Posted by: yoyo52

Re: Good news - 12/07/06 11:19 AM

We'll have to borrow, no doubt about that, George, but my wife and I have been doing the stupid thing, which is saving for college expenses, and the result is that we probably won't qualify for grants or scholarships or anything like that. And since you live in PA you know that for a public school (or quasi-public or whatever it is) PSU is not cheap--the most expensive of the Big Ten schools for in-state tuition, in fact. So we'll just suck it up and borrow what we need. I honestly don't mind it, to tell the truth. I saw a news article a while ago where people at PSU were complaining that they had such high debt after graduation, the average being 20K. That's a lot of money, don't get me wrong--but don't people borrow that much and more for cars all the time? In my book, four years of college is worth a lot more than any car I've ever seen. Well, maybe not any car, but most <br><br>____________________________________________________<br>Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive,<br>But to be young was very heaven!
Posted by: Lea

Re: Good news - 12/07/06 11:23 AM

Congratulations, yoyo. Y'all must be very proud.<br><br>Now, go watch Animal House. <br><br><br><br><br><br>[color:blue] Talk about things and nobody cares . . .</font color=blue>
Posted by: Trog

Re: Good news - 12/07/06 11:27 AM

A college education is now the second most expensive investment - behind buying a home. <br><br>The communist side of me thinks there is something wrong with that.<br><br><br>
Posted by: OSXaddict

Re: Good news - 12/07/06 12:06 PM

Congrats on his getting accepted.<br><br>I think what George was asking is...why doesn't your son get the loan?<br><br>I wish my parents would have paid for college for me, but with 8 kids that's kinda hard. I don't regret it though....I have learned a lot out in the world since high school.<br><br>
Posted by: walzuhair

Re: Good news - 12/07/06 12:11 PM

Congratulations <br>Is it a university far from where you're living?<br><br>www.waleedsgallery.biz<br>
Posted by: sean

Re: Good news - 12/07/06 01:03 PM

getting student loans is partially predicated on income and i assume yoyo is going to claim his son on his income taxes for years to come -- rightfully so. and, doing so also puts his son's loan applications into competition with kids who are supporting themselves and making little money or kids of parents making much less than yoyo. <br><br>the same thing happened to me when i went to college. my parents made too much much and i couldn't get the good students loans or any kind of grants (e.g., pell grants). fortunately, my parents paid for my undergraduate degree but i had to supplement my living expenses, etc. with a part time job. but, they could have screwed me by claiming me on their taxes and then not helped me out. <br><br>my wife and i both received our doctorates without taking out a single student loan. then again, i went to the university of kansas and it was crazy cheap. many students from illinois came cheaper to KU out of state than going to the university of illinois as in-state students. <br><br>Al, congrats to your son.<br><br>--<br>"I am mindful that diversity is one of the strengths of the country" --president bush on 9/27/05
Posted by: drjohn

Re: Good news - 12/07/06 01:40 PM

Congratulations to your son...and his parents.<br><br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Now we just have to figure out how to pay for it<p><hr></blockquote><p>I can't help but remember what a semester's tuition was when I started school at the UW-Madison. I won't say cuz it would make you feel bad. <br><br>In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move. Douglas Adams<br>
Posted by: polymerase

Re: Good news - 12/07/06 01:46 PM

My room and board was $1,200 a semester and I unloaded freight cars for the incidentals. (Books and beer.) My son's top choice has $40,000.00 as tuition only. Fortunately they serve them gruel and they sleep on boards so the rest won't be so tough.<br><br><br><br>
Posted by: yoyo52

Re: Good news - 12/07/06 02:57 PM

Thanks to all on my son's behalf. The school is about a three hour drive from where we live, Waleed--far enough to give him freedom and close enough so we can get there in case of need. His second choice was USC, out in Los Angeles--a very different proposition entirely. I don't know what you paid, drjohn, but when I was an undergraduate I could earn tuition working during the summer, like poly, and then I worked to mae living/boarding expenses during the school year, like Sean. I got a little bit of help from my parents, but pretty minimal. Things are very different nowadays. I agree with Trog's socialist response, but since we live in a capitalist country I still would rather spend money on the education than on the car.<br><br>____________________________________________________<br>Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive,<br>But to be young was very heaven!
Posted by: Trog

Re: Good news - 12/07/06 03:05 PM

Yikes, sounds like you should be happy about PSU - at least it is in-state tuition. I would expect USC's would be outrageous, even for CA residents.<br><br>On the other hand, its a better football team. <br><br>
Posted by: yoyo52

Re: Good news - 12/07/06 04:39 PM

Better teams come and go. Where was USC a decade ago? But you're right about tuition <br><br>____________________________________________________<br>Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive,<br>But to be young was very heaven!
Posted by: walzuhair

Re: Good news - 12/07/06 04:52 PM

Just make sure they're not taser happy <br><br>www.waleedsgallery.biz<br>
Posted by: yoyo52

Re: Good news - 12/07/06 04:59 PM

The whole policing thing is much more intense nowadays, but the tasering was out in Los Angeles, at UCLA, where no doubt the campus cops are TV-cop-show star wannabes <br><br>____________________________________________________<br>Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive,<br>But to be young was very heaven!
Posted by: DLC

Re: Good news - 12/07/06 06:06 PM

COngratulations !!<br><br>Glad you could join us in the "poor house" -we can always use some good company YoYo.<br><br>Would you like a peanut butter or mayonaise sandwich for dinner? <br><br>We just finished 9 semesters at the CIA in NY?<br>Son graduates in 2 weeks and enters the "world of jobs", we hope. 1 down 1 to go.<br><br>Believe me, you'll find a way to cover it.<br>Best of luck to you and your son.<br><br><br>David (OFI)
Posted by: bird

Re: Good news - 12/07/06 06:14 PM

Yo way to go..... Congratulations to all. Three hours away is great, <br>still close enough to come home for the holidays and a home cooked meal. Pretty close to perfect. He has his foot in the door the rest will take care of it's self. <br><br>
Posted by: Mactico

Re: Good news - 12/07/06 06:16 PM

No entiendo de que se trata, pero debe ser algo muy bueno, asi que te felicito.<br><br><br>
Posted by: yoyo52

Re: Good news - 12/07/06 06:35 PM

Es que Penn State University admitió a mi hijo, y el empezará sus estudios allí el otoño que viene.<br><br>Y como es claro, nos costará much much dinero <br><br>____________________________________________________<br>Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive,<br>But to be young was very heaven!
Posted by: Mactico

Re: Good news - 12/07/06 06:52 PM

Como decimos por acá: Pura Vida.<br>Algun prestamo para estudiantes, beca? Que carrera va estudiar?<br><br><br>
Posted by: lesh

Re: Good news - 12/07/06 06:52 PM

Congrats to all, Al, that's exciting news! (My parents are/were both Penn State alumni.)<br><br>
Posted by: yoyo52

Re: Good news - 12/07/06 07:31 PM

Por supuesto, unos cuantos prestamos. Una beca es posible, pero veremos--ojalá.<br><br>Quiere estudiar todo lo que tenga que ver con la producción y la distribución de peliculas. Ha hecho bastantes peliculitas el mismo, con Final Cut Express HD, y hace un par de meses que ha estado trabajando con un un un profesional, produciendo un anuncio publico para un centro artistico nuevo en nuestro pueblo, todo en Final Cut Express HD también. El anuncio se podrá ver en todos los teatros de la region, posiblemente hasta en Philadelphia.<br><br>For those of you who are linguistically challenged by Spanish :<br><br>Certainly, several loans. A scholarship may be possible, but we'll see--hopefully.<br><br>He wants to study everything that has to do with production and distributin of films. He's made a bunch of little films on his own, with Final Cut Express HD, and for the last couple of months he's b een working with a professional, producing a public announcement for a new art center in our town, also with Final Cut Express HD. The announcement will be played in all the local theaters, maybe even in Philly.<br><br>____________________________________________________<br>Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive,<br>But to be young was very heaven!
Posted by: MacGizmo

Re: Good news - 12/07/06 08:02 PM

Congrats!<br><br>CreativeGuy for daily tips, tricks and commentary on all things graphic design.
Posted by: carp

Re: Good news - 12/07/06 08:06 PM

Super congrats , he's a chip off the old block <br>Just gently remind him , he has to work off your school loan , with interest lets see car washes for the next 50 years maybe ?<br><br>
Posted by: yoyo52

Re: Good news - 12/07/06 08:38 PM

<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>car washes<p><hr></blockquote><p><br>I'm thinking bigger, carp . . . but that's a beginning <br><br>____________________________________________________<br>Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive,<br>But to be young was very heaven!
Posted by: Boothby4

Re: Good news - 12/08/06 06:22 AM

Ah, Happy Valley. A drinking town with a football problem! My brother graduated from PSU. Awsome place. Congrats!!!<br><br><br>Salus populi suprema lex
Posted by: SparkCollector

Re: Good news - 12/08/06 06:36 AM

Cool for your son, YoYo.<br><br>Man! I've had some fun in State College, playing with my band at the 'Skellar, and (the long gone and sadly missed) Carl's Brickhouse Tavern...running up there just for the heck of it to see Queen Bee and the Blue Hornet Band (RIP Tonya "The Queen Bee" Brown...just found out last weekend that she had died), Arts Festival Weekend, Tailgating (Seems they've COMPLETELY killed that off)...whether we made it into the games or not, didn't matter..<br><br>I miss not knowing anyone going to school there anymore so I had a free place to stay.<br><br>Oooohhhh...THAT's why I should've had a couple kids!!! <br><br><br><br>
Posted by: yoyo52

Re: Good news - 12/08/06 07:01 AM

Hey, Sparky, do you know the building right next to the 'Skellar, the Homerella building, a three or four story white box of a monstrosity? I used to live there way back when. It was very convenient to the 'Skellar. All I had to do was look out my bedroom window to see what was happening. <br><br>____________________________________________________<br>Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive,<br>But to be young was very heaven!
Posted by: SparkCollector

Re: Good news - 12/08/06 08:43 AM

<OL><B>"...do you know the building right next to the 'Skellar, the Homerella building, a three or four story white box of a monstrosity?"</B></OL>Vaguely.<br><br>What I <B><I>do</B></I> remember clearly is that the Rathskellar is the only bar I've ever been in where you could buy a case of beer at a time.<br><br>Rolling Rock ponies for $10.50/case, and they'd give you a free opener. Carving your name into the old wooden booths was practically encouraged and not something they'd bust you for. On band nights the back room was about 110° and 98% humidity. And the men's room communal urinal trough that would get filled with piss-full beer bottles. I couldn't imagine having to clean that bathroom at the end of the night!<br><br>Then, if we wanted a good selection of imports, we'd jump upstairs to Zeno's.<br><br>
Posted by: steveg

Re: Good news - 12/10/06 09:50 AM

Good grief! Are we talkin' about that skinny little kid that was in my apartment in Manhattan 4 or 5 years ago?!<br><br>Mazeltov, Carlos! <br><br>
Posted by: yoyo52

Re: Good news - 12/10/06 10:31 AM

If you thought he was skinne back then, you ought see him now!<br><br>____________________________________________________<br>Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive,<br>But to be young was very heaven!
Posted by: steveg

Re: Good news - 12/10/06 11:24 AM

Has to run around in the shower to get wet, eh?<br><br>