I've been debating for the last few days how to best approach revealing a side to the ol' ZenFo Pro that has only peaked out here up to this point. When I was in high school, I wasn't just a drunken idiot who played in a punk band and ditched more classes than I attended during my last two years, a guy from a lower middle-class background who made it out alive. That was just the fun stuff, but it's only half of the story.
I may have been a drunken teenage rebel, but I was a hyperactive drunken teenage rebel. And I count my blessings every damned day that I was fortunate enough to grow up with two very hard-working parents on a farm in the middle of nowhere Virginia. I worked my way through college, working sometimes upward of 50 hours a week while taking a full course load.
I had an IM conversation with a girl (who I guess, has never visited this site before and had found my blog while searching for information on fair-trade technology and just wanted somebody to listen) who was told she should drop out of school because she doesn't fit in. She attends a very affluent institution, similar to Miami, and has to work two jobs to get through school, has a kid living with her folks, and still maintains a Dean's List level GPA.
Her boyfriend apparently dumped her when he found out about the kid. He was afraid dating a girl from a working-class background would crimp his future law school and political ambitions.
This girl's sitting in some university thousands of miles away from me and just needed to vent. I have no clue why she chose to hit the Yahoo IM button. Of course, I have no clue why people read this site anyway.
If you're a 22-year old tool who'd dump your girlfriend because she has a kid, then turn around and tell her to drop out because you're embarrassed people might find out you had been dating her, well, don't ever run for public office. Seriously.
And please don't ever, ever let me catch you in my town. I might just have to beat your ignorant monkey ass. I say might only because I don't think it would really be worth it.
If you're some random reader and you have to even ask whether or not the guy I'm talking about here might be you, it probably isn't. I don't even have a first name. But if you suspect it might be you, well, you might need to reevaluate your priorities.
I wasn't planning on posting anything tonight, but just in case the IMer comes back, I wanted to dedicate something to her.
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