When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a farmer.
What would you rather be doing right now? Anything outdoors.
Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I can get tear-up sentimental more easily than I'd like to admit.
Other than your wedding day and the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? Witnessing my children's various state athletic championships.
It really stinks when ... people think our government should solve all their problems.
What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Patient.
I always laugh when ... my granddaughter does something funny.
Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? Ben Franklin, because of his wisdom and witness of the birth of our nation; Abraham Lincoln, because he was a fascinating leader from Illinois and my interest in the Civil War; and Harry Elbe, my father-in-law, to catch him up on what he's missed since he's been gone.
At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... relax and read that day's Herald-Whig, of course.
People who knew me in high school thought I was ... friendly? I'm not sure.
My most unforgettable brush with greatness was with ... I can't say that it has ever happened, but honestly, I've never understood people's fascination with it.
I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... fly a small airplane.
If someone gave me a million dollars, there is still no way I would ... quit my job.
America should be more concerned about ... leaving a horrible fiscal mess for our children's children to deal with.
I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... worn out running shoes and T-shirts.
When I'm on the Internet, I always go to ... Yahoo.com, because my computer is defaulted to go there.
What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? "Waste not, want not" from my father. (You should see my kids roll their eyes when they hear me repeat it.)
When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... NPR or a Cards game.
I always get sentimental when ... Zoey calls me "Papa."
The older I get, the more I realize ... I sound more and more like my parents.
If I had one "do-over," I would ... have played football in high school.
My favorite item of clothing is ... my old red Golden Merchants softball warm-up jacket, for the fond memories. It just won't wear out. They don't make them like that anymore.
If I've learned anything at all ... it is that you get out of life what you put into it.
Andy Bastert, 52, grew up on a livestock farm northwest of Camp Point and graduated from Western Illinois University after attending John Wood Community College. He married his high school sweetheart, Tami Elbe, and they have four children and one granddaughter. He lives in Carthage and recently celebrated 25 years with First State Bank of Illinois.