Beam Me Up, Scotty! Map Says I'm Lost

ROUTE 2--A Weekly journey through Anne Arundel County

January 15, 1991|By Lorraine Mirabella

Whoever called space the "final frontier" must have forgotten about Anne Arundel County.

The days of earthbound exploration and discovery are far from over. Especially with "The Map People" on the job.

Just when you thought you knew where you lived, or worked, the people who put out ADC's Street Map of Anne Arundel County are here totell you you don't. Not as well as you thought you did, anyway.

These modern-day explorers have spent the past year making discoveries, the Alexandria, Va., company reports.

Since publishing last year's county street map, the map-maker has found:

* 275 new streets.

* 33 new names of places (including new places and new names for old places).

* 27 industrial parks.

* 23 new parks and recreational features.

So the rest of us don't stumble upon these new places and streets accidentally, ADC has added them to an updated, newly released Street Map of Anne Arundel County.

The map-maker also lists major road improvements, such as the completion of Interstate 195; the proposed extension of Route 100 west of Route 3; I-97 construction; new sections of 50/301; the new section of Route 665; and the new section of Route 4.

But don't get too used to the new Anne ArundelCounty.

"ADC operates on the premise that things are in flux all the time -- neighborhoods are being built, elementary schools change to middle schools, airports are extended," said Mark Turcotte, chiefoperating officer.

By next year, in other words, things are apt to change again.

SOURCE: Lorraine Mirabella


Sometimes events conspire against New Year's resolutions.

Take the cashier at the Pasadena K mart who pushes plastic bagson customers who are trying ever so hard to be environmentally correct.

"Have to. It's store policy," she said in response to my greenie complaint.

It's not just that the store at Jumpers Hole Road and Route 2 doesn't offer paper bags. This overcautious clerk insisted that I take the plastic sack even though I preferred to carry my 2-ounce bottle of Imodium out by hand.

"Is that K mart's national policy?" I asked.

But she just laughed and dropped my medicine into the offending bag.

It seems that the store has a problem with shoplifting and the cheery red-white-and-blue K mart bag serves as a flag to signal a purchase.

At the time, I was too ill to protest furtherand took the three short steps out the door. But I resolved to look into the matter another time when my stomach shared the courage of myconviction.

The Imodium package alone was enough of an environmental crime, designed as it is to withstand any sort of tampering (the stuff is marketed by McNeil Consumer Products, the same company that pioneered the use of vacuum-packaging a few years ago after the Tylenol-cyanide scare).

But they seem to have gone overboard by designing a package with a cardboard box containing a plastic-sealed glass bottle topped with a child-proof plastic cap.

It also comes with a convenient plastic measuring cup, saving consumers from the age-old physical challenge of carefully pouring a tablespoon full without spilling it on their shirts.

I called K mart back to chide the store for its wastefulness, my head filled with visions of indestructible plastic bags choking the county's Millersville landfill throughout themillennia.

I'm happy to report that the cashier's zealousness wasnot sanctioned by K mart, a fine company, by the way, that has the lowest price on Imodium.

"If you're walking through the store we like to hand it in a bag and staple it," an assistant manager explained. "But it's nothing set unless you buy it from an internal register.She's probably just stating what a supervisor told her."

In otherwords, the cashier was "just following orders," and you know where that leads.

SOURCE: Samuel Goldreich

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