Perhaps I'm getting a little too old to be preparing a wish list forSanta, but what's the harm in trying? OK, maybe I haven't always been on my best behavior this year but then again I'm not asking for much. In deference to a less-than-rosey economy, there is nothing on my list that will cost anyone a cent.
1. I would like to sleep until 9 a.m. on Christmas morning. I don't want to be awakened by children breathing in my face, impatient to bring a climax to the entire day even before the little hand on the clock hits six.
2. I would like to drive all the way down Ritchie Highway and never hit a red traffic signal -- just once.
3. I think it would be anice touch if, immediately following Christmas dinner, all the men in my family stood up, cleared the table, washed and dried all the dishes and then NEVER MENTIONED IT AGAIN.
4. Please make sure that noone gives me the "ThighMaster" as a gift. There is nothing more depressing than being reminded of cellulite-gone-amok in front of 50 of your closest family members and friends.
Give it your best shot, Santa. If it's too difficult, feel free to substitute a red Mustang convertible.
Children will have a chance to update their own wish list when Santa Claus visits on his traditional Christmas Eve tour of Glen Burnie. Santa's visit is a gift to the community from the Glen Burnie Improvement Association.
Glen Burnie resident Bill Padfield has used his special connections with Santa to assure a visit to the community for 52 years.
"There are whole families, generations,that have waited outside every year for Santa," said Muriel Carter, president of the G.B.I.A. The flashing lights of a fire engine, courtesy of the Glen Burnie Volunteer Fire Company, announce the appearance of the jolly old elf, who rides through the streets of Glen Burnie on a sleigh constructed aboard a truck.
The visits will begin at 5p.m.. The planned route is as follows:
* Starting at 5 p.m.: Georgia Ave. and Maple Lane; Maple and Virginia; Virginia and Crain Highway; New Jersey Ave. and Oak Lane, Maple and Linden; Greenway and Linden, Oak Lane and Maple; Central Ave. and D St.
* Approximately 5:30 p.m.: Brownshade Drive; Central and B St.; 1st Ave. and A St., B St. and Maple; 1st Ave. cul-de-sac; 2nd Ave. and D St., Glenview; 3rd Ave. and Glenview, D St.; 2nd Ave. and Oak Lane, C St., B St., A St.; 3rd Ave. and A St., B St., C St., Oak Lane; 4th Ave. and D St., B St., A St.; 5th Ave. and A St., B St., Stewart Ave.; Baltimore Ave. and Stewart, Newfield Road; Newfield and Magnolia; Elizabeth Ave. and Stewart, Wilson Blvd.; Wilson and Theresa, Bertha Ave., and Crain Highway.
* Around 6:45 p.m. the caravan should be at N St. and 3rd Ave.;M St. and 2nd Ave.; 2nd and Padfield Blvd.; Padfield and 3rd; 3rd and M St., N St., Griffith Ave.; 4th Ave. and Delmar Ave., and Padfield.
* By 7 p.m. Santa should be stopping at 5 Ave. and Delmar; 4th and N St.; N and 5th; Delmar and 7th, 9th Ave.; Griffith Road and 9th Ave., 7th, 5th; Wimmer Road and 7th, 8th Ave.; 8th and Hamlen Road; Hamlen and 7th; Monroe Circle and 5th Ave.; Oakwood Road and Blossom Lane, Pine Terrace; Oakwood and Pine Terrace, Range Road; Range and Greenway.
* The final leg of Santa's journey should reach the Glen Gardens' area around 7:30 p.m. Delaware Ave. and Harford Road, Kent Ave., Kuethe Road, Garrett Ave., and Dorchester Road; Carroll Road and Biddle Road, Washington Ave., Glen Road; New Jersey Ave. and Garrett Road, Kent Ave.; Georgia Ave. and Kent, Rogers Ave.; Furnace Branch Road and Stewart Lane; Stewart and Andrews Road; Andrews and Marie Ave.; Marie and Langley Road; Langley and Roseann Road; Final Stop at Roseann and Marie Ave.
Kenneth Peterson, a sophomore at Glen Burnie High, represented Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 434 at the district's "Voice of Democracy" championship.
Kenneth's taped speech was on the theme "Meeting America's Challenge".
The program awards tens of thousands of dollars in scholarship money to winners who reachthe national level.
According to John McNeese, adjutant for Post 434, the response to the program this year was outstanding.
"Sherry Lee, a speech teacher at the school, was a contestant when she was a student," said McNeese. "Now she works it into her classes."
Although Kenneth's speech did not win on the district level, hewill receive a $100 savings bond from Post 434.
Other winners from post 434included first runner-up Clara Hickerson and second runner-up StevenMulhollen.
The last time I went out for New Year's Eve was Dec. 31, 1978. But I've heard that there are people who do this on a more regular basis. So, for those of you who intend to socialize this decade, here are a few parties scheduled.
The Glen Burnie Chapter of Parents Without Partners invites party goers to its New Year's Evedinner dance, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Lake Shore Fire Hall on Mountain Road.
Tickets are $20 each for members or guests and includes ahot buffet served from 8 to 9 p.m., a cold buffet at 12:30 a.m. and champagne at midnight.