More random thoughts, as the continuing struggle to secure housing in Anne Arundel County drones on:
* Someone could make a mint by coming up with an easy way to explain front-foot assessments (essentially the money you're charged to connect up to public water and sewer) and how they're calculated.
* Is there a spot within Anne Arundel County that does not have a7-Eleven or Farm Store within a mile? I doubt it.
* Why is the sign pointing out WB&A Road to travelers heading toward Glen Burnie on Dorsey Road placed one street too early? And if you're heading towardDorsey on Dorsey Road, why have barriers been erected to prevent youfrom turning onto WB&A?
* What are they going to do with the old motel at the intersection of Route 32 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway?
* The old "Topps Value Stamps" sign (as well as the checkered elephant) may be long gone, but its outline is still barely discernible to drivers on I-97 between the Dorsey Road and B&A Boulevard exits. Look for it on what is now the Alco-Gravure building.
* Lightrail is going to be something, and it's sure gonna make getting to Oriole Park at Camden Yards easy when it finally opens, but it's also going to make driving on Maple Road in Linthicum something of an adventure (it crosses maple just south of the old Linthicum B&A Railroad station).
* So far, the nicest old place my fiancee and I have found -- and the only place big enough to hold all our stuff -- is the Governor's Mansion (although that fountain would have to go). We do like the Annapolis post office, however.
* My 10 year-search for a superior submarine sandwich in Anne Arundel County continues. I'll betI've tried most of them, and not one comes close to the late, lamented Harley's subs that once dominated the Baltimore area.
* Linthicum seems like a wonderful community, with some very nice homes and pleasant people. But would moving there mean my relatives would always expect me to pick them up at the airport?
DEPARTMENT HEAD HAS TROUBLEWITH ENGLISH
As letters of recommendation go, one written by the chairwoman of the Northeast High School English department couldn't have been nicer -- in terms of the praise heaped on the student in question, that is. The grammar and sentence structure were another matter.
Admittedly, instructors are asked to write many such letters. It is probably a dull task that intrudes on too-busy schedules. Still,it would be nice to think that high school English teachers, even when harassed, could do better than this.
A sample: "I have seldom encountered previously a student so driven to achieve constantly to his highest potential." If a student wrote this in an English paper, the redundant and awkward phrasing wouldn't merit much praise.
Or this: "Witnessing his poise, articulation, seriousness of purpose and devotion to duty, help me to realize even more that Ernest Leveroney is truly an outstanding young man, one who will make a difference in his world."
A little subject-verb agreement would be helpful, as would the proper use of commas.
And it would be nice, all things considered, if the young man's last name had been spelled correctly (Levroney).
It's a busy world. But if department heads can't use the language they teach better than this, they are perhaps just a little too busy.