It's frozen yogurt vs. ice cream; a Yugo compared with the '65 Mustang; a turquoise Princess telephone with lighted dial instead of a six-ounce piece of plastic that chirps.
It's the Optech II voting system: a long, skinny ballot card and pen that is replacing voting machines.
Yes, I'm aware that the new voting system is faster and more accurate, but I can't help but feel that the majesty of the voting process, with its curtained booth, has been lost in our quest to tally votes faster.
The actual voting process now resembles an S.A.T. test (and we all know how well we did on that!)
Do you recall the days when, with one deft movement of a handle, your vote was registered, the curtain opened and voila! There you stood. A voter.
Now to register our vote we must feed our ballot into a machine that has an uncanny resemblance to the dollar bill changer at the Sudsville Laundrymat. It's just not quite the same pageant of patriotism.
However it's done, I hope you voted, Glen Burnie.
And if you didn't, the rest of us don't want to hear another word from you for four more years.
Students at Corkran Middle School are invited to a dance Thursday from 2:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. in the school cafeteria.
Members of the student government will be selling tickets during all lunch periods today and tomorrow. Admission is $3 and is open to Corkran students only.
A disk jockey from Capital Entertainment will provide the music. Snacks, courtesy of Corkran parents, will be available for the dancers free of charge. Soft drinks will be sold for 50 cents and will benefit the Student Government Association.
A religious drama, "The Anticipation of His Coming," at 7:30 p.m., Friday at Temple Baptist Church, 15 Old Stage Road in Glen Burnie Park. The production, staged by the Bob Jones University Truth In Action student drama team, is part of a tour of the eastern United States.
Pastor Ray Newman has extended an invitation to the community to enjoy this production. For additional information, call the church office, 761-4309.
In the mood for some comfort food?
How about Scupidu macaroni with meat sauce, homemade meat balls, Italian sausage, tossed salad and desserts. Add some wine, beer and soft drinks and you have the menu for the Holy Trinity Catholic Church Italian Fest, Sunday in the church hall, 7436 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. Dinner will be served from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
To round out the afternoon, there will be dancing to music supplied by disk jockey Glen Powell from 2 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $14 and will be available at the door.
For ticket information, call Joe Weaver, 761-0427.
Several students at Glen Burnie Senior High were honored recently for their outstanding achievements in scholastics and the arts.
Paul Roth, a senior, is a semi-finalist in the National Merit Scholarship program. He accomplished this by scoring in the 95th percentile or above on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test taken last fall by more than 1 million students nationwide.
In addition, Paul is a finalist in the Maryland Distinguished Scholarship program. Each year students who complete their junior year with a 3.7 grade point average or higher compete in the program.
This year six students were recognized by the state scholarship administration: Roth, finalist; Sulynn Amrhein, semi-finalist; Julie Ferrara, honorable mention; Robin Kloster, honorable mention; Tracey Vermette, honorable mention; Beth Weidenhoft, honorable mention.
The state scholarship program also noted the achievements of four Glen Burnie students in the arts field: Amy Tubman, semi-finalist/instrumental music; Sulynn Amrhein, honorable mention/dance; Christine Downin, honorable mention-dance; Tracey Vermette, honorable mention/dance.
Across town at Arthur Slade Regional Catholic School 15 eighth-level students have qualified for the Johns Hopkins University Talent Search based on their Scholastic Aptitude Test scores.
The students are: John Bova, Jessica Elengical, Janet Frank, Jamie Jones, Kate Kroll, Stephanie Manuzak, Megan Marx, Melissa McAvoy, Lisa Montoya, Frank Morgan, Maria Piazzola, Ellen Skunda, Amanda Stefanski, Erika Swenson and Kelly Tipton.
Danielle Berry was recently selected as the Junior Miss Reading Is Fundamental. She was awarded the title on the basis of her personality, dress and presentation of a speech on "What Reading Means To Me."
The 10-year-old Quarterfield Elementary School student is also the reigning Glen Burnie Junior Miss Fire Prevention.
It's time to take down those plastic pumpkin leaf bags and begin to think about decorating for the Christmas holidays.
Saturday's craft show, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the American Legion Post 40, is a wonderful place to pick up some new decorations or even start your gift buying.
The fair, put on by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit, also will feature a light luncheon menu and baked goods for sale.
The post home is at 5th Avenue and Post Road, behind the Glen Burnie Post Office.