One last day of freedom before getting back to work

January 03, 1995|By Elaine Tassy | Elaine Tassy,Sun Staff Writer

Bambi Turner got to use some of her Christmas presents yesterday while skating at Rash Field for the last time before returning to school today.

The 13-year-old wore bright purple tights and a matching skating dress she got for Christmas, along with a purple sequined headband.

"I'm here almost every day," she said, adding that her father dropped her off about 10 a.m. from her Hampden home.

But today will be different because she returns to Robert Poole Middle School.

"I don't mind," she said, sitting on a bench for a breather after about two hours of skating. "I like school."

Several children and adults around the Baltimore area said they looked forward to getting back to their regular schedules today. But yesterday, despite seven football games on television, residents found many ways to wrap up the holiday season.

For some, it was was being busy -- skating, exercising or returning Christmas presents. For others, it was resting and relaxing, and even looking forward to working again.

Some had already gone back to work. At a Giant supermarket on Reisterstown Road in Garrison, shoppers walked the aisles as clerks stocked produce and ran cash registers.

At Northwest Honda about a mile away, an employee said, "We haven't sold a car all day, but we're trying."

Rash Field was the choice for more than 75 skaters who had free time yesterday. Paul Lauffer, 9, of Edgewater, said he came "for the fun of it," with his best friend, Alex Antosek, 8.

"This is the right kind of weather for skating," said Margaret Stevenson, 35, of Baltimore Highlands. She had on heavy outerwear for a day when temperatures were in the 30s.

Tom Walker, 25, of Towson, had nothing on but a T-shirt and shorts as he sat on a motorized bicycle pedaling up a sweat at the Bally's Holiday Spa in Towson. The Old Court Middle School music teacher joined the club with his wife last week, he said, "to reduce and to start feeling better."

His New Year's resolution: "To stick with this." He said he was "rested up and ready" to go back to school.

While some gym members attended a step aerobics class and others lifted weights, Rachel Walker, 24, rode a bicycle a few feet from her husband. The Deep Creek Elementary School social worker made a New Year's resolution to join, and said she found it was a good way to deal with stress.

"We've had endless calls today from people," said Cheryl Leighliter, the club's general manager. "Most of them said they'd been wanting to do it for six months," but the New Year finally motivated them to join, she said.

At nearby Towson Town Center, parking decks were filled up to the fifth level. Inside, Eileen Gerke of Towson stood in line at Kay-Bee Toys.

"We're still making returns," she said. Her son, David, 8, wanted to return a toy because he thought he was too old for it, she said.

Many people were coming into Sam Goody to exchange fTC compact discs and tapes, said manager Scott LeCompte.

"It's slowed down from the last couple days," he added.

Slowing down also was on the agenda for Jo-ann Cooper of Timonium, who went to see a movie at Towson Commons yesterday afternoon.

Her plan: "Relaxing, movies, dinner out," she said.

Judy Cullison of Sparks wasn't exactly relaxing as she she watched her son, Griffin, 8, and daughter, Gretchen, 3, play at the Discovery Zone, a new indoor park for children on York Road near the city/county line. Some children jumped into pools of brightly colored balls while others played on oversized rubber toys.

Ms. Cullison, 42, sat on the edge of one play area looking slightly harried as activity swirled around her. The bank analyst had no qualms about her vacation ending today.

"I think everybody's looking forward to getting back to a routine," she said with a sigh.

But Denise Marshall, also at the Discovery Zone with her children, did not look forward to returning to work at the Kennedy Krieger Institute "because it's more fun spending time with them," she said of her children Joshua, 1 1/2 , and Jessica, 2 1/2 .

Rod Baker of Catonsville was spending some time with just himself yesterday. The 47-year old banker who works in Laurel sat alone in the Coffee Junction, a Catonsville coffee shop.

On the table before him was a deck of cards spread out as he wrapped up a game of Solitaire with a mug of coffee nearby. He said he visits the store fairly frequently.

"It's a nice way to . . . get a little peace and quiet, get your thoughts together," he said

The card enthusiast said he made no resolutions for 1995.

"I never do," he said with a smile.

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