Close to the altogetherTHREE ELEGANTLY slim women modeling...

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October 19, 1997|By Judith Green Grilling the neighbors

Close to the altogether

THREE ELEGANTLY slim women modeling fancy underwear in Victoria's Secret at the Annapolis Mall one day last week were no ordinary lingerie buyers.

They were dancers Sandra Prehoda, Anmarie Touloumis and Shari Vazquez of Ballet Theater of Annapolis, looking for costumes to wear in their roles as the naked brides of Dracula in BTA's production this weekend of the vampire thriller.

Their attire had to be as close to the altogether as possible. Which is what brought them to Victoria's Secret.

Sales associate Carol Walsh recognized them. Her 7-year-old daughter, Christine, has taken ballet lessons at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, where BTA rehearses. So she helped them pick out delicate flesh-colored bras and what Victoria's Secret calls "full-coverage" panties.

"And what else will you girls be wearing?" she asked after the dancers had been, as it were, outfitted.

There was a pause. Then one said tentatively: "Shoes?"

STILL UP after a long day at work and watching TV at 2 a.m. Tuesday, a resident of Gatewater Landing in Glen Burnie heard an odd noise from outside and looked out his second-story window to see a guy toting a gas grill across the complex's lawn.

Figuring the chances he was interrupting an innocent late-night barbecue were slight, the resident called police, who arrived quickly enough to scare off would-be burglars apparently intent on systematically cleaning off the patios on the side of the complex that faces Marley Creek.

They ran off, dropping behind them the grill and a large potted ficus tree.

Which is how several neighbors of the attentive apartment dweller came to be awakened by a police officer at 2:45 a.m. knocking on their doors to inquire, weirdly, "Do you have a gas grill?"

Rosemary Armao

Who's on first?

THE LIGHT RAIL train from Cromwell Station on Wednesday afternoon was so close to Camden Yards when it suddenly stopped that passengers could see the fans standing up in the top row of seats in the stadium.

What's going on, the buzz, which began immediately, seemed to ask. What is this? We're late. They're cheering. What's going on?

A pudgy woman with curly blond hair rooted through her bag, pulled out a radio headset, put it on and started twisting a dial.

"I got, I got it," she said. "Baines is up. Somebody's on base." She turned her head. "Can't hear it. Inning's over." Groans all around.

Another woman with a thick "washa dishes inna zinc" accent pushed her way through the crowd, huffing, "I'm gonna use that intercom."

And she did: "Hello? Hello? Anybody there? What's going on? We wanna get to the game. Hello?"

She offered to just walk the rest of the way -- if only someone would open the doors. The operator tried to explain that traffic was a mess downtown, everything was backed up and she couldn't move the train until told to do so. But not by them.

At last, the train lurched forward and cheers went up in the car.

Joel McCord

Deadly dull droning

A COUNTY SCHOOL board meeting droned on until almost midnight Wednesday at school headquarters in Annapolis, with no issue in sight that rose above the deadly routine or outright minutiae.

A man in the audience playing electronic hangman to stay awake whispered to the equally bored man sitting next to him: "I'll give you the highlights."

His friend shot back: "There aren't any."

Elaine Tassy

Let's make a deal

TAKEN FROM a police report filed at county police headquarters this week:

A man was riding with an officer in a cruiser after being robbed in Glen Burnie and chased away by his assailant.

Within minutes, he spotted the assailant, touching off a chase and an arrest.

As the suspect was put into the car, he spotted his victim and immediately opened negotiations: "If I give your money back, will you drop the charges?"

TaNoah Morgan

On the road to Cleveland

THURSDAY AND Friday, on the edge of the Ritchie Highway Shopping Center in Brooklyn Park, William "Billy Bob" Louallen, 32, was selling Orioles T-shirts at distress prices -- $5 each for a variety of styles hailing the Eastern Division champions.

Painful as it may have been for people around here to have endured the loss to Cleveland, they bought shirts in droves. More, Louallen said, than when the Orioles were still alive and his merchandise was priced at $15.

A bargain, after all, is a bargain. Besides, Louallen said, "I've got to sell all this stuff and get to Cleveland."

Cleveland? Talk about adding insult to injury. But that city on Lake Erie is home to Louallen -- and he has a new set of tees to sell there, hailing his hometown American League champs.

He allowed, however: "We expected Baltimore to win."

David Michael Ettlin

A tip to the wise

WITH BACK-TO-BACK boat shows, Naval Academy football games and homecoming, parking in Annapolis has been in short supply.

Prices to park reflect this shortage.

On Friday, the Annapolis Marriott was charging a flat fee of $25 for valet parking, even if the car was only going to be on the lot for an hour.

"At these prices, I'm certainly not going to tip the valet," one unhappy customer fumed.

Brian Sullam

Pub Date: 10/19/97

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