Reality starts sinking in after the family vacation


July 29, 1998|By Bonita Formwalt | Bonita Formwalt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SO HOW was your trip to the ocean?" my friend asked as she sidestepped a pile of damp beach towels that were developing a faint, greenish hue.

"It was awful," interrupted my son. "She made reservations at an old-lady hotel."

"It was not an 'old-lady' hotel," I snapped as the inner peace I had paid $144 a night to achieve started to give way to the reality of my life.

"Picture this," said my son. "I exit the elevator, ready to hit the beach. Boogie board under my arm, I turn to survey the babe potential of the room through a pair of Ray Bans. A moment of confusion as the promising scent of exotic, tropical tanning oils is tainted with a whiff of Ben-Gay and is that Geritol? I hear laughter, the beat of the music as I remove the shades to get a better look. Slowly I turn to give the full effect of the Formwalt half-smile. And there they are "

"They were dancing and enjoying themselves," I grumbled.

"It was a lounge full of old ladies doing the electric slide. I may never be the same again," he complained.

"Ingrate," I muttered.

"The next night, we were treated to a miniconcert of Jimmy Buffett tunes played on an electric keyboard. The sight of little old blue-haired 'Parrotheads' singing along to 'Margaritaville' is one of those memories I'll be sure to share with your future grandchildren."

I had enjoyed my time at the quaint, cozy inn by the sea. "Did that qualify me as an old lady?" I asked.

"No, Mom, you were pretty cool," my son said. "You were doing dTC fine, until until that incident at the bingo game."

Here's to aging gracefully, Glen Burnie.

Carnival opens Friday

Vacation fun can be found without leaving the community, as you'll find out if you attend the Big Glen Burnie Carnival, which opens at 7 p.m. Friday and operates daily except Sunday through Aug. 8.

Sponsored by the Glen Burnie Improvement Association, the annual event is set up on the association's carnival grounds on Post 40 Road behind the GBIA hall.

Admission is free, with separate tickets needed for rides. Before 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday evenings, carnival patrons may purchase a $9 ride-all-night discount pass.

In addition to the traditional carnival rides, guests can test their luck at a number of games staffed by volunteers from community nonprofit organizations.

A $2 donation buys a chance to win a 1998 Jeep Cherokee at a drawing the last night of the carnival.

Hours of operation are 7 p.m. to 11: 30 p.m. Friday; 5 p.m. to 11: 30 p.m. Saturday; 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Aug. 6; 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 7; and 5 p.m. to 11: 30 p.m. Aug. 8.

Information: 410-766-6760.

Pinto League winners

Congratulations to the Greater Glen Burnie Athletics Pinto baseball team, which recently won the regional World Series Pinto League championship.

Managed by Tom "Butch" Hines, the team capped a 31-1 regular season with four straight wins at the tournament in Bentleyville, Pa., to capture the title for the coach pitch league for players ages 7 and 8.

Under the direction of coaches Dorsey Willey, Mark Bavaria and Chris Koehler, the team prevailed over competition from Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland.

Members of the winning team are Kody Hines (shortstop), Dorsey Willie Jr. (second base), Derek Discuillo (first base), Jeremy Holbrook (third base), Justin Koehler (pitcher), Kyle McFarland (outfield), Jamey Bavaria (outfield), Joey Waybright (catcher), Skylar White (catcher), Jakob Rexine (outfield), Matt Dupray (outfield) and Michael Herrell (outfield).

Pub Date: 7/29/98

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