Savings envisionedA FRIEND in Severna Park was lamenting...


August 09, 1998|By Barbara Sparks Summer's a state of mind

Savings envisioned

A FRIEND in Severna Park was lamenting the cost of new sod for his side yard. His neighbor, noting his dilemma, offered him some from her vast yard. Elated, he calculated that he would save about $240 by doing the job himself. As the final strips were put in place, he delivered a few hearty stomps. In doing so, he crushed his new $260 eyeglasses, which had fallen from his pocket.

THE TWO girls, catching the last bit of afternoon sun, rolled up their shirtsleeves, spread out beach blankets and nestled their refreshments just out of reach of the sun.

But they weren't on any beach. For their tanning pleasure, they had set up shop on the cement sidewalk outside the Party Store in Pasadena, where the closest thing to ocean aesthetics was a panoramic view of a sea of cars.

Heather, 23, and Katie, 19, didn't mind the shoppers who rolled ** down their windows on their way out of the lot to inquire whether anything was wrong. They were tired, they said, from working overtime since 11 p.m. the night before trying to get the store's "Halloween Room" set up in time for the holiday. For pillows, they chose Jumbo Cartoon Hands; for beach towels, a set of four green alien costumes sent to the store by accident.

They didn't mind the makeshift arrangements.

With only long hours ahead until Halloween, Heather shrugged and said, "From now on, this is the extent of our summer vacation."

Laura Sullivan

Creative police report

THIS WEEK'S award for creative use of English goes to Officer Brandon L. McFayden for a recent report on an attempt to arrest a drug suspect in Severna Park.

Police had boxed in the suspect's car on Jumpers Hole Road, but he rammed two police cruisers, then aimed his car at Officer Shannon Mack of the department's Special Operations Section. Mack "was able to leap out of the way just prior to being struck by [the suspect's] vehicle," McFayden wrote.

"Members of the Special Operations Section then vehicularly pursued [the suspect] for several minutes until he bailed out of his vehicle and fled on foot," McFayden wrote.

Joel McCord

Time is relative

AT THE Anne Arundel County Council, two minutes is two minutes, or two minutes and however long it takes for a citizen to finish his or her sentence.

That's the time limit set for public comments at council meetings. Council Chairman Bert L. Rice gently enforces it, and council members listen but rarely respond. So public comment sessions run smoothly.

The pace is considerably slower at the Anne Arundel County Board of Education. For one thing, there is a five-minute limit on speakers, though that doesn't seem to apply to board members themselves.

The board held a more than two-hour public hearing of sorts Wednesday in Annapolis on items not on its agenda, namely the budget and budget cuts. For every public speaker, there were at least three board members who felt the need to respond, defending the cuts the board made in the gifted and talented program, language immersion and transportation.

"I hesitate to clarify the clarification," board member Vaughn Brown said at one point. He didn't hesitate for long.

Tanya Jones

What price the big house?

AS I considered moving from Baltimore to Anne Arundel County, I found myself talking with a number of people who had ads in the paper. I got an impromptu marriage proposal out of one of them.

The woman who answered the phone at the Crownsville number given for the "lovely one bedroom with deck overlooking a horse ranch" quizzed me about where I worked, how much I made and when I was looking to move. We seemed to have a good rapport, as we chatted about the little apartment she had for rent.

Suddenly she said to me, "By the way, how old are you?"

"Twenty-four," I answered.

"Perfect," she told me. "I've also been looking for a wife for my son. He's 30. If you're interested in that, you'd get to live in the main ranch house."

Kirsten Scharnberg

Some of our readers have asked if they can get into the act and write their "scenes." The answer is yes. If you've seen, heard or experienced something funny, poignant or telling around Anne Arundel County over the past couple of weeks, tell us about it in two or three paragraphs. "Scenes" runs most Sundays. You can reach us at 410-315-8920, 8131 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena 21122 or at

Pub Date: 8/09/98

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