Power outages are a lesson in patience, adventure


August 26, 1998|By Bonita Formwalt | Bonita Formwalt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IT'S SORT OF romantic," my husband said as he danced across the room, illuminated by six silver Christmas candles and a birthday candle shaped like the number 7.

Staring at him through a thin veil of perspiration, I ordered him to stop moving as it was generating more heat.

"You need to see this as an adventure. It's not really summer unless the power goes out once or twice," he chided.

Ignoring him, I continued my search for a roll of duct tape needed to secure the refrigerator to protect my frozen pizza bagels from the thaw that accompanies unwelcome voyeurs.

"You're overreacting. It's a power outage, not a nuclear winter," he called after me as I headed for the cool relief of the kitchen's tile floor.

By the rapidly fading light of a PlaySkool flashlight, I reviewed my emergency there-is-no-power-at-my-house checklist.

1. Verify payment to BGE.

2. Everyone showers before the hot water tank cools. Sweaty family members are bad enough. Smelly, sweaty family members are inexcusable.

3. Lock all doors, noting that anyone exiting and taking the remains of my air-conditioned environment with them is destined to ride out the blackout in the garage.

Two hours later, I sat in the stillness, gently caressing the television remote control, when I heard it -- click, click. A blast of cool air burst from an air conditioner vent. A ceiling fan began a slow rotation. Golly, is that "Caroline in the City" ?

Time to chill out, Glen Burnie.

Register for school

Good things come to those who wait. Patience is a virtue. School starts Monday.

Families new to a school district are encouraged to make arrangements to register their children.

The following Glen Burnie schools will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to accept registration and provide information to make the transition easier on the students:

Freetown Elementary, 7904 Freetown Road, 410-222-6900.

Glen Burnie Park Elementary, 500 Marlboro Road, 410-222-6400.

Glendale Elementary, 105 Carroll Road, 410-222-6404.

Marley Elementary, 201 Marley Station Road, 410-222-6414.

Marley Glen Special School, 200 Scott Ave., 410-222-6940.

Oakwood Elementary, 330 Oak Manor Drive, 410-2122-6420.

Pleasant Elementary School, 1035 Dumbarton Road, 410-222-6425.

Quarterfield Elementary, 7967 Quarterfield Road, 410-222-6430.

Richard Henry Lee Elementary, 400 A St. S.W., 410-222-6435.

Rippling Wood Elementary, 530 Nolfield Road, 410-222-6440.

Southgate Elementary, 290 Shetlands Lane, 410-222-6445.

Woodside Elementary, 160 Funke Road, 410-222-6910.

Secondary schools also encourage early registration:

Corkran Middle School, 7600 Quarterfield Road, 410-222-6493.

Marley Middle School, 7730 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., 410-761-0934.

Glen Burnie High, 7550 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., 410-761-8950.

Church anniversary T-shirts

Harundale Presbyterian Church continues its 50th anniversary celebration with the sale of commemorative T-shirts.

Printed with a drawing of the church, the shirts cost $10. Proceeds benefit the church and Cub Scout Pack 474. Sizes are youth small, medium and large, and adult sizes from small to XX-large.

Information: 410-987-1855.

Pub Date: 8/26/98

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