IT'S A CONSPIRACY!" my son fumed as we once again left the Motor Vehicle Administration. "They don't want anyone to get their driver's license."
Ignoring his rants, I watched as he stomped off to the car and the further humiliation of the passenger seat.
Neither of my sons passed the written driver's test on the first try. Or the second. Or the third. It's not that they're bad drivers. Driving is not the issue. It's the written test. According to the Formwalt boys, no one is asking the right questions.
While he might struggle with the concept of a no-passing zone, a Formwalt does know what time every fast-food drive-through window on Ritchie Highway closes. Using your left arm to signal a turn has him confused ("If one hand is on the steering wheel and one hand is waving out the window, how do you turn on the directional?"), but he has mastered changing radio stations using only his toes. He might not know that a flashing yellow light means slow down, proceed with caution, but he knows an oncoming car flashing high beams means: slow down, radar trap ahead.
Later that afternoon, I found my nonlicensed son sitting in the car, deep in thought. Smiling, I knew he now understood the importance of the driving regulations. Suddenly he looked up, his eyes full of question, searching for guidance.
"Should I go with the 'TRAV MAN' personal license tag or stick with the classic 'MR T'?" he asked.
See you at the MVA, Glen Burnie.
Glen Burnie High auction
Other drivers-to-be might want to stop by Glen Burnie High School Friday and make a bid on a certificate for driver's education classes, one of more than 100 items scheduled for sale at the annual auction held by the GBHS Band Parents Association.
The doors open at 7 p.m. for bidding on the items for the silent auction. Live bidding starts at 8: 15 p.m. Jeff Kollar will be the auctioneer.
Among the items up for bid will be tickets to sports events, entertainment certificates, gift certificates for beauty care and craft items. An autographed photo of Oriole Roberto Alomar and a banquet for 20 fans at a Baltimore Blast game also will be auctioned.
Proceeds from the event will be used for the band's general fund. Admission and refreshments are free.
For additional information call the school office, 410-761-8950.
50 years of service
Fifty years of service to the community was the focus of the anniversary celebration of the Point Pleasant Shoreland Association earlier this month.
The bull and oyster roast gave more than 200 association members and their guests a chance to reminisce about the challenges and the fun shared through the years, said President Robert Everhart.
Three of the association's 80 charter members were the guests of honor. Fifty years after the first meeting, Elizabeth Hyson, Eleanor Craft and Stella Spies are still active members. Spies is chairwoman of the association's scholarship committee, which distributes $2,000 in funds annually.
In addition to the scholarship activities, the association is an advocate for the environmentally fragile waterways in the area.
Other guests were state Sen. Philip C. Jimeno, a Brooklyn Park Democrat, 31st District Dels. Joan Cadden and John R. Leopold, and 31st District Del.-elect Mary Rosso. Sheriff George F. Johnson IV and Thomas Fleckenstein, former candidate for delegate, also attended.
Early holiday celebration
First-graders at Point Pleasant Elementary School will celebrate the holidays a little early with a Thanksgiving program at 1 p.m. Friday in the school's multipurpose room. Parents and family members are invited.
This is the second year for the program, coordinated by teacher Peggy Rainbow. Each class will make a special presentation, Rainbow said.
For information on the program, call the school office 410-222-6425.
With a lot to be thankful for after the recent elections, the District 32 Democratic Club is having a traditional Thanksgiving dinner before its monthly meeting tomorrow at the Ferndale Senior Center.
Dinner will be served at 7 p.m., and the meeting will be at 8 p.m. The dinner meeting is open to all members and prospective members. Dues are $8 a year.
For information, call Tom Dixon, 410-987-5299, or Evelyn Kellner, 410-969-9325.
Pub Date: 11/18/98