Playing the waiting game while others take flight


July 21, 1999|By Donna Koros Stramella | Donna Koros Stramella,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

"LADIES and gentlemen, those of you seated on the right side of the plane, you may notice something missing from the wing. This strip was removed for repair, but our engineers have assured us we can fly without it."

This was definitely not a great way to end a recent vacation. Neither were a horrendous takeoff and a late arrival. Arriving in Cleveland just six minutes before the connecting flight to BWI was to depart, I was certain the airline would hold the plane. It didn't.

I nabbed the last seat on the lone flight headed for BWI that night, which gave me almost four hours in Cleveland's Hopkins Airport.

With a whopping $8 meal voucher burning a hole in my wallet, I headed to the food court. When the airline clerk handed me the voucher, she cautioned in a whispered tone, "You can't use this for alcohol or chocolate." Was she kidding?

Eating didn't take long, so I watched video clips in the Rock and Roll Museum's store, wandered through the Sports Shop and took a peek inside the airport chapel, to see how people can concentrate on prayer with the aroma of cinnamon buns wafting through the doors. I paged my husband, who was waiting for me at BWI. And I called my mother, mother-in-law and daughters from the airline courtesy phone.

In a desperate attempt to connect with someone, I "gate-hopped," watching happy family reunions as people came through the gates. My favorite was a petite female college student with purple waist-length hair. Her basketball player of a boyfriend rushed through the gate, and when they embraced, he lifted her with a flourish.

With all my time options exhausted, I bought a travel magazine touting the "Twenty most beautiful islands."

When my flight was finally announced, I was more than ready. Unfortunately, the plane was not. A dozen people were coming on a late flight -and they were holding the plane.

Church events

Hall United Methodist Church will hold a combination car wash, flea market and craft sale at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Shoppers can buy lunch and watch a cake-decorating demonstration. Proceeds will benefit the general church fund. Hall is at 7780 Solley Road. For details, call 410-590-1663.

New pastor

The new pastor at Church of the Crucifixion, the Rev. Dale Picarella, has a familiar face. He's been serving as administrator of the parish for most of the last year. Members of the church will celebrate his official appointment as pastor with a potluck dinner from 12: 30 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the church hall.

Picarella came on board at Crucifixion when the former pastor, the Rev. Brendan Carr, took a medical leave of absence. Prior to the temporary assignment, Picarella served as associate pastor of St. Clare in Essex for a decade. The new pastor hopes to establish a youth ministry and reach out to the neighborhoods surrounding the parish. The church is at 100 Scott Ave. For details, call the church office at 410-768-4880.

Vacation Bible School

It's not just for kids anymore. Messiah United Methodist Church will offer Vacation Bible School for all ages, toddlers through adults, from 6 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. starting Sunday through July 28. The sessions will include crafts, songs, storytelling and snacks. The week culminates with a covered-dish dinner at 5 p.m. July 29. The church is at 7401 Furnace Branch Road. For registration information, call 410-761-1944.

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