Between The Lines


October 11, 2004

Tasteful work

A sign at McCormick Road and Wight Avenue in Cockeysville advertises a job most folks probably figure they'd be pretty good at - eating.

The invitation to taste test food comes from McCormick & Co. Inc., which most shoppers associate with seasonings but which also supplies information about consumer preferences to other food companies and restaurants.

According to Terry Work, director of the sensory science group, taste testers could wind up sampling just about anything, from lasagna to ice cream. Pay ranges from $15 to - in rare instances - $100. But the average is about $25 for 30 minutes of chew and chat.

Prospective taste testers who call 410-771-7641 are asked a few questions about allergies and particular likes and dislikes. After all, you don't want people who hate spicy food sampling hot chicken wings. Recruits are put into a database and when a product comes along that seems like a good match, a casting call for tasters goes out.

In that way, McCormick is a little like Hollywood: Don't call us, we'll call you.

- Bill Ordine

New reasons to vote

David G.S. Greene is the Green Party candidate in the Baltimore City Council's 4th District race. His campaign literature provides some of the most entertaining political pitches in the campaign.

Rather than propose a simple three-point plan on what he intends to do if elected, Greene spells out his intentions with 21 points. Some highlights: He promises an end to 10-minute-long false burglar alarms at 2 a.m.; "International law, not anarchy"; motion-detected street lighting; and "more fairs. ... Chess is a city-wide passion."

He states in one flier that "money contributions are not a high priority item for me." Since when is money not a priority for a politician?

He also added a few interesting reasons why people should vote for him: "If you've been my student at Towson University (physics), vote for me"; "If you've attended a Deer Creek Fiddlers Convention, vote for me"; and "if you've come dancing (8:00) 1st & 3rd Fridays at 3107 North Charles St (always free), vote for me."

Then he adds a plug for the dancing lessons he heads up: "If you've not been, come dancing soon."

-Doug Donovan

Nothing to see here

Heading north up Interstate 83, motorists often see highway signs for attractions such as Woodhall Vineyards and Greystone Golf Club. But when you pull off exit 31, the attraction is a mystery. The attraction sign is blank.

-Laura Barnhardt

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