C&P; Telephone Co., you win. I give up. I thought I could persevere. I thought I could see this through. Alas, I was weak, and in the end I lost . . . my phone number.
Allow me to explain. Last year, C&P; substituted my phone number for the Laurel library's in the phone book.
I convinced my family that we could survive a year with the inconvenience. After all, it wasn't just that we had the phone number first, it was the principal of the thing. And besides, library callers were, for the most part, rather pleasant.
Then the new phone books came out and there it was again: my phone number printed next to the Laurel Library listing. So I gave up, cried in the phone and was given a new number, 766-4549, and a substantial credit on my account for "needless inconvenience."
Now what do I do with the extra money?
* Buy my mother a new phone because she can't figure out how to change my number on her auto-dial.
* Call the 1-900 number ($1.99 per minute) in the back of the TV Guide for the answer to 23 across and maybe even 11 down.
* Order Answer Call, Call Waiting, Call Forwarding, Three-Way Call, Identa Ring, Repeat Call and Caller I.D. Yes, yes! I'm a true representative of the phone company's target audience.
Give me a call, Glen Burnie.
Riding on the success of last year's bike-a-thon, the county's Drug Abuse Resistance Education officers have organized a ride along the B&A; Bike Trail for all former and present D.A.R.E. students.
The 13-mile ride is scheduled to begin at noon Sunday at Route 50 and Winchester Road and end at the Glen Burnie Improvement Association's hall around 2 p.m. Riders may join the ride anywhere along the trail and are encouraged to wear their D.A.R.E. T-shirts and hats.
An educational display will be presented at the hall, and officers will answer questions concerning the program. Hot dogs and soft drinks will be available after the ride. There is no charge, but donations are welcome to help pay for incentive gifts for program children.
A bicycle valued at $200 and donated by The Bike Peddlers will be raffled at 3 p.m.
Sgt. David Pressley and officers Jim Call, Owen Lowe, John Taylor, Bill Daywalt, Bob Moore, Tony Werner and Jack Short will participate in the activities.
D.A.R.E. is a preventive program available to all fifth-grade public school students. During the 16-week program, the same officer meets with students one hour a week to share information and ideas that will give children the support they need to avoid involvement with drugs and alcohol.
OC For additional information, call the D.A.R.E. office, 222-6894.
With school in session, it's once again time for the Veterans of Foreign Wars' Voice of Democracy Program -- a speech and script-writing contest for 10th- through 12th-graders. As in the past, members of VFW Post 434 in Marley are sponsoring the students at Glen Burnie Senior High School.
This year's theme is "My Voice In America's Future." Students are required to submit a three- to five-minute tape, accompanied by a written transcript.
The winner will advance to the district competition, with the potential to continue to the national levels in Washington. Last year, Glen Burnie student Danielle Stetz advanced to represent Maryland in the national competition.
Guidelines and information about program rules are available from counselor Ray Johnston or speech teacher Sherry Lee, 761-8950.
Alexander, a Christian rock group, will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at the the Church of the Crucifixion, 100 Scott Ave. in Marley. Recently named the Best Christian Rock Group in the Mid-Atlantic Region by Maryland Music Magazine, the group's roots are here in Glen Burnie.
Band leader Tony Stramella has long been affiliated with the Church of the Crucifixion's religious education program and has worked with the church's music department on several special presentations. His band is trying to help junior and senior high school students to learn about Christian rock music and provide an evening of fun at the same time.
"Tony would like to touch as many people as possible with his work," said Sister Marlene Cunningham, church pastoral associate.
Other band members include lead singer Dana Dobbs; bass guitarist Paul Stramella; drummer Mike Slagle; and keyboard player Dave Sauder.
Admission is $1. Adult chaperons are welcome as guests of the church. Soft drinks will be sold throughout the concert.
For additional information, call 768-4880.
Raiders' hats, Nike hats, even Easter bonnets. Glendale Elementary School students are encouraged to wear their favorite hats when they attend a "Welcome Back To School" dance, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, in the school's multipurpose room.
Admission is $2 and open to Glendale students only.
For information, call the school office, 222-6404.
The Pascal Go-Getters, under the direction of Ray Poff, will present its Fall Spectacular musical performance at 12:30 p.m. today, at the Pascal Senior Center on Dorsey Road. There is no charge, and the public is invited to attend.
This afternoon's entertainment will offer singing, tap dancing and comedy.
For information, call 222-6680.
Shoppers looking for an early start to their holiday shopping should check out the second annual Christmas Arts and Craft Show, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 1451 Furnace Ave.
Handmade holiday decorations and gifts will be available. Refreshments also will be served throughout the day.
Members of the Harundale Presbyterian Youth Group will wash cars and sell home-baked goodies from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday to help with relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Andrew.
Throughout the week, parents, family, friends and neighbors have been pledging money based on the number of cars washed. Donations also will be accepted Saturday.