Sometimes I think the world is made of dirty laundry and it's my job to clean it.
Like the mythical Sisyphus and his rock that simply will not stay at the top of the hill, the laundry baskets simply will not stay empty.
It doesn't take much to convince me of the truth of that impression. All it really takes is for one of the nasty stomach bugs to strike my family, and the horrid fact is startlingly evident.
All parents have horror stories of the time(s) they ran out of sheets when the children were ill. The ingenuity of these people in the face of adult night terrors is admirable. I have heard of using towels, the dog's bed, even tablecloths -- I'm told that the wipeable ones are the best, for obvious reasons.
Oh, well. Spring will come, bringing an end to stomach bugs and a whole new reason to clean endless piles of dirt. This time mud will be the culprit. Happy cleaning!
One of the goals of Cub Scouting is to improve understanding within the family, and another is to foster a sense of personal achievement by developing new skills and interests. Both of these goals were met in Pack 392's "Father and Son Bake-Off" held at the pack's Blue and Gold Banquet, which took place Thursday night.
The grand-prize-winning cake, a depiction of Fort McHenry, was made by Dave and Brian Fleming, a father-and-son team who used Tootsie Rolls to decorate their confection.
"I still remember baking a cake for a contest with my dad back when I was a Cub," Mr. Fleming said. "These little things really stay with you. It was a really nice experience for me and the boys; we don't do this sort of thing very often."
The pack holds the Blue and Gold banquet each year in February, to commemorate the "birth" of Cub Scouting, the incorporation of the organization on Feb. 8, 1910.
Monet lived and died before any of us was born, but Ted Brown, a retired high school principal, makes him live again -- almost.
"Ted Brown dresses in a complete costume to show what the artist looked like," said Patti Smith, chairwoman for Eldersburg Elementary PTA's cultural committee. "And he gives a biography fTC of the person he's playing, from birth to death. For Monet, he'll paint a picture as he talks."
Mr. Brown also does other artists and musicians, such as Rembrandt and Beethoven. Mr. Brown will address the third, fourth and fifth grades of Eldersburg Elementary at 9 a.m. Monday.
Most of us who are over 30 hate to admit to our age. Not so for lifters in the "Carrolltowne Classic -- All-Natural Bench Press Contest" that took place in the Sanitas Health and Fitness facility in the Carrolltowne Mall.
"The older men were encouraging us to tell everyone their age," said Mary Jobson, co-owner of Sanitas. "They hoped that the younger people would see that steroids are not necessary."
Congratulations to all drug-free winners, of all ages! Don Joy took the prize in the age 60-69 class, while Ryan Hipsley, Brandon Rothchild and Chad Counts made news in the teen class.
Michele Omelio, Megan Kirkgard and Alice Kenefick led the women, while Ed Bollinger, Del Conway and Mike Ensko took the prizes for masters, age 40-49, with Melvin Long and Robert Casson taking the prizes in the masters age 50-59 class.
"It was truly impressive," Ms. Jobson said. "We never lost our audience. People who had no interest at all in lifting stopped by and stayed. They saw good lifting, good form -- no one cheated at all."
The audience was treated to a demonstration of self-defense skills for children during intermission, performed by Ed Robinson, a third-degree black belt in karate.
Other winners in the first of what Ms. Jobson hopes will be an annual event for Carroll County lifters were Charles Liberto, Todd Duvall, Matt Hamrick, Joe Hansen, Tony McGlinn, Lynn Kuhnf, Dean Leppo, Wade Schifflet, Charles Pollack, Rick Estes, Shawn Casson, Bob Pickard, Peter Serra and Dave Heck.