I found him sitting quietly in the dark, a letter from our cable television company dangling from his hand. I realized he knew the sad cable story.
Area broadcast stations and our cable company have been unable to reach an agreement for retransmission rights. There is a possibility we would not have access to Channel 2 or 13 or 45 or . . . The list was endless.
I tried to be upbeat, assuring him this was just a corporate bargaining ploy. But we both remembered the dark days before cable.
Climbing atop the house and hanging aluminum pot-pie plates to an antenna to catch the local news.
Missing key moments of the 1980 Olympics because BWI Airport had changed the landing patterns of the jumbo jets, scrambling the television signals. (The disturbance from the planes was the No. 1 reason most of Glen Burnie decided to go with cable. That and Wrestlemania.)
With only six channels to choose from, would we experience remote control withdrawal? Would I find my spouse in front of the microwave furiously punching the defrost button in search of Marty Bass?
Didn't anyone care that I had just this past week mastered VCR-Plus!!!?
Negotiations are still on between the various stations. In the meantime, it's pot-pies for dinner at the Formwalts.
You never know, Glen Burnie.
The close barbershop harmony of the Sons of the Severn chorus will help kick off the annual membership drive of the Point Pleasant Shoreland Improvement Association at their meeting tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 1451 Furnace Ave.
The goal of the association is to promote goodwill among its neighbors while improving the quality of life in their community. Throughout the year, the association works for the community in many ways: providing scholarships for area students; donations to local schools, clubs and civic groups; a Christmas party for children; continued work with environmental groups to assure the quality of air and water surrounding Point Pleasant.
Membership dues are $5 per family per year. Members are encouraged to bring canned food for a local food bank.
The Sons of the Severn rehearse at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Glen Burnie Methodist Church at Second Avenue and Crain Highway.
For information on joining the group, call 761-3715.
Ray Newman, pastor of Temple Baptist Church, has invited the community to hear Dr. Mark Jackson speak at the 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. services on Sunday.
Jackson is the director of Gospel Literature Services, an international ministry that provides free literature to missionaries the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches. His ministry has taken him around the world, including 19 tours to Israel, Europe, China, Hong Kong and Great Britain.
Temple Baptist Church is at 15 Old Stage Road in Glen Burnie Park.
For information, call 761-4309.
There are a limited number of openings for children ages 3 and 4 at the preschool at Harundale Presbyterian Church on Eastway.
Classes for 3-year-olds meet from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The classes for 4-year-olds meet at the same time on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
The school offers a variety of learning experiences that are appropriate for each age group, school director Pat Messmore said.
"They will work with colors, shapes, numbers and letters. They'll also work with water, ice and magnets to help learn about science," she explained.
The school also has a computer for the students.
Other activities include trips to a pumpkin farm and nature walks. Students also will enjoy special events such as Silly Sock Day and Hat Day.
Tuition for the school year is $488 for 3-year-olds and $616 for 4-year-olds. An eight-month payment plan is available. Registration is $25.
For information, call 766-4338.
Who did you get for science? Where is your locker? You're not going to believe who I had to sit next to in homeroom!
Children ages 13 and younger are invited to catch up on the latest school information at the Country Club Estates Recreation Association's second annual Back to School Night dance, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the association hall on Paul Marr Drive.
Local disc jockeys will supply the music.
Admission is $2. Refreshments will be sold.
The beginning of the new Sunday school year will be celebrated Sunday at Glen Lutheran Church, 106 Carroll Road. Rally Day festivities will begin at 9 a.m. with Sunday school classes followed by the 10:30 a.m. worship service.
The community is invited to bring a lawn chair and join the congregation on the church's front lawn from noon to 3 p.m. for an afternoon lawn party of games, singing and fellowship.
Casual dress is suggested for all of the day's activities.
For information, call 766-6534.