I used to think that the electric gadgets of choice in cars were a threat, things simply waiting until the most inauspicious time to go wrong.
I no longer think it. I know it.
The electric antenna on my second-hand car has departed this world. The radio is useless, even locally, and I've had neither the time nor the money to get the antenna fixed.
Every cloud has a silver lining, however.
After a couple of months of listening to myself contemplate the relative merits of the folks I share the road with, I remembered a cache of home-dubbed tapes: Ella and Frank and the Kingston Trio and Harry Chapin and nearly ancient musicals.
I've been in heaven in five-minute bites as I go about my errands -- two minutes moving, three minutes at traffic lights.
But, I sure do miss "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered." Maybe I should find time to fix that antenna.
The Annapolis Striders has chosen a different entry fee for its Cold Turkey 20K Run on Thanksgiving Sunday at South River High School in Edgewater: a bag of nonperishable groceries.
Those who can't manage the groceries can pay the regular fees of $3 pre-entry for Striders members, $4 for non-members, and a dollar more each on race day. All food and proceeds will be donated to the Salvation Army of Annapolis.
Preregistration by mail will be accepted through Nov. 21.
Race-day registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
For more information, call the Annapolis Striders Hotline at 268-1165.
There has already been an increase in the number of people requesting assistance from the Salvation Army of Annapolis. The organization is encouraging companies and individuals to run food drives in their organization or neighborhoods.
Those interested in collecting nonperishables for delivery to those in need are asked to call Carolyn Burge at 263-4091.
Thanksgiving may not be here, but a Christmas presence is already real, and some of the traditions are welcome as early as possible.
A case in point: The Colonial Players 13th annual production of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." Tickets go on sale Saturday at the theater, 120 East St. in Annapolis.
Tickets are $5, and there is a limit of six tickets per adult buyer.
Performances begin Dec. 9 and run through Dec. 19. For dates and times, check the box office.
In the spirit of the season, Colonial Players will donate $1 of each ticket to a local charity.
If you've ever wondered what it's like to be at the wheel of a freighter as it sails into the Chesapeake Bay, plan to attend Master Pilot John Herbert's lecture at St. John's College tomorrow night.
Herbert's appearance is part of the history dinner-lecture series at the college.
A Maryland native and veteran of 23 years of service on the bay, Herbert is an authority on bringing vessels safely into the Port of Baltimore.
He is a member of the senior examining board that establishes standards and examines and certifies pilots for bay operations.
Mr. Herbert's lecture is open to the public free of charge. It begins at 8 p.m. in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium.
It's iffy, sometimes, recommending a performance based on someone else's promotional writing, but I can't see David Wilcox before his Nov. 27 performance at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, so I'll take a chance.
I like his description of his music: ". . . real person-to-person, real in-your-face . . . it deals with tough emotions and . . . believing that there is a lot of common ground between people. I play music for people who are after something more than anesthesia."
Reserved seat tickets for the Wilcox concert are $18 for Maryland Hall members and $20 for non-members.
Tickets are on sale now, at the box office at 801 Chase St., Annapolis, or by calling 263-5019.
November is National Hospice Month, and the Anne Arundel Medical Center hospice program is offering a seminar on the recent changes in the laws on living wills and durable power of attorney for health care.
Annapolis lawyer Gregory Howard will present the seminar at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22, in the Severn Room on Anne Arundel Medical Center, Franklin and Cathedral streets, in Annapolis.
The seminar is free, but registration is requested. Call 280-6578.
And finally: if you're in charge of public relations for a nonprofit organization and its activities, a call to me at 263-2421 is a good step, but hardly the only one.
You can learn about developing a wide and effective reach for your PR with a workshop Nov. 23 at Loews Annapolis Hotel, sponsored by the Public Relations Society of America and the Capital.
For information, call Marlene Prendergast at 166-1474.