The line was quiet and for a moment I thought we had been cut off.
"I thought Route 3 was really Route 301. Then you tell me it's also I-97." She was confused. "So how can it be Crain Highway too?"
My friend -- not gifted with even the vaguest sense of direction -- was trying to make her way to a Glen Burnie wedding reception. A car phone was her only link to her destination.
"I'll just follow the airplanes," she laughed.
For a fleeting moment I gleefully envisioned her en route to Greensboro.
"Just kidding. All right, I think I'm on Ritchie Highway. Or is this Route 2? Now, this Crown gas station you're talking about, does it have a fountain?" she asked.
The confusion must have been contagious. I paused. I had no idea.
"If there's a fountain I think the reception is next to my sister-in-law's Weight Watchers meeting," she said. "If it doesn't have a fountain, then it must be near where the timing chain broke on your Buick."
Left at the Buick breakdown, I instructed. Keep going straight, the reception is on the right.
"Wait a minute. Isn't that the roller skating rink?" she asked. "No one told me this was casual."
No skating, it's a reception hall now, I explained, managing to depress the phone's mute button before I screamed.
Drive on, Glen Burnie.
For anyone still confused about where Eighth Avenue suddenly becomes Dorsey Road, help is available in the form of an updated map of Glen Burnie and surrounding communities.
Sponsored by the Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce, the map includes a street index to aid locating residences and businesses.
"We use it as a marketing tool," explained Pam Kaiser, director of the NAACCC. "The chamber offers a welcome package to businesses and families moving into the area. When we were putting together the packets we realized there wasn't an up to date map of Glen Burnie."
The complimentary map can be picked up at the chamber office in the Lippin Building, 103 Crain Highway, S.E. For additional information, call 766-8282.
Members of Cpl. J.D. Youngham Memorial VFW Post 434 will celebrate service to America and the veterans organization with an anniversary party on Aug. 13.
Festivities will get under way at 8 p.m. at the VFW Post 160, 2597 Dorsey Road.
The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of awards to members with five, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years of membership.
Tickets are $5 each for Post 434 members, its auxiliary and guests.
Comprised of men and women who have honorably served the United States in an overseas engagement, the VFW works tirelessly to promote the rights of veterans.
With the recent membership of a Persian Gulf War veteran, Post 434 now includes representatives from World War I, World War II, the Korean conflict, the Vietnam War and the gulf fighting.
Reservations for the event must be made by July 18. For ticket information, call Past Post Commander Dillard Harris, 761-2697, or Commander Edward Linton, 768-2129.
Members of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church will be contacting families in the Glen Burnie area, inviting them to participate in RENEW -- a spiritual re-affirmation program scheduled to begin in the fall.
Starting July 18, inactive parishioners will be visited by current members, who will share information on church activities and services.
"It's a chance to rediscover our relationship with God. We'd like to try to get people who are no longer active in the church to come back," explained coordinator Sarah Shanefelter.
Information: Holy Trinity Parish Center, 766-5070.
Boy Scout Troop 672 will be ready with buckets, soap, hoses and the energy to clean a few dozen cars from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Maryland National Bank, Crain Highway and Hospital Drive.
The charge of $3 per car will help offset costs for the scouts' annual summer camp at Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation.
An election tops the agenda of the Point Pleasant-Shoreland Improvement Association meeting, 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 1451 Furnace Ave.
Positions on the executive board and the board of governors are on the ballot.
Active members who will bring fresh ideas to the association are encouraged to volunteer, says president Leo Brukiewa. Nominations will be taken from the floor. Members are asked to bring nonperishable food for distribution in the community.