Once again in the realm of our neighbors' lives, we're an unusual bunch out here. I have just received the family newsletter of a man I have never met. His name is Chuck Jones, and his expanded newsletter is a delight.
Like most of us with word processors, he began it by cutting and pasting versions of the same letter to his friends and family until he was caught at it.
He then simply wrote a bimonthly newsletter to mail out.
It was amusing enough that friends gave it to their friends and so on and so on.
Eventually, Mr. Jones began receiving mail from people he had never met, from continents he had never visited, complimenting him on his exploits.
The current version, "Glen Burnieland," is a 16-page illustrated newsletter published quarterly.
It's an affectionate look at the exasperations of daily life. Car troubles, work difficulties, kite-flying with toddlers, bar-hopping in Fells Point and negotiations in a marriage.
Mr. Jones will send anyone a copy of the newsletter from 9195-H Hitching Post Lane, Laurel 20723.
One of the great things about living here is that we are close to major highways, but still live in a suburban area.
Sometimes it even feels as if we live in the country; there are field mice in the bathroom.
It's a great place to live as long as the car runs. But, oh, when the car is in the shop, what a hassle to get around.
Fortunately, there is a terrific display at the Savage Library on the local transportation network. Yes, Virginia, there is a public transit network available to us.
It's a little confusing to the uninitiated, because there are not only several bus and train lines running through our area, but also different companies that provide the service.
Check out the display in the center of the library and pick up current schedules for the D.C. Metro, MARC lines, local buses and Connect-A-Rides.
It is possible to get to the White House without a car -- isn't that a good thing to know when the relatives come to visit for three weeks?
The Savage Boys and Girls Club Basketball scores are as follows.
In the Instructional League, the Tigers trounced the Tarheels 22-11. Kim Myrick, Preston Gunther and Jason Strauss led the Tigers against the valiant efforts of Tarheel players Chris Warwick, Brian Copperthitt and Sean Conners.
The Wolverines beat the Gophers 19-16 in a closely fought contest. Ken Brown, Julia Reynold and Katie Ryan led the Wolverines. Brendon Boy, Brian Evans and Teddy Pope led the Gophers.
The Spartans defeated the Bucks 24-20. Andrew Zavege, Bill Struthers and Kevin Oxenrider led the Spartans. Hakan Mustafa led the Bucks with 11 points with P. J. Puccio scoring eight points and with David Lee's able defensive support.
In the Junior League, the Badgers outfought the Wildcats, 45-40. Ben Peters, Steven Taylor and Matt Wevner led the battling Badgers. Kwang Kim, Jesse Urbacher and Todd Loisel led the Wildcats.
In the Intermediate League, the Knicks defeated the Lakers, 60-47. Earl Kelly scored 36 points for the Knicks with the strong support of teammates Brian Herford and Michael Ryan. The Lakers were led by David Smith, Ryan Miller and George Voneiff.
Can anything beat the smell of newly baked bread? It smells of home and good cheer, and it's not too difficult to do.
I wish I had someone like John Neault to teach me how to knead dough.
He is teaching a one-evening bread-baking class at 7 p.m. at Hammond High School on Wednesday.
Learn to mix, knead and form flour and water into the staff of life.
Bring $2.50 and an apron to the school's home economics classroom. This class is sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks. Call 410-313-2796 to register or 410-313-2762 for more information.
It's not too early to be thinking about what to plant for spring's enchantment and summer's delight.
So, for those whose dreams fell a little short of reality last year, or for the novices among us, the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks sponsors two one-day sessions on vegetable and flower gardening at Hammond High School this month.
Come out Feb. 22 to learn about vegetables and March 1 to learn about flowers.
Both sessions start at 7 p.m. Call 410-313-2762 for more information.