"What are you doing?" she asked as she swatted away a tuft of nylon netting wafting through my kitchen.
Glaring, I continued my attempts to ensnare a half dozen candy coated almonds in a swatch of nylon.
"Ooooh! Party favors! I love party favors," she said as she deftly caught an escaping nut. "Plastic baby bottles, pink and blue ribbon -- do I feel a baby shower in the air?"
What gave it away, I wondered silently. Pink and blue balloons in my living room or the tacky pink parasol suspended from the ceiling, ready to impale the guest of honor?
"Are you sure balloons are the way to go?" she asked gently. "Surely you haven't forgotten the last shower you gave. I understand your oldest son later used the event for an award-winning science project."
At my only other attempt at throwing a baby shower, the decorating scheme included balloons suspended from the ceiling in a raindrop pattern. I thought it was clever play on the shower theme -- until the guests arrived. As the temperature of the room rose, the balloons began to expand and expand and then . . .
"Pregnant women can be so jumpy," she mused. "You don't hear from that couple anymore, do you?"
Later that day, the neighborhood was a joyous sight, full of children waving pink and blue balloons.
It never hurts to be safe, Glen Burnie.
As part of their continued effort to educate the community about fire safety, the Glen Burnie Volunteer Fire Company is looking for girls to participate June 3 in the Miss Glen Burnie Fire Prevention Pageant.
The competition, at the Glen Burnie Improvement Association Hall on Crain Highway, will place contestants two age groups: 9 to 12 years old and 16 to 21 years old.
Judging is based on poise and knowledge of fire prevention. Contestants will be coached on safety information at classes sponsored by the volunteers.
The winners will advance to the county competition in the fall.
The two girls will serve as goodwill ambassadors, representing the fire company at parades, fund-raisers and at educational activities throughout the year.
E9 For information call Jim and Dawn Franklin, 760-3680.
New York comes to Glen Burnie this weekend when Arthur Slade Regional Catholic School is having "Manhattan After Dark."
The gala, 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, is sponsored by the Home School Association, with proceeds benefiting the school's general fund.
This year's entertainment includes:
* Arthurs, a Top 40 club featuring the band Skyline.
* At The Hop, where Murph the Magic Man spins favorites from the '50s and '60s.
* Country music by Maria Rose and the Blue Horizon at the Dew Drop Inn.
* The big-band sound of WolfeTrap at the club In The Mood.
* Comedian Andre Brown returns to the the Comic Strip Comedy Club.
* The Big Apple Casino, where several games of chance help you test your luck.
In addition to the entertainment offered at MAD, patrons can enjoy a wide range of dining pleasures including light fare at the 42nd Street Deli, desserts at Cafe Viennese and Tex-Mex at the Road Runner Cafe. Menu prices vary.
Admission tickets are $9 per person for Friday and $10 for Saturday. Meals are extra.
Tickets are available at the door or by calling the school office, 766-7130.
Include your car in your spring cleaning when Boy Scout Troop 873 in Glen Burnie Park has a "Scout Wash" from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at NationsBank, Crain Highway and Hospital Drive.
The Scouts are accepting donations to help pay their way to Camp Tuckahoe in Pennsylvania this summer.
A jackpot of $500 is guaranteed at the Bingo Blast at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Church of the Good Shepherd parish hall, 1451 Furnace Ave. The $20 admission includes game cards, a dinner platter and refreshments.
For ticket reservations, call 766-8810.
Spaces are available for a May 13 flea market at Glendale Elementary School. The cost is $8 for a space and a table.
The flea market will be held in conjunction with a Fitness Day planned by the PTA. Other scheduled activities include a bike rodeo and a walk-a-thon.
The school is at 105 Carroll Road. For information on space rentals, call Cheryl Montoya, 760-2512.