"I can't believe you didn't go with them," she chided. "This could be the only vacation your family takes this summer and you stay in Glen Burnie!"
My friend couldn't understand why I decided not to travel with my husband and children to visit his family in West Virginia.
"Mountains, rivers, fresh air. What a wonderful place to visit," she continued.
I backed into the kitchen, concerned she would break into a refrain of John Denver's "Country Roads" at any minute.
It's not that I dislike West Virginia. Mountains are swell. It's just my idea of fun doesn't necessarily include reminiscing about family members I don't know and then washing other people's pTC dinner dishes. Besides, I like that my 7-Eleven's within walking distance.
What my friend didn't understand was that for three whole days I had the entire house to myself.
I had lima beans for dinner and no one gagged. I watched an entire evening of television with the remote control on top of the television. The vacuum cleaner stayed in the closet for the whole weekend. After three days I was a new woman, ready to face the challenges of life.
"You're pathetic," she announced, exiting the kitchen.
Perhaps, I conceded. But tonight, in honor of their return, I'm serving succotash.
James G. Kirk was installed last week as president of the Rotary Club of Glen Burnie.
Mr. Kirk, the minister at Harundale Presbyterian Church, has been an active member of the Glen Burnie chapter for seven years. He takes over leadership of the chapter from Ron West Sr.
Other officers for 1995-1996 are Roland "Buddy" Marshall, vice president; Michael Walz, secretary; and William Underwood, treasurer.
In addition to the installation of new officers, several awards were presented for outstanding personal achievement.
Roland "Pete" Peterson received the Four Way Test Award for exemplifying commitment to the four basic guidelines of the club: truth, fairness, good will and friendship, and benefiting others.
For his continued efforts with the Respite Care Home of Linthicum, Carl Szuba was honored with the Humanitarian Award. Szuba was instrumental in starting the center, which provides short-term care for disabled people so their family members can take a break from the continued care of a family member.
The Distinguished Service Award was presented to Patricia Kasuda for her contributions to the community and the Rotary through her work at North Arundel Hospital.
Bill Kuethe was recognized for 37 years of perfect attendance at club meetings.
The YWCA Friendship Center continues its free lecture series with an address by Capt. Gary Simpson of the Annapolis Police Department on communication from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. tomorrow.
Open to the community, the lecture series is free. Advance registration is requested.
Speakers scheduled for July are:
* July 13, a representative of the Cooperative Extension Service will discuss money management;
* July 20, Debbie Topp of Beauticontrol will offer tips on acquiring a more professional appearance;
* July 27, "50 Reasons You Did Not Get the Job" will be explained by Mary Kraft, president of Mary Kraft and Associates.
The series continues through August.
The YMCA Friendship Center is at 97B North Langley Road, off Furnace Branch Road.
For information, call 768-2500.
Enjoy the sounds of swing when the Bayside Big Band entertains at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Arundel Center North plaza, Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard at Crain Highway.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II, the band will play a selection of period music with a patriotic theme.
Seating is limited. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.
The free performance is part of a summer concert series sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Cultural Arts Foundation, the Glen Burnie Improvement Association, the Bank of Glen Burnie, Bay Area Mortgage and Scott Family Homes.
A concert by Package Deal is scheduled for July 14. The band plays favorites from the '60s and '70s as well as popular country tunes.
The series concludes with a concert by the Dixie Power Trio on July 21, featuring New Orleans' Dixieland with a Cajun sound.
All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. There are no rain dates.
"The Sunshine Ranch" is the theme of the vacation Bible school program all next week at Marley Park Church of the Nazarene, 7741 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. Classes meet each night from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
A closing program is planned for 6 p.m., July 16.
Children ages 5 through the eighth grade are welcome. Classes and child care for children under 5 will be available for church members.
For information, call the church office, 768-1852.