MY DEAR HUSBAND misses precursors of events. The week before Valentine's Day, for example, he blindly passes racks of greeting cards emblazoned with hearts, fails to notice radio and TV announcements about jewelry sales and ignores full-page newspaper ads from candy stores.
L Then, on Feb. 14, he moans, "Why didn't somebody remind me?"
L It turns out that he's not the only one missing the obvious.
On Feb. 14 I drove to Annapolis Seafood to purchase some scallops for dinner. But there wasn't an empty parking space near the store.
If I weren't quick-decision challenged, I would have changed the menu and headed for Valu Food.
But, my dinner plans were in cement.
By the time I parked at Ace Hardware and hiked to the seafood emporium, the checkout line was backed up to the front door. Inside, rows of customers circled rows of fish.
I scooped up a little bag of scallops, got in line to pay and looked around.
It was then I realized I was witnessing an important new trend. This year's Valentines were not wishing for candy, flowers or jewelry. They wanted lobster, and that's what everyone but me was buying.
Oh, well. With a generous sprinkling of paprika, my husband never knew what he missed.
A slim lead
Round three of the high school math competitions is over, and Old Mill High School is ahead of second-place Severna Park High School by a slim third of a point.
Arundel and Glen Burnie high schools are tied for third.
Pat Hooper of Severna Park and Ivan Tong of Arnold were the only ones of nearly 100 contestants to submit perfect papers Jan. 20 at Anne Arundel Community College. They correctly answered six questions in 30 minutes.
Severna Park and Old Mill produced perfect team papers.
A school's score is the average of its top three individual scores added to its top team score.
A perfect score is 36. The standings are Old Mill, 31; Severna Park, 30.67; Glen Burnie and Arundel, 25.67; South River, 24; Meade, 21; Severn, 19; Northeast, 17; North County and St. Mary's, 15.67; Chesapeake, 6; and Annapolis, 4.33.
The final round of the competition will be March 2. Certificates and trophies will be awarded to participants and their schools.
For information, contact Cathy Hess, competition director, 541-2574.
Gospel, jazz scheduled
A gospel and jazz festival will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday in Pascal Center for Performing Arts at Anne Arundel Community College.
The presentation will feature the 50-member U.S. Naval Academy Gospel Choir, the New Sewell Music Conservatory Jazz Ensemble from Washington and recording artist Tony Spencer of Annapolis.
General admission tickets cost $7; tickets for seniors and AACC staff and students are $5. Information: 541-2218.