AN EARLY childhood lesson that I keep relearning is the benefit of using the right tool for a job: not necessarily required, but always quicker, cleaner, better, clearer, easier, whatever.
My latest acquaintance with the rule came last week, when I sat at my desk and, for the first time in months, could see the computer screen and my paperwork with no squinting, no double image and no headache.
I had graduated to trifocals about a year and a half ago, and found them great for general living, but increasingly unsatisfactory for what I actually do all day.
With the help of a colleague I measured the real distance from my eyes to desktop and screen, took the measurements and a bunch of money to the eye doctor and then the mall and presto! I can see.
Street signs are out of the question, and the calendar 10 feet from my desk is colorful but useless, but I will happily play the "Where are my driving glasses, these are my reading glasses" game. The right tool does indeed make a difference.
Library on the Web
For someone needing information about the county public library offerings, the right tool is no longer a card catalog drawer.
Since last fall, it has been a computerized program giving nearly instant access to the full wealth of publications and other media in the library system. Now the library is available to the public through a homepage on the World Wide Web.
The page provides access to the library's catalog and online databases, branch locations and event information, a community information file and scores of other valuable Internet sources.
The homepage is available through any Internet service provider with graphic browsing capabilities, such as Netscape, Microsoft Explorer or Mosaic. With any luck, and some concentrated effort, sooner or later I'll understand what I just wrote.
The address for the library homepage is http: //web.aacpl.lib.md.us. The page works best when viewed in Netscape 1.2 or higher.
For more information regarding the homepage or Web catalog, call library headquarters at 222-7371.
Raffle for the mortgage
The right tool for a job is not necessarily a thing or a technological advance. Sometimes it's an idea, such as the 1996 $10,000 raffle sponsored by Shady Side Rural Heritage Society.
The job to be done is raising $7,000 to meet the society's annual mortgage payment on the Captain Salem Avery House. The right tool is a limited raffle: Sell only 2,000 $10 tickets, give half the income to the raffle winner, pay the mortgage and have some money left for operations.
Co-Presidents Mavis and George Daly report that the community has been wonderful about supporting the raffle in the past. This year's chairwoman, Mary Mac Chaney, is counting on that support continuing.
The winning ticket will be drawn at the society's annual Working and Sporting Dog Exhibition on Oct. 12.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 867-2660. Half the cost of the raffle ticket may be considered a charitable contribution for tax purposes.
One of the early breeds of working dogs is the Irish wolfhound, bred since premedieval days to hunt wolves and boars.
Wolves and boars are in short supply in these parts these days (I will ignore the opening for an easy sarcasm), but Irish wolfhounds abound, prized for their intelligent strength, valor and devotion.
Two hundred of the breed are expected this weekend at Quiet Waters Park for the ninth annual Specialty Show of the Potomac Valley Irish Wolfhound Club. Obedience trials begin at 7: 30 a.m. Friday, with puppy sweepstakes at 8 a.m. in a nearby ring. The show is expected to last until about 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Entrance to the show is free, but a per car fee is charged to enter the park.
Bow Wow Bingo
Carrying the segue one step further, I must give note to Bow Wow Bingo, being sponsored by the SPCA of Anne Arundel County tomorrow, June 11 and June 25 at American Legion Post 7, 1950 Crownsville Road, in Annapolis.
Bingo begins at 6: 30 p.m., and pizza is available until 8 p.m. Information: 268-5285.
A paper shower for the Battered Spouse Shelter will be held at the annual picnic and membership meeting of the Republican Women of Anne Arundel County on June 12. The potluck picnic, from 11: 30 a.m. to 2: 30 p.m. at the home of club President Fran Brennan, also is open to prospective members. Members are asked to bring an entree, salad or dessert.
For information, call Betty Pahr at 263-5252.
The paper shower focuses on necessary disposables: paper towels, napkins, plates, cups, etc.
Pub Date: 6/03/96