It's another new year in St. Louis, and if you haven't noticed, no flying cars or jet packs. What gives? But at least thermonuclear war hasn't wiped us from the solar system, so hope springs eternal.
Like many fortunate American families, 2009 was a time of guilty excess. We watched our friends lose their jobs, yet, in the name of bolstering the economy, we still spent money like drunken frat boys, undaunted by the thought that the keg could go dry. We were damned lucky that nothing happened to wake us up to the perils of our folly. Nothing, that is, but the changing of a new year. 2010 marks a turning point (among other cliches) for us. The Dill-Marschik household has shoved off on a journey of discovery, one we've skirted before, but never with the zeal and delight with which we plan to approach the backyard (literally and figuratively) exploration we're conducting this decade.
Join us, fair readers, as Gateway Groupies presents: Project Nunway.
This decade, we're monasticizing ourselves to a healthy debt-to-income ratio, a smaller ecological footprint, and healthier, tougher imaginations and constitutions.
Project Nunway features the following fascinations:
- Buying local, in-season produce
- Exclusively cooking dinner at home during the week
- Packing lunches
- Planting a raised-bed vegetable garden, complete with an Olive R. Clothesoff Scarecrow
- Eliminating disposable dishes
- Saving gas by biking and scootering on short trips
- Taking full advantage of everything the St. Louis Public Library offers (and there's a lot!)
- Coupons, Groupons, Twofers and BOGOs
- And all the free or cheap culture and entertainment St. Louis can throw at us!
And if we make it through ten years without killing ourselves, we'll attend a revue at the end of them.