I think I can finally say that I feel fully Suburban now. We’ve been getting The Montclair Times since we moved here, but that arrives in the mailbox. Now, we get The Star Ledger as well – in the front yard! I know it’s not as exciting as the exclamation mark would imply, but I’m also the type of person who thinks hotel stationery in the desk drawer is exciting (mainly because I rarely stay in hotels – imagine what a folded towel animal on the bed would do to me!).
When we stopped in to the recent art fair at Anderson Park, my husband decided to sign us up for The Star Ledger, so here we are. Combine the morning arrival of the newspaper with the recycling cans waiting to be picked up* – and you’ve got Suburbia in a snapshot.
* Unless you live in my parents’ town. There, it’s Pay As You Throw – you take your own trash and recycling to the dump (for a yearly fee). And you pay for the trash bags. If you don’t want to do that, you pay a $35 per month (or higher) fee for weekly pick-up. Perhaps the people who complain about having to drag a can to the curb would rather choose between one of those.