—Get wit da homies. Motivated to take on a new home project? Or just really bored? Then take a free home-improvement course. The Home Depot offers Do-It-Herself clinics and free Kids Workshops.
—A free meal. Pinching pennies? If you must have a meal out, at least find a place where kids eat free. Check out MyKidsEatFree.com. Search for restaurants by city and state. It looks like Gold Star Chili is the big “kids eat free” place around these parts. More restaurants need to be added to the list! Email the peeps at MyKidsEatFree.com to let them know of others in your area.
—Fly cheap in January and February. Skybus Airlines is offering $20 one-way fares for the next two months. What’s the catch? Most of the flights are from or to Columbus, Ohio, or Greensboro, NC.
Skybus destination cities include: Boston (Portsmouth, NH), Chattanooga, TN, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Fort Myers (Punta Gorda, FL), Hartford (Chicopee, MA), Jacksonville/Daytona Beach (St. Augustine, FL), Kansas City, MO, Los Angeles (Burbank, CA), Milwaukee, WI, New Orleans (Gulfport-Biloxi, MS), New York/Stewart, NY, Richmond, VA, San Diego, CA, San Francisco (Oakland, CA), and Seattle/Vancouver (Bellingham, WA). I’m going to New York next month with my friend Michelle–woohoo!
—Birthin’ babies is big business. Ricki Lake’s new documentary about how the American medical establishment handles birth will be in theatres next week. The Business of Being Born “explore(s) this fundamental question: should most births be viewed as a natural life process, or should every delivery be treated as a potential medical emergency?” (according to its PR folks). Sounds intriguing, and sure to stir up a little controversy. Thanks to my college pal Natalie for letting me know about this film.