Guest Post: Paying Homage To Montclarions

Over Thanksgiving weekend, your blogging alumna decided to appreciate her old neighbors.  It’s easy to pay homage to Montclarions, who have somehow joined forces to create their unique Valhalla.

Top Ten Reasons To Appreciate Your Valhalla

  1. Amazing people — Everyone seems to have an expansive world view or passion they pursue.  No one’s boring.
  2. Food, real food — Remember those great avocados, fused cuisines, and bakeries?   Even non-foodies eat well.
  3. Political spectrum — While the spectrum’s left-of-center, there’s discourse and range.  You don’t notice it.
  4. Local elections — Bless the energy out there, and congrats to Libby, Jean and Jerry.  Some voters might care.
  5. School funding — At least you try to find money to use.  And you try to figure out better ways to spend it.
  6. Debate is good — On any subject, on any day, in the Hills.  Try that debate in places that are, well, more patriarchal.
  7. Protected nature — Yeah, you have done that forever.  When there’s any available land, it’s ready to protect.
  8. Culture anytime — Check out music, art, readings and other events.  There’s almost too much happening.
  9. Disasters anytime — The “gotta prepare” attitude?  Just live well and through a earthquake, fire or mudslide.
  10. Weather perfection — Cool summers and comfy winters are par, and nothing remarkable for all Oaklanders.

Last summer, your faithful blogger left the Bay Area.  The Utah scenery and cultural mores are other worldly!   However Montclair’s Valhalla is more rooted in the real world.  To my old neighbors, take this time to give thanks for your unsung every-days.


4 Responses to “Guest Post: Paying Homage To Montclarions”

  1. 1 Sandra Pohutsky
    November 27, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Debby, how great to read your message! It does bring perspective about this intense place under the trees, at the edge of the continent.

  2. 2 Bruce Nye
    November 28, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Debbie — Oakland misses you!

  3. December 8, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Thanks for the thoughtful words Debbie! We all miss you, but are thankful you left us the gift of Today In Montclair.

  4. 4 Lux Matic
    December 9, 2010 at 10:05 am

    I’ve grew to depend on this blog for interesting and timely information about Montclair. However, since July, updates have been spare. (Check the archive list on the side to get a feel for number of posts per month.) Could we get info here that is more timely, and especially, relevant to living here?

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