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Smug and grumpy Mill Valley? Look once more – Marin Impartial Journal

The Urban Dictionary defines Mill Valley as “a town in Marin County, California that was the basis for the South Park episode,” SmugAlert! “Was. The people … are generally complacent hermits who live in tiny huts that they paid $ 1.2 million for.”

The “generally complacent” folks tend to make everyone else sullen. At least that’s how the story goes. If only life was so easy here. A host recently said, “I get grumpy about people who get grumpy about what happened to Mill Valley.”

Just look around and you might find an old-fashioned village with a small town ethos and a big hearted soul. Here’s a potpourri from Real Mill Valley:

Terribly good

At the curve of the street on Molino Avenue partnered with Montford, you’ll find artist and designer Ellen Mattesi’s Halloween Valentine’s Day in the world. For the past eight years, Mattesi, a “creator of the fantasy environment,” has adorned her front yard with elaborate 3-D bodies, torsoless arms and hands, skulls, teeth, skeletons, weird bones, and a range of clowns, including the more massive evil Clown with teeth as long as a foot. Mattesi says, “All the other clowns have to keep feeding him body parts.”

Every year people honk and wave, flash a thumbs up or scream like banshee when they leave Molino, a funnel for hordes from Mount Tam and the beaches as well as for neighbors who live up the hill.

A few years ago, Mattesi injured his knee and was unable to create her display. She apologized on social media. The neighbors didn’t waste a second: “Would you like to help set up?” “I would help too. I’ve appreciated our Halloween fun since we lived here … ”Her teenage daughter jumped in and saved the holiday.

That year, the Mayor of Mill Valley left a business card with a note in Mattesi’s mailbox: “Thank you for bringing Halloween back to Mill Valley.”

Yes, you can

One day last week a stubborn bird got into Scott Snyder’s Tam Valley stovepipe chimney. Snyder and his wife could hear the unfortunate flutter.

At first they called a chimney sweep. “They said they didn’t study living things,” says Snyder, a data engineer, voice actor, and animal lover. Then Marin Humane, who sent someone to look. “You thought it might be an owl.” The group transports creatures but does not remove them from stovepipes. So Snyder called WildCare. But they only receive and treat. They do not displace or transport.

Snyder asked the neighbors for suggestions. Several offered help. One suggested the Southern Marin Fire District, which covers the Tam Valley. “It had just rained the night before,” says Snyder, “so I wasn’t feeling too bad.”

A team of three appeared within a few hours. They climbed the steep Snyder roof. The top of the stovepipe has been removed. Lowered a rope down the chimney. The bird clung to the rope about halfway. Then it flew. It wasn’t an owl. “Probably an exfoliating jay.”

Neighbors cheered on social media. “What a happy ending! … cats in trees, birds in chimneys, our Southern Marin firefighters can do it all! “

Yes, you can.

And did it.

Signs of optimism

The sign on the wall of Two Neat, a long-time funky downtown art and dog gift shop: “Unattended kids get an espresso and a free puppy.”

A group of middle school students came in on a Friday afternoon and told shopkeeper Bob Bijou, “We are unsupervised 12 year olds. Can we have our free puppy? “Instead, Bijou gave them a free 10-cent piece of taffy each. The kids devoured it. It wasn’t long before regular Mill Valley Fridays became free taffy Fridays for the original gang of the” unsupervised “and their friends Even if the toffee isn’t free, says Bijou, it’s a bargain. “Where else in Mill Valley can you get something for 10 cents?”

Notable signs abound:

• At the organic products booth on the corner of Shoreline Highway and Tennessee Valley Road, a street sign: “Peace, Love and Cucumber”.

• On the sign in the Book Depot & Café: “I say a city is not a city without a bookstore. It might call itself a city, but if it doesn’t have a bookstore it knows it doesn’t fool a soul. “(From Neil Gaiman’s” American Gods “.)

Make friends the parks

There’s a fundraiser for fans of parks and recreation at Sweetwater Music Hall next Thursday evening, November 2nd, from 6.30pm to 11pm. Tickets for $ 100 include wine, beer, appetizers, and rock music from Mustache Harbor. Sponsors include the Mill Valley Soccer Club and the Southern Marin Lacrosse Club.

Among the beneficiaries is the planned new city skate park, which was created by, for and for a savvy group of Mill Valley middle school students.

So have a nice day in Mill Valley.

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