MontClairVoyant: About Thanksgiving and the Town in Which We’re Living

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DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
You haven’t mentioned Thanksgiving in your column since last Thanksgiving. Why is that?

Sincerely,
The Cranberries

I was going to say “Stuffing Day” comes only once a year, but then I remembered mattresses…

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Are you thankful to be living in Montclair?

Sincerely,
Frasier Cranetown

Yes! The diversity, for one thing. Various colors, ethnicities, sexual identities, and religions (or atheism). Also various hairstyles: those that look good (on the head of all but one resident) and those that look bad (on the head of me).

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Plus SO many smart people among the above. What else makes you thankful to live in Montclair?

Sincerely,
Ichabod Cranetown

The restaurants are to dye for. Oops, to DIE for; I was thinking about gray hair.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
More to be thankful about in our town?

Sincerely,
Project Gratitude

Tons of great old architecture, even though we’ve sadly lost some. But no “House of the Seven Gables”; Vivien Leigh was elsewhere when she 3D-printed six copies of her “Gone With the Wind” co-star.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Is that house in Hawthorne, NJ? Anyway, architecture is an art of sorts, and our town has many wonderful arts offerings: movies, theater, music, museum exhibits, etc. Does that make Montclair a mini-version of another M place 12 miles east?

Sincerely,
LinkedIn Tunnel

Actually, Montclair is bigger than any subway platform on New York City’s M line.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Speaking of mass transit, Montclair has six train stations and lots of bus service. Also something to be thankful for?

Sincerely,
Johnny Cars-In

Indeed! I’m especially thankful that DeCamp has the 66 bus for Route 3 rather than the 666 bus for the “Highway to Hell.” With apologies to metal band AC/DC, whose members hail from Atlantic City and our nation’s capital.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Um…they’re from Australia, like The Wiggles, whose blue-shirted member is especially popular in liberal-leaning Montclair, though I just made that up. Comment? A serious one, please, with gravitas.

Sincerely,
Dorothy da Dinosaur

“Lights, camera, action…WIGGLES!”

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
I’m thankful you wrote rather than sang that. The Wiggles’ fun songs and comedic sketches are educational — like Montclair’s excellent public schools, right?

Sincerely,
Anita Hillside

Yup. Which makes Bullock the youngest Wiggle.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Finally, are you also a fan of Montclair’s parks?

Sincerely,
The Canterbury Trails

Love them — Anderson, Edgemont, Glenfield, Nishuane, and others. In fact, I’m thankful today isn’t “Hate Lovable Parks Day.” That’s in December.

Dave Astor, author, is the MontClairVoyant. His opinions about politics and local events are strictly his own and do not represent or reflect the views of Baristanet.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Dave,

    Wishing you the very best this Thanksgiving and thank you for the sharing your sandbox in the hope for a better Montclair.

  2. Thank you, Frank! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving, too! And thank YOU for all your informative, concerned-about-Montclair comments under my columns and elsewhere on Baristanet throughout the year.

  3. Thank you, frankgg! Hope you also had an enjoyable Thanksgiving. And thank you for sharing your deep knowledge of Montclair history and architecture in various posts!

    (I agree about Baristanet. 🙂 )

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