I’m from Marin County, California. It’s a ‘special’ place. At least – that’s what we tell ourselves.
Almost every time you run into one of your eco-friendly entitled white BMW-driving mountain-biking semi-vegan liberal-minded friends at one of the numerous Whole Foods in town, in between yoga classes, you’ll hear one resident remind the other how fortunate they are to live there, or to be from there, blah-blah-blah-hurl. After that the conversation will turn to cleansing, real estate, cycling, recycling, hiking on Mt. Tam, real estate, Michael Moore’s latest film, real estate, and how you recently saw Robin Wright Penn, Bonnie Raitt, Robin Williams and/or all of the above people at Whole Foods and how nice they were, how perfectly normal.
The thing is – when you move away from your home town, time and distance give you a better idea of what it’s really like and how you may have been brain-washed. I remember the year I went away to college, being stunned at how genuinely friendly and regular the local townspeople were compared to my hometown.
Marin is beautiful, and geographically special, and people are lucky to live there – but somewhere along the way, Marin stuck its head up its ass and starting buying it’s own story – hook, line, and sinker…to a comical and ridiculous degree. Most conversations can be boiled down to what is said in this hilarious Stuff Marinites Say video that just came out courtesy of San Rafael Patch.com.
This video so funny and so realistic that I had to share it with you. I was falling out of my chair laughing when I saw it, because holy tofu does it ever encapsulate s all the cliche stuff that used to be right but that has gone wrong in Marin along the way.
The video is hilarious because it’s true. Marinites take themselves, their acupuncture/reiki/cleansing/inner child workshops way too seriously. John Gray – the guy who wrote Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, lives there. So does the founder of EST. So do a whole lot of find-yourself cult types. I’m afraid if the ridiculosity continues all of Marin will evaporate up into its own you-know-what and never be seen or heard from again.
I mean – even the part about the coyote eating a woman’s cat is true.
As you watch the video, try to picture my Irish husband when we lived there there and trying to fit in, closet Republican that he is.
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