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As the co-proprietor of Ma ‘n’ Pa market, Zac Henderson has witnessed some curious scenes. But it wasn’t until the other day that he saw a customer waving a piece of beef jerky at a dog locked in a car outside the Belmont Shore grocery.

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A portion of the Blue Line is out of service for repairs, but Long Beach travelers who gripe about service should have been around in the 19th Century. Then they had to depend on a steam-engine line that frequently broke down and was nicknamed the Get Out & Push Railroad (see photo).

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Who says Long Beach doesn’t have everything? A business that sells “fat” food on Seventh Street is next door to another that advertises the body beautiful (see photo).

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Turns out that Long Beach isn’t the only local city invaded by peacocks. In fact, the blue-green coated creatures are such a feature of life in Rolling Hills Estates that city warns readers about them in the FAQ (frequently asked questions) section of its website.

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Before 2018 sneaks out of here, let's recall some of the moments from last year that proved that Southern California still has a flair for the unusual.

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Just when I thought I’d gotten over the Dodgers’ miserable performance in the World Series, I came across a book, “Night-Night California,” that had to rub it in anew. The book shows an empty Dodger Stadium with the text, “The crowds have gone away. Turn out the lights, close up the gates un…

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I just learned in my seniors exercise class that one way to tone the muscles in your jaw, mouth and eyes is to assume what is called, in yoga circles, the “lion pose” (see photo).

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Don't know if you've heard, but the Washington Post recently named Long Beach the city with the most “nice days” in the U.S.” (210 per year). Standards included “moderately warm temperatures (and) at least partial sunshine."

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My wife and I really enjoyed "My Fair Lady" at the Long Beach Playhouse — partly, I think, because the musical is so topical for locals.

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You can tell it's summer in Long Beach when Zeep the Sheep, the plastic mascot of Fire Station 2, models his latest Speedo suit (after apparently surviving a shark attack) (see photo).

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I was on a Metro Blue Line car the other day when a free-lance vendor came through selling socks. Despite his snappy ​repartee — "Last calls for socks, fellas" — no one offered to try on a pair.

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Difficult as it may be to believe, California has no official state sport. An official state insect, yes (the dog-face butterfly). An official fossil (the sabertooth cat). Even an official grass — no, it isn't cannabis; it's purple needlegrass.

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I recently trekked to the King Tut exhibition at the California Science Center — how could I not be interested when ancient Egypt and modern Long Beach have so much in common?

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This city's nextdoor.com contributors have alerted the world about the disappearance of such creatures as "a runaway baby tortoise" and a parakeet that "will more than likely fly right to you (if) you put your hands in the air and yell, 'Touchdown!'"

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Veteran commuters will not be surprised by the 40-minute length of the documentary, "Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405" (see photo).

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You never know what you're going to encounter in Long Beach. Reader Tom Gallo was out for a walk in Belmont Heights, when he came across an anonymous, home-made sign that he snapped. It said:

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This sounds like a joke, but Newsweek magazine reports that some Japanese scientists claim that a chemical used in making McDonald's French fries could be a key to curing baldness.

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In the "How-do-you-lose this?" category, a nextdoor.com member reports finding "an Invisalign thing (dental braces) for the bottom teeth... lying on the grass by the curb" on Park Avenue.

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The legalization of marijuana recalls a period when a certain beverage​ was outlawed. Just to make sure that there’s no confusion about the status of that ​beverage, one company has a billboard on the 405 in Carson that says: “Legal in California Since 1930.”

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Sorry for being tardy — I've been a bit sick — but I couldn't let 2017 go without saluting some of its most off-beat moments.

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Forget about Amazon​:​ If you need a book at a reason​able rate — mainly nothing — free tomes are offered at ​such neighborly outdoor locations​ as:

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Class, you'll recall that when last we met, I lectured on unusual requests that baristas receive in coffee shops. Requests such as, "Can you hold my phone? I'll be back in two hours." Or: "Could you tie my shoes?"

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The scene was reminiscent of a Charles Dickens novel — but, unfortunately, not "A Christmas Carol."

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When Lori Gray opened The Pie Bar bakery a year and a half ago, her mother sent her a toy oven that Lori had played with as a child.

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Nextdoor.com plays an important part in printing the thefts of readers' items that might not otherwise find their way into print — for instance, bicycles or lounge cushions, or sandals (even a pair that were discarded because the owner had stepped in poop).

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While grocery shopping, I spotted a display for California Car Scents, which offers such canned aromas as Malibu Melon, Golden State Delight and Newport New Car (see photo). Well, you didn't think it would spotlight Newport Old Car, did you?