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!'"
Now comes a report that a Long Beach parks worker "found a chicken (hen) and is looking for her home."
Responded one reader: "Did the chicken cross the road?"
You knew someone had to ask.
• When I was a young man, thinking of getting into journalism, an older colleague gave me a mock test to determine how serious I was. One of the questions was: "When you see a typo on a menu, do you pull out a pen and correct it?"
The other day I spotted Wilson High misspelled as "WILSO" (see photo).
Alas, I couldn't very well correct the error, seeing as how it was etched in cement more than two decades ago. It could be the oldest errant graffito in LB.
And, anyway, nobody's perfect. Back in the 1980s during a period when it was fashionable to alter the HOLLYWOOD sign, I recall that some young tricksters from an L.A. university were caught trying to change the landmark to read: USC WOOD. These scholars didn't get very far. Officers said that when they were apprehended, they were having problems making an "S."
• "No Team Runs a Smoother Operation," the New York Times wrote of the Zamboni Ice Company, whose job was resurfacing the ice during the recent Winter Olympics.
A great compliment for Zamboni, but no recognition for the company's home — the city of Paramount. The article said only that Zamboni was "based in California."
Poor Paramount, a neighbor of Long Beach, doesn't receive much publicity; it has even been known to receive calls from elsewhere from folks who think it is the studio.
Ironically, when the company was founded in 1949 it wanted to call itself the Paramount Engineering Co. but that name was already in use. So it named itself in honor of Frank Zamboni, the man who created the ice resurfacing machine.
In retrospect, it was a great cultural break for Zamboni, which is used by most professional hockey teams. The catchy name can be found in a song, "I Wanna Drive the Zamboni," a comic mystery novel ("Death by Zamboni") and a bumper sticker that says, MY OTHER CAR IS A ZAMBONI.
As a Sports Illustrated writer once observed, you never see a bumper sticker that says MY OTHER CAR IS A PARAMOUNT.
• No joke. Easter is April 1 this year — April Fool's Day. I hope the Easter bunny is careful. Easter is exhausting enough for the little creature (see photo).
Steve Harvey can be found at firstname.lastname@example.org and @sharvey9.