Forget about Amazon: If you need a book at a reasonable rate — mainly nothing — free tomes are offered at such neighborly outdoor locations as:
Ma 'n Pa Free Library (Roycroft Avenue and Colorado Street);
Riley's Red Wagon Book Swap (St. Joseph Avenue and Vista Street);
Linda's Library (near Prospect Avenue and Broadway); and
Anonymous (Granada Avenue and The Toledo)
Not only is the price right, but there's another advantage. If you don't like the plot or maybe you dribbled a little soup on a couple of pages (as I have been known to do), hey, feel free to make a book return, no questions asked!
• On the 405, I noticed a Kia ad that said, "0-6 in 4.7 seconds."
It made me recall the funny parodies of such commercials that Volkswagen used to run for its Bug half a century ago.
As for speed, one billboard said: "0-60. Yes."
You know, if the 405 added a VWs-only lane, I might buy one.
• Talk about puncturing security: A nextdoor.com reader reports that her boyfriend wanted to play darts at a local bar and, as is customary, was asked to turn over his keys as security. When he was finished, he went to retrieve his keys only to find out they had accidentally been given to another patron. Last I heard, he still hadn't recovered them.
• The Golden Globes inaugurated Hollywood's award season and I'm still holding out hope that a special honor will be conferred upon Long Beach's Community Hospital for becoming the first such facility to offer in-room movies.
Not on television — on the screen of the old Circle Drive-In next door to the Traffic Circle.
The innovation came about inadvertently in 1960 after Community added a 6-story maternity wing that gave a great view of the theater's big screen. The hospital made deals with the drive-in and with General Telephone to have sound piped into its rooms.
Long Beachite Tom Howard, 80, whose two sons were born at Community, recalled that the set-up was convenient to would-be-dads who stayed out of the delivery room, if not always for would-be moms.
"You had husbands sitting out there (in the waiting room) drinking a Coke and watching a movie while Mom's in labor," he said.
A few years later, TV sets were installed in each room and, coincidentally, dads-to-be started working up the courage to witness births.
• I overheard two baristas in a coffee shop comparing notes about cleaning up at home after after their dogs.
A customer nodded in sympathy. "Oh, do you have a pet?" one barista asked the customer.
"No, I have a baby," he responded. "He drools."
Steve Harvey can be located at firstname.lastname@example.org and @sharvey9.