The legalization of marijuana has opened new comic opportunities for ad writers. You may recall that I mentioned one billboard on the 405 that said: "Legal in California Since 1930." It showed a beer bottle.
Then I noticed a more recent billboard on the 405 that bragged, "Our grass is legal in every state." It was advertising a product called EasyTurf.
Okay, perhaps not great humor but I'll take anything to read when I'm trapped on the 405 in a massive traffic jam.
• In the surface street category, a pet store showed a display of mock cannabis treats called "meowijuana" on April 20. Was the promotion popular? This is how the display looked the next day — no meowijuana to be seen anywhere (see photo, snapped by daughter Sarah Harvey; Only in LB is a family production).
• I wrote April 20 in case you didn't notice that the number 420 is now shorthand for using marijuana. April 20 is a sort of marijuana party day.
Like the phrase "86ed" (for getting ejected from a bar), no one is certain how the numbers 420 caught on.
The combination may have originated with a group of teens in Marin County who would gather to get high at about 4:20, when they were out of school and their parents were still at work.
• Speaking of mysteries, for the last several months, I've noticed a contagion of chipping paint on neighborhood autos. This dread disease seems most likely to plague sedans with dark blue paint (see photo by son James Harvey; hey, every Harvey relation is on call for Only in LB).
I've never seen a Mercedes-Benz with the problem.
Several theories have been advanced: the primer is not holding the paint (I like to talk like a car guy), the ocean air erodes the paint, etc. Auto manufacturers, not surprisingly, are reluctant to take the blame.
• I ran into a local resident with the paint-chipping disease. A neighbor had suggested he try pouring brake fluid on the infected spots. No change, except his car smelled strange. "You ask nine different owners what to do," the resident said, "and they'll give you nine different opinions, none of them any good."
• In case you were wondering, the "Caution: Do Not Enter" warning tape at a local Wells Fargo (see photo) did not refer to the bank's scandals (fraudulent savings and checking accounts. etc.).
Steve Harvey can be reached at email@example.com and @sharvey9.