"Peacock missing?" asked a reader on nextdoor.com — not the kind of question thrown about in Belmont Shore.
But it isn’t often locals see anything like the mysterious blue-plumaged creature pecking around on Mira Mar Avenue. Neighbors have nicknamed him Pete the Peacock (see photo).
He was beautiful “but scared me when I saw him looking in the patio slide door,” said one resident.
“It was on top of my neighbor’s house,” said another.
No acts of violence involving humans — or cats — have been reported.
One reader quipped, that Pete merely thought he had to "provide some extra ornamentation for the holidays."
Or perhaps Pete felt more at home with all the honking on the streets.
• Belmont folks, as any reader of nextdoor.com can tell you, are a sensitive lot.
And just as you might have expected, some were upset about Pete the Peacock, claiming the creature had relieved himself on their lawns.
Uh oh. It might only be a while before residents start posting signs that say: "Peacock Pooping Prohibited.”
• A lecturer on Greek and Roman history at the OLLI adult school got to ruminating on what generations might think about the ruins of our civilization in 10,000 years. The lecturer, Jerry Stoll, held up an illustration to indicate what an archeologist might conclude was "the mother of God" of Los Angeles during our period. The illustration would be familiar to coffee drinkers (see photo).