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.
As in Belmont Shore, folks seem divided over the waddling characters.
Aside from pooping complaints, some Rolling Hills Estates residents complained that the peacocks are “ slow crossing the street,” one National Public Radio piece report said. (Just what we need! More rush opportunities in our daily lives!)
Incidentally, the little head-wobblers are called peafowl. In case you read over that quickly, that’s not a reference to the unrestrained pooping the animals allegedly do. They’re peafowl, not peafoul.
How did they come to Southern California? One story has it, NPR wrote, that in the 1920s someone gave a landowner a few of the birds because he thought the area was too quiet. Well, not anymore, residents say.
• On Belmont Shore’s ever-vigilant nextdoor.com, the peacocks have inspired what may be some witticisms.
For instance, one woman asked readers to be on the look-out for her “lost fish. Docile. Answers to ‘Coy.’” The bereaved fish owner said her pet was “last seen with a male wearing wet baggy pants.”
Another nextdoor.com reader sent in this startling report: “Homing pigeon lost.”
Meanwhile, followers of the nosy Belmont web site may have a battle going with another species. Several had complained of noxious fumes in the neighborhood,which inspired several debates about what chemicals might have caused the outrage . One reader had a simpler theory: They were skunks.
• With the big football game nearing, it’s time for Only in LB to post its annual public-service warning (see photo) about overeating and over-drinking. There’s only one “Super” competition Sunday.
• The other day I mentioned OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Cal State Long Beach, and, in doing so, I fear I might have scared away some older potential applicants. That’s because they, like me, would fear that signing up ($40 per year) would mean I was RETURNING TO SCHOOL. You know, the world of homework, term-papers, pop quizzes, final exams and the dreaded permanent records.
But there’s none of that at low-pressure OLLI.“We got a call from one student who asked us to tell his teacher that he was sick and wouldn’t be attending class that day,” one administrator said with a smile. “We told him we really didn’t have to know.”
In the history classes I’ve taken, students were encouraged to interrupt lectures and ask the instructors questions.
• Meanwhile I welcome feedback from readers who can tell me how those darn peafouls got from Rolling Hills Estates to Long Beach.
Steve Harvey can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.