One of my favorite literary genres is the angry-note-under-a-windshield — usually prompted by someone else's bad parking job.
A contributor to Long Beach's nextdoor.com found a variation that was less hostile than usual. The writer wished for divine guidance for a driver anchored far from the sidewalk. The note said:
"May God bless you with parking skills" (see photo).
• I couldn't help recalling the scene in the movie, "Annie Hall," when erratic-driving Annie (Diane Keaton) comes to a stop several feet from the sidewalk and her passenger, Alvy Singer (Woody Allen), says it's no problem, adding,"We can walk to the curb from here."
• Of course, some bad parkers stay close to the curb. Their problem is they straddle two spaces, as was the case with the new owner of a fictional dog named Spot that I came across on the internet (see photo).
• Myself, I think I would prefer an angry windshield note to the business card that a member of my family received the other day. It said: "We Buy Junk Cars." (I beg your pardon!)
• Someone mentioned the movement to have California secede from the union, whereupon sportscaster John Ireland asked, "Who would be on the one (dollar bill)? Snoop Dogg?"
Well, why not? Snoop is one of the most famous characters in the state, and an alum of Long Beach Poly.
• Thirty-two years after "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" was released, the John Hughes comedy remains an icon.
The other day, when a pitcher named Walker Buehler (spelled differently but pronounced the same) was called up to the major leagues by the Dodgers, the L.A. Times couldn't resist using a headline that said, "Buehler gets day off before eventful start."
The movie — if you haven't seen it — is about the adventures experienced by a school kid (played by Matthew Broderick) on a day when he ditches school.
The funny thing is that while the movie is set in Chicago, Hughes chose a house on Country Club Drive in north Long Beach to pose as Ferris' residence.
I guess he couldn't find anything in Chi-town that compared with LB.
Steve Harvey can be located at firstname.lastname@example.org and @sharvey9.