The new "My Cat from Hell" TV show put out a call on nextdoor.com for creatures "with behavioral issues, whether that's pooping/peeing outside the litter box, not getting along with other pets or people, eating things they not supposed to, etc." (see photo).
What's unusual about that? Sounds like every cat I've ever had.
We had one feline who would subtly signal he was hungry by knocking the dry cereal box off the refrigerator (but don't get me started).
• The heat is back (guess I won't complain about June Gloom when July Fry is getting intense). Besides I remember the year Channel 4 reported (exclusively) that 4-digit temperatures were going to hit Irvine (see photo).
• Besides wacky weather reports, summer also seems to be the time for free-lance curb painters to go house-to-house, offering to make residents' home addresses visible for all the world to see.
Some ever-vigilant residents told nextdoor.com that they suspected that certain painters had other, less noble, motives.
One local said that a painter who came to his door stood "really close to the screen, like he was scanning for goods."
One urban legend holds that if you displease a curb painter, he'll put someone else's address in front of your place. But I haven't heard any such accusations of that type lately.
• Anyway, curb painters have their own gripes. A couple of years ago, I talked to one who thought he had reached a deal with a resident only to discover there was a hang-up. Not over the price. No, the resident wasn't sure what her address was. "Let me go and check my mail," she said.
• I also once was told about a Long Beach address whose curb said:
MMCCLXIII (see photo).
I believe the Roman numerals carried a religious message but am not sure. Nor can I remember where the curb marking was, though it could have been near XVII Avenue.
• On TV I saw a commercial that was headlined, "Das Schnitzel!"
Good to see the hot dog people remembered to use the correct modifier.
For years, the business called itself "Der Wienerschnitzel" when it should have been "Das Wienerschnitzel," finally dropping the "Der" a couple of decades ago.
Founder John Galardi, by the way, once admitted he thought no one would buy a hot dog from a "Wienerschnitzel" stand (no matter what the modifier). He was wrong, he liked to say. The original W is still open on Pacific Coast Highway in Wilmington after 56 years.
Steve Harvey can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and @sharvey9.