When driving down Calderwood Street in Los Altos, you might get the sense that you are in a typical Long Beach neighborhood. The houses are quaint, people are often walking their dogs, and children are playing outside. But the neighborhood on Calderwood Street has something that makes it particularly special; its residents have the “Lawn Bar.”
It all started many years ago with Mary Jo Leftwich, “M.J.” for short. “She was grand central station,” as they put it. She befriend
His name is Rain Dog. At least, that’s his nom de plume. He sits at a table outside a coffee shop. He supports himself with a crooked cane, a la Yoda. A mysterious, wise-looking figure, also resembling Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings, he watches the passersby as he sits contently sipping coffee.
I must mention that I have been a recipient of much kindness through my search for stories about people who do good deeds in Long Beach, for this issue of 908 Magazine. The fact