Dear Convention Visitors:
Life isn't always what it seems in Southern California, as the accompanying photos will attest. Here are some things NOT to look for:
* Dieters' specials at the Shun Fat Supermarket in San Gabriel. The phrase means "fortunate" in Chinese.
* Moose accessories in Pasadena. The sign was put up as a joke several years ago by a businessman, who did in fact own a large collection of moose antlers. He also posted a sign paying tribute to Chester A. Riley of TV's "Life of Riley," who was constantly complaining, "What a revoltin' development this is."
L.A. AND THE WHITE HOUSE: Some local trivia about presidential politics:
* First president to visit L.A.: Rutherford B. Hayes (1880). The City Council went all-out, appropriating $25 for a banquet.
* Most bizarre fashion no-no: Reporters covering Democratic candidate Michael Dukakis in 1988 were given red and blue bandannas in Texas. But they were asked by the Secret Service to take them off at the next stop, L.A., because the colors were the same as those worn by rival street gangs.