Eyes were popping across Santa Monica this morning as word spread that Our Favorite Building Manager, known among friends as Ralph or Raphaelo, returned to 7th and Montana after a year-long hiatus. Known for his Tall Tales -- he was a former Secret Agent and Green Beret who suffered numerous injuries in falls from planes, yachts and ski-lifts the world over -- Raphaelo was a fixture at Our Favorite Starbucks before disappearing mysteriously without a trace last year. According to Genevieve, who spotted him this morning, he spent the past year in Canada and Spain, presumably managing many a building along the way. Meanwhile, here in Seoul, it was a hair-raising encounter of another kind last night as a Demented Barber made the scene at the Hotel Intercontinental. At approximately 9:00 p.m., a group of colleagues called my attention to a man in a hair salon who seemed to be lovingly caressing the disembodied head of a manikin. An hour later, when we returned to the hotel, he had the strangely lifelike head in an almost passionate embrace. I was tempted to interrupt him -- to suggest he elope with the head to 7th and Montana where he'd fit right in -- but I doubt he understands English ...!