Heads were turning at 7th and Montana this morning as a Local Eccentric breezed-in wearing the latest in Arctic Fashion, a bright red, knee-length down jacket. "Make way for the Polar Express," I said as she walked by, clearly unaware that it's July in Southern California. "Look," said Richard, "It's one of Santa's Helpers!" All I can say is, Santa must be pretty hard-up if she's one of his helpers. Then, again, times being what they are, who can blame him if he's traded in an Elf or two for a Nome ...?