The Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states aren't the only ones who were blanketed in snow this morning. We had more than our share of the white stuff at 7th and Montana, courtesy of Barista Sammy who gave the "regulars" at Our Favorite Starbucks what just might be the most thoughtful gift of the year: Customized Snow Globes with our photos in them. If you ask me, the Snow Globes prove once and for all that the Christmas spirit is alive and well here in Santa Monica and that -- despite appearances to the contrary -- not everyone around here is Stark Raving Mad. Everyone I talked to who received one of the Snow Globes -- including Howard, Cathy, Bob and Joyce -- was as tickled as I was by Sammy's creativity and generosity. Even "The Hyena" -- the local psychopath known for laughing uproariously at unpredictable intervals -- seemed impressed. He laughed so loudly and for so long today that for a minute I thought he was Santa Claus ...!