Ladies and Gentlemen, meet "Palmer," the Local Loon who has taken to walking up and down Main Street disguised as a Palm Tree. I ran into him last week near the Chaya Venice restaurant. He was leaning against a Palm Tree and standing on stilts that were designed to look like tree trunks. His face was painted brown and his hair was covered with Palm Fronds. Suddenly, without warning, he leaned over and yelled "Howdy!" I nearly had a heart attack. "What the Hell are you doing?!?," I asked. "Making a living," he replied. I would have asked him what possessed him to dress like a tree, but the answer is obvious: He's Barking Mad ...!