Sparks were flying at 7th and Montana this morning as "Mr. Transistor," the man known for blaring his transistor radio for all to hear, made a new friend. An Unwitting German Tourist, finding that there were no other seats available, sat at his table. He smiled at her, switched off his radio and turned up the volume on what quickly became a heated debate. As near as I can tell, Mr. Transistor expressed his frustration that so many "foreigners" are getting into the United States while at the same time stealing American jobs right out from under our very noses. The more he talked, the more upset the German Tourist became until finally she said, "Ach, this conversation is over!" She grabbed her bike, loaded it onto a bus and disappeared, leaving Mr. Transistor in the dust. He tried to chase after her, sputtering all the way, but by that point it was too late. The tourist was on her way to Pacific Palisades. I can't say as I blame her. He was giving her more static than a transistor radio ...!