Fall was in the air this morning at 7th and Montana ... and if you don't believe me, just as the Elderly Gentleman who took a nasty spill at the corner of 7th and Palisades. The accident happened at about 8:00 a.m. when the man -- a semi-retired writer -- hit the curb with his bike and went flying. He didn't seem to be seriously injured, but I'm pleased to say that literally every passerby stopped to help. One woman called the man's wife. Another called 911 and offered to store the man's bike at her house for the time being. "Be careful with that bike," the man croaked, "I'm very proud of the fact that it only cost me $60 at Target." The woman who called 911 asked me if I could bring her dog home for her and let it into her house while she tended to the man's wounds. The story has a happy ending: The paramedics, who arrived at the scene within minutes, said that the man's injuries weren't serious, but they took him to the hospital just in case. Meanwhile, it seems like a good sign that so many strangers stopped to help someone in need. It just goes to show that the Thanksgiving spirit is alive and well in Santa Monica ...!