The most bizarre thing I have seen in a very long time:
Yesterday at the little-kids playground at Griffith Park (even Abe was climbing around), I saw this big blond boy, age 3 (I asked), running wildly on all the play structures wearing a contraption on his head made of soft, pillow-y material. It looked sort of like those twisty balloon hats you can get at fairs, except it was some sort of fabric. There was a band around his head, another from ear to ear, and another from front to back. The whole thing stayed on securely with a strap that went under his chin and buttoned behind his ears.
I couldn't stop myself from staring. I noticed a small, frazzled Latino lady following him around, so when they came near us, I said, "Boy, he must hit his head a lot, huh?" She said, "Oh no, his mom just wants to protect his head...you know, he's very smart, fluent in three languages!"
I hope they don't have any photographs of their son in this thing. If any of his 6th grade classmates see it in a few years, boy's gonna be in for serious butt-woopins. Poor thing. Only in L.A.
(still no transfer cable...will post pictures on Abe's birthday as soon as we get it).