Christ | Christmas | Greed | Money | Reward | Violence

It was the Christmas season a few years ago and Lou, the barber of the writer, showed the stuff of heroism. Though he is well past 50, he is in excellent physical shape because of year-round surfing and innumerable vitamin pills. Lou had been Christmas shopping in downtown Los Angeles, hoping to buy a lovely wristwatch for his wife, but he found nothing which was both elegant and inexpensive. After shopping around for an hour or so, he turned homeward about 6:00 p.m. As he was walking past a darkly lit alley, he heard a woman scream. The other people ignored the cries, but Lou didn’t. He looked down the alley and beneath the dim light of a single bulb made out the figure of a woman sitting on the ground; the man beside her was waving his arms excitedly. A dark figure raced away from the scene toward Spring Street. Lou figured it was robbery, with the…

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