the other day i was sitting at a traffic light on the corner of 1st and grand in downtown LA--just right in front of the Walt Disney Center, the new, silver wonder of the world created by frank gehry. across the intersection in opposing traffic was a black mercedes benz. i saw the driver, this white guy, waving his hand out the driver's side window. for a split second i thought of waving back, thinking it was someone i knew. then, i realized, "who the hell do i know with a mercedes benz... let alone a white guy?" the answer? no one.