There's very little sidewalk art in our 'hood in Los Feliz, so it was something of a surprise to see this little dark grey rodent in the gutter today. He's carrying - what? It looks like some kind of rat version of a pilgrim's staff, but that makes little sense. His right fore-paw, and his downbeat surroundings, are marginally improved by the presence of some fallen jacaranda petals. But it's hard to put a name to his expression - imploring? exploratory? tentative? frightened?