An apparently homeless man sat down at one of the five anyone-can-play pianos placed around the city as part of the Downtown Denver Partnership's "Your Keys to the City" initiative; this one was at the corner of 16th and Arapahoe streets on the 16th Street Mall.
While a few wide-eyed children gathered around, the man played several Christmas tunes, including the upbeat theme from ACharlie BrownChristmas. For a minute it felt like a scene from a black-and-white movie about hope and overcoming odds and realizing that we're all the same, even though we're different.
But then some adult said something about Santa, and the kids scattered. The little commercialized punks.