LIFE & Expanding Horizons Before It Ends

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Life. You can repeat and repeat your activity, never changing. Use the same treadmill at the gym every day, walk for the same number of minutes at the same speed. Sit at your desk every day at the widget factory, shuffling the same papers. Take the same route home every evening. Never change.

This, for me, is a recipe for stunting of the human spirit by stagnation

You have to stretch yourself, give yourself new challenges, try out new experiences.

I love riding my Xootr Mg scooter because it offers the opportunity to live with constantly expanding horizons, always with the challenge of finding new routes, new paths to ride, new sights to see on the trail, new people to interact with.

A place I’ve never been to before

On today’s ride, my starting point was one I’d never been to before: a commercial zone named Byron Zinn Park, in Bellflower; a part of Los Angeles just south of Norwalk and the Green Line light rail system. It’s on the west side of the San Gabriel River, with a narrow pedestrian bridge crossing to the trail on the east side.

That was my starting point, with a pleasant ride a little more than two miles north, up to Wilderness Park, which my friend Jorge and I had ridden to a few weeks ago, coming down from Washington Bvd. Lots of homeless people in tents in the river bed and beside the trail.

Most of the river bed was cemented in until I passed above Firestone Bvd, where the concrete sluiceway became grass and trees, with much more wildlife, like a great egret I saw poking around the bushes beside the trail.

The bicycle memorial

On a somber note, just below Firestone Bvd, chained to a fence is a white bicycle memorial to Carla Becerra.

A 31 year old woman who’d been killed on the trail earlier this year when she was struck by a motorcyclist who should not have been riding a fully powered vehicle on a narrow bicycle trail.

Life is fleeting

Enjoy each day while you have it.

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Jonathan Kelley
Jonathan Kelley, 80, was born in Boston, and educated at Exeter and Princeton, then Harvard Medical School, after a year teaching English in Cali, Colombia. He was a Navy anesthesiologist during Viet Nam. He spent the middle decades of his life working in a community hospital in Northern California. Besides his career in medicine, he’s a chef, pianist, and actor in his artistic life. In the kitchen, he specializes in croissants and cooking with coconuts. At the piano, it’s boogie woogie and Joplin rags. As an actor, he’s done fourteen seasons in a Mexican Christmas play in Los Angeles, plus the occasional movie role, as in the soon-to-be-released feature film “Amor en 266 Millas,” where he plays the hippie patriarch of a desert commune in the Antelope Valley. He has two books available on Amazon, “Counting Backwards from 100: My Life as an Anesthesiologist,” and “Short Stories by Jonathan Kelley.” Searching for improved balance and leg strength at age 77, Jonathan came by chance upon a Xootr scooter. Jonathan’s wife is the lovely Puerto Rican actress Gloria Laino. Their mix is like Puerto Rican arroz con gandules served next to New England style cranberry sauce.

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