Postpone And Delay, Or Just Do It!

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Postpone and Delay, or Just Do It! Peck Road Park to Fletcher Park in El Monte, CA, again, on the Xootr kick scooter.

Yes, I have this adventure planned, where i’m going to ride the bike trails of Los Angeles from mountains to seashore. But today, same as my most recent ride, because of the 90° heat, the Azusa fires, and the need to attend to some household chores as well as buy groceries, it’s a repeat of the 6 mile Peck Road Park ride.

Close to home. All doable by noon

Every ride’s different, even covering the same ground. For inexplicable reasons, everyone I pass today greets me not with the usual impersonal nod, but today, with a “Good morning, sir!” or “Hello there!” Throw in an attractive young Asian lady out for a run on the trail, add a dose of withering heat, plus a homeless guy asleep beside the trail at a shaded underpass, and cars of a freight train stopped on a railroad bridge I scoot under, and there you have it.

It was a great ride on the Xootr Scooter, despite the intense heat!
It was a great ride on the Xootr Scooter, despite the intense heat!

The ride felt good, and I was glad to have done it, even though by the end, at 11:00 am, the temperature had climbed above 90° and I was counting the scoots it’d take me to get back to the parking lot before I passed out, even after consuming the jug of water I’d brought. 80 scoots to go. 60 scoots to go. A bit of downhill on the final leg. Can I make it?

Well, I did

And I’m reminded again, you gotta get up and go. It’s easy to say no, let’s wait till the weather’s cooler; let’s wait till the fires are out, let’s wait till the quarantine ends. Let’s wait till this, and let’s wait till that. That all adds up to let’s not, and then it’s gone.

Postpone and Delay, or Just Do It!

I’m not going to let it go. My Xootr scooter rides represent life to me. I’m going to do it as long as I can. Heat, cold, fire, smoke: be damned. But don’t ride in the rain, and not after dark!

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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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