Riding My Xootr Scooter Comfortably As Pinocchio

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Here’s a valuable tip I figured out for riding my Xootr scooter comfortably.

I don’t know if it’s the changing shape of my aging body, the new shirt-out style trend, or the activity I’m doing, but these days I find that belted trousers or shorts have a tendency to slip down, especially if I’m carrying a heavy bottle of water in one pocket while engaged in a kick scooter ride.

The downward drift of the pants makes me look like an L.A. cholo gang guy with my plaid drawers in the normal position at waist level, and my pants slung so low that they’re about to fall down completely, needing to get hiked up every few minutes.

I don’t like this look for me, especially in the middle of riding my Xootr scooter

Riding My Xootr Scooter Comfortably As Pinocchio.
Riding My Xootr Scooter Comfortably As Pinocchio.

It occurred to me that suspenders might fix the problem. I pulled out a pair of suspenders I’d kept tucked in the back of a drawer since I was a teenager. From sixty plus years ago. Thank you Mummy for buying me those suspenders.

Do I come across different? My wife teases me, “Is this your Pinocchio look?” Maybe. Probably. But I don’t care.

Today I rode with my scooter buddy Jorge on the Whittier Greenway Trail, 6.4 miles round trip. Jorge’s recovering from a sprained ankle, so we took it easy.

Riding with Jorge.
Riding with Jorge.

I remembered a previous ride with Jorge when he’d worn sweat pants with an elastic waistband, and was unable to carry a bottle of water in the pocket without the sweats falling down. Suspenders would have fixed his problem that day.

So on this day Jorge and I shared our thoughts on corona, the quarantine, the pandemic, and the controversy in the wake of the 2020 election, all the while enjoying a comfortably paced ride down to Greenleaf Avenue and back, all in perfect L.A. scooter weather. Looking forward to our next ride.

Don’t forget to check out my website at JonathanKelley.net.

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Jonathan Kelleyhttps://www.jonathankelley.net/
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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