Scooted In Los Angeles Among Light And Shadows

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How I scooted in Los Angeles among light and shadows. After several days of cold, rain, and even hail here in Los Angeles, the weather’s turned good, with cloudless blue skies overhead, and Southern California at its most beautiful. Short sleeve temperature, yet there’s a layer of brilliant white snow over the high hills and mountain tops just north of the San Gabriel Valley east of Pasadena.


Scooted today with a very view of the snow-capped peaks

There’s time today for a mid afternoon scooter ride for me at the Lario Park Trail in Irwindale, north along the San Gabriel River, with the best views of the very close snow-capped peaks.

Because of the recent bad weather, plus household jobs, I haven’t scooted in eleven days.

Scooter rides make you feel better

Out for a Xootr scooter ride among light and shadows.
Out for a Xootr scooter ride among light and shadows.

It would be possible to say why bother on this day, and keep saying it for enough days so my kick scooting becomes a distant memory rather than a valued current activity. But not today. Get out there, you white-haired old guy I see in the mirror. Go for a ride. You’ll feel better energy because of it.

On this particular mid-afternoon ride, what caught my attention in the winter afternoon sunlight was the striking contrast between light and shadow on the ascending ridge crests on the west side of the river, above the stone quarry.

Razor scooters, electric powered bicycles, and figuring out life’s journey

I saw a couple of young kids on Razor scooters, and more riders than usual on electric powered bicycles. I enjoyed a nice chat with a teenager, Alex, on an electric bike, at the top of the trail. He’s a high school grad with a restaurant job, trying to figure out what’s next on his life’s journey.

And on the descent, other people on the trail spoke to me as I scooted past, like a lady pedestrian out with her family who nodded her approval when I answered her question that I’d ridden all the way to the top of the trail where the upper bridge crosses to the residential enclave called Mountain Cove.

Join the community of the living

So, a great day to get out and become part of this beautiful area, and to join the community of the living, engaged with the world around us. Be alive.

It trumps staying home sitting mindlessly in front of the TV.

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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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