Scooter Revolution For Thanksgiving Day!

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The weather’s turning cooler here in Los Angeles, and today’s perfect for a ride on the Whittier Greenway Trail, on my Xootr scooter.

I knew at the git-go that this was going to be a good ride

Bright sunny day. Cool. No wind. People I saw on the trail gave me smiles and verbal greetings, more that the usual grunts and nods. One young guy walking exclaimed, “Man that’s pretty cool!” about me, an absurdly old senior, riding a kid’s scooter.

I get a mile down the trail, and I run into Eric, my senior opposite number I’d met several weeks ago, out for a walk with his dog. I steered him to, and told him I’d written a piece about him.

Best of all, on this ride, I see more people on scooters than I’ve ever seen before

There was a guy on his scooter, his wife on foot pushing the stroller, and his son also on a kick scooter. There was also a family with three on scooters, Sam, Madison, and a toddler. Amazing.

Is this the start of the Scooter Revolution?

I’ve been waiting for it for a few years now. Keep your fingers crossed.

I applied the ergonomic technique I’d thought about last week, the stand, bend, scoot; stand, bend, scoot method, and while my overall speed turned out at 6.1 mph on my Ride with GPS app, I made it 3.2 miles to Greenleaf Avenue with just 410 scoots, almost a hundred fewer than when I did bursts of scoots with my standing leg bent.

This improved efficiency seems the result of application of lessons learned when I thought about what I was really doing last week.

So how many scooters will I see on my next ride? And could it be that you’ll be riding one of them?

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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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