All Things Change While Riding A Xootr Street

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All things change while riding a Xootr Street kick scooter: What is there to say? The wheel size? The number of scoots per mile? The comfortable feel of the handlebars? Technical specs get boring after a few lines.

Today while riding a Xootr Street

Today I rode from Lashbrook Park in El Monte to Bosque del Rio Hondo in South El Monte, on the Rio Hondo Bicycle Trail. Three miles and change each way, including a slight detour through Whittier Narrows Recreation Area on the return.

Riding a Xootr Street 6.4 miles.
Riding a Xootr Street 6.4 miles.

Conditions were perfect, except for being on the warm side, at 90°. Speed: 6.6 mph. Distance covered: 6.4 miles.
People: two homeless guys sitting on a bench in Lashbrook Park gave me a polite, “Good morning, sir!” as I started out.

The trail with a crop of raspberries or blackberries

Very few people on the trail. South of the 60 there’s lush green vegetation beside the creek. It looks like there might be a crop of raspberries or blackberries on the way. It’ll be a treat for homeless inhabitants of the several tent structures I saw half-hidden behind trees and bushes on the west side of the trail.


Thoughts during this scooter ride

On a Xootr scooter ride.
On a Xootr scooter ride.

My thoughts during my scooter ride were of a write-up of an insightful interview with a neurologist that I read in the current issue of JAMA. About his early Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Daniel Gibbs. In his 60’s. Still lucid, talking about subtle early signs of his illness, like inexplicably altered sense of smell and taste that first appeared fifteen years before.

Dr. Gibbs said he hoped he could contribute to improving treatment methods for early Alzheimer’s. How there was no treatment available at all when he started his practice in 1989. How now, some things may help: Mediterranean diet. Eat a lot of nuts and berries. Check. Get regular exercise. Check. Socialize with other people. Well, sort of a check, although we’re all deprived during this pandemic year. Learn new things. Check. Write. Check.

All things change

And follow with this advice from one of my neighbors, in relation to the recent death of my dog: Stand up straight, look toward the horizon, put one foot in front of the other and walk forward even though it hurts and trust that in life nothing stays the same. All things change.

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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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