Meet My New Xootr Scooter Girlfriend

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The last time I rode My Xootr Street kick scooter on the San Gabriel River Trail near Byron Zinn Park, in Norwalk, CA, I was struck on my outbound route to see, in passing, out of the corner of my eye, a beautiful blonde girl lying in her back yard beside her pool, in the sun, wearing a skimpy bathing suit or maybe no bathing suit, (my new Xootr scooter girlfriend) raised up on her elbows as if reading a book on the ground under her face. She was visible just over the wall next to a horse path beside the bicycle trail.


Seeing my new girlfriend on my return ride

My new girlfriend.
My new girlfriend.

I made my ride, wondering on the return if she’d still be there. To my surprise, she was, and in exactly the same position. Only then did I realize that she was a life sized mannikin the witty homeowner had put out by his pool for all to see and enjoy.

Art, I guess, is where you find it, and this was a delightful discovery on my expanding network of scooter rides along the river trails here in Los Angeles.

A fifteen foot high steel framework

Fifteen foot high steel framework.
Fifteen foot high steel framework.

A few hundred yards away, in an area where many homes have horse corrals in their back yards abutting the river trail, one clever homeowner had built a fifteen foot high steel framework like you’d see when workmen are doing a second story project on the exterior of a building.

On top of this framework, next to this particular house, there were two folding chairs, so the owner and his or her companion could sit there when they chose, to enjoy observing the trail traffic, and also see into the river bed beyond the raised trail, and take in the suburban rooftops on the other side of the river as well. Brilliant. Your own Sky Box seating.

Hoping to one day meet my new Xootr scooter girlfriend

At the end of the day, every ride brings something new, with a more profound appreciation of how people bring interest and humor into our lives and the lives of those around us.
My poolside mannikin is my new girlfriend, whom I shall enjoy nodding to every time I scoot by. I hope some day her owners will introduce me so I will know her name.

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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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