My Xootr Street Kick Scooter: It Could Happen To You!

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On this day, before a busy weekend, I wanted to squeeze in another ride on my Xootr Street kick scooter.

A ride on my Xootr Street kick scooter

Riding my Xootr Street kick scooter.
Riding my Xootr Street kick scooter.

I chose the Santa Fe Dam in Irwindale, CA. No trees. No distractions. Just the wide flat, well- paved trail following the miles-long curve along the top of the huge stone dam. The weather was sunny, but not too hot. Wind was a factor, with a flag-fluttering breeze blowing up from the south.

After I walk 200 yards up the steep ascent to the top of the dam, it’s a flat ride, on good pavement, almost 7 miles round trip to the Santa Fe Dam Nature Center and back. Very few people were on the trail today.

Something important on my mind

This was fine with me, because I’m still dealing in my mind with the aftermath of my dog’s death last week, and figuring out how much dogs mean to us in our lives, and how the several dogs I’ve been privileged to have in my life so far have all been completely different from each other not just in looks but in behavior too, just as we humans are all separate packages, each with our unique problems, each with our special gifts, no one of us like any other.

The wind was mostly with me going upstream. It blew right in my face on the way back, or towards my left shoulder as the west arm of the dam curved north. It was 500 scoots going up, 800 scoots coming back.

A path on the inner face of the dam

Next time here, I’m going to walk down a path I saw on the inner face of the dam just across from where the ascending path meets the top. I saw what looks like a smooth dirt road that runs a half mile to the northeast, where it seems to join the network of paved paths and streets of the recreational area around the collection lake basin of the inside of the dam. Should be an interesting ride.

The joy of today’s ride is my gratitude for the sense of well being I get while riding my scooter. Everything works. I can keep my balance. My legs, my feet, my knees, hips, hands and brain all make it possible to propel myself along the surface of the earth in an easy glide.

It could happen to you!

I plan on riding as long as I possibly can!
I plan on riding as long as I possibly can!

This won’t be possible always, but it’s certainly possible today, and I plan to continue scooting until whenever. At 81 today, and beyond, I hope.

How can I share this feeling with other seniors? Wouldn’t it be amazing if I could show them how pleasing it is to ride on a Xootr scooter? Surely some might open their eyes to kick scooting. It happened to me at 77. It could happen to you, too.


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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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