Our Xootr Kick Scooters Today, Here, Now

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Jorge and I rode our Xootr kick scooters today on the Los Angeles River Trail, out of Riverfront Park in Maywood, south almost to Imperial Boulevard. 6.7 miles round trip.

Our Xootr Kick Scooters Today, Here, Now

The Los Angeles River Trail has an upriver section, from Warner Brothers in Burbank several miles down to Oso Park in Frogtown where the 5 and the 110 and the Gold Line cross the river to downtown.

Then the trail stops, to allow for multiple railroad yards and industrial areas around central Los Angeles. The trail starts up again a few miles southeast of downtown, in Maywood, where Slauson Boulevard crosses the river, and continues to the port of Long Beach.

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Scooting a few sections of the Los Angeles River Trail

Jorge and I scooting on our Xootr scooters.
Jorge and I scooting on our Xootr scooters.

Jorge and I have scooted a few sections of the Los Angeles River Trail south of here, almost to Long Beach. It felt good to button up this northernmost stretch of the trail where it resumes its course to the south after the downtown interruption.

My red Zoot suit.
My red Zoot suit.

I like this part of the trail too because it’s right across the river from Bandini Boulevard and the site of the former gravel pit body of water that used to be called Sleepy Lagoon (no relation to the Harry James band’s version of a song by the same name) where flashed the spark that led to the infamous Zoot Suit Riots of 1942.

The history of Los Angeles

You can reach out and touch the history of Los Angeles here. One of these days I’m going to wear my red zoot suit when I make this ride, to salute this amazing town.

Mr. Ornithologist?
Mr. Ornithologist?

On the trail, today, we saw another old guy, on foot. He had on cargo pants and a blue polar fleece vest. He wore a shoulder bag, carried binoculars in one hand, and was wearing a broad- brimmed blue hat on his head. I asked him, “What are you seeing today, Mr. Ornithologist?” After acknowledging that he is indeed an ornithologist, he said he was looking for unusual visiting species of migrants birds, not just the great egrets we’d been seeing in the river bed.

Besides Mr. Ornithologist, we saw a street artist painting a cool mural in gangland script graffiti on a section of wall just off the trail. He wouldn’t permit me to take his picture!

Today, here, now

So here we are, just we two, Jorge and me, experiencing what it is to be a part of Los Angeles, today, here, now. The city throbs with life.

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Jonathan Kelleyhttps://www.jonathankelley.net/
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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