So here is the story. I was with my friend, seen here in this photo at the Fabric District in Downtown and something I did was pull out my iPad and started playing the song “Long Live The Misanthrope” from the band Soilwork and she sits on her longboard and asks if I can push her. I figured why not, strange enough to be funny.
So we reach this one intersection and some homeless dude stops up and asks what we are doing. I reply “why do you care?” and says well she’s black and you’re white. “so? we’re being funny and weird, we do that.” And to think, thats not my strangest encounter with a homeless person.
Here they are, my Photos form the day below. Alright here is the story. The day started off at Union Station getting there at around 9:30, before the official start at 10. I met with some people, talked to them some and near the first hub by Olvera Street. The next leg was going down Main St to 7th, and from there to MacArthur Park. Really, I enjoy riding threw Downtown a lot, the road is nice and smooth and I can move quickly. Then from MacArthur Park I rode down to Venice Blvd and a long the way saw some guys skate bombing. Wow did they move fast, now, very cool and I could of done that myself on my blades because I enjoy that rush, but I still wouldn’t recommend most people from doing something like that unless you really know what you are doing. It can be dangerous. Do not to even think about the idea you might be as good as I am or these other dudes.
Now onto Venice Blvd, where they had 6 more hubs set up and businesses selling and giving out products and other neat prizes. For example have you heard of Cuties? Well that also make a smoothly like drink. I downed it right there. Also ran into what I thought were Derby Dolls but were some of the Angel City Derby Girls. ALl good still, and gave me a flier for coming matches and looking for girls willing to join. Soon after I found some people giving out these pink mustaches in connection to something called Lyft. From what I was told it’s a phone app made to help a person thats stranded and needs a ride somewhere, and it helps in making new friends. Talked to some people at a place called The Massage Garage giving out coupons and giving out some short massages to riders during the event.
Later met some guys from a group called I believe called South LA Peace Love and Family Ride, they gave me a site address but that sounded kind of long, so I googled it and came up to this page which I believe is it. I saw them blasting some Eminem on some really good speakers and being me I said “play some Metallica!” asked if I had any and said hook up it. One of them asked if I have The Black Album or Master of Puppets. I do but play off of Ride the Lightning because it’s my favorite from them. Found a group known as Good Los Angeles and call themselves A Community of People who give a Damn. I really like that slogan. And last an origination called Los Angeles Walks, because, well, some people do walk around sometimes like I do. But I was on my Rollerblades for this day but that.
And last I made it to Venice Beach, was a nice long ride but didn’t like the fact some places along the road were very bumpy. Then it was time to make my way back to downtown but looking at the time I realized there was no way I could get back by the time cars starting flooding the streets again so I went to the Culver City Expo Line station along the route and headed back from there. I rode just over 22 miles. My poor feet, and I realized on my way home I actually got a sunburn just above my left elbow. The rest of me was fine but interesting to learn I can in fact burn in some parts of my body still.
So the day started like any other and… no not really. I was on my way to the first stop in Culver City Taking the Expo Line over in order to meet with the santas at two very near by locations just down the street and have breakfast. One Location was the The Culver Hotel and the other was the Rush Street Cafe. I found a near by Chipotle and ate there, and some other santas did the same thing. So after about maybe an hour and a half we gathered up and jumped on the Expo Line to head to our next location. Expo Park. The main place of Interest was the Science Center where the santas would get to see the Space Shuttle that I saw going up Crenshaw 2 months before. While many were looking at the shuttle others where either in the front taking part of the group shoot or in back playing around the Fountain in the Rose Garden.
After we were done with Expo Park we started heading off to our next place of interest in Downtown at the Westin Bonaventure were we partied it out more on the outdoor patio area and had a Punk Band play Christmas songs for us. Mosh Pit in all. After the Bonaventure we headed towards Hollywood and took the Red Line to Hollywood and Vine and walked over to 3 different spots, Velvet Margarita, District 13, and where I was around most during that time, St. Felix and we hung around other places in between. After that it was my time to head home. Hopped on the subway and made my way.
Something that caught my attention coming up. In downtown, Sunday some streets will be closed for people to roam around in the streets either by bike, skates, foot, whatever, who cares, just enjoy yourself. From the Facebook page.
We’ll see you October 7th! www.ciclavia.org
To encourage safe, vibrant public spaces, sustainable
transportation, and public health through a program of car-free street events.
Inspired by the original ciclovía in Bogotá Colombia, CicLAvia addresses five important issues in Los Angeles today: public space, public health, community and economic development, and promoting walking and biking.
CicLAvia is a free and recurring event that allows for the temporary closing of interconnected routes throughout the region, creating a web of public space in which Angelenos can walk, bike, exercise, socialize, celebrate, and explore new cultures and neighborhoods. Similar events occur in many other cities around the US like Portland, New York and San Francisco. The Bogóta ciclovía also has inspired programs in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Quito and Melbourne.