Indeedy, I’ve been a bit removed from the blog these last several days — not for lack of stuff to write about so much as just being occupied doing other things. That, and not really wanting to. For once.

For the past four years, I’ve pretty much made blogging a regular thing. Of course, there were those occasionally skips or dips in my enthusiasm for the endeavor, but for the most part I could count on myself to spill something either real or imagined out of my head and onto the screen on a daily basis.

It’s not that I see that changing. It’s just that these past days have marked the first in a looooong stretch that I’ve dropped the proverbial ball. And I’m OK with that.

But instead of letting another day go by without posting I figured I’d just check in and say I’m still here. Just busy. Finished up a rewrite of a travel piece that the LA Times may want, and rewarded myself tonight with a 26-mile bike ride among a group of folks from the Southern California Institute of Architecture. We went from the Arts District to Bunker Hill to El Pueblo des Los Angeles to Chinatown to Solano Canyon to Chavez Ravine (where we watched the Cinco de Mayo fireworks from nearby Dodger Stadium) to Echo Park to Historic Filipinotown to Mid-Wilshire to Koreatown and back downtown.

On Vermont a couple blocks south of Wilshire we stopped at a taco truck and I couldn’t resist getting a jump on today’s calories with two carne asada tacos. Oh man they were good.

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This one of the taco truck is the only usable shot I got the entire ride. My little point-and-shoot just refuses to function in such low light. My buddy Stephen was on the ride too, working with an interesting new camera mount that utilized a section of one of those spring-tensioned desk lamps. I’ll link to his shots once he gets them online.

UPDATED: Stephen Roullier’s pix of the ride “>are here.