Happiness Is…


Susan got word from her mom that her grandma and uncle Jim up in Troy, Montana (where we enjoyed July 4 in 100-degree heat) are currently dealing with 14 inches of snow that a storm dropped on them.

Meanwhile back in L.A. today it was 80 degrees and gorgeous — especially so because I got on my bike and participated in bikenow.org’s Car-Free Hauliday Toy’s ‘n Mittens ride that consisted of an easygoing cruise through Los Feliz Village and Silver Lake on our way to our destination and beneficiary, the Sunset Hollywood Free Clinic.

I went a hair overboard on my toys ‘n’ mittens run at the local 99-cent store, spending close to $20 on… well, toys and mittens, figuring all together wrongly that the gifts would be collected at the beginning of the ride. Thankfully, my friend Steve had a big enough backpack that he could spare me from having to roll with a plastic bag full o’ stuff strapped to my handlebars.

Afterward, I followed Steve and Alice who took me on an awesome ride that featured awesome vistas while transecting Elysian Park where I self-snapped the above portrait of me just loving life.

A Flickr photoset of the afternoon is here.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with laonstage.com, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."