24th & Hoover

The Monday before Thanksgiving I rigged up my DV cam to my bike’s handlebars and from that POV recorded the one-hour ride in to work.

As I was heading out of town the next evening and it was pretty much a run-of-the-mill expedition I did nothing with the tape until I remembered today that there was a brief exchange I had with a pedestrian while I was stopped at 24th & Hoover and he crossed in the crosswalk in front of me.

Loading it into iMovie I found it and augmented the short clip with subtitles as you’ll see below. While trivial in and of itself, to me the brief conversation and his kind encouragment captures perfectly one of the keystone reasons for riding a bike: it’s ability to ground you to the city and connect to the people you share it with.


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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."