April 9, 2007

Scenes from Santa Barbara, on an Early Morning Bike Ride

Posted in Recreational at 10:51 pm by Ian

In the parking lot next to the old bathhouse: A dozen men, ranging in age from twenty-something to forty-something, standing around in a circle while others arrive. They are all wearing blue jeans and grey sweatshirts, but it’s not a uniform. Some have hoods. Some have hats. Some are curled up around steaming cups.

Coming down Cabrillo, along the bird refuge: A person—I couldn’t tell if it was a man or a woman—buzzing past me on a Vespa clone, wearing a leather-lined helmet, a light grey suit, and flip-flops.

In the park near the edge of East Beach: A seagull standing defiantly and protectively atop an intact bag of garbage on a picnic table while seven other gulls pick through the strewn-about contents of several others. I think of him as Orderly Seagull, a compatriot of Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl. He’s taking a stand for park cleanliness against the baser instincts of his kind.

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