18 September 2008

Karma, and another downtown ride

I got honked and yelled at on my bike commute home today by a really angry looking woman in an ugly old car, and I had to smile, because clearly she was just upset that I was saving so much money by not having an auto of my own.* I've also noticed that on the few occasions when I have gotten honked or yelled at, it's always been by women. I mean, don't get me wrong, I'm glad the men aren't yelling, but because I'm a chick that gives other women license to be rude to me? Strange logic. Anyway, I took one for the team and was rewarded just a minute later when a new bike buddy appeared beside me. I'm used to commuting home by my lonesome self, but this fellow grad student on his way home complimented me on my foldy bike, and we then chatted for the next few blocks before we split off. It's kind of fun to have a bike buddy on your commute! Nice to meet you, Jay. ;o)

Speaking of bike happiness, CICLE is hosting a group ride this Saturday, September 20. Meet in front of Union Station at 1 pm, the ride departs at 1:30 pm sharp. Here's the annoucement from their newsletter:

This Saturday's Urban Expeditions Ride
That's Entertainment! Downtown L.A.

Critics agree; Urban Expeditions is "Visually stunning". "Show stopping performances!" "The ride of your life!"

This month's Urban Expeditions' episode, "That's Entertainment! Downtown L.A.", is a tautly wound drama starring Downtown Los Angeles. It airs Saturday, Sept 20th, at 1:00PM at Union Station in Downtown L.A.--don't miss a moment of it.

Downtown L.A. is haggard, gritty and desperate for a comeback. Can she reclaim her place as the queen of L.A., or is she destined to be just another forgotten has-been? From Hollywood film premiers, to famous entertainers who played there, Downtown L.A. played grand hostess to any star-studded event worth its weight in marble and gold leaf.

Take an intimate look inside the life of Downtown's Theater District and her storied past. Flash back to an era of limitless possibilities and an endless parade of stars. Before there was Hollywood, there was Downtown.

What got Charlie Chaplin hot under the collar at the Los Angeles theater? Why was Duke Ellington receiving death threats at the Mayan? From her rise to fame, to her humiliating flops, you'll fall in love with Downtown's indomitable spirit.

C.I.C.L.E. presents you with an all-new family fun episode of Urban Expeditions, sponsored by REI. From Vaudeville, to talkies, to the start of TV, you'll immerse yourself in this edge-of-your-seat story of love, greed and tragedy, plus a little slapstick thrown in for comic relief.

Stay tuned to your favorite L.A. Bicycle Education and Entertainment station--call letters C.I.C.L.E.--for the next airing of Urban Expeditions, the bike ride series that everyone's riding about.

Meet: In front of Union Station, 800 N. Alameda St, L.A.
Time: 1:00 PM. Ride Departs 1:30 PM SHARP
What to bring: Your bike. Children under age 9 should be on a tag-a-long, bike trailer, tandem, or other safe child-carrying device. All participants under 18 must wear a helmet and be escorted by a parent or guardian. Bikes must be in good working order, make sure the brakes stop, tires are to full pressure, and bring lights if riding in dusk or dark conditions. Water and snack are always recommended.
More Information: Call 323.478.0060 or visit, www.cicle.org

I'll be there!

*That's what I always tell myself when drivers yell at me so I don't get upset, freak out and wreck.

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