Ride Report: Homelessness & Humanism

Posted: January 10, 2011 in Ride Reports

From left, San Diego Sqooterheads Steve S. and Greg V. with their machines at the Hillcrest Farmer's Market just before heading south to Bonita for today's ride.

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Today San Diego Sqooterheads Tony B., Steve S. and Greg V. headed south to the charming unincorporated San Diego County community of Bonita, just east of Chula Vista. Despite cloudy skies and chilly air, the ride was more than worth it.

Our destination: a talk organized by local Humanist organizations, including the Humanist Fellowship of San Diego, and featuring H. Alton Jones, author of the new book, The Man on the Bench, a riveting true story about a homeless, mentally ill man who lived on a bench in the wealthy Point Loma section of San Diego for 18 years … and how he touched more lives than anyone would have thought. We were happy to respond to the polite request to bring clean sweaters or blankets to the event to be donated to local homeless people. We dropped off two sweaters, which joined numerous other sweaters and blankets brought by the other attendees.

The route took us from Hillcrest to North Park, South Park, Golden Hill, Barrio Logan, National City, Chula Vista, Bonita, and back again:


  1. Krista says:

    Fun! Where you able to get there all on city streets?

    • sqoot says:

      Yup, our scoots’ engines are technically 149 cc, and you need 150 cc or over to be legal on California freeways. So we always stay on city streets — and see so many special perspectives of San Diego that way than you can ever see from the freeways.

  2. Madeline says:

    It was good of you to come out and share the afternoon with our group. You know you’re in good company when the other people in the room are seeking to be deeply touched by the compassion of another. It’s as if we were all envious of the man’s humanity. The longing to find meaning and to be a good person is such a natural part of being human, and today’s talk was as clear proof of that hopeful self-concept as anyone could need.

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