Bikes blessed; riders relieved; hospital helps

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The L.A. Times reports on Bike Week L.A.:

… dozens of cyclists rode to Good Samaritan Hospital for the ninth annual Blessing of the Bicycles. A rabbi talked about living green. A nun spoke of guardian angels. And the Rev. Jerry Anderson, an Episcopal priest and hospital chaplain, sprinkled holy water on bikers and their bikes.


Jody Nathan, a Sun Valley high school biology teacher, came from Pasadena, with a paisley-patterned yellow backpack on her back. In it was Zooma, her Chihuahua, who wore Doggles-brand silver goggles decorated with skull and crossbone stickers.

Nathan, 48, who frequently commutes by bike to work and back, 25 miles each way, has been in three accidents, including one that landed her at Good Samaritan. She had been hit by a car, she said, and ended up with a broken wrist and some stitches.

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“This bike needs blessing, the way I ride,” [Celeste Douglas, 39, of East Hollywood] said as she asked Anderson, the priest, “Do you have one more blessing?”

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""This bike needs blessing, the way I ride," [Celeste Douglas, 39, of East Hollywood] said as she asked Anderson, the priest, "Do you have one more blessing?""

Well, getting your bike or your car blessed seems a little like the story about a baseball player who habitually crossed himself at bat: when asked if it really helped performance, he replied, "Not if you can't play baseball."

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