I hike several times daily through the quaint village of West Hollywood, California. My usual route is about two miles along busy Santa Monica Boulevard. It’s the final leg of the famed US Route 66 that continues thru lush Beverly Hills on its end at the Pacific Ocean.
My hike is always interesting, and my camera ready to find interesting views of landscapes, stores, traffic, people, pets and everything else. One aspect that always gets me is people walking while talking on their little electronic devices. Although it has been a usual sight for several years now, I still marvel at how it has taken over everywhere.
Back in long-ago days when I strolled busy streets, people who walked along and talked aloud to little boxes were considered insane. Now, it’s common to literally bump into dozens of yakkers a day on the sidewalk and crossing streets. However, it’s even more dramatic now, because this area of Santa Monica Boulevard is populated by many homeless people.
Unfortunately, many are mentally ill, and stroll along talking to themselves and nobody in particular. My dilemma is figuring out which of the public ranters are using smartphones.