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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #327 - Memento Mori

11.25.15

One or more persons during a certain period drop their usual motives
for movement and action, their relations, their work and leisure activities,
and let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the
encounters they find there.

It's a bike ride.

Started by user nathansnider and user theroyalacademy.

It meets every Wednesday at 8:30pm
at California Donuts #21.
We ride at 9pm.
While we endeavor to return before the last red line trains (around midnight),
it is generally not possible. Please plan accordingly.

On this bike ride, you might expect:
- inconvenient passageways
- oblique strategies
- Oulipian constraints
- disorientation
- reorientation
- "cover" versions of other people's rides, performed with amateurish enthusiasm
- amateurish enthusiasm
- playgrounds, pool halls, bowling alleys, karaoke
- geocaching
- full moon picnics
- traffic median tea parties
- rivers that no longer exist
- smell tourism
- Couchwick v2.0

Furthermore:
- usually 20-35 miles
- usually some hills
- a medium pace (probably not for beginners; certainly not a hustle)
- few stops, short stops
- but we're not in a rush; we don't need to run every light
- victory donuts!

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This week:

Memento Mori


What better way to celebrate one’s slow journey toward the inevitable end that is death than to literally journey slowly through the city, heading towards various dead ends?

None, says we. And so we shall!

And while our forebears of antiquity, by reflecting upon their own fragile mortality, sought to use the inescapable fact of death like a telescope, to see past the vanity of their individual earthly desires and to focus instead upon the moral, the universal, the truly important, we might use the dead ends we find, and the dead spaces they often create, to see past our quotidian view of the city streets. In disrupting our easy travel through the city, these spaces help to disrupt our perception thereof. And though the actual process of this may – like life itself – at times seem rather pointless or tedious, it may also – again like life – occasionally, if we’re open to it, offer up moments of surprise and wonder and all that good stuff we like (in a ride and in life).

And, in the end, dance party!

(~15 miles; some modest hills)

PLEASE NOTE: This week’s ride does not return to CA Donuts but instead itself dead ends at a dance party downtown. It’s at a bar, and will have a modest cover (~$5-8) if you want to go inside (bring a lock!). Otherwise, you’re on your own for the relatively short ride back to Koreatown.

ALSO NOTE: Next week is the second of our four planned monthly weekend rides this fall/winter, so there will be no ride on Wednesday 12/2. Next week we ride on Saturday 12/5.

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We must replace travel
as an adjunct to work
with travel as a pleasure.
 


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