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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #326: Bitter Angles of Our Nature

11.18.15

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.

On the seventh year of this bike ride, you might expect:
- more inconvenient passageways
- more full moon picnics
- perhaps more "cover" versions of other people's rides, performed with amateurish enthusiasm
- certainly more amateurish enthusiasm
- disorientation
- reorientation
- pool halls
- bowling alleys
- dance parties
- karaoke
- imaginary histories
- scavenging for fun and sustenance
- more geocaching
- more oblique strategies
- more Oulipian constraints
- traffic median tea parties

Furthermore:
- A medium pace (maybe not for beginners; certainly not a hustle)
- We're not in a rush; we don't need to run every light.
- Maybe some distance;maybe some hills
- Victory donuts!
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This week:

Bitter Angles of Our Nature



Our fascination with the hills is a multi-faceted thing. There are the views, of course (by now, you have surely
tired of us talking about those), and the chance to see a little nature in the city. But there are also the more
subtle emotional angles, which come with an interesting set of contradictions. Especially here, where power
and wealth and fame are all drawn to the hills, there is a sense that their prominence offers a kind of
permanence, when in fact they are among the least permanent places, as every major rain reminds us: the
hillsides do not succumb to our ambitions, only to gravity. This week, we explore the various ways in which the
hills have failed those who would build upon them.

If at some point during the evening, you find yourself on a steep, rocky trail saying "this is dumb; you guys are
dumb; this is a dumb idea," then perhaps it is best to consider the dumbness thematic, for the subjects of this
week's ride only exist thanks to those who could not be convinced of the dumbness of their ambitions. And like
those developers, we will trudge on, undaunted in the face of gravity and common sense, if not good taste.

NOTE: Most of the off-road portion of tonight's ride will be of the hiking rather than the riding variety, so
traction on your feet is more important than traction on your tires. If you have a choice of bikes, you will
probably be happier going with whichever bike is lighter (that is, as long as the lighter bike doesn't require you
to wear clippy road bike shoes, because, trust us, you DO NOT want to wear those tonight).

(less than 20 miles; hills; dirt; strenuous hiking)

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