The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #330: All Snag Dells and Gall Sells
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
- pool halls
- bowling alleys
- dance parties
- imaginary histories
- scavenging for fun and sustenance
- more geocaching
- more oblique strategies
- more Oulipian constraints
- traffic median tea parties
- 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!
All Snag Dells and Gall Sells
What we see in the city is of course colored by our own experiences and expectations. It is not just that we
see what we want to see, but also that a pattern, repeated often enough, can get pushed to the back of our
minds precisely because it is right there in front of our faces.
Thus, whether we mean to or not, we are always engaged in both pattern recognition and pattern suppression.
And this will surely be no less true for the robots when they one day rule us all. Though we may not share
much with our mechanical overlords, we will have at least that much in common if they hold to the model
we've set for them (that is: the notion (which could be either comforting or terrifying, depending on one's point
of view) that the unknown is just a rearrangement of the familiar).
So then, tonight, hopefully before the robots take us over, won't you join us for a bike ride? We will be
revisiting, if not necessarily rearranging, parts of the city that by now may be quite familiar, but in ways that are
somewhat less so.
(about 20 miles; some hills; some stairs; some off-road riding/hiking (mostly hiking))
Talk, talk, talk...
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The hacienda must be built.