The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #345: Broad Strokes
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!
A bike ride is, among other things, a series of gestures. Even when the route is governed by larger
abstractions, it is in the accumulation of movements, turns and stops that the experience of the ride is
developed. And even if the destination is not memorable in and of itself, the way in which it was reached can
impart a certain unique character. Sometimes the technique is more subtle, and other times more baldly
exposed, but it is always there, in the tying together of the small gestures.
So, March 30 being both the 270th birthday of Francisco de Goya and the 163rd birthday of Vincent van Gogh
(happy birthday, you guys!), perhaps this is an occasion to embrace the more painterly approach. Join us, with
your palette knives (or whatever the bicycle equivalent of that would be), for an appreciation of the broad
(about 25 miles; paved; a few small hills)
Talk, talk, talk...
Check out our web site!
(and our tumblr!)
(and join the mailing list!)
The hacienda must be built.