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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #347: The Ridge and Valley Set

04.13.16

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:

The Ridge and Valley Set



We like to think that we are working with the land sometimes: when we follow its contours; when we take
shelter in a storm; when we arrive at a peak and see our path in context. In the contemporary vision of the
urban landscape, increasingly governed by flows of social and financial capital, the land itself is seen as rather
dull and inert by comparison, so to say that we are working "with" the land might seem almost animistic.

But the effects of the land persist. We still feel the clarity of the ridge, the stillness of the valley and the
ambiguous sensation at the point of transition from one regime to the other. If we are going to
anthropomorphize, we might just as well say that the land is working upon us. And should the ridges be
flattened and the valleys filled, what then? Will the land still work, and will we?

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