The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #356: Luck of the Draw
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!
Luck of the Draw
When we began this ride, seven years ago, one of our goals (we had a lot of goals) was to make each route
somewhat improvisational and exploratory, to let ourselves "be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the
encounters [we] find there." Every ride should be a scouting ride, we thought. And we (sort of) tried that and
(sort of) learned that the thrill of abandoning oneself to the whims of the landscape, with all the backtracking
and false starts that might entail, does not necessarily translate well to a group bike ride. To actually have any
fun, it seemed, we would need to loosen the conceptual constraints a fair bit, which was just fine (we had a lot
But what would the Passage be like if we had never learned that lesson? Would each week be a kind of pure
dérive in the streets of Koreatown? Or some oddly-cast performance in which we sit in the parking lot eating
yams and grapefruits? More importantly, would we have built the Hacienda by now? We can never know.
What we can do, however, is celebrate the seventh anniversary of the ride in a style befitting its origins. This
week, we drop our usual motives for movement and action and try to find, within the mostly-rectilinear street
grid of Hollywood and Mid-City, some attractions and encounters to draw us.
(low (but indeterminate) mileage; pretty flat)
**ALSO**: There is still time to order Passage map t-shirts and bandanas:
But hurry; the pre-sale ends soon! Once the pre-sale ends, the products will be unavailable for purchase until
production is complete. Once it is, we'll notify purchasers that their orders are either shipping or ready to pick-
up, and a small amount of additional shirts/bandanas will go back on sale for a few dollars more than the pre-
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The hacienda must be built.