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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #357 - We Didn't Start the Fire

06.22.16

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.
While we endeavor to return before the last red line trains (around midnight),
it is generally not possible. Please plan accordingly.

On this bike ride, you might expect:
- inconvenient passageways
- oblique strategies
- Oulipian constraints
- disorientation
- reorientation
- "cover" versions of other people's rides, performed with amateurish enthusiasm
- amateurish enthusiasm
- playgrounds, pool halls, bowling alleys, karaoke
- geocaching
- full moon picnics
- traffic median tea parties
- rivers that no longer exist
- smell tourism
- Couchwick v2.0

Furthermore:
- usually 20-35 miles
- usually some hills
- a medium pace (probably not for beginners; certainly not a hustle)
- few stops, short stops
- but we're not in a rush; we don't need to run every light
- victory donuts!

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This week:

We Didn't Start the Fire


When enumerating all the dangers of automotive travel, the possibility of falling off a cliff and starting a forest fire is hardly ever mentioned. And yet, apparently, that is precisely what has happened. And while we certainly can't guarantee that falling off a cliff on a bike would be any more positive of an experience for the person involved than doing so in a car, we feel fairly confident that it would at very least not ignite a massive conflagration. So there's that. Go bikes!

Which isn't to make light of this situation. Or, well, maybe it is. Because sometimes you have to laugh because that is about all you can do. Because obviously someone falling off a cliff is terrible. And a forest fire is terrible. And people having to evacuate their homes is terrible. And the drought is terrible. Global warming is terrible. And, hey, while we're at it, mass shootings are terrible. The Donald is terrible. Quite a lot seems pretty terrible right now. So we laugh. Or, at least, we try. But it is hard to write clever things about the city and landscape and space/place at times like these, so we won't.

But, you know, as Billy Joel reminds us, things have always been kind of terrible! Always burning, proverbially. Since the world's been turning, and so forth. We didn't proverbially light it, but we can try to proverbially fight it, perhaps. Or, at least, this week on the ride, we can very literally stare at it from a distant hill, maybe, if the smoke's not too thick.

Yay!

(~20 miles; a hill; some off-roading; a couple short sections of hiking perhaps)

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