The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #363: Genii Loci
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!
The city that you first encounter is never the same as the city that you come to know. While your associations
are still forming, each place may be sketched out in vivid outline, the details filled in with your own ideas -
speculative connections; imagined interactions; fuzzy, or simply wrong, impressions - all beautifully incorrect.
If, in your first reading of the landscape, you misjudge direction, thinking north is east and east is south, you
may find yourself sketching out a place that exists only in your mind. When you return, with your mental
compass realigned, the place you once knew is inaccessible. Though it may hover there like a ghost, it is filled
with impossible connections.
In time, you will revise your notional city into something consistent and consilient, so that each place fits in
with all the others. It is less fanciful certainly, but perhaps still beautiful (and perhaps still incorrect). So, you
say, what if this new version of the city is not to your liking? Well, with effort, maybe you can recover that first
version with the vivid outlines and, if only for a moment, relive the city as it never was.
(~25 miles; paved; one thoroughly unnecessary hill)
Talk, talk, talk...
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The hacienda must be built.