The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #365
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!
Sometimes, a bicycle ride is a way of seeing the world, of choosing a focus, of framing. This is all well and
good, but of course, the world does not always fit gracefully into a given metaphorical frame, and the
composition (as it were) may seem a bit forced. Then, rather than enjoying the various features of the
landscape and one's relationship to them, one might be distracted by all the things that seem out of place.
"Bah," the connoisseur might say, "that was a badly-framed bicycle ride!"
On such unfortunate occasions, we propose that rather than thinking of a bicycle ride as a means of framing, it
might be better to consider it as a set of discrete functional groupings, with brackets and braces that may be
arranged to the individual rider's liking. The features of the landscape are all the same of course, but now,
freed of their associations with the frame, they are allowed to take on any number of novel relations, simply by
adjusting one's own mental order of operations. Truly, a bracing experience!
(30 miles; a couple decent hills)
Talk, talk, talk...
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The hacienda must be built.