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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #373: Transverse Traverse

10.12.16

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:

Transverse Traverse



Simplicity is never as simple as it seems, it seems. Now, of course, on paper it may be easy enough to
convince ourselves that we are simply letting form follow function, taking the path least resistance, &c. But
then, off the page, what seemed like an elegant and parsimonious solution goes completely off the rails, and
all we can do is stand back and marvel while new functions, as it were, arise spontaneously from form.

Though the Passage may be anything but elegant and parsimonious, the distance and destination inevitably
shape the route, leading to certain repeated forms. The longer the ride out, the longer the ride back, and we
can't very well take every alleyway and staircase along a 30 mile route, after all (though we do our best). Even
if we will never escape the rhythms of the out-and-back or the baroque filigrees of the inconvenient
passageway, it can be useful to go against the grain, as we are tonight.

(27 miles; a hill; some off-roading)

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