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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment of Time #410 - The Distant Vicinity


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.

Organized 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

- 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!


This week:

The Distant Vicinity

The perception of distance is, like many things, relative. While some notion of Cartesian space no doubt inevitably comes into play, other factors include frame of reference (near or far compared to what?), mode of travel (on foot, by bike, in a car, leaving on a jet plane?), and daily routine (which pathways and places are familiar? which are not?).

This week, then, we venture far afield, while actually staying rather nearby. Though certain coordinates have been predetermined, there is no definitive route and no defining rules. It will simply be a matter of heading towards the conceptually distant, of modulating our movements and probing the unfamiliar. We will travel relatively few miles, but attempt to cover a great distance with our minds.

(Indeterminate length, <20 miles; likely very flat)


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Those who believe that the particulars of the problem are permanent
want in fact to believe in the permanence of the present society.

Posted by theroyalacademy