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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #102 - Cycles and Vectors, Onward and Upward

06.15.11

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.
We'll endeavor to return before the last red line trains (around midnight).

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

Furthermore:
- usually 20-30 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:

Cycles and Vectors, Onward and Upward


There is a sense in which anniversaries are arbitrary events. Yes, they mark the
day on which something began or something happened, and yet often what they
commemorate is not an actual cyclic event but rather just a date on a calendar.
By contrast, a harvest festival celebrates the return of a point in a process. It
connects present and past and, by extension, future. An anniversary, on the
other hand, resurrects a past now gone, not to return. Earth time is cyclic but our
time is linear. We are born; we grow; we die. We move forward, not around.

There is, in fact, a cyclic event today. But, finding ourselves placed at the
moment in Los Angeles, California, on the continent of America on this Earth
sphere, we will miss the lunar eclipse (though we can, of course, watch it live,
virtually, on the internet). What we can celebrate, however, is a far
more auspicious non-cyclic event: the anniversary of the first Passage ride.

Now, the date of that inaugural ride was actually the sixteenth of June, but this
year the sixteenth falls on a Thursday and we don't ride on Thursday. We ride
on Wednesday. (Though, when we started, we rode on Tuesday. But let's not
talk about that.) Indeed, it matters little what the actual date of that first ride was.
We could just as easily have celebrated it last week, or next. What does the
past care?

And yet maybe you are a stickler for dates? Maybe you just can't abide the
fudging of the details? Well for you -- just for you -- might we suggest still
coming out tonight and celebrating something else? If you don't want to
celebrate our anniversary ("Too soon!" you protest), and you don't think a
lunar eclipse deserves a little revelry, nary a dance to the gods or two, you
can cheer the signing of the Magna Carta (June 15, 1215) or perhaps Native
American Citizenship Day or Arkansas Admission Day. As we draw our line
back in time, arbitrarily connecting this June fifteenth with all June fifteenths
past, there is no shortage of events or memories for us to find.

WE, however, will be celebrating our anniversary. And celebrating our own
accumulation of memories, of routes, indeed of cycles out from CA Donuts and
back. And, because that is how we roll, we will be probably be doing it with cake
(and we might even share it with the Magna Carta enthusiasts amongst you).

**

This being our second anniversary, the traditional thing for you to bring is
cotton. Specifically, a shirt to be printed upon (note: it actually doesn't have to
be cotton), because we will be printing shirts (or other printable items, at your
discretion). And because we demand no less than an accumulation of rites to
mark our accumulation of rides, we will also be taking Passage portraits. Let's
call them "yearbook photos." This is all to say that there is going to be more
than the usual amount of stopping on this week's ride. Indeed, probably as
much stopping as riding. So much for moving forward... (But, don't worry, we'll
still try to hit at least a little hill or two.)

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For more information about past rides, visit our website:
http://www.ThePassageRide.com

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