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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #121: Boundary Issues

10.26.11

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).
See how we move.

On the third 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.
- 25-ish miles; a respectable hill.
- Victory donuts!
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This week:

Boundary Issues



We are accustomed to thinking of "marginalization" as a kind of disadvantage, and of course in many respects
- economic, political, etc. - it is. But in other respects, the margins are the _place to be_. Rather than being
places that people must be forced to go, they are places that they actively seek out. Think of shorelines and
foothills and all the advantages they provide. Perhaps it is because we are encouraged to consider edges in
terms of exclusion and barriers - what with all of our walls and fences and abstract property boundaries - that
we ignore the subtler effects that edges can create.

In nature, too, there is life that thrives along the edges, that makes use of the inevitable flows of energy and
materials that the edges promote. Consider mountain lions in the city. Consider how they got there and what
they are seeking. We may think that this grid of streets we've made is rather bland and uniform, but it is
teeming with edges, many of which we cannot see until they are used as habitat.

Indeed, they make use of the edges we've created in time as well as in space. Most of the wildlife that we think
of as nocturnal is actually crepuscular - adapted to thrive during the twighlight hours. But now that we have
created a state of persistent twighlight that lasts from dusk till dawn, should we be surprised when we find
these previously vespertine and matutinal animals partying all night long and, what's more, partying in the
beautiful edges that we've built for them in our hedgerows and alleyways?

Tonight we experience these edge effects for ourselves.

Hills: respectable
Distance: 25-ish miles
Educational content: light

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