The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #149: Factotum
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 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
- 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; maybe both; maybe neither
- Victory donuts!
The phrase "Jack of all trades" is not always flattering, but then it doesn't need to be. People are entitled to
their opinions, after all, and if they happen to place more value on specialization, then so be it. It hardly matters.
Jacks of all trades, or even mere Jacks of several trades probably don't care what the specialists think anyway,
because they've found their calling _everywhere_.
While it may be too much to expect that we all leave behind our trained professions in favor of burning always
with hard, gem-like flames or what-have-you, there are some for whom the strategy works brilliantly. Dedicated
dilettantes would certainly concede that full-on dabbling takes more effort, but they would also argue that it
offers proportionally greater rewards. The fact that the entire global economic system is built upon trade
specialization and comparative advantage hardly concerns them.
But we digress. This is not a global economic system; it's a bike ride. And this week, we avoid focusing on just
one direction. This week, we try to do it all.
Talk, talk, talk...
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The hacienda must be built.