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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #171: Loch and Key

10.24.12

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 fourth 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.
- This week: 25-ish miles; a few short hills; a bit of unpaved riding
- Victory donuts!
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This week:

Loch and Key



They'd been created as utilitarian things, it's true. They were artificial oases to hedge against the uncertainties of
a desert climate. But as cities and ambitions grew up around them, their utility declined. They were but small and
anachronistic ponds when compared to the vast waterworks of a modern metropolis.

So as the wilds were tamed and the waters confined by concrete, the old reservoirs began to take on a new role.
Whether considered as surrogates for the nature that had disappeared or simply as a pleasant boost to nearby
property values, they became loved more for what they represented than for the water they supplied.

And that, of course, is when they had to be locked away.

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