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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #181 - In Memoriam H.H.

01.9.13

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

Furthermore:
- 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!

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This week:

In Memoriam H.H.


As most of you no doubt already know, this week we lost an inimitable voice
of exploration, television personality Huell Howser. Best known for his series
California's Gold, Howser approached both the overlooked and the
well-known with a sense of unaffected curiosity and wonder that was as
disarming as it was infectious.

In his honor, rather than visiting specifically Howser-related sites or areas,
we continue to do what we have always done: seek out new terrain,
and approach it with open eyes and an open mind. In this way, we ride not in
his footsteps but in his spirit.

"We have two agendas," Howser said in a 2009 interview with The [Los
Angeles] Times. "One is to specifically show someone China Camp State
Park or to talk to the guys who paint the Golden Gate Bridge. But the broader
purpose is to open up the door for people to have their own adventures.
Let's explore our neighborhood; let's look in our own backyard."

(25 miles; flat; a few stairs; dark sunglasses, while perhaps appropriate,
not recommended)

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