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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #185 - Second Nature

02.6.13

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:

Second Nature


Boy, oh boy, do humans like to wrangle nature. We chop it, extract it
from the ground, refine it, move it, dam it, shape it, smack it up, flip it,
rub it down, just generally bend it to our will in every which way we can.
Yeah. Do we ever.

And from this we get cities. We get food. We get transportation. We get
the computers that this is message is being composed upon and will
be read. We get, in short, civilization. Cool.

Yet we also get an environment that is radically altered and perhaps
irreparably damaged. We get smog and "superstorms." We get wars
for oil. Blech!

This week on the ride we investigate a couple of the city's nature stories.
And because this is Los Angeles, they are both bold and uncanny,
beautiful and perhaps wrong.

(Around 30 miles; off-roading and probably some on-footing; a couple
gradual, but not insignificant, climbs)


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