The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #186: Chasing Rainbows/Whistling Dixie
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
- 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
- Victory donuts!
Chasing Rainbows/Whistling Dixie
You shouldn't chase rainbows, they say. It's as futile as whistling Dixie. Or, depending on the precise shade of
discouragement they are aiming for, they may recruit white whales or rose-colored glasses as assistants to
their nay-saying. We feel that this all does a great disservice to atmospheric phenomena, pink eyewear and
cetaceans alike. They are real things in the real world, after all. That whale never asked to be a metaphor. Is a
little respect too much to ask?
The yay-sayers are no better in this regard. Did that rainbow ask to be a stock image for their motivational
posters? It did not. No one will ever succeed in reaching the rainbow, of course, but some optimism may be
warranted, particularly if one enjoys the chase. We feel that this is the correct approach to take, and so that's
what we'll be doing tonight - on bikes, you see. Will not be whistling Dixie, but instead climbing it.
This week, we will be chasing our rainbows with the aid of the Red Line, which means that we will be leaving on
time - 9:00 sharp! Bring your TAP cards. Those who prefer may also meet us at the North Hollywood station at
30-odd miles, with a respectable hill in the middle. Some bridges, some paths, and a stretch of unpaved riding,
Talk, talk, talk...
Check out our new web site!
(and join the mailing list!)
The hacienda must be built.