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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #188: Giant Steps

02.27.13

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 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.
- Maybe some distance;maybe some hills
- Victory donuts!
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This week:

Giant Steps



It's hard to know how to approach life sometimes. Some would argue in favor of baby steps, and certainly
there are occasions when baby steps are appropriate - if you are a baby, for instance, or if you are facing
some complicated task that seems too large to tackle all at once. But other times it pays to step large, to force
yourself outside your customary bounds, lest you find yourself stuck in some local minimum thinking that you
have reached an optimal state. This, we believe, is one of those times.

Our path may involve some large excursions from optimality. It may involve some fence hopping. It may involve
some off-road riding. It may involve carrying our bikes up a steep, barren hillside on what might generously be
described as a "trail." It could be anything! Who knows what to expect?

If you must expect something, however, you should expect about 25 miles of riding, a couple hills, and (of
course) some giant steps.

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