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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #192 - Lycanthropics

03.27.13

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 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:

Lycanthropics


The contemporary notion that one becomes a werewolf by being bitten or even
merely scratched by one is more an invention of Hollywood than supported by
legend. Anyone with familiarity of classic werewolf lore (or -- cough -- who has
given Wikipedia a quick glance) knows that the affliction is traditionally either a
form of divine punishment or results from a pact with the devil. Alternatively,
sometimes it can come about when born under a new moon. Drinking rainwater
from the footprint of one, that might do it too. Or wearing nothing but a belt of
wolfskin. There is a chant you can perform while drinking a special beer.
Or then there's the magic salve. Rub it all over your body: boom, werewolf.
All true. Doesn't seem like you have to worry about bites though.

The one, however, of which we must be careful tonight is falling asleep "on a
certain Wednesday or Friday night" with the full moon shining on one's face. Yep,
that can do it. Lucky for us, we don't plan on doing much sleeping out on the
ride tonight. No, the plan is pretty much just to ride bikes on the ride tonight.
Of course, what you do once you return home is your own business. Though, if
you do become a werewolf, you might have to switch to riding on Mondays, right?

(<25 miles; relatively flat; a bit of inconvenience, but no significant off-roading)

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