The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #197: Disaster Preparedness
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!
Danger from above! Danger from below! Danger from the sea! Danger from the land! Danger everywhere!
Indeed, to read some accounts, one would think that Los Angeles is a city in constant peril. And in many ways, it
is. Whether the perceived peril actually aligns with the real peril is of course a different question entirely, but
somewhere between worrying about everything and worrying about nothing, there is a combination of worries that
gauges the risks perfectly. Sadly, this perfect combination does not involve very many sharks or explosions, so it
does not quite garner as much attention as one might hope.
So, that said, what are you doing to prepare for tsunamis/fires/landslides/sharks/nuclear fallout/terrorist
attacks/disease outbreaks/The Big One? We can tell you what we're doing. We're going out to see what
everybody else is doing, because riding bikes is a lot more fun than crafting the perfect bundle of worries.
See what we mean? The flashy stuff gets all the attention.
35 miles this week; mostly flat, with a few rolling hills, some sirens, some seismographs and healthy dose of
twinkling industrial lights.
Talk, talk, talk...
Check out our new web site!
(and join the mailing list!)
The hacienda must be built.