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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #201: The Model Home

06.1.13

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:

The Model Home



Saturday, June 1, 2013
Meet at Union Station at 8:20am; Metrolink train departs at 8:50am
Return train arrives at Union station at approx. 7:50pm

Now, understand, we're not really angling for any kind of cross-promotion here. It is, in fact, a complete
coincidence that the first Orange County Passage Ride is happening right after the revival of a certain well-
regarded television show about Orange County land developers. And of course it's not a bad coincidence, as
coincidences go; this week's ride actually passes through a number of such developments in varying states of
suspension. But rather than dwell on the easy parallels, we will be focusing, as we so often do, on the more
oblique connections.

So... it might be said that over time each of us has cultivated some idealized vision of our place within the
landscape - a model, if you will, of "home." It might also be said that a model is most useful when it accurately
represents the world, but most interesting when it does not, and these model homes inside our heads are most
interesting models indeed.

The origin stories that people tell about the places they live are sometimes so at odds with reality that one must
admire their sheer boldness, and there are few places that wear this cognitive dissonance on their sleeves quite
so eagerly as Orange County: festivals for swallows that no longer darken the skies; eroded quarries re-
purposed as parks; housing developments fashioned around an agrarian past that scarcely even existed. Fueled
by a seemingly boundless need for more real estate development, the model grows all the more fantastical, all
the more interesting, and (we may hope) all the more fun to explore by bicycle.

This is the second in a series of four weekend Passage rides.

- As noted above, we will be meeting on SATURDAY this week AT UNION STATION at 8:20 IN THE MORNING
and taking the 8:50 Metrolink train to Laguna Niguel. We'll gather in the corridor with the ramps to the tracks.
PLEASE BE ON TIME and purchase your ticket before you meet up with us. Weekend unlimited passes are
$10. If you miss the train, you are out of luck.

- If you want to drive there instead, you are welcome to do so, but since the end of the ride (in San Clemente) is
about 8 miles from the start (in Laguna Niguel), you will have a little bit of extra riding back to your car. We will
pass within a couple miles of the starting location in mid-afternoon however, so you may find that a convenient
bail-out point. We should arrive at the Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo station right around 10am. We are not waiting
there for people; make sure you are present when we show up.

- The route is 30 miles, but since the train schedules conspire to keep us in the area for almost a full 8 hours, it
will naturally proceed at a somewhat more leisurely pace than our usual. We will stop for lunch in the early
afternoon.

- Along the way, expect one long steep hill, one somewhat shorter steep hill and a brief portion of unpaved
riding/walking.

- Being near the coast in June means that we will most likely be encountering both hot sun and somewhat more
chilly fog. Bring sunscreen. Bring lots of water. Bring a layer if you like.

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