The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #206: The Swing of Things
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 fifth 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!
The Swing of Things
Playgrounds are full of ingenious contraptions for escaping mundanity, and their potential for subversion is
perhaps at its greatest when they are least complex. The swingset, for being such a simple device - just a
seating platform connected to a fixed, elevated axis by a rope or chain - creates a surprisingly multifaceted
experience. Rapid shifts in perspective are accompanied by equally rapid shifts in physiological state, rushes of
acceleration at the bottom of the arc alternating with moments of sublime weightlessness at the top. The motion,
though repetitive, gives the user unique experiences on each pass.
If we end up repeating ourselves, you must forgive us here, for we are just getting back into the swing of things.
28 miles this week. The only hill worth mentioning is a steep dirt path that will require some bike carrying.
Otherwise, it's just the usual minor rolls one encounters riding across the city, plus some alleyways, dirt paths, a
boardwalk, and a stairway or two - in other words, a solid two-donut ride.
Also, if you enjoyed our Passable Atlas show, you'll be happy to know that you can now relive the experience in t-
shirt form! Yes, Red#5 Yellow#7 is taking pre-orders for t-shirts and tank tops:
It's $20 for a t-shirt ($22, if you want it shipped to you) and $24 for a tank top ($26 shipped). All proceeds
support Red#5 Yellow#7 gallery and their future exhibitions.
Talk, talk, talk...
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The hacienda must be built.