The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #210: Connect-the-Dots
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!
Right now, you are transforming these patterns of brightness into letters, the letters into words, and the words
into yet more abstract concepts. And though it is comforting to think of these transformations as inevitable, each
following logically from the last, they all rely on some cognitive sleight of hand, in which you do not even realize
that you have been filling in blanks and connecting dots all along. It might be said that the patterns of brightness
objectively exist, but the letters and words do not, until you make them.
And so it is with this week's ride. There are dots which remain fixed, but the route, comprising some set of
connections between them, must be ridden if it is to be brought into existence.
Around 20 miles this week, with perhaps a hill or two or three, probably some stairways, and almost certainly a
few unpaved sections.
Talk, talk, talk...
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The hacienda must be built.