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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #211 - This Too Shall Pass

08.14.13

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),
but often it is not possible.

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:

This Too Shall Pass


August 14th is not a date at the forefront of our consciousness. It is not a July 4th
nor a December 25th nor a September 11th. But, like any given day, many things
have happened on this date in the past. Two events that we may pick out from
the list and consider in unison are the signing of the Social Security Act into law in
1935 and, forty years later, the U.S. premiere of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Though seemingly disparate, both speak to notions of transience and permanence.
The former, a program to provide support and stability, is of course itself now in
danger of collapsing, while the latter has become the longest-running release
in film history -- despite initially almost flopping. They both underscore that what
will last, and what will pass, it is almost always impossible to tell. And they both
started today.

This ride started some other day. But THIS ride, today's ride, it is happening
today, August 14th. And it is perhaps not too eventful. No grand sites, no spaces
of particular historical note nor importance, will be visited or discussed (though
we will pass by perhaps a few), but we will, as always, trace a path down the
city's boulevards and through its crevices, seeing it in one particular formation,
at one particular moment in its own mutable path through time. And this ride,
like the city itself eventually, it too shall pass. And yet we shall return again to
ride another day. And maybe those other days will be more eventful, maybe less.

(Just shy of 30 miles; mostly flat; a little off-road)

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The changing of landscapes
from one hour to the next
will result in complete disorientation....
 


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