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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #215 - Frames of Mind

09.11.13

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:

Frames of Mind


When hosting scavenger hunts in the past, our list of items to be found has been
composed mostly of sites or types of sites. Participants searched out discrete,
definitive objects and places. Nouns. While serendipity doubtless played a part in
such games -- on one's way to a specific given site one might spot an example of
some category of objects (a stray couch, an elevator, roadkill) -- they relied mostly
on one's preexisting knowledge of the city and one's ability to mentally map it out.

This time around, while that strategy will still reap results, an attempt has been
made to allow for another strategy. By creating a list that more closely maps to
our own loose metaphorical theming of rides (though few on the list have actually
become rides... thus far), there is a far greater chance -- and indeed in some
cases perhaps a necessity -- that riders will simply stumble upon the perfect thing
fitting a given theme or idea. It is less about searching one's memory and more
about looking with one's eyes. The list becomes a filter through which to see
the city.

So come tonight WITH A DIGITAL CAMERA (or camera phone capable of
taking decent photos in the dark) and your most metaphorical frame of mind.

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