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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #216: Harvest Moon

09.18.13

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 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
- 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:

Harvest Moon



The full moon is shining, and thus we are having a picnic this week! Bring some food to share!

Our somewhat inconsistent tradition of having a picnic ride when the moon is full seems all the more appropriate
this time because it is the Harvest Moon that shines upon our feast.

Now it is true that we, living in the city and enmeshed in the great morass of global capitalism, are somewhat
disconnected from the agrarian roots that sustain us. But it is still a harvest that brings us our food, even if that
harvest is hidden from view and even if the food arrives in brightly-colored, individually-wrapped packages.

We are animals that are made from plants that are made from the earth that is in turn made from the dust of
exploded stars. That is to say: it is fitting to occasionally remember one's place, and what better occasion than a
picnic that celebrates the almost-alignment* of the equinox with a full moon with a Wednesday night?

This week's ride is short and sweet (and probably also savory), with two stops for picnicking. No large hills. Bring
some food to share!

*The full moon is on Thursday, but it is at its fullest point very early in the morning on Thursday, so this is just
about as close to full as it gets.

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