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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #221: Park Life

10.23.13

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:

Park Life



Los Angeles, even more than most large cities, is relatively lacking in park space. While those of us with
tendencies toward exploratory cycling might feel that there is in fact a great deal of open space for recreation in
the city, there are far fewer spaces suitable for soccer, jungle gym-ing or, say, frisbee golf. Unsurprisingly, the
further one gets from the centers of money and power, the fewer parks there are. While attempts to remedy this
imbalance get mired in the politics of development and the raw availability of suitable space, the movement is
afoot to bring more parks to the places they are most needed. This week, with our own movements and feet, we
will be going to some places where the parks already are, passing by and/or through some 15 to 20 of them
along the way.

30 rather flat miles; a couple short stretches of unpaved riding/walking; parks aplenty

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