The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #231: Tree Trimming Tea Timing
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!
Tree Trimming Tea Timing
Consider for a moment the plight of the poor Christmas trees, raised from seedlings for the sole purpose of
bringing us joy (or at least the trappings of festivity) for a few short weeks, only to have their temporary
caretakers hurl them ungraciously out to the curb, perhaps with great relief to finally be rid of all the symbolism
that they have acquired. After that: mulch.
This week, we will attempt to give those trees one last hurrah while they are still in tree-shaped form - sort of a
Passage #15 + Passage #64 + Passage #178 + Christmas trees kind of thing. Is that a "kind" of thing? We're
going to say yes. It is, more specifically, a kind of thing in which we set out on bicycles in search of a discarded
tree (and perhaps some furniture that has suffered a similar fate), then decorate it while making tea and being
generally festive on the curb.
We will be supplying the stoves, water, and teas; the streets will be supplying the trees. We will also be
supplying a number of drinking vessels, but it is recommended that you BRING A CUP of your own for maximal
tea enjoyment. Feel free also to bring any teas or food items you feel would be appropriate.
There will be some supplies for crafting your own ornaments should you find yourself so inspired, and if you
have a particular ornament that you feel needs another hour of glory before being retired for the year, then by all
means, bring it! Garlands, lights and other trimmings would be especially useful. All ornaments will, naturally, be
taken back home when the night is done. We're not litter bugs, after all.
There will be one or two tree/tea stops, depending on how lucky we feel.
So, to recap, here is what will be supplied:
- Hot water
- A few drinking vessels
- Crafting supplies for making ornaments
Here is what we will be seeking out:
- Christmas trees
Here is what you are encouraged to bring:
- A CUP
- Any tree trimmings you like (lights, especially, would be nice)
- Any teas you'd like to share
- Any tea- or holiday-related food items you'd like
- Enthusiasm and perhaps a bit of patience
The route this week is exploratory and indeterminate, but almost certainly a short distance without any hills of
note. Heavy on concept; light on exertion.
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