The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #233: Ground Truth
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!
When organizing a weekly bicycle ride, one occasionally encounters a bit of a crisis when it comes to deciding
on a "theme" for a particular ride. This is especially so when no such theme readily presents itself, and it is even
more so when one has already used up many of the most reliable tropes for the themes of previous rides. For
example, we could have claimed that this week's ride was in honor of the 493rd anniversary of the opening of the
Diet of Worms by Charles V. But then, of course, we have already done rides that are (both rather tenuously)
worm- and Charles V-themed, so it would hardly seem right to repeat ourselves.
We could have also shoehorned the ride into any number of convenient date-related themes. The internet tells
us that January 22nd is, among other things: the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision; the introduction of the
Apple Macintosh; the opening of KTLA as the first commercial television station west of the Mississippi; and the
death of Bernhard Knipperdolling (known primarily for his role as Steigbügelhalter of the Münster Anabaptists).
However, the truth is that tonight's ride is about none of these things, being neither especially wormy nor all that
Knipperdolleriffic. The ride is, however, about being in interesting places, passing through new streets, and
experiencing some version of the truth as it exists on the ground. Perhaps this is all that is needed.
It's about 25 miles this week, with a few of hills of varying size and the usual assortment of inconveniences (it is
not, as some may have been expecting, the all-alleyways route that had been planned for this week, but you
needn't worry; that will happen soon enough).
Talk, talk, talk...
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The hacienda must be built.