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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #246 - Goldfish and Lincoln Logs

04.23.14

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:

Goldfish and Lincoln Logs


There is a tendency over time for the way we commemorate certain events to
drift away from direct connection with the content of those events. A celebration's
ritual function in drawing together a community begins to outweigh its referential
function. It is not about a knowing, really, but rather about a being: a being in
fellowship. It illustrates that identity -- and, especially, co-identity -- is not innate
and stable, but instead must be actively constructed and performed. It is "being"
as verb, not noun. Since what are important, at that point, are the bonds and not
the particular signifiers, the latter can freely slip and change and proliferate and
next thing you know there is a whole aisle of discount chocolate eggs once a year.

We here at the Passage are not always the most fellowshippy fellows.
(Indeed, we no doubt sometimes appear somewhat standoffish in our relative
social awkwardness.) Yet, while there is usually nothing specific that we are
commemorating per se, riding through the streets of Los Angeles once a
week is nonetheless its own sort of ritual. And that ritual is as much about the
community of riders as it is about the focus of the riding. And so what does it
matter that sometimes the signifiers we attach to one route or another have little
or no correlation to said route? It matters little, we say! (We tend to say it a lot,
actually.) We say it and, importantly, we also do it. Won't you come do it too?

(30-35 miles; actually pretty flat; no off-roading anticipated; something about
a sock drawer and/or miracles)

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For more information about past rides, visit our website:
ThePassageRide.com

For miscellaneous images, information, and links, take a look at our tumblog:
thepassageride.tumblr.com

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