The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #254: Notes from the Underground
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 sixth 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!
Notes from the Underground
Five years. It has been five years!
You can do a lot of things in five years, to be sure. And we have. In just this past year, we have reconnected with
long-lost relatives and long-lost ditches. We have communed with the animals and the trees. We have sought
devils in the mountains, trolls in the valleys, and inconvenient passageways pretty much everywhere. We have
grown tremendously, and for the better, we think.
But there is still at least one thing that we have not yet done, even though we've been promising it from the very
beginning. In truth, we were probably not ready back then. We were too young and uncoordinated. But now, at
the age of five, we are finally ready - to dance!
We ask that you join us for the inaugural Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time
Inconvenient Dance Party. It is to be a literal underground dance party. That is to say, at least, that it is literally
underground*, but we rely on you to help with the literal dancing, which in turn will make the literal party.
There will be music, of course. If there are any songs that make you dance or, even better, songs that you think
will make other people dance too, please email your requests and suggestions to Sean. We can make no
promises that all of these will be played, but we will
try. We will try.
But wait, there's more! The dance party is only one of two parties that will take place during the ride. The
estimable Roadblock is once again kindly offering his screen printing services to print the Passage logo on t-
shirts (and all manner of other fabrics) for this anniversary ride. Before the dancing even begins, we will be
stopping for a screen printing party where, for a small donation ($5 being the suggested amount), you can get a
grid of TPOAFPTARBMITs on your favorite item of clothing. Some blank t-shirts will also be available for $5
So to recap, here are the things to bring to get the most out of this fifth Passageversary:
For the screen printing:
- A garment or garments that you wish to have adorned with the TPOAFTARBMIT logo.
- A donation for Roadblock's time and materials: ~$5 per print
For the dancing:
- Dancing shoes
- A dancing attitude!
The ride itself is short (15 miles) and about as flat as we can reasonably make it while still keeping it interesting.
*For those curious about the nature of this underground place, and in particular wondering whether rubber boots
or fenders are recommended, you needn't worry. While there is water running though the place, there is enough
dry land that we will be able to ride, walk and dance without setting foot in it.
Talk, talk, talk...
Check out our web site!
(and our tumblr!)
(and join the mailing list!)
The hacienda must be built.