The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #280: Goatwatch
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.
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!
So the Gävle Goat is still there... for now. But who can really guess how long that will last? For 48 years (that
is to say, for as long as it has been around), the Goat has experienced precisely the sorts of difficulties a giant
straw effigy in the middle of a public square might expect during a holiday season historically associated with
burning things. But still, every year, there it stands, up against traditions and instincts that are probably too
deeply-rooted to ever truly be defeated. It might just be the very embodiment of modernity.
Now, let us reassure you that we are not riding all the way to Sweden, nor are we transitioning into an all-
pyromania-themed bike ride like some sort of cable channel that used to show historical programming but now
just talks about aliens all day. What we are doing is seeking out the modern correlates of the ancient fires,
now sublimated into pretty, colorful lights. Of course this should be rather easy, now that the fires are
everywhere - lining our streets, adorning our houses, up in the trees. They are no longer dangerous, but they
are still just a little exciting.
And if you would prefer to stay in and experience this excitement in the safety of your own home? Well, there's
always the Gävle Goat webcam.
(about 30 miles; pretty flat)
***Please note that there is no Passage ride for the next two weeks, as both Christmas Eve and New Year's
Eve fall on Wednesdays this year. Also note that there is no ride on the following Wednesday (January 7th)
either because we are continuing our series of once-monthly weekend rides. Thus, the first ride of the year will
be on Saturday, January 10th!***
Talk, talk, talk...
Check out our web site!
(and our tumblr!)
(and join the mailing list!)
The hacienda must be built.