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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #283 - Donut Is the New Pink

01.21.15

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 endeavor to return before the last red line trains (around midnight),
but it is generally not possible. Please plan accordingly.

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:

Donut Is the New Pink


Despite — or perhaps precisely because of — our weekly endeavors into
disorientation and discovery, it has been comforting to have at least one
constant all these years: no matter where we might go, or how late we might
stay out, the good ole donut shop would be there upon our return. And maybe
they wouldn’t always be serving them up fresh, but there was a consistency
to the fare that acted as a through-line from week to week.

But, of course, change is inevitable. Seasons change. Fashions change.
Donuts change too, apparently. And though California Donuts most certainly
still stands, in another sense, the simple, solid donut shop we’ve come to
consider a kind of home is indeed gradually disappearing. In a word, they’re
getting FANCY. Cronuts were the first sign. Then came the Instagram feed.
Après ça, la deluge of cute, decorated donuts.

We don’t begrudge them their success. Because these changes have
undoubtedly been successful; the line, on some nights, is insane.* We’re
honestly a little surprised it’s taken this long, and these measures.
California Donuts has always been — and still is — quite good. But as it
increasingly becomes “the spot,” it also becomes increasingly unfamiliar.
This is probably good for us, in a way. Keeps us on our toes.

But where are the crullers? we ask. Where are the crullers?

Anyway, you can count on us, at least, to still serve up the same convoluted
routes and unnecessary inconvenience we’ve been frying all these years.
It’s always a little different, but that’ll always be the same.**

(~20 miles, some off-roading, some hills, some stairs)

* A recent pass by Pink’s, however, revealed a shocking lack of a line at
that traditionally overflowing establishment. Coincidence?

** Until, ya know, it eventually isn't. See above re: things changing, inevitably.

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