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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #305 - Surrender to Destiny

06.24.15

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.
While we endeavor to return before the last red line trains (around midnight),
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
- playgrounds, 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:

Surrender to Destiny


We can, at times, go a bit overboard trying not to repeat ourselves. Mostly, that is a good thing, as it pushes us to explore new places and try new things. But, generally, around the time of our anniversary or rides that fall on multiples of 100, we have let go of those desires for difference and instead let tradition take hold: anniversaries (like last week) tend to be more "party-like" than usual; for multiples of 100, we have tackled more ambitious routes, on the weekend.

There is another, looser tradition (we've done it a couple times maybe?) that revolves around beginnings -- either the beginning of new years or after those 100s (or 50s) -- which is to rely on chance procedures to develop the route in real time. In this way we celebrate the spirit of our very first ride, which was itself guided by fate's hand. It also acts as a sort of spatial sorbet, cleansing our palette before another annual meal of riding (apparently a meal with many mixed-metaphor-ingredients, huh?). And so, this week, we mark the beginning of our seventh year by once again filling our sails with the winds of chance and drifting wherever it may lead.

(Route length and all other details dependent solely upon the fate's hand/chance's wind/etc.)

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