Until the Fog Lifts

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January 7, 2016

I spent an afternoon planning a winter 2016 motorcycle loop but thought better of it as I noticed the mud I’ve been pedaling through to work. So I made a word salad about mud.

Squirrel watch
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Squirrel watch
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A quiet squeak reminds me I meant to oil the chain.

Floating above the water
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Floating above the water
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Like faith or politics, winter fog appears profound to the extent it presents a blank canvas to reflect our own impressive predilections, our own ontological prejudices about what’s really there.

Disremembered
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Disremembered
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From pulpit, podium or pundit, we acquiesce to meanings asserted precisely when clarity is absent, assuming sovereign regalia, though invisible, signifies superior insight. There’s a YouTube video, after all.

Riverside parking
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Riverside parking
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Election season brings these thoughts to mind as I bike the now-empty path from home to downtown — so much fideistic energy spent defending synthetic propositions.

Dry channel
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Dry channel
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Ironic claims of perspicuity supplant empiricism. Little evidence is so clear as our own ideas reflected back to us. Besides, anything else exceeds 140 characters.

Cold edge
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Cold edge
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We move forward nonetheless knowing the ice and fog face the inexorable embers of rationality. They cannot last. The clock never ticks back.

Cracked but true
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Cracked but true
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Forty-first
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Forty-first
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Warm Springs lamp
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Warm Springs lamp
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I stop to take a final picture along Warm Springs Avenue. I think I might have enough images to make a little set and bloviate with a couple beers later.