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Car Rituals dealing with Hazard Avoidance – Automobile Superstitions

Description of Informant PV (52) is a pharmacist and businesswoman from St. Louis, Missouri. Raised in a Persian household, PV spent some of her early childhood between the US and Iran, prior to the revolution. For the last two decades, PV has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area. —  Context of Interview The informant,… Continue Reading »

COVID-19 Car Parades

Background: AR is my college roommate and friend. She spent the first fifteen years of her life in Minneapolis, Minnesota before moving to Thousand Oaks, California for high school. She is currently in her twenties and attends school at the University of Southern California. Context: AR and I conducted this interview over Zoom, since this… Continue Reading »

Shaka Hand Signs

Main Piece Shortly after the informant’s winter recess ended and her spring semester began, she made several remarks on how Hawaiian habits with regard to traffic and pedestrian behavior were different and even more relaxed than Californian relations on the road. Informant: “In Hawaii, most people do not wave at the cars like I remember… Continue Reading »

Colorado Springs Haunted Mine

Main Piece So there is this mine in Colorado springs, and what happened was a school bus full of children was murdered in the mine in the 1950’s, and so the myth is that if you cover your car with baby powder, and then drive in like the middle of the mine, because you can… Continue Reading »

Rest Stop Stalker

Background: My informant is a twenty-one year old USC student; she’s studying human biology and is currently applying to medical school. She was born in Macedonia, and immigrated to the Long Beach, CA with her mother and stepfather at the age of five. Her father still lives and works as a doctor in Macedonia, and… Continue Reading »