Eggstraordinary Recipe for Blessing a New Car

I recently purchased a new Ford Fusion and my granddaughter, Leila, insisted that I perform a car ritual that her Iranian father and his family conduct each time they acquire a new vehicle.

Gather four raw eggs.

Four raw eggs. © Norine Dresser photo collection, 2015.

Four raw eggs. © Norine Dresser photo collection, 2015.

Place one raw egg under each tire.

Egg in front of left front tire. © Norine Dresser photo collection, 2015

Egg in front of left front tire. © Norine Dresser photo collection, 2015.

Egg under left rear tire. © Norine Dresser photo collection, 2015.

Egg under left rear tire. © Norine Dresser photo collection, 2015.

Right rear tire. © Norine Dresser photo collection, 2015

Egg in front of right rear tire. © Norine Dresser photo collection, 2015..

Egg under right front tire. © Norine Dresser photo collection, 2015.

Egg under right front tire. © Norine Dresser photo collection, 2015.

Drive over the eggs and smash them.

Splat! Crushed raw egg. © Norine Dresser photo collection, 2015.

Splat! Crushed raw egg.
© Norine Dresser photo collection, 2015.

Splat again! Egg crushed by new car tire. © Norine Dresser photo collection, 2015.

Splat again! Egg crushed by new car tire. © Norine Dresser photo collection, 2015.

Quickly hose down the tires before the eggs coagulate in the treads.

Washing off the scrambled egg. © Norine Dresser photo collection, 2015.

Washing off the scrambled egg. © Norine Dresser photo collection, 2015.

Hose down the broken raw eggs from the street before they become cooked.

Cleaning up the street.

Cleaning up the street. © Norine Dresser photo collection, 2015.

Smashing the eggs repels the evil eye, and that translates into NO COLLISIONS, NO MECHANICAL BREAKDOWNS with SMOOTH DRIVING AHEAD!

No new acquisition should be taken for granted. By blessing this car and any other newly acquired object, we acknowledge the privilege of ownership.

My brand new Ford Fusion. © Norine Dresser photo collection, 2015.

My brand new Ford Fusion appropriately blessed. © Norine Dresser photo collection, 2015.

Norine Dresser is a folklorist who relishes participating in multicultural rituals.

The Flamingos Have Landed!

I have a dear neighbor and friend, Roxana Gillett, who has been very kind to me. Accordingly, I phoned and asked her what she was going to do for her 70th birthday. “We don’t do birthdays,” she stated flatly.

Surprised, I responded, “Well, I do. And I’m going to take you to Le Rendezvous French restaurant for lunch.” Seemingly pleased, she accepted the invitation. However, inviting her to lunch was merely a ruse. I wanted to take her away from her house so that my cronies could plant 12 plastic pink flamingos in her front yard.

The flamingos have landed. © Norine Dresser photo collection, 2015

The flamingos have landed!
© Norine Dresser photo collection, 2015.

I had seen pink flamingos landing elsewhere in the neighborhood and thought it was so delightfully incongruous to see them planted next to cacti and other desert landscape.

Usually flamingo garden infestations occur as the result of a fund raising scheme by a church or a high school sports team. Unfortunately when I called around, I discovered that currently no one was doing this.

However, while purchasing some garden supplies at a big box store, I noticed a container of plastic pink flamingos on sale, so months ago I bought a dozen and stashed them in my closet. Since then, I have had so much fun figuring out how to pull off the prank.

At the appointed hour on Roxana’s birthday, I drove her to the restaurant while at the same time, friends and neighbors took over the task of planting the flamingos. Even before I arrived at our destination, I received a text: Mission Accomplished!

Our lunch was delightful, especially the Cream of Mushroom soup, and later, when we pulled up in front of Roxana’s house, she seemed disoriented – and who wouldn’t be, seeing a dozen pink flamingos standing in her front yard?

Additionally, my friend, Mariah, made this sign that hung from the neck of a flamingo:

Sign by Mariah Chase. © Norine Dresser photo collection, 2015.

Sign by Mariah Chase. © Norine Dresser photo collection, 2015.

Roxana with sign. © Norine Dresser photo collection, 2015.

Roxana with sign. © Norine Dresser photo collection, 2015.

Complicit neighbors, Don and Ila McCoy, welcomed Roxana with pink bubbly served in purple glasses along with strawberry pink cupcakes that created an instant birthday party.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pink Bubbly with purple glasses. © Norine Dresser photo collection, 2015.

Pink Bubbly in purple glasses. © Norine Dresser photo collection, 2015.

 

 

Strawberry-flavored cupcakes. © Norine Dresser photo collection, 2015.

Strawberry cupcakes. © Norine Dresser photo collection, 2015.

Cheers! © Norine Dresser photo collection, 2015.

Cheers! © Norine Dresser photo collection, 2015. (left to right) Darwin Gillett, Ila McCoy, Don McCoy, Roxana Gillett, Norine Dresser.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So now, when the party is over, what does one do with a dozen pink flamingos?

Roxana transplanted them to my back yard, and every morning when I glance out in the backyard, their new presence gives me a good laugh. By the way, if anyone would like to borrow them for a special occasion, let me know.

Roxana transplanting the birds to my backyard. © Norine Dresser photo collectio, 2015

Roxana transplanting the birds to my backyard. © Norine Dresser photo collection, 2015.

The flamingos have migrated to my backyard. © Norine Dresser photo collection, 2015.

The flamingos have migrated to my backyard. © Norine Dresser photo collection, 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Norine Dresser is a folklorist who loves planning birthday surprises for friends and relatives.