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These moments, however, represent the few vibrant encounters that punctuated the dominant mood of the bus, which was ranging from mutual disinterest to stringent avoidance of contact. The driver of the bus east was a reserved young hispanic woman who had polite interactions with most passengers, did not give off the impression that she wanted to converse and attempted to minimize her interactions. Many passengers spent the ride staring at or talking on their cellphones, in fact one asian woman who was talking particularly loudly drew some hostile glances from the surrounding passengers, who all happened to be hispanic women. A few passengers, notably a young black man who sat adjacent from me, did not use their cellphone or read, or study (as did some passengers), but nonetheless stove to avoid even making eye contact with the other passengers, turning their bodies away from the aisle and looking out the window or at their hands. Though magnified by lines of difference, this phenomenon also crossed them. There were several older hispanic women who rode the bus from Westwood (they were on the bus before me) to Beverly Hills, that based on dress I assumed were domestic
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labor. Twice, more than one of them got off at a stop together, once two, once three, but in both cases they had sat separately and did not acknowledge each other in any way when leaving the bus, walking separately as soon as they disembarked. Also tellingly, excepting domestic laborers, not a single person used any of the stops in Holmby or Beverly Hills. Analysis While the bus rides I took included some particularly poignant examples of interaction across lines of difference, like Valentine, I would caution against placing undue import on the
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