My neighbors have been loud today, yelling at each other while playing videogames next door, setting off Noche Buena fireworks in the street a little after sunset, and now reciting what sounds like prayers or spoken song lyrics in unison. Oddly, their dogs haven’t barked so far.

A tall electronic billboard stands Saturday morning, December 24, 2022 beside several large trees atop a painted yellow pillar beside an open stretch of westbound Highway 24 lanes across from the Lafayette BART station in Lafayette, California. The billboard's slogan, which is not visible in the image, read something like: "it's a holiday, not a speedway! Slow down!"

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