Odd Pueblo: Tucson jinxed locations


Stolen tent at the corner of Campbell and Fort Lowell/Ryn Gargulinski

Paul Bunyan may have gotten his stolen axe back – although he’s still clutching that giant candy cane – but another theft in town was even bigger and more brazen.

Someone stole a giant tent. At a lot by a thriving intersection, no less.

The lot in question dustily sits at the northeast corner of North Campbell Avenue and East Fort Lowell Road.

Folks have set up to sell everything from area rugs with naked lady silhouettes to pumpkins, from chopped firewood and Christmas trees to tiger striped faux fur car seat covers.

My tiger seat covers are grey and black.

But now they don’t have a tent to protect them from the elements. Wherever will we go for our naked lady area rugs?

Upon closer inspection, it seems the area is haunted. My first photo captured a host of orbs, which are either believed to be spirits or dust on the camera lens, depending on whom you ask.


Orb-o-rama at Campbell and Fort Lowell/Ryn Gargulinski

Orbs on their own will not bring bad luck. Some folks, like Tucson’s ghost girl Rebecca Petithory-Hayes, get backyards full of them with no ill effects. She says they seem to be drawn towards electricity. They also seem to be drawn to her since she’s a historian with a penchant for researching ghosts.

Same angle as orb-o-rama photo a few seconds later, after orbs went to hide/Ryn Gargulinski

Same angle as orb-o-rama photo a few seconds later, after orbs went to hide/Ryn Gargulinski

But this particular corner, which is across from a Nico’s Mexican taco place that just shut down and relocated, may be one of those jinxed areas.

Every town has them. Whatever business tries to thrive in the jinxed place fails.

Another jinxed area of town, an Eastsider tells me, is near East Wilmot and South 22nd Street. The area has seen a slew of businesses come and go, including Cory’s Eastside Cafe. The restaurant died years ago but still has its sign in place.

One more jinxed junket has to be downtown. Its redevelopment, or lack thereof, kind of proves that one. Storefronts still sit like missing teeth.

And someone would probably steal a tent if there were one to steal.



Orbs where the tent used to be/Ryn Gargulinski

Orbs where the tent used to be/Ryn Gargulinski

What do you think?

What other areas have you seen lead to a stream of failing businesses?

Do you believe in jinxes or is it all a bunch of hooey?

What’s your take on orbs?


About Rynski

Writer, artist, performer who specializes in the weird, wacky and sometimes creepy. Learn more at ryngargulinski.com.
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27 Responses to Odd Pueblo: Tucson jinxed locations

  1. radmax says:

    Mornin’ Rynski! Ah Cory’s, used to be a pretty decent place to grab an early bite before the day’s labors. I think they put up a Pizza hut or Taco Bell where it used to be. Before it was Cory’s, it was a Bob’s Big Boy. I used to love their burgers. Now that I think about it, that corner must be jinxed, been a lot of businesses come and go in that location.
    PS-as per the orbs…they make some excellent lens cleaning products these days… 😉

    • Rynski says:

      hiya radmax!
      Bob’s Big Boy!!! oh, i am so sad to know i missed one that used to be right in town. now FOR SURE that area must be jinxed if a bob’s big boy couldn’t make it – hahha.
      i think some streets are jinxed, too – like the ones that get those fine sinkholes and perpetual potholes. or the metal plates lining fort lowell near campbell – must be a spillover from the jinxed corner.
      didn’t a corner of river road once float away?

      • radmax says:

        Not that I know of, re: corner floating away…?…River Rd. used to regularly ‘float away’ altogether before the improvements. Lou Parrish had his brand spankin’ new realty office slide into the raging Rillito a few years back during a flood. No ‘corner’ there anymore. I believe it was on the S/E bank of the Campbell bridge, quite a spectacle.
        Rynski, ALL Tucson roads are cursed, regularly. 😉

      • Rynski says:

        well, some are more cursed than others – maybe some people are just jinxed drivers and bring the jinx along with them like a little puppy on a leash – hahah.
        thanks for the amusing float away tale. i will tell it to my grandkids one day…

      • radmax says:

        Yeah, that should keep ’em transfixed to your every word… 🙂
        Ya know Rynski, I was cursed by an ex, and am damned to wander the streets of Tucson, behind the slowest, most pathetic excuses for conveyance challenged drivers ever assembled on the face of the earth. It’s my cross to bear, it’s not a total loss though, my passengers get to learn new and creative usages of the English language…and a bit of Espanol as well.

      • Rynski says:

        oh no! you’re a putt putt magnet!
        at least the curse didn’t make you stay bent over or have your skin slough off. i’ve heard of those and they seem much worse.

      • radmax says:

        It goes much deeper than that Rynski. The ‘white witch’ caused me to wreck a truck, car, and a motorcycle all within a week of her exile from my abode. It had ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with the nightly excessive celebrating I did after her departure…;)

      • azmouse says:


  2. Andrew Ulanowski says:

    good morning Ryn! hmmm, I go by the corner all the time where the tent was stole. it is definitely a creepy location.
    Nice orb festival.
    captcha = released phobics

    • Rynski says:

      hiya andrew!
      orb festival! yes, it really was a good one. best i’ve seen in a while. also had good ones surrounding the whaley house in san diego – no surprise!
      did you ever buy rugs or pumpkins from the tent before it was ripped off?

      • azmouse says:

        Years ago, that was where I always got my pumpkins, till I moved to the other side of the world. lol

    • Andrew Ulanowski says:

      i’ve never bought anything from that corner – i don’t even remember where I bought my pumpkin this year, probably Trader Joes or Sprouts since they are nearby produce sellers. I had a regular pumpkin place in Phoenix (same place I would get my Christmas tree for awhile).
      I like that you got Rebecca Petithory-Hayes included in this article. It’s always interesting hearing what she is up to.
      Good morning Mouse! Other side of the world eh? Tucson is kind of spread out, isn’t it?

  3. Cori says:

    How come nobody’s mentioned El Con Mall?  There are still signs in that place from the 80’s…

  4. Ferraribubba says:

    Hey Rynski: Before Jessica Simpson got her hooks into Tony Romo, there was the sad case of another Dallas Plowboy Quarterback who went by the name of Troy Aikman. Remember him?
    He was on top of the world until one night, after a hard night of line dancin’ at Gilley’s, he landed on top of that blond bombshell, that country songbird from Tennessee, Lorri Morgan.
    Within 3 months, Troy went from a strapping 220 pounds to a wasted 180, and he couldn’t throw a true spiral pass more than 15 yards.
    Lorrie had sucked all the life-blood out of Troy, and he retired at the end of the season before he had to use a walker to get out to the huddle.
    There’s just something about bottle blonds and Plowboy QBs that don’t mix very well. Like oil and water.
    Yer pal, Ferrari Bubba

    • Rynski says:

      yuck! on the troy aikman tale. sounds like an infestation of a parasite, no doubt.  glad i’m not a cowboy fan in any event. thanks for amusing tale, as always…very interesting.

  5. azmouse says:

    I’m a realist, I guess…no jinxes, not superstitious.

    Of course, I can control everything around me with my mind. I believe in my mind power and it makes everything around me good and happy all the time.

    • Rynski says:

      good for you! love it. you must be a fan of ‘the secret,’ no?
      i like that belief as well. the right attitude with positive thoughts certainly can control much.
      …but i also enjoy my superstitions galore. never put new shoes on the kitchen table, by the way. or a hat on the bed. or walk beneath a ladder.

      • azmouse says:

        Ah, yes. The broken mirror and 7 yrs bad luck, an itchy palm means cash is coming…

        Being around superstitious peeps back when I was pregnant was awful! This means it’s a boy, that means it’s a girl; don’t put your arms up over your head or you will strangle the baby; don’t move furniture or you’ll go into labor; drink this kind of tea and this will happen….YIKES!!!

      • Jennatoolz says:

        That reminds me of a pregnant friend I have who is into the whole “magic and spells” type of thing. I’m sure she’s using spells and chanting magical chants upon herself and her unborn child…haha.

      • Rynski says:

        eek! sounds like superstitions around pregnancy would be VERY annoying!!! i don’t get all nuts about superstitions….well, except for the time i freaked out when my boyfriend was about to put shoes on the table….ahhahhahahha

      • andrew says:

        Shoes on the table? Here at the MoonDance we pour whisky across the threshold if there’s boots on the bar.
        “of hemphill”is the captcha

      • Rynski says:

        that sounds more fun than getting bad luck from shoes on the table. the one story i saw about the shoe table bad luck ended up with two brothers killing each other without even knowing they were brothers.

  6. Jennatoolz says:

    Hi Ryn!! This reminds me of when I was a kid in elementary school. Us kids would be playing and if one of us said the same thing as the other at the same time, we’d promptly yell “JINX!” and laugh about it. Not 100% sure what the reason for that was, or why we felt it was a jinx, lol.

    • Rynski says:

      hey jenna!
      maybe you guys accidentally somehow jinxed campbell and fort lowell? hahahah.
      i remember breaking a little mirror in kindergarten when we were all dancing around the class to some “exercise song.” i was in anguish about the 7 yrs bad luck thing. when was it supposed to end? hahah

  7. andrew says:

    Jinks Cafe is missing from Interstate 10 and Ruthrauth, how wierd is that?
    war-ravaged crowbars

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