Author Archives: Patrick Scheg

A Polish Wedding Joke

Main Piece QJ: “Can it be a dirty joke?” Collector: “Yes.” QJ: “A lot of the jokes I grew up with are kind of dirty…most Polish ones are…I think one that my grandfather would say asks what is long and hard that a Polish bride gets on her wedding night?” Collector: “What?” QJ: “A new… Continue Reading »

The Peach Boy in Hawaii

Main Piece Informant: “A story that I heard a lot growing up was about this boy who was born from a peach. They called him Momotarō. He was considered a blessing to this older couple, who had not been able to have kids, but had always acted humble and hardworking. They got the child as… 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 »

Lucky Penny

Main Piece AO: “Growing up, I was always told that finding a penny face up was good luck.” Collector: “Do you still believe it?” AO: “I’d like to think I do. I still get a smile on my face when I come across a penny on the ground.” Collector: “Is there any bad luck associated… Continue Reading »

The Haunting of the Lorenzo

Main Piece JS: “Yeah, dude! The Lorenzo is haunted! You’ve never heard about this?” Collector: “No! I guess I don’t know enough people who live there.” JS: “The Lorenzo used to be a hospital, which was abandoned for a bunch of years before the developers bought out the land for the apartments. A bunch of… Continue Reading »