Author Archives: Jesse Valdez

The Fisherman and His Wife

Text: Informant: So anyways, it’s something to the effect of, I don’t remember it very well but it was, it was part of a theater thing that we did and apparently it’s a very old story where, like a fisherman catches like some magic fish that, he and his wife were kind of down on… Continue Reading »

Splitting Poles and Friendship

Transcription Collector: So yeah, I remember when we were hanging out that you, like, had us walk around the poles if we both went on opposite sides of it. Is that something you do with everyone or, like, how did you learn that? Informant: Yeah! So, when I was in sixth or seventh grade, my… Continue Reading »

Living Well Is the Best Revenge

Text: Living well is the best revenge. Context: The informant is the collector’s mother. The collector has often heard this saying from the informant throughout her childhood and has often taken it to heart. It was usually said during times where the collector had been wronged by someone else or had been facing hardships as… Continue Reading »

Birthday Candles Prediction

Text: P: If you blow out the candles, the amount of times you, it takes for you to blow out the candles is how many children you’re going to have J: Wow P: Oh wait, that means you’re going to have one child, cause you blew once  M: Nooo. J: See I thought you were… Continue Reading »

Imagine you are in a Brick Room

Text: Informant (R): I also used to do a bunch of riddles and stuff, like while hiking at summer camp, you know? Collector (J): yeah, yeah, that was fun! R: My favorite was the brick room one. J: oh yeah, that one messed with me as a kid, I felt so dumb because I couldn’t figure… Continue Reading »