Nationality: Mexican American
Date of Performance/Collection: 4-19-2020
Primary Language: English
Other Language(s): Spanish
Background:Informant was originally born in Mexico, but came to the United States when he was young. Since he stayed in Mexico for a bit of his childhood he learned a lot of games. As he grew up in California, he also learned some of adult games.
Interviewer: Are there any games you might of not learned of as a kid but as an adult?
Informant: I learned the pennies game, which is a drinking game so definitely just an adult game.
Interviewer: How do you play the pennies game?
Informant: To play the game you need pennies, shot glasses, more than 2 people and some alcohol. You usually challenge the person to your right, if you can get the penny into the shot glass by flipping it off your thumb they have to take the shot. This continues until you want to stop or everyone gets drunk.
Interviewer: You drink the shot that the penny landed in? Isn’t that kind of unsanitary?
Informant: Thinking about it now, it does seem nasty but back then we assumed the alcohol would clean the penny.
Context: Interview with a family member about adult games.
Thoughts: The pennies game sounds like an older version of drinking game I have played with my friends. It sounds fun minus taking a shot with a penny in it.