The here and now... and what and why

Complacency is a trap. At least that’s what I was thinking when I up and left the comfort of a Yankee prep school gig, where I taught music, amongst other things, for 28 years. There was also that life long career as a composer, musician and artist.

First, it was a year in St. Thomas, USVI, working as a reporter and shooting photography and then, a year in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Time passed.
More time passed and a year back in the Athens of America followed by a hasty return to Oaxaca where it is all happening.
A couple of years in San Sebastian Etla and now, just down the road in San Pablo Etla. Life is good.

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Santo Domingo
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Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Musician, photographer, videographer, reporter, ex-officio teacher, now attempting to be a world traveler

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Whew! - What a job

I am always absolutely amazed at how hard people work here and some of the things they do.
This is one of my favorites sights, watching a crew pour the cement for a roof.
It always goes something like this, but sometimes the cement is hand-mixed, adding even more intense manual labor to the process.

In this case, just down the road from me, they had a mixer, but the ongoing activity was wild to watch as someone was shoveling sand, another was loading the mixer, others were carrying the stuff up to the roof, where others put the finishing touches and smoothed the mixture.
Once started, the process has to continue until the entire roof is poured as the concrete needs to set as a whole.  Just watching these guys work made me tired.  How do they do it?
I imagined running up those hand-made ladders with a five gallon bucket full of cement on my shoulder and I am pretty sure I would struggle with the first one and I am in good shape.   What's more, they are acting like it is one big party, a good time being had by all.  I love it.

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