The maestro does not, but there is a lot a building activity here, so he'll have no trouble finding another job.
Ruben has a job lined up in the city maintenance department of Gomez Palacio (the adjoining city). He has real talent in the building trade, but the lure of a steady, life-time secure job makes him willing to take a less well paying job. From his house to his new job is an hour-long bike ride.
Nani will probably go to work, short term, for Doņa Martha's oldest son who has a very large project in his welding shop (not the family shop attached to the house). Nani is only 19 but already is an excellent concrete and tile man.
In this two-year adventure, I have worked with seven maestros, none of them very outstanding. I've lost track of how many apprentices have come and gone, but Ruben and Nani have been truly outstanding workers -- rare finds! I'll miss my daily contact with them. They have come to understand my terrible Spanish accent, and they do a good job of reading my pantomimes. Ruben has been with us since the second month of the Las Casas project -- 21 months ago. Nani came a year ago. If I were to start another project, they would be my first hires.
(This post was edited by Rolly on Jan 10, 2004, 7:23 AM)