May 1, 2007, 11:26 PM
Post #10 of 18
I'd echo Rolly and Georgia on this. If you are merely a customer with a construction crew building a house for you, then you should deliver the food and beer, wish everyone a good time and make a graceful departure so they can get on with it. But if you have built a relationship with them as they build your home, then you can certainly participate.
An artist friend of mine designed his own home in San Miguel and was on-site almost daily, practically "sculpting" the house. He certainly was a part of the crew and thus, a natural participant in the party. I think the albaniles would probably have been offended had he not taken part.
This extends to other businesses as well. If you are patron of a business but have a basically "hands-off" relationship with your employees, then you will be treated cordially but formally by them, with a certain distance maintained. When I had a leather-working business some years ago in San Miguel, I trained my workers myself and worked side by side with them. Consequently, I was invited to their homes for family parties, asked to stand up with one young worker at his high school graduation as the madrina, and was a witness at the wedding of two others. Eight years after closing that business, I am still invited to their family parties.
So it's all about the relationships you build.
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