...luv the pic. It reminds me of when I was last in Chile and my aunt whose house I was staying at was being extended. The maestro would often show up late, ask for money weeks in advance for 'materiales' and disappear for equally as long...Both him and his side kick would occasionally pull a 'sickie' on the occasional Monday after (and we suspected this) having caido al frasco. I say suspected because strangely the maestro and his sidekick were both evangelicos! go figure. Then one day the chilean flag went up on the apex of a partially constructed frame....they were wanting their official 'near completion' asadito. With good reason, my Tia sent them a freir monos! - I think the extension is still not finished (9 years on!)
Well, yes...maestros here are pretty damn lazy most of the time...and not just in Chile...Argentine workers weren't much better. Some of my friends back in England are builders and i can't really say any different about them either...however, we got really lucky with this crew-the foreman is psychotically hard-working and there are a fair few workers who now refuse to work with him as it's too tiring. Our architects are pretty good as well. Pure luck that we found them, we interviewed a lot of architects but the guys we ended up going for were the ones renovating the property next door. Very happy with the decision we took. Some of the others were accidents waiting to happen...
...from what I know, many are actually quite talented yet their unreliability and sometimes shifty actions fails them. They could actually do quite well for themselves financially if they took on a work ethic more like that of your maestro.
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