Love implies anger.
The man who is angered by nothing cares about nothing.
|Outside concrete sinks|
Let me set the stage a little: under what I would call a veranda (covered patio) but they call corridor are a couple of outdoor sinks they use for washing anything from clothes to vegetables to hands, we all get to brush our hair and teeth. There is nothing hidden here, you don’t get to brush your teeth, shave your beards or look at your mug in the mirror in the anonymity of behind-closed-doors.
Everything is in the open for everyone to see. It is quite different and at first you are a little self-conscious but it quickly evaporates when you know everyone else does it. Today we get to participate in the adobe brick making process. First you mix clay with a special type of very thin and long pine needles. Once mixed, you slop the mud into rectangular forms, pack it down, smooth it out, and let dry for a couple of weeks (weather permitting), before using as house building blocks. The process is backbreaking but inexpensive and since most of the land here is clay, it usually happens where the house will be built and it is part of digging a flat area where the house will eventually stand.
|Dancing in the mud, mixing the pine needles in - but I look so serious|
|Chayo and I making bricks|
Should these folks try to purchase cement blocks to be delivered on the land, they couldn’t afford building homes. Adobe bricks are used in two different ways when building homes; either covered with stucco or left as-is but layered with a certain type of protective clear varnish so water doesn’t damage them. At the time of this writing, the person we visited had made over 12,000 brick YTD and had orders for another 5,000 before the start of the rainy season. At 10 pesos a brick minus cost or 8 pesos a brick it would amount to nearly $11,000 for 17,000 bricks, actually a good earning when you consider most Mexicans make an average of $485/month or $6,000/year for only working 4-5 months/year.
|Bricks drying in the sun|
|Bricks further drying, sideways|
|Manzanita juice popsicle|
|Krystal just waking up - love the hairdo|