Slander is illegal in Mexico. You cannot tell lies and call it free speech. Their rules are much tougher than in the US. The anonymous posting of the leaflet to the left made me laugh and cringe. It’s so easy to ruin a person’s work reputation and also so very difficult to find out if somebody is a good worker. I have no idea who made this poster and took the time to staple it (6 staples and a piece of tape) in a prominent location. As a partner in a contracting team that makes its living through word of mouth I can’t quite decide what to think. Certainly there are very bad workers here and every where. There are also dishonest workers. There are also forces of nature and society and geography that make getting things done in Baja seem like the impossible dream. Then there are the bad clients and the unhinged clients and the just-can’t-see-eye-to-eye-clients. There might even be a disgruntled former girlfriend. A failure of language or understanding can morph into a tragic misunderstanding about what is and isn’t possible. Reflecting upon bad or incompetent bosses and workers I have known (I am sure I have been both) it frequently seems to be a failure to reach an understanding on expectations. And that’s with everybody supposedly speaking the same language. This picture makes me want to know more but, sadly, my own mind has been poisoned. If I see this guy I am going to give him a wide berth.
Meanwhile we are two weeks away from our return to the U.S. Hopefully our work season will go better for us than this guy’s season went for him. We have two large projects on the agenda. A guest house remodel in Portal, Arizona and finishing the basement of the house we built for clients two years ago.