Friday, November 07, 2008

How Come?

You would think that the present economic conditions would dictate the available work force, but not here.

What I am talking about is the problem in finding help.
Finding good help is even harder.
Finding any help is haphazard depending on the day of the week and if and when the money orders have come from the US.

We and other are always looking for ranch hands, or other workers that would have a smidgen of work ethics. Showing up for work more than 3 or 4 times in a row is what I am talking about.

Discussing this with others, we have come up with the same realizations such as it doesn't make any difference of how much you pay someone, the prevailing situation is that they will work until they have enough money to keep them happy for a couple of weeks and then they just figure they don't need to work anymore.

I wonder if the present melt down will have some ripple effect here, but I serious doubt it.
Very few workers at least here in Patzcuaro really want steady jobs.
People in Morelia are a tad different. They have expenses like payments for cars, insurance, electric bills etc,etc,etc.
Here in Patzcuaro they only need enough to put some tortillas and beans on the table, maybe a few beers and you have complete contentment.

Thats a nice way to live if it works for you!

For us, we have stuff that needs to get done. I have a problem with tossing cut timbers or lots of digging replacing fence posts etc.
You would think that we would have a line of people anxious to do the work..............not.

I see that a certain mindset of how hard one wants to work. No more than necessary!

Let me give you an example.

When we were building the house we dicided to use cinderblocks. This was a little outlandish since the normal at that time was adobe, stone or cement bricks.

So we go to Morelia looking for a concrete company that makes bricks and blocks.

"Good day, we would like to purchase some building blocks"
"Sure no problem we have and can make them for you!"
"Great!, What is the price per block?"
"Each block will cost you 7 pesos"
"How many do you need?"
"We will need about 8000 blocks"
"Oh ......Well, in that case they will be 9 pesos each!"
"Hummm.... Is that the wholesale price?"
"Oh yes"
"But why is it more expensive the more we buy?"
"Oh Senior, Because we have to work harder to make that many!"

That is the problem, the work situation based on the amount of work that you have to do, that exceed a income comfort level.

Interesting isn't it?

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