Progress of the storefronts

This morning.

Watching the solitary fellow building the two storefronts across the street — with the assist of his wife on occasion — remains an interesting pastime. You can just see him on a low scaffold on the right side. Below is how it looked in October. I took the second photo from the water-tank roost atop my wife’s pasty kitchen, which abuts the street. When I took the October photo, I thought they were building a house, but nope.

Soon we’ll be a bustling commercial thoroughfare.

28 thoughts on “Progress of the storefronts

  1. The way he is going about constructing the walls is odd. He has poured the concrete posts before he has finished laying the wall brick to the full height. Cold pours are to always be avoided. And one of the posts along the front wall has been poured halfway even before the brick has been laid. Very odd.

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      1. If you cast an engine block for a motor would they partially fill the mold with molten iron and then pour it full once that pour has cooled or do a complete pour from the start? Pouring concrete follows the same principal. You do not do it in different stages. Wet concrete does not adhere to set concrete. When you built your house, I imagine the roof is reinforced concrete and it was done by a group of men (coladores) that specialize in roof pours. And when they poured the concrete they didn’t stop until it was completly finished. You always avoid a “junta fría” or in your roof you would get leaks. In the posts of the walls you weaken them. This is basic knowledge for a civil engineer like your wife or an architect like myself. There are other ways he could have “skinned his cat” but not in the manner I pointed out in the photos.

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    1. Leisa: Good to hear from you. I’m thinking maybe a Starbucks or Whole Foods. I suspect both combined would not be big enough for a Costco. Now that would be really sweet.

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          1. Given its proximity to the sex motel, maybe they’ll do a thriving business in sex toys, lubricant, and the like? Which would be worse, that or a McDonalds? Either would be very entertaining.

            Saludos,

            Kim G
            Boston, MA
            Where such things are relegated to a neighborhood known colloquially as “The Combat Zone.”

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            1. Kim: We’re way ahead of you. Well, me at least. I have suggested to my better half a number of times over the years that we open a sex shop in the front part of her pastry kitchen that opens to the street. But, for some reason, we’ve never done it.

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              1. Hmmm! I live some what equidistant between a mini mart and a dirty book store. They both produce prodigious amounts of trash. Some are interesting and some are just trash. It all ends up in my yard.

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      1. Felipe: You are joshing with me, haha. Yet, it could be many years before it is done and surely he will run out of cash flow at some point. But one never knows. Dream on.

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  2. Well, it is easy to criticize the poor guy’s building skills. He probably doesn’t have a degree in engineering or architecture. More likely it is in Gender Studies, Race Theory or even English Lit. He can tell you how misguided and evil you are, even if he can’t pour a concrete column in its entirety.

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    1. Señor Gill: I have my own theory. He never finished high school, which is quite common here. Almost none of my many nieces and nephews and quite a few of my wife’s siblings never finished high school either.

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      1. Completing one’s education is a worthwhile goal, sometimes. But when the student realizes it is only worthless indoctrination, then other alternatives become more attractive.

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        1. Señor Gill: American education from pre-K to grad school is full of leftist propaganda now. Wasn’t that way, or at least nearly so much. Now, just the thought of a conservative speaker on campus sends students and profs alike into weeping, sometimes violent, hissyfits.

          Better to attend a trade school.

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    2. He doesn’t need a degree in anything. Any maestro de obra knows better to do what he has done. Many of them haven’t more than a secondary education. But other than his error with the concrete posts it looks like he is doing a very acceptable job. He obviously has experience in bricklaying. His courses are straight and his walls looks to be plumb.

      I hope Sr. Zapata keeps providing updates. This theme sure beats the political ones. Plus a few readers may learn something about home building technique in this country. A win-win.

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      1. Antonio: I think you meant to say he is doing an acceptable job apart from the concrete posts. You wrote isn’t, and I changed it. If my change was not what you intended, let me know, and I’ll change it back.

        As for my political posts, much of The Moon focuses on politics. It’s just what we do here. Few topics are more important.

        But now that it appears the Democrat Socialists above the border have successfully stolen the White House, and don’t think they didn’t, my disgust may force me to step back from politics for a spell, at least politics above the Rio Bravo. Or maybe not.

        I will continue saying true and unkind things about the demagogue who’s currently the Mexican president, to our eternal shame.

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  3. You are correct about the trade schools. Of the kids who went to school with my kids, those that went into the trades did best. Degrees in Liberal Arts and Psychology are degrees in unemployment.

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