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Autor:  Tom
E-mail:  não-disponível
Data:  02/JUL/2005 11:51 AM
Assunto:  Perceptions of Brazil
Mensagem:  The Brazilians here pay U.S. taxes, social security and if they have a good job their share of the health plan. Most are here for the long haul. That means, as much as they love Brazil there is little chance of them returning because here they are almost guaranteed work. We are so short of people with good work habits (carpenters, cooks, biologists, pharmacists,etc, etc) that it's hard to not find a job. The other day I was wearing a T-shirt with the Brazilian flag on the front. A guy started waving at me and yelled, "That's my country!" We talked. I started in Portuguese (to practice, of course) and learned he was from Minas Gerais but not from Governador Valhadares. I asked him what he did for a living and he said, "I'm a hoofer." I had to think about that. Hoofs are found at the end of a horse's leg. Did he mean he was a blacksmith or maybe a farrier (ferrador)? Then it dawned on me, he's a roofer!! He's one of the people who are guaranteed months of honest work in this city. I think we still have four thousand houses and apartments that need to have a new roof installed because of the damage from Hurricane Ivan. This was a guy who was in much demand. Oh, I did ask. He had legal documents and did not have to worry about problems with the Immigration and Naturalization Service. He's just one more of the many, many people who come here on a contract to work in the service and construction industry. We chatted for a while and I told him where to get some really good steamed crawfish and he went on happy as a lark. Me too, Tom

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Image of Brazil  –  Lin  01/JUL/2005, 7:38 PM
Image of Brazil  –  Alana  01/JUL/2005, 7:46 PM
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Image of Brasil  –  Wauber  01/JUL/2005, 10:00 PM
Yeah, Wauber, why?  –  Márcio Osório  02/JUL/2005, 3:32 AM
(Self) Image of Brazil  –  David  04/JUL/2005, 12:30 PM
(Self) Image of Brazil  –  Ana M  04/JUL/2005, 2:08 PM
(Self) Image of Brazil  –  David  06/JUL/2005, 9:43 AM
Image of Brasil  –  Masa  05/JUL/2005, 1:10 PM
Image of Brazil  –  Zeca  02/JUL/2005, 7:24 AM
Image of Brazil  –  Lin  02/JUL/2005, 10:18 AM
Image of Brazil  –  Tom  02/JUL/2005, 10:36 AM
Image of Brazil  –  Lin  02/JUL/2005, 10:46 AM
 Perceptions of Brazil  –  Tom  02/JUL/2005, 11:51 AM
Perceptions of Brazil  –  pat  02/JUL/2005, 9:44 PM
Image of Brazil  –  Ana M  02/JUL/2005, 7:02 PM
Image of Brazil  –  pat  11/JUL/2005, 4:47 PM
Image of Brazil  –  E. L. Feliciano  02/JUL/2005, 10:25 PM
Image of Brazil  –  E.L. Feliciano  02/JUL/2005, 10:34 PM
Image of Brazil  –  Johannes  02/JUL/2005, 2:17 PM
Image of Brazil  –  David  04/JUL/2005, 12:17 PM
Image of Brazil  –  Regina  03/AGO/2005, 1:04 AM

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