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Sunday, November 05, 2006

Guide to Brazil (2): Work ethic

Several weeks after posting the guide to Brazilian alcohol, we'll continue with the Brazilian guide to work. Of course, this was written by dad the American, so it was started about three weeks ago and never actually finished. That's the American work ethic. Go figure.

Guide to Brazil (1): Work

Lil' Genghis is wrapping up his first visit with the Brazilians-in-law, leading dad to think he ought to get the little feller learned up in the "ways of Brasil", or jeitinho.

So dad has begun writing this blog entry on Sunday, or "Domingo," just on the eve of Monday, which is considered, in Brazil, to be the second day of the week. Thus, it gets the name of "segundo-faire," or the second market day of the week for housewives, presumably. Business executives stuck in Sao Paulo's renowned traffic sometimes refer to the day as "O seguinte dia eu desejo ter um atacque com um FN FAL," which is very close to America's equivalent of "It's a Monday."

Nevertheless, Brazilians are renowned for their work ethos*, which leads some to work six, seven, or eight days a week. Brazilians across the nation work hard every day, educating children, cleaning houses, running railroads, building condominiums, and fixing presidential elections.

Here are industrious Brazilian workers pouring concrete some 40 minutes after the sun set. Can you see them working with an impressive work-light rig to maintain quality control? You can't see them? That's because you're not working hard enough to see. A Brazilian would work until he succeeded.


After hard work, Brazilians often like to practice their multi-cultural abilities in places such as the New York Motel. The name itself is, of course, written in English, based on an American city, while the grounds feature a scaled replica of the French-built Statue of Liberty. Aiming for the high end of the market, the New York Motel and its nearby competition feature "Executive Suites," priced at around R$30, or US$15, for some four hours. Many hard-working executives practice their English or other skills at these establishments, with their secretaries readily at hand to offer assistance. These outtings typically include a meal. Because of that, they are often scheduled for the lunch hour.




*except for those lazy Cariocas, or residents of Rio de Janeiro.

3 Comments:

  • be sure to include the hard working president in your list of brazilian heroes...

    By Anonymous melissa, at 6/11/06 05:10  

  • Hey, that's MY apartment building they're working on, so they better work all night long, I want it ready and I want it fast! :P

    By Anonymous unclerod, at 6/11/06 11:18  

  • Nope. Your apartment building already has most or all of its windows, and about half have interiors. This is to the south.

    Dear readers, for the love of God, do not click on Melissa's link. Trust me.

    By Anonymous dad, at 6/11/06 11:24  

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