Beautiful, Interesting and Ooo Shiny! Images From Various Places

Stucco Skillz

Location: Mexico
Camera info: Canon Rebel 350D • lens 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
ISO 200 • f 5.6 • 1/640 sec

Do you have any hidden talents? What about a skill you never thought would be useful? I discovered one of those on a building trip to Mexico. I had started my journey thinking I would spend most of my time taking pictures, and helping with painting & nailing boards (the easy stuff), or roofing & electrical (things I had done before). Sure, I did all those things, but one of our team leaders had another idea.

“Hey, you two girls are probably the lightest,” our leader remarked. He pulled a couple of us from our work nailing boards and led us over to the freshly-poured cement still in the frame. “We need people to smooth this out before it dries, which will be really fast in this heat.” So that’s what we did. They had us balance on our hands and knees on flat metal pieces (to spread out our weight over a larger area), and we ran trowels over the cement to take out all the rocks and bubbles.

I know I’m a bit of a perfectionist, as well as an artist, but I never thought that would apply to making cement look pretty! 🙂 They apparently thought I did a really good job at it, because later they put me in charge of smoothing the stucco on the walls as well. I guess there is something to be said for using your skills and talents to the best of your ability, no matter what!

What random skill do you have that you never thought could be useful? Have you done anything with it?

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