Day 10: Yeah, That’s How We Roll

Day 10: Yeah, That’s How We Roll

Getting from place to place in Guatemala is a trip in itself. In the city, we saw lots of “chicken buses.” They’re actually old American school buses, painted with colorful murals and tricked out with chrome, neon lights and air horns. They’re usually stuffed with people and animals, and topped with rooftop cargo – I actually watched someone unload a turkey from the top of a bus! From what I’ve seen, when it’s time to get off the bus, you’d better move fast — one poor guy I saw didn’t move quickly enough had to sprint alongside the bus to get his luggage from the “rooftop attendant.”

But you don’t see any chicken buses up here on the mountain. In fact, if you don’t have a pick-up with 4-wheel drive, you’re not going anywhere. Yesterday we drove up what we refer to as “King Kong Mountain.” It’s rained the past three days, so the road was pretty slippery, and slippery isn’t good when the road is only about as wide as your truck and there’s no guardrail to protect you from the 1,000 ft drop off. We’ve been driving slow and safe.

During this project, I’ve been in charge of pulling wire. I work closely with the same group of locals each day, and we like to have fun teasing each other. The villagers pick on me because they can walk so much faster than I can. I think it has to do with the elevation, but I tell them it’s because I’m too fat. I can always get them laughing when I make fun of myself. I may not be able to use the fat joke too much longer though, we’ve been working so hard that I’ve had to move my belt in two notches since we got here.

-Contributed by HomeWorks Tri-County lineworker, Richard W.

2018-07-10T11:36:44-05:00 November 13th, 2015|9 Comments


  1. Cheri R November 13, 2015 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    Looking happy, healthy and maybe a bit slimmer? Can’t tell in this picture. Keep up the good work and be safe. Can’t wait to here all the stories when everyone gets home, safe and sound!!

  2. Shelly Malpass-Raymond November 13, 2015 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    Great story! Stay safe!

  3. Tracey W November 13, 2015 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    I thought his face looked a little slimmer too Cheri R! Great to see his goofy smile and that he is having fun as always. Looks like it’s been a great week for everyone and they are getting so much hard work done. Work Safe!

  4. Holly Matewicz November 13, 2015 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    Love, love, love the daily updates!! Thank you!! Stay safe and enjoy your time blessing Guatemala!! You are appreciated there and here!!

  5. Cathy F November 13, 2015 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    What a great job you are all doing. Love the daily updates and pictures. Stay safe keep having fun and we all proud of you

  6. Betty maciejewski November 13, 2015 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    Be careful guys we need you back home in one piece. Love the work you are doing and am sure you will remember this for a very long time.

  7. Dawn C. November 13, 2015 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    Stay safe Rick and the rest of the crew. What you are doing is wonderful. Please be safe your families want to hear your stories in person when you are back home.

  8. Lori November 13, 2015 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    Keep those men safe Dan! You guys are on the down swing. You will be heading home soon!

  9. Klint W November 14, 2015 at 6:48 am - Reply

    Great work guys!! Great progress and team work! Take care and continue to look out for each other!

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