The Story

Forgot to tell you that when I saw the airbrushed picture of you in the Peace Corps it reminded me of an old friend who was posted to some terribly poor place in Africa, probably about the same time as you were in Brazil. He is an attorney and was working to try and help establish the legal system. But he was also given money to build a place for he and his wife using local labor. He hired a "contractor" who kept demanding more and more materials for this two room shack. My friend had some idea that not all the materials were going into his place but he was very surprised to learn when his place was done that the contractor had managed to build 3 additional homes with the "surplus" materials. He always said the US taxpayer got their money's worth, 4 homes for the price of one.