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posted Feb 15, 2011, 7:55 PM by Ethan Shirley   [ updated Feb 21, 2011, 8:05 AM by Julie Bateman ]
Did I mention that things are going slower than expected?  
Well, the reboco isn't too difficult, but it still takes a considerable amount of time.  In light of the massive amount of time the physical building aspects of the project are consuming, I've arranged for a pedreiro from Pocone to come help with the finishing touches.
With that said, the reboco itself in the bathrooms is set to be done tomorrow, so afterwards only acabamento and some more sealing up and putting floors in the bathrooms and other things remain.  I am currently anticipating a much later finishing date than before: February 25th.  This will give me and the pedreiro ten days (he is set to arrive on the 15th) to make everything look presentable for the folks in charge in Pocone and Cuiaba.  
On the 24th or the 25th I'll head to the city to get the secretary of education to come visit with the local people in Porto Jofre and in the nearby fazendas, a meeting that should take place in early March.  
The field station will require work to get up and running, but should be okay to go in May.  I am heading to Cuiaba to meet with a friend and some people from IBAMA to hopefully work out a contract with which we will be able to operate the field station under the watchful eye of current (and relatively invisible) manager Ze Agusto.  We will hopefully have some more details before I take off, though the pace at which things proceed here is limiting to say the least...