It’s a concept with hotels…
When the cost of the room includes everything.
And there are many 'all inclusives' here in Mexico…
Too bad this concept doesn’t work with doors.
While building my home here in Mexico
I’ve discovered that the American concept of doors…
“How much is a door?” I asked my builder.
“About $64,000 pecos (approx 500 bucks), he says.
“Remember, they’re all handmade and you design them.”
(handmade carpentry is one of the cool things here)
“And the wood?”
“Solid mahogany. You can make them any size you want.”
OK, that sounded better.
Until the other day.
“Where are the doorknobs?” I asked.
“Oh, they're extra."
Who would have thought to ask that?
And then there are windows…
By now I’ve learned
“Does the cost include the glass?” I ask.
“No,” he answers.
“So what am I paying for?”
“The labor to make the frame.”
“What about the metal. Is it included?”
“Si,” he said looking at me like I’m a loca.”
If I ever decided to self-pub...
I'd never attempt it here in Mexico…
Because I can see it now...
“So?" I'd ask the publisher...
"I'd like 10,000 copies…
Does that include the paper and cover?”
“Phew, just wanted to make sure.”
And then I’d get my book back and—WTF!
“There are no words in the book,” I’d scream.”
“Words? Oh you wanted printed words? That’s extra.”
Some costs and concepts...
Definitely get lost in translation.