I hate to generalize, but again, there are distinct divisions between the personalities of the numerous trades working on this project. The plumbers: gregarious fellows. they’re in and out multiple times throughout the process, take pride in their work, and are happy to chat it up. Painters: serious but engaging. Electricians: cautious but friendly; it’s taken them a while to interact, but they seem to regard me as a mostly harmless Jane Goodall-type. Floor tilers: a tight crew, but quiet. They don’t talk much, even amongst themselves, though I do think the occasional whispers amongst them are cracks about the plumbers having to redo the drains. The wall tilers: two very weary-looking men who don’t smile and pretend they don’t hear me when I ask them how they’re doing. I think they were put out by the one (of two) mosaicists that I dragged in while they were working yesterday.