For the first 26 years of my life, the primary language I spoke was Portuguese. In the year 2000, I moved to Boston and everything changed.
At first, I understood very little English and had the hardest time communicating. Things got easier once I went to school to learn the language the proper way: grammar, writing and speaking.
It wasn’t until two months ago after moving to Tampa, Florida that I realized the language I was speaking all these years was called “Braztonian” – a hybrid of Brazilian and Bostonian mashed into words that only locals are able to decipher.
Here’s an example: a city in central Massachusetts called Worcester. Everyone outside Mass would say “Wor-ces-ter”. However, for us locals, it’s pronounced “Woostah”. Yeah, don’t ask..
It is very easy to spot a Bostonian. They replace “AR” in words with “AH”. For example: We pahk tha cahr, next tha bahr at Hahvad yahd. If you’d like to learn more, here’s a whole class on the subject.
Meanwhile, here in Tampa, it’s very hot. Morning, afternoon or evening…it does not matter. The minute you go outside you start sweating. The sweat does not mess up my hair. However, Ana hates her messy hair in this humidity.
It is so hot that even cars wear shades. I am not kidding! People have sun protectors for the windshield when their cars are parked.
Speaking of cars, car washes are a big industry in Florida. Back in Boston, I only washed my car at the beginning of Spring to ensure all the salt was gone. Here in Tampa, companies even offer subscription services so you can clean your car monthly, weekly or hold your breath, daily! (believe or not).
Differences apart, my goal is to provide the best custom window treatment for our clients, regardless of their geographical location, language or weather.
One point that I want to be clear on: We have two offices now. One servicing our clients in the Boston area including New England and Cape Cod. The other is in Tampa, Florida that covers St Petersburg, Clearwater, Sarasota and surrounding areas.
Kevin manages the Boston office with my back support. I am staying mostly in Tampa but flying to Boston once in a while. So, you won’t get rid of me that easily.
Regardless if it is Kevin or Roger, one thing we have in common: Brazilian DNA and willingness to go the extra mile to provide the best experience possible for our clients. We even use Google translator when necessary. So, when you are ready for your next shady project, give us a call.
In the meantime, it’s wicked hot here and I am going to pahk my cahr under the shade and get a beah 🍻
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