By the age of 22, Tim Rodriguz has become a capable wood crafter and able to chisle small schoner boat’s keel to perfection. His amicable disposition, athletic and agile work behavior and interest in learning has allowed him to become a favourite apprentice of the master boat builders in the yard. With his youthful good looks and friendly mannerisms, Tim Rodriguz had a remarkable talent in public relations and managed to establish raport with many of the customers who would visit the yard to inspect the progress of their orders. Some of the customers were of other European origins and Tim Rodriguz sought to strike an association with them more than the native Spanirads.It was probably due to this interest in foriegners that Tim managed to strike a friendship with one of the Italian businessmen who has ordered a large ship which was intended to transport the Italian immigrants to America. Talking to Ambreno Lugiani over the months it took to build the large ship, Tim Rodriguz became increasingly lured by the promised bounty in the land of America. Making up his mind to go in serach of his destiny in the New World, Tim Rodriguz needed 500 Pesos to pay for his journey at a discounted rate which he got for his friendship with the Italian. His mothers savings over the years gave him 1080 Pesos which was a fortune of its own right in the standards of his life in rustic Galegian village. Tim Rodriguz still remembers the taste of the going away feast his mother prepared for the family. Empandas, the Galician fish pies, and the spicy Caldo Gaggego soup with potatoes and Grelo, a local vegetable. Life of Tim Rodriguez: A Galician in the New World.
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