Jose Juan Antonio’s friend sees himself in a situation that he absolutely didn’t see coming. When he left his home country he left his wife and children. And like a lot of people he risked everything including his family to make a life for himself and one day return to help the people that he had left behind. When he is encountered on the street by his compadre’s cousin Ramiro he feels forced to lie about the reality of the situation that he is going through. He says “I’ve been working in a machine shop,” he said with false humility. “I am making so much money, mano, it’s embarrassing, I should tell you, but I know you’ll get it out of me eventually. Fifteen dollars an hour! Can you believe it? I still can’t. I am in the union, though, so they take a little chunck of that. Plus, the payments on the Chevy and the rent for my ccondominio aren’t cheap either. You know how it is. You come to this country and you make lots of money but somehow you end up spending it all.
Jose Juan lies about his status and what is going on in his life because he does not want his family back home to think the worst of him. His family is counting on him to return and provide a better life for them. The story he begins to tell about Ramiro sounds like what he thought life would be like in the United States, A great job, good money, nice car and a wonderful place to live. Even though he is lying about what is happening is his life he knows that the news will get back to his wife and children. In reality he was homeless and living in a tent dealing with the fact that on a daily bases he had to search for food just to get through the day. As Jose Juan is met seen by his compadre’s cousin Ramiro displays how small their world really is and how they can encounter people that were part of their past. In José Juan’s case it’s a simple set of lies that set him free to continue his life. Other people can encounter the same situation but the person the bump into could bring horrifying memories.