The Tortilla Curtain

What are the jobs Candido Rincon performs in Mexico before coming to the United States?

In Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle, what are the jobs Candido Rincon has during his life in Mexico before escaping to the United States?

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I recall that Cándido becomes depressed and alcoholic, trying to make his way of life in the border city of Tijuana, even breathing fire and thus burning out his taste buds for tourists, before finally giving up and returning to Tepoztlán to live with his aunt.