Did I say I'd post about this tomorrow? I meant today, since I forgot to "schedule" when I posted. Oh well.
Joe worked super hard for 2 days taming the tile monster. It was noisy from the tile saw and all the swearing, tiles were being cut and/or broken right and left! 12"x24" tiles, not some cheap 6x6 thing, so it was extremely frustrating at some points. He persevered and now it's up! It's beautiful! It's... still not quite complete, as you can see.
The top and bottom row need to be put in, but there were some scheduling issues... He wants the shower pan tile down before the wall tiles, so as the water runs down the wall it will go over the basin tile; if he laid the wall tile first the water would run down under the basin tile and possibly cause a failure. If nothing else, bad design. BUT. He only has a few days at a time and if he laid the basin tile he would have to wait a few days for it to cure enough for him to stand and work on (and probably drip lots of mortar and muck on), so his days would be wasted waiting for the basin to dry rather than getting things done. I call Joe "Mr. Miralax" because, as he likes to say, he "makes sh*t happen."