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Hernandez twins have plans for the future

Wren Wertin
Vail CO, Colorado
SRS Battle Mountain Hernandez KA 05-06-08

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” They may be twins, but Israel and Moises Hernandez aren’t likely to be confused with each other. Though they’re close friends, the brothers plan on heading in different directions ” just not immediately. They’ll gather credits at Colorado Mountain College for two years, and then head to Denver where they’ll really delve into their chosen majors.

“I want to be a mechanical engineer,” says Israel. “I love to mess around with cars. I’ve always loved it. I like Formula One racing ” how they’re so small and how much skill it takes to go so fast and get it done. They’re crazy.”

He wants to be on the team that can build those engines “and baby them when they’re not in use. Israel can take a machine apart and put it back together so it works.

“Usually,” he says, laughing.

Moises plans on sitting at the drafting table, or rather the drafting computer.

“I’m interested in architecture,” he says.

He didn’t know he’d be following that route. The discovery was born of a class he took.

“I took mechanical drafting in school, and I really enjoyed using a particular program,” Moises says. “Our teacher said a lot of architects use the program, which I thought was cool.”

He’s been working on creating his dream house, and is building a scale model of it. Set in the woods, he imagines a two-story affair with big balconies, a big kitchen and a big living room ” “So I can spend time with my family,” he explains.

That’s something the Hernandez brothers miss about Mexico, where they were born.

“The way of thinking in Mexico is different than here,” Israel says. “There, everything is more based on family and friends. Here, it’s not.”

They miss the food, too.

“The bambosas!” exclaims Moises, reminiscing about the tortas covered with chile.

“I’m an enchiladas guy,” explains Israel. “When we go back to visit, every morning my aunt asks me what kind of enchiladas I want for breakfast. She makes so much, and I’m a really slow eater.”

They also grew up playing soccer in the streets of Mexico City. The grass fields were always in use by other teams, so kids in the neighborhood would make goals out of rocks and stop play for the occasional car. They’ve been on the soccer team at BMHS for four years, but neither intends to pursue it in college.

“I’ve had enough soccer,” says Israel.

“And I’m not that good,” quips Moises.

But they’re both excellent at reading each other. And they often think along the same lines.

“We say things at the same time, and freak our parents out,” says Moises happily.

But they’re certainly not interchangeable.

“Israel is a funny guy,” Moises says. “He likes to entertain people and tell jokes.”

“Moises is a more serious version of me,” agrees Israel. “He thinks more seriously ” he thinks of the consequences, which I never do. He’s a more mature me.”

No matter who’s more mature, they’re both grown up enough to pinpoint their goals and begin working toward them. And for that, they’ve got the support of each other and the rest of their family.

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